Oak Lawn Neighborhoods
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Around Oak Lawn
Oak Lawn has quite an extensive park system that covers over 300 acres of recreational facilities, 22 parks, and open land. These 300 acres cover playgrounds, tennis courts, bike and walking paths, fitness centers, golf courses and more. Oak Lawn is also popular due to its close proximity to Chicago, being only 16 miles from the Windy City and all that it offers. Oak Lawn offers a haven for those who enjoy working within the hustle and bustle of an exuberant city but relish the quiet simplicity of a suburban home.
Cost of Living
For being so near to Chicago and other expensive suburbs, Oak Lawn is only slightly above the state and national average for cost of living. The higher cost can be attributed to the housing market, with a median home cost higher than the state average. Oak Lawn is a very livable community, especially when you compare it to its neighboring towns like Palos Heights and Chicago’s northern suburbs like Evanston.
Oak Lawn is about a 15- to 30-minute drive to Midway International Airport and has its own Metra station located in its center that provides an estimated 40 minute trip to downtown Chicago. Within walking distance of the Metra station is the Oak Lawn Village Green, Oak Lawn Public Library, Village Hall, and many shopping and dining options. CTA bus lines run along most of the major streets making commuting to nearby communities fairly easy, however most residents rely on their cars for errands and longer commutes outside of Chicago. Oak Lawn also has easy access to I-294 which makes getting around the southern suburbs a breeze.
Oak Lawn has a total of 35 schools, 17 of which are public schools that are within four separate districts: Chsd 218 School District, Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123, Ridgeland School District 122, and Oak Lawn Chsd 229 School District. Two highs schools that serve Oak Lawn and some of its neighboring towns are Oak Lawn Community High School and Harold L. Richards High School. Residents also have several options when it comes to college due to the handful of colleges that are within a few miles of Oak Lawn.
Oak Lawn offers a variety of events that happen throughout the year in every season, such as the Easter Egg Roll, 4th of July Parade, Summer Concert Series, and Fall on the Green. These events are suitable for all audiences and offer many attractions and entertainment opportunities. Its vibrant downtown offers residents and visitors access to many unique shopping and dining opportunities, making Oak Lawn a great place to live.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.