Our community has a wide range of attractive residential amenities: 20 stunning parks, fun local shops and restaurants, excellent schools and easy access for commuters and those looking to enjoy 24/7 access to Chicago. The Oak Forest Park District provides an array of recreational programs, and the George W. Dunne National – one the region's most renowned golf courses – is just minutes from residents' doorsteps.
Signature events such as Chicago Gaelic Park's Irish Festival and Oak Fest, along with the Oak Forest Fleadh, bring the community together for entertaining experiences, and help to foster a strong pride of place.
Oak Forest is a place you'll want to call "home." This family-friendly community is a place for long-time and new residents alike. Oak Forest represents one of the area's most affordable and diverse neighborhoods.
The City of Oak Forest is just a quick train ride away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, providing our residents a tranquil retreat from city life.
Educational opportunities abound in Oak Forest. Six public school districts serve residents, including eight pre-elementary and elementary schools, two junior high schools and three high schools. St. Damian Catholic School and Kerkstra Elementary, nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Schools, are also located in Oak Forest. Oak Forest Schools strive for and achieve excellence and are focused on providing students with the tools they need to succeed in today’s highly technical world.
The spirit of the community can be found at one of the many faith-based organizations throughout the city. These special institutions offer fellowship, healing and community support. Regardless of your spiritual affiliation, you'll find Oak Forest is a city that recognizes and values the benefits of faith.
The City of Oak Forest provides services to enhance residents' lives with convenience and community in mind. Elected leaders and city staff pledge to provide local government that is honest, accountable, efficient and forward-thinking.
City amenities include miles of biking, walking and equestrian paths through protected forested preserves, 20 neighborhood parks, a full-service health and fitness center, a wide-range of leisure and educational programs, and the family-friendly Gingerwood Pool during the summer months. Complimentary door-to-door bus transportation is provided for seniors (60 years or older) and disabled individuals (18 years or older).
As a community established on the earth's resources, environmental stewardship is a priority. The city's Green Steps Commission encourages residents, schools, government bodies, and businesses to be more eco-conscious with curbside recycling, Rain Barrel/water conservation efforts, and multiple energy efficiency initiatives.
The Oak Forest Fire Department provides 24-hour fire protection, paramedic service and emergency response while the Oak Forest Police Department proudly protects and serves the residents and businesses of Oak Forest.
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In today's ever-connected world, life revolves more and more around the connectivity broadband provides. It's the communication vehicle for large amounts of digital information needed for media, education, news, sports and social communication.
Oak Forest is the home to UrbanCom (www.urbancom.net) the network operator of the Chicago Southland Fiber Network, which provides up to 10 gigabyte broadband service along the I-57 corridor. Service includes dark fiber as well as microwave wireless connections, which allow high-speed connections more cost effectively than fiber. Oak Forest's industrial and commercial areas are connected to the network – giving them access to the level of broadband required to be effective in today's global marketplace.
The City of Oak Forest is collaborating on adding broadband connectivity to new residential and commercial developments.Utility providers: