Just west of Chicago, a four-and-a-half square mile rectangle makes up the village of Oak Park, Illinois. While geographically small, the community offers a diverse population and housing options of all kinds. From single-family apartments, to historic two stories with cozy yards and iconic front porches, options abound in every price range in Oak Park. The city is divided into 11 business districts, and home sizes and prices tend to increase in the northern districts.
Oak Park is brimming with historical landmarks and sights. The city boasts Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, just to name a few. There are conservatories, theaters, consignment shops and more dotted throughout the village. The architecture itself is an attraction, and a walk of only four blocks will lead you past ten homes designed by the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright. Upscale shops, eateries, and athletic clubs can be found throughout the community. With 16 parks, a skating rink and two swimming pools, there are many options for outdoor recreation within walking distance of any residence.
This gem of an urban village has not gone unnoticed. Among many national, regional and local distinctions, Oak Park was voted the third best neighborhood in the United States by the American Planning Association. The community is also recognized for a high standard of education both at the public and private level. According to the Great Schools Website, schools in the area score an impressive nine out of ten for overall test scores. NerdWallet.com also placed the village in the top 20 most educated places in America. The big city of Chicago is just a quick twenty-minute drive or thirty-minute train ride away, and offers some of the best restaurants, sights and museums in the country. Gorgeous homes, historic charm, diversity and many amenities make Oak Park, Illinois a popular place to call home.