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. The population of Park Forest is 23,462.
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.