Oak Lawn is a community with a distinctive “home town” atmosphere, a place where people really get to know their neighbors. However, a visitor could easily forget that this beautiful, peaceful suburban village is only minutes away from Chicago, third largest city in the nation. Village fathers past and present, have exhibited an unusually mature responsibility for developing a fine quality of life.
Oak Lawn has gone through numerous periods of growth that were strongly influenced by its proximity to a large city, the convenience of a fine highway network and the excellent commuting facilities of a mass transit system. A responsible mayor-village manager form of government plans for the future economic, cultural and human needs of the over 57,000 residents. It continues to develop services that have been recognized as leadership programs by the state and nation. A well-designed water system provides adequate water for Oak Lawn residents and several neighboring communities. A water improvement program keeps pace with increasing demands. The Youth Commission looks to the development and growth of young people as future responsible citizens. A family counseling service, which is funded by the Village, offers professional services for families and individuals. Well-trained fire and police departments continually upgrade and generate innovative programs for the benefit of the community.
Oak Lawn loves its parades and celebrations. Large crowds turn out for the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade, the high school’s homecoming parade, the SHOP OAK LAWN promotions, and the annual Oak Lawn Family Days summer festival. The well-kept residential streets demonstrate the pride people take in their neighborhoods. Superb health care and fine public and private schools are located in Oak Lawn as are churches of all denominations. Cultural and recreational pursuits are available, everything from browsing in the full-service public library to ice-skating at the park district ice arena. Shopping is very convenient; a variety of goods and the friendly, personal attention of local retailers attract shoppers from throughout the Chicagoland area.
Even though Oak Lawn’s physical expansion may have slowed down, the Village is entering an exciting period of redevelopment as it looks to growth from within the community. Thoughtful planning is ongoing, keeping Oak Lawn at the top of the list of fine communities in the Chicago suburbs.
In Oak Lawn there are more than 300 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open land. The Oak Lawn Park District offers access to incredibly diverse recreational opportunities including playgrounds, ball fields, picnic facilities, 24 outdoor tennis courts, a driving range, natural wetland trail, three outdoor swimming pools, indoor multi-recreational facility, indoor ice arena, indoor tennis and racquetball club and a new golf course. Each neighborhood has it’s own green oasis, 21 parks in all, each expertly planned and developed with the interest of the community in mind. The Oak Lawn Park District’s love for open space comes naturally. The Wolfe Wildlife Wetlands provide a window to how this area looked hundreds of years ago. Community residents enjoy trails, a refuge for wildlife and a full schedule of nature programs. Each season, the Oak Lawn Park District offers hundreds of recreational opportunities for all ages. From shooting hoops, swinging bats and sinking putts to competitive figure skating competition, the Park District’s instructional programs are unsurpassed.
Transportation to and from Oak Lawn is abundant and efficient. Oak Lawn is served by two major airports: Midway airport is 3 miles from Oak Lawn, and O’Hare International Airport is about a 35-minute drive. Both are close to interstate highways and are served by local ground transportation. RTA Pace buses are routed through Oak Lawn to tie in with bus routes serving all of Chicagoland. Air travelers can take advantage of fast daily Tri-State Motor Coach trips to O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. Bus service for senior citizens is provided on a reservation basis. Radio dispatched cab service is available as well as nearby limousine services. Metra commuter rail service provides a full schedule of swift, comfortable trains to Chicago’s Loop and financial district, as well as some of our other suburban communities. The highway network reaches every direction on the map. Interstates 80, 90, and 94 serve Oak Lawn from the east and the west. Interstates 294, 55, and 57 provide easy access from the north and south. In addition, interstate by-passes, alternates, and several major U.S. highways make getting in and around quick, convenient and easy.
|Columbus Manor Elementary Schl||9700 Mayfield Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 424-3481||Elementary Schools|
|Covington Elementary School||9130 S 52nd Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 423-1530||Elementary Schools|
|Dearborn Heights Elementary||9620 Normandy Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 598-8090||Elementary Schools|
|Gaddis Elementary School||4201 W 93rd St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 423-8363||Elementary Schools|
|Harnew Elementary School||9100 Austin Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 599-7070||Elementary Schools|
|Indian Springs School||7540 S 86th Ave Oak Lawn IL 60458||(708) 458-7079||Elementary Schools|
|J M Hannum Elementary School||9800 S Tripp Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 423-1690||Elementary Schools|
|Kolmar Avenue Elementary Schl||10425 S Kolmar Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 422-1800||Elementary Schools|
|Lawn Manner School||4300 W 108th Pl, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 423-3078||Elementary Schools|
|Park Lawn School||10833 Laporte Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 425-3344||Elementary Schools|
|Sward Elementary School||9830 Brandt Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 423-7820||Elementary Schools|
|Community High School||10701 Kilpatrick Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 424-2000||High Schools|
|Harold L Richards High School||10601 Central Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 499-1210||High Schools|
|Oak Lawn Community High School||9400 Southwest Hwy, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 424-5200||High Schools|
|Richards High School||10601 Central Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 499-2550||High Schools|
|Mc Gugan School||5220 W 105th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 499-6400||Middle Schools|
|Simmons Junior High School||6450 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453||(708) 599-8540||Middle Schools|
|Universal School||7350 W 93rd St Oak Lawn, IL 60455||(708) 599-4100||Middle Schools|