Forest Park is an excellent place to live, especially if you are young and single. While you can get to downtown Chicago in less than twenty minutes on the train or highway, the cost of living, parking, drink prices and traffic are much lower than any remotely decent neighborhood in Chicago. Despite having only 15000 people, there are over 30 bars and lots of different types of restaurants. However, these are concentrated on two major streets so most of the town is residential. We have a mixed population, both politically and racially. Violent crime is low, relatively speaking. Unless you are a lone woman, you can feel pretty safe walking around any time day or night. The climate is like Chicago, but we have slightly more warm weather due to being further from the lake. In addition to Forest Park entertainment, Oak Park is within walking distance of many places here and has lots of cafes, stores, restaurants and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Home prices are not cheap, but cheaper than most large cities. Condos are still reasonable and plentiful. The only downside to living here is that high school kids will have to go to a school in nearby Maywood, which I would not recommend anybody move to unless you like inner city crime and problems (although there are a few nice areas). There are outdoor swimming pools in summer and a nice forest preserve nearby. People are friendly here. Altogether, if you want lots of nearby entertainment without the innercity crowds and costs, check this town out. The absolute only downside aside from the high school situation is the typical midwestern winters. But you can't have everything!