Introduction to Oak Lawn, Illinois

Oak Lawn, Illinois, in Cook county, is 11 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area.

Oak Lawn History

The area now known as Oak Lawn was originally called Black Oaks Grove. Julian Hatch, a land broker, purchased the land in 1842. John Simpson, a farmer, was the first settler of Oak Lawn. The first school was established around 1860. It was officially incorporated in 1909. Oak Lawn adopted a city manager form of government in 1953.

Oak Lawn and nearby Attractions

  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Bronzeville Children's Museum
  • Hollywood Park - Crestwood
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site

Things To Do In Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn boasts of more than 300 acres of parks, playgrounds, and open land including Centennial Park, Lewandowski Park, Worthbrook Park, Columbus Manor Park, Oak Meadows Park, and Wolfe Wildlife Refuge. The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn and the Arcade Amusement are ideal for a day trip with family and friends. You can also enjoy shopping at Oak Lawn Shopping Center and State Road Plaza Shopping Center.

Oak Lawn Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.

Oak Lawn Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are offered by City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College, Loyola University Chicago, Lincoln Technical Institute, and Moraine Valley Community College.


Total Population 56,980
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 24,785
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26%
Median Earnings25+ $40,724
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,555
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,598


Median Family Income $71,413
% Above Poverty Level 89.2%
% Below Poverty Level 10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 8.7%


People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,029
Median House Value $189,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.1%
US/American 0%
English 2.4%
Irish 21.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Oak Lawn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 11 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60453, 60455, 60456, 60457, 60458, 60459
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60454
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.71
Longitude -87.758

Oak Lawn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridgeview 16,359 $59,604
Burbank 29,157 $61,117
Chicago Ridge 14,407 $47,790
Evergreen Park 19,934 $85,960

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Oak Lawn Public Libraries

Village Of Oak Lawn P.l.
Oak Lawn, Illinois
(708) 422-4990
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Oak Lawn Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
4440 W 95TH STREET
(708) 684-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Oak Lawn High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,697 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,645 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

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