Oak Park, Illinois 

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oak park cost of living - too much for retirement - 6/15/2013
We've lived in Oak Park for 25 years, raising our two children here. Now, looking ahead a few years, the Cost of Living (127), is a major factor in searching for another location for Read More

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Not a bad place to raise a family - 12/16/2010
I have grew up in the Oak Park area and have lived in other cities in the country.

Oak Park is located outside of the city of Chicago. Though located reasonably close to the city life of Chicago, Oak Park is actually worth a closer look for those interested in architecture and the arts. There are several areas in Oak Park that have been designated as historic districts, which are rich in Victorian "Painted Ladies," Craftsman, and prairie style homes. Its downtown area has revitalized and is attracting "urban professionals." I also think it is fair to say that there is diversity among its residents and is liberal enough to support, if not welcome people of "alternative" lifestyles. Its residents also seem to be very liberal in their views and eco-friendly, where recycling is mandatory. Oak Park is home to authors, writers and musicians as well as corporate professionals. Notable past residents of Oak Park include Ernest Hemingway and famous architect, Frank Lloyd Read More

Don't believe the hype - 5/5/2010
If you don't know any better you might think Oak Park is perfect. However, if you are like me and have other places as a comparison, you know better. I will say that the tree-lined streets and architecture are beautiful. Being fairly close to Chicago is a plus (although whoever mentioned it was 10 minutes away must always sleep through half of the commute, it's 20 minutes, check the train schedule) and the schools are supposedly fairly good. Now that you've heard the main positives, here are the negatives: Crime, particularly theft, is a problem; the village govt. is mismanaged and in financial trouble; the village govt. is also FAR too controlling; don't get me started on the ridiculous lack of parking and overabundance of parking tickets (can't park in front of your house at night); property taxes are oppressive; while it's easy to get between Oak Park and downtown Chicago by train, nothing else is convenient and traffic is almost always bad on 290, the main highway through Oak Read More

Oak Park Liveability - 5/5/2009
Oak Park, Illinois, is a wonderful community that has a lot to offer to families wishing to live close to Chicago but not in it. It is a community that has pride in its sense of community. It is diverse (ethnically, politically, economically, and in other ways) and active (from organized art fairs to local block parties). Of course, the home are older and charming and the pleached streets and alley-based garages make it a pictureasque setting. The schools are great (our son attends Lincoln Elementary and has been blessed by skilled and dedicated teachers year after year). We live in what is considered "South Oak Park" (south of the 290) and we consider it, especially our area that is west of Oak Park Avenue, a hidden jem.
Oak Park has its drawbacks, too. It is expensive and it is "land-locked" (i.e., because it is so centrally-located, it is hard to get out of the Chicago area from Read More

Oak Park Illinois - 11/23/2007
Oak Park is a good place to live, however the taxes are very Read More

Oak Park is a Great Place to Live! - 9/27/2006
I've been living in Oak Park, IL since June of this year. It has been a very pleasant experience so far! It is located 10 minutes outside of Chicago, yet it is a slower pace and a peaceful place to be. There is a great deal of diversity here--in terms of ethnicities.

It is a great place to raise a family and the schools are outstanding from what I hear--many Pulitzer Prize winners have come from OPRF High School. Also, the aesthetics of the village are pleasing to the eye. They have lots of trees and a great deal of greenery for someone to enjoy. It is very historic...many old buildings dating from the early 1900s or even earlier than that!

Finally, I can not forget to mention that it is the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. Although he was not crazy about Oak Park, Oak Park is crazy about the fact that they are his birthplace! There is a museum dedicated to him, and many special collections can be found about him at the Oak Park Public Library.Read More

Oak Park - Overpriced, Old, Crowded, Crappy - 9/12/2006
For a place where people have no problem shelling out a half a million for a house, this place Read More

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