Introduction to Oak Park, Illinois

Oak Park, Illinois, in Cook county, is 7 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area. There are 52,524 residents in Oak Park.

Oak Park History

Joseph Kettlestrings purchased the land, now known as Oak Park, in 1837. Galena and Chicago Union Railroad ran through this area around 1850. Oak Park was incorporated in 1902 as a village. Since its incorporation, the village was not allowed to sell alcohol within its limits. In 1973 this law was relaxed and restaurants and hotels were allowed to serve alcohol. At present, some grocery stores are also allowed to sell packaged liquor.

Oak Park and nearby Attractions

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Wonder Works
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum

Things To Do In Oak Park

Oak Park is a popular tourist destination of the Chicago area. You can visit the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, the birthplace and boyhood home of Ernest Hemingway, and the homes of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan. The Paragon Gallery is also worth visiting. In addition, you can visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Recreation Center, Euclid Square Park, Oak Park Swimming Pool, Ridgeland Commons Park, Greenfields Park, and Ridgeland Park.

Oak Park Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.

Oak Park Higher Education

Morton College, Triton College, and City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College are among the nearby colleges.


Total Population 52,080
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 26,547
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 67.8%
Median Earnings25+ $54,478
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,531
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,417


Median Family Income $113,919
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 24.8%


People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,033
Median House Value $353,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.8%
Irish 17.6%

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

Oak Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60301, 60302, 60304
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60303
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.885
Longitude -87.784

Oak Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Distance 11.8 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berwyn 56,706 $63,151
Cicero 84,361 $44,825
Elmwood Park 24,971 $66,715
Forest Park 14,194 $68,068

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

Oak Park Public Libraries

Oak Park P.l.
834 LAKE
Oak Park, Illinois
(708) 383-8200
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Oak Park Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(708) 383-9300
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(708) 383-6200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Oak Park High Schools

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Serves 3,023 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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