Welcome to the Village of Oak Park, Illinois
A beautifully diverse community with tree lined streets and turn of the century architecture.
This GrtHomes.com site is a great way to explore this community. We are constantly adding more pages to help you get to know Oak Park and River Forest’s neighborhoods, businesses, and people too. There is so much to do. The area has an active arts community. Locals enjoy recreational opportunities that are reminiscent of the historic community, including some of the most beautiful public parks in the Chicago area, outdoor pools, an Olympic-style ice-skating/roller rink, and the Oak Park Conservatory. Downtown Oak Park also offers a number of wonderful boutiques, national retailers, fantastic restaurants, and galleries.
Oak Park Public Schools
- William Hatch Elementary School
- Longfellow Elementary School
- Whittier Elementary School
- Oliver W Holmes Elementary School
- Horrace Mann Elementary School
- Irving Elementary School
- William Beye Elementary School
- Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
- Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School
- Percy Julian Middle School
- Oak Park & River Forest High School
Oak Park Public Transit
Restaurants - Oak Park IL
Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Seafood
Barclay’s American Grille is ‘the place to be’ in Oak Park and serves classic American food with a variety of toppings and decadent homemade sauces. There are also many vegetarian and gluten-free options available. The interior design of the restaurant incorporates traditional and contemporary styles and showcases photographs from the restaurant’s namesake, Philander Barclay. The bar has several high definition flat panel televisions for sports enthusiasts to watch their favorite team while enjoying a cocktail. Located in the Carleton Hotel, this is a great place for meeting up with friends or having a relaxed dinner with your family.
Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, American
Located just 8 miles from downtown Chicago, The Kinderhook brings a casual, yet sophisticated urban atmosphere to Oak Park. This gastro pub only serves the highest quality product. The meat they serve comes from local grass fed cows and free-range all natural chicken and pork. The fries are cooked in non-trans fat oil and they only source ingredients from local farmers. The Kinderhook Tap is a cozy spot to enjoy a drink or dinner for those interested in good food and eco-conscious eating.
At Hemmingway’s Bistro the menu combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients. Each day there is a Plat du Jour featuring such staples as Coq au Vin, Caussoulet Toulousain, Bouillabaisse, Beef Wellington and Duck al’ Orange. The daily specials reflect the chef’s love for fresh seafood. Using mostly East-coast seafood flown in from Boston daily, the chef creates dishes like wild mushroom-crusted halibut on horseradish whipped potatoes and roasted sea bass on Caussoulet beans. There is also a Parisian seafood bar offering towers of Plateau de Fruit de Mer with fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, and lobster.
With 15 years of experience cooking in the finest restaurants Our chefs are excited to present their delicious menus Regional Cuisine with Seasonal Specials. Our committed, caring team are here to ensure you have a warm, memorable experience that is lots of fun.
Learn More About Oak Park, Illinois
Living in Oak Park IL
Oak Park is a friendly village perched at the top of the shoreline of the ancient glacial Lake Chicago. Well known for its uniquely diverse mixture of people, home styles, parks, schools and neighborhoods; homes date back to the 1870’s and include a tremendous variety of architecture, style and price. One of the most amazing places in the world, Oak Park’s attention to an inclusive, multi-cultural community gives it a vibe like few other places. Oak Park & River Forest were founded on the principle that people would come from all over the world with all different backgrounds and here they would find a place that was welcoming and full of potential. Where opportunity would always exist if you just open your mind to that which surrounds you.
The majority of Oak Parks homes were built between 1892 and 1950. The Great Chicago Fire was a main factor in the growth of the village, with many well to do business owners choosing to build their estates here for the convenience of the rail roads easy access to the city. Yet Oak Park has always been home to the traditional working family too. It truly has always been a village for everybody. By 1936 the village of 64,000 people was often referred to as the largest village in the world. Today Oak Park and River Forest have an international reputation as a beautifully multicultural place to live, work and visit.
Oak Park and River Forest are sister villages and they have a nearly unlimited range of home styles including original designs from budding architects that would come to influence the world over. The builders and architects from the later 1860’s and 70’s immigrated to Oak Park and, influenced by the Paris world’s fair and the Columbian exposition of Chicago, went on to build homes that were at the limits of imagination.
Walking through the neighborhoods you see turn-of-the-century homes with all their original shapes and styles. You will get a sense of the contrasting architectural styles which developed over the decades. Time moved slowly back then and it took two years to build a home and 50 years to build a neighborhood. From the 1860s Gothic’s to the 1880s Victorians to the turn-of-the-century prairie style.
The streets of Oak Park are filled with a wide variety of architectural styles. Gothic Revival cottages, Italianate houses; homes that most would only dream of in a storybook existence. Immigrants came from the world over and were proud to show the arts and crafts they had learned from their ancestors. As you walk the streets of Oak Park and River Forest, you cannot help but see the care and pride that is felt within the community.
Students attend Oak Park Elementary School District 97 and Oak Park River Forest School High School. With eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, Oak Park and River Forest school systems have consistently been ranked near the top in the nation and represent a beautiful culturally and economically diverse population.
Transportation is easily accessible with the Eisenhower Expressway and public transportation options like the CTA Green and Blue Lines and the Oak Park Metra station. Both Midway and O’Hare airports are within 30 minutes by Uber. The village’s Augusta Boulevard is also part of the Grand Illinois Trail, so biking is always a great way to go!
Chris Garvey and the Garvey Residential Team specialize in the Oak Park, River Forest and the Greater Chicago area and will be happy to help find the perfect home for you and your family! This site is interactive. You can invite and share with your friends and family, make comments, “rate or like” a home and easily keep track of homes for sale near Oak Park. You can also schedule an in person showing or Facetime tour of homes with the click of a button. Get in touch with us by clicking the “ask a question” button or schedule a tour with us using the “schedule a tour” button found when you click on a home.
Born and raised in Oak Park, Chris Garvey knows the area well and is one of the areas top selling real estate agents. He is also a “Top Rated Real Estate Award Winner” and a Five Star Premier Real Estate Agent on Trulia and Zillow.
Like my father, I believe living in and raising a family here in Oak Park and River Forest has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Oak Park/River Forest is all about the beautiful homes, great nightlife, weekend activities, parks, schools, and its famously short commute time to downtown Chicago. I love showing people the neighborhoods and homes and sharing my experiences growing up and raising my family in Oak Park and River Forest. The village has always been changing and it is more exciting now than ever!…