Oak Lawn is a community with quality schools, a stable tax base, and plentiful recreational activities. It is home to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, a Level One trauma center, and the village's largest employer. With a population of 55,245 (2000) residents, it is one of the largest towns in Cook County. In addition, the... Show all »
Oak Lawn is a community with quality schools, a stable tax base, and plentiful recreational activities. It is home to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, a Level One trauma center, and the village's largest employer. With a population of 55,245 (2000) residents, it is one of the largest towns in Cook County. In addition, the intersection of 95th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn is one of Cook County's busiest intersections. Oak Lawn is situated 15 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, just outside the southwest edge of Chicago; neighboring suburbs include Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Palos Hills, Burbank, and Alsip. In recent years, a number of single-family homes have been built in Oak Lawn; a large number of condominiums and townhomes have also been constructed during the past few years. Many of the village's long-time residents have resided in Oak Lawn for decades, living in brick bungalows, ranch-style homes, tri-levels, and bi-level housing. In August, 2006, a three-bedroom, two-bath single-family residence was priced at $250,000; a four-bedroom, 1.1-bath single-family home was listed for $315,000; and a five-bedroom, three-bath single-family residence was selling for $559,000. In terms of transportation, Metra's southwest commuter train service transports commuters into downtown Chicago, and averages 2,162 riders daily. Pace buses transport villagers to the Metra station and around town, and the CTA operates from 31st Street to 115th Street and Keller Avenue, Monday through Friday, and to 111th Street on Saturdays and Sundays. Midway Airport is three miles away; O'Hare International Airport is 35 minutes away. For shopping, residents can visit Oak Lawn's retail corridor, which is concentrated along 95th Street between Pulaski Road and Ridgeland Avenue. They can also drive to Evergreen Plaza shopping center at 95th Street and Western Avenue; the shopping center contains a Carson Pirie Scott store, other anchor stores, and smaller retail establishments. The Oak Lawn Park District offers playgrounds, ball fields, picnic facilities, 24 outdoor tennis courts, three outdoor swimming pools, an indoor multi-recreational facility, an indoor ice arena, an indoor tennis and racquetball club, and a new golf course. There are also a total of 21 parks scattered throughout the village. « Show less
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