Introduction to Oak Forest, Illinois
Oak Forest, Illinois, in Cook county, is 6 miles E of Orland Park, Illinois (center to center) and 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 28,051 people live in Oak Forest.
Oak Forest History
The area now known as Oak Forest was named "Cooper's Grove" in the 1800s. Mr. Cooper, who had settled in this area in the 1830s, was possibly the first resident of Bremen Township. In the 1840s, a large number of settlers arrived in this area. The post office was established in 1848. The name 'Oak Forest' can be traced back to the 1983 version of the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railway timetable. The place was probably named "Oak Forest" because of its proximity to forest preserves and oak trees. Oak Forest was originally incorporated as a village in 1947 and then reincorporated as a city in 1971.
Oak Forest and nearby Attractions
- Matteson Historical Museum
- Acorn Public Library
- Hope Christian Reformed Church
- Oak Forest Commons Shopping Center
- Fieldcrest Park
Things To Do In Oak Forest
The city of Oak Forest is near several museums including Matteson Historical Museum, American Police Center & Museum, Midwest Carvers Museum, and Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum. While in the city, one can also visit the local public libraries and churches. There are a large number of parks that offer a range of recreational facilities. In addition, the Oak Forest Commons Shopping Center and the Oak Creek Shopping Center are popular tourist haunts. Oak Forest also hosts the annual Irish Fest.
Oak Forest Transportation
Air transportation facilities are provided by the Chicago Midway International Airport.
Oak Forest Higher Education
Institutes offering higher educational facilities to residents of Oak Forest are Moraine Valley Community College, City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J. Daley College, Governors State University, South Suburban College, and Chicago State University.