Introduction to Hazel Crest, Illinois
Hazel Crest, Illinois, in Cook county, is 9 miles SE of Orland Park, Illinois and 20 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area. Hazel Crest has a population of 14,816.
Hazel Crest History
Initially, the area now known as Hazel Crest was a farming community called South Harvey. It was first settled in the year 1870. The community was named Hazel Crest in 1900 due to the presence of numerous hazelnut bushes nearby. The village of Hazel Crest was officially incorporated in 1912.
Hazel Crest and nearby Attractions
- Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
- Grande Prairie Public Library
- Nazareth Lutheran Church
- Hillcrest Park
- Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Things To Do In Hazel Crest
There are a number of museums near Hazel Crest which provide enriching educational experiences. Among these are the Matteson Historical Museum, the Midwest Carvers Museum and the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum. To know more about the local history of Hazel Crest, one can also pay a visit to the Grande Prairie Public Library. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, located throughout the Governors State University’s campus, boasts of one of the country's largest collection of sculptures.
Hazel Crest Transportation
Air transportation facilities are available at the Chicago Midway International Airport.
Hazel Crest Higher Education
Higher educational opportunities are offered by South Suburban College, Prairie State College, Governors State University, and Chicago State University.