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.