Introduction to Park Forest, Illinois

Park Forest, Illinois is 10 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 25 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Cook county. The village is part of the Chicago metro area.

Park Forest History

The area now known as Park Forest was formed in 1948. The community was originally designed by Elbert Peets for veterans returning from World War II. A number of small "starter-homes" were built in the early 1950s. In 1954, the village was honored as an "All-American City." The Village of Park Forest is well known for its "scenic 5," a five mile race that is organized annually on Labor Day. The meteor that exploded over the Midwest on March 26, 2003, showered Park Forest with dozens of its fragments.

Park Forest and nearby Attractions

  • Park Forest Aqua Center
  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
  • Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
  • Balmoral Race Track

Things To Do In Park Forest

While staying in Park Forest, you can visit Somonauk Park, Central Park, and Logan Park. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Tower Shopping Center, Norwood Plaza Shopping Center, Lincolnwood West Shopping Center, Plaza West Shopping Center, and Central Court Plaza Shopping Center. The Indiana Park, Marquette Park, Murphy Park, Winnebago Parks, Krotiak Park, and Onarga Park are also worth visiting. In addition, you can spend your leisure time at Central Park Wetlands and Thorn Creek Nature Center and Preserve.

Park Forest Transportation

International flights are available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Park Forest Higher Education

Governors State University, South Suburban College, and Prairie State College are the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 21,928
Male Share of the Population 45.3%
Female Share of the Population 54.7%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 8,775
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 34.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.7%
Median Earnings25+ $36,453
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,951
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,969


Median Family Income $56,003
% Above Poverty Level 80.8%
% Below Poverty Level 19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 12.1%


People Living Alone 34.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,019
Median House Value $80,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.8%
US/American 0%
English 3.1%
Irish 5.1%

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

Park Forest Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60466
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.491
Longitude -87.674

Park Forest Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.8 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
Station LOWELL
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chicago Heights 30,428 $50,711

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

Park Forest Public Libraries

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Park Forest High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,197 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

A Special Education School
Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

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