Orland Park Neighborhoods
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Around Orland Park
As a medium-sized suburb of Chicago, Orland Park is popular among commuter and families looking for quality housing stock and educational opportunities. Like many Chicago suburbs, Orland Park was a small, farming-oriented community on the outskirts of the city that experienced a midcentury boom as suburban expansion hit its stride. Orland Park’s strategic location along the Metra commuter train system, major highway links like I-80, and relatively equal distance from O’Hare and Midway airports, the village developed rapidly as a hub for exiled urbanites and young families.
Cost of Living
Although Orland Park experienced rapid growth in the middle of the 20th century, this growth has tapered off and the population has remained relatively stable. While it is one of the more expensive Cook County suburbs, it is relatively affordable, with its older housing stock and general infrastructure, most residents experience average taxes compared to its neighbors. A main driver of its cost of living is its location in Cook County and proximity to the city. Housing prices are relatively average, with a significant portion of the housing stock consisting of smaller midcentury homes.
Orland Park is home to numerous transportation that are of benefit to residents looking to get around the city and commute to Chicago. The village lies relatively close to I-294, I-80, and I-57, serving as its main routes into the rest of Chicagoland, the city itself, and neighboring states such as Indiana or Iowa. Unlike many suburbs, Orland Park is served by the 143rd St. Metra station, which is the village’s main rail connection to Chicago and is a major benefit for regular commuters to the city. While this enables Orland Park to have greater non-auto access to other parts of the region, the suburbs is heavily auto-dependent. Although access to Pace busses is available, it does not serve as a main means of transportation.
Due to its sprawling location, Orland Park is served by four separate school districts: Orland School District #135, Community Consolidated School District #146, Palos School District #118 and Kirby School District #140. However, a majority of the village is served by Orland School District #135. A number of school in the village have a GreatSchools ranking of 7 or above, indicating that they are generally well-regarded academic institutions. Orland Park hosts satellite campuses for St. Xavier University and Robert Morris University, as well as allows nearby access to community college education at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Heights.
The village hosts a large number of local attractions, such as Schussler Park and Centennial Park West. The Orland Park District has a comprehensive lineup of programming focused on adults and families, allowing residents access to cultural classes, programs, and sports leagues for all ages and abilities. Downtown Orland Park has a bustling restaurant scene and has recently attracted a unique mix of shopping and casual dining, with pedestrian-friendly access and ample parking.
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.