Introduction to University Park, Illinois
University Park History
Woodhill Enterprises purchased a large tract of land south of Park Forest in the late 1950s. The area was then known as Wood Hill. In 1966, Nathan Manilow, a developer of Park Forest, started purchasing land around Wood Hill. The name Wood Hill was replaced with Park City South, which was officially incorporated in 1967. Although the construction of the new planned community began with great speed, the area witnessed a sluggish growth in late 1970s due to economic and population problems. Finally, the new community was developed and was named University Park in 1984.
University Park and nearby Attractions
- Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum
- Chicago Portage National Historic Site
- Grant Park
- Robert S. Abbott House
- Adler Planetarium
Things To Do In University Park
The Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Frankfort Historical Museum, the Midwest Carvers Museum and the Matteson Historical Museum are some of the local museums and historical sites. The Chicago Portage National Historic Site, close to University Park, stands on dry land between the Des Plaines and Chicago rivers and was used as portage by traders and explorers. Grant Park, situated on 319 acres of land, includes the Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute and the Shedd Aquarium. The Adler Planetarium, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, the Balmoral Race Track and the Brookfield Zoo are some of the other popular attractions in the area.
University Park Transportation
Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.
University Park Higher Education
Governors State University is located in the village of University Park. Prairie State College, South Suburban College and Chicago State University are all close by as well.