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Below is list of all the communities Visit Oak Park represents.

Bellwood, Village of
3200 Washington Blvd
Bellwood, IL 60104
(708) 547-3500
Fax: (708) 547-1965

The Village of Bellwood was incorporated in 1900 as a rural community. Since its incorporation, Bellwood has evolved into a pleasant Village of more than 20,000 residents. The Village of Bellwood is a unique blend of small-town comforts with many advantages of access to big city living, whereby at all main thoroughfares. The community is located approximately 13 miles west of downtown Chicago, south of O'Hare International Airport, and nearly 6-9 miles away from Oak Brook shops and boutiqes. Additionally, Bellwood has a great biking, hiking, jogging and nature trail called Prairie Path, which links to other bicycle paths in other municialities. Prairie Path is a nationally recognized recreational trail for the entire family. Lastly, families can enjoy both Turtle Island and Adventure Bay Water Parks, which offer fun and excitement during the hot summer months. Both parks are available for group rental. For more information, please call 708-547-3900.

 


Berkeley, Village of
5819 Electric Ave
Berkeley, IL 60163
(708) 449-8840
Fax: (708) 449-6189

Berkeley is made up primarily of attractive, single family homes. The charm of the Village and its parks is only surpassed by its accessibility to virtually anywhere in the state or country. Berkeley maintains a quiet, "hometown" feeling while being adjacent to two tollways, an expressway and a railroad. Mancini's has been part of the Berkeley dining scene for 19 years. Also, their banquet hall is available for all occasions, up to 100 people. The picturesque Illinois Prairie path runs through the center of Berkeley (a great destination for walkers, joggers and nature lovers) and offers a well-lit send-off to trail leasing to Aurora, Wheaton and beyond. There is also a historic cemetary, "Old Settlers Cemetary", with graves from the 1800s.

 


Berwyn, City of
6700 W. 26th Street
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 788-8100

The City of Berwyn is a prime business and leisure destination nestled just 8 miles west of Chicago’s Loop. Incorporated in 1908, Berwyn is proud of its historic assets and its cultural and ethnic diversity as well as the energy created by the area’s dynamic new businesses. Explore our one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and entertainment stops. Through WhyBerwyn.com, visitors can access a stream of information on the area’s real estate, parks and recreation and cultural hot spots.

Be sure to visit our community calendar and our business directory that includes “hot deals” coupons. Save the date for our repertoire of unique events. Notably, every first Saturday of September, car enthusiasts "get their kicks on Route 66" admiring a fantastic display of over 500 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles as well as Automobile Flame Throwing and a Cackle Fest of Dragsters! September also brings a 2-day Oktoberfest with fun for the whole family and a Historic Bungalow Tour that gives tour-goers a peek into a housing style that defined an era.

For municipal information, visit www.berwyn-il.gov

 


Broadview, Village of
2350 S. 25th Ave
Broadview, IL 60155-3800
(708) 681-3600

Located on the outskirts of Chicago, Broadview retains its "small-town" feel while existing only 13 miles and 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Broadview’s suburban setting offers a respite from big city activity, yet its location puts restaurants, sports arenas, shopping centers and convention/meeting facilities just minutes away. Broadview’s population stands at 8,466 residents, consisting of approximately 3,581 families.

 


Brookfield, Village of
8820 Brookfield Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513-1688
(708) 485-7344
Fax: (708) 485-9508

This Village is probably best known for being the home of the world-famous Brookfield Zoo. Open every day of the year, the 216-acre zoo contains nearly 3,000 animals.

After you have explored the many areas of the Zoo, continue your stay in Brookfield with a stop at the History Train Depot. Shop in unique business areas and stay for dinner at any of our distinct restaurants. We hope your visit can coincide with our various special events such as Brookfest, and an old-fashioned Fourth of July parade and community holiday celebration, custom car and motorcycle shows, Oktoberfest and free concerts in Kiwanis Park.

 


Cicero, Town of
4937 West 25th Street
Cicero, IL 60804
(708) 656-3600
Fax: (708) 656-5801

More than 80,000 people live in Cicero, the 7th largest community in the state. These people take advantage of Chicago's amenities while,at the same time, enjoying suburban comforts, like spacious backyards and parks. Surrounding this western suburb are major expressways and other main roads, which make driving near and far a simple task. Plenty of public transportation is also available.

The goal of the Town of Cicero is to provide fair,efficient and polite service to each resident and business owner as quickly as possible.

The town continues to grow. It is meeting new challenges with quality education, an abundance of recreational opportunities, well-maintained roads, and numerous business incentives, while still retaining much of its grass roots qualities.

Cicero's reputation as a town of progress may be attributed to its civic and business leaders and caring residents. The residents have maintained their civic pride, independence and strong family values. Its civic leaders continue to work cooperatively with the people, promoting the welfare of its youth and enhancing the quality of life in its neighborhoods.

 


Elmwood Park, Village of
11 Conti Parkway
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
(708) 452-7300
Fax: (708) 452-3957

In Elmwood Park you'll find a vibrant thriving community spirit. It is primarily a residential community, with a variety of churches, good schools and an excellent parks and recreation program. Elmwood Park boasts a variety of ethnic, fine-dining restaurants, and banquet facilities. There are also a variety of ethnic delis, bakeries and grocery stores along the village's easter boundary, Harlem Avenue. Elmwood Park is home to the Oak Park Country Club and is located just minutes from Triton Community Campus and the Cernan Earth and Space Museum. There are also extensive trails and paths to be found in the forest preserve that make up the west side of the village. Elmwood Park is truly a communtiy in every sense of the world. The village is planning and working for a brighter future each day, boldly setting our sights on new horizons. As the village slogan clearly states, Elmwood Park is a "Village with Pride".

 


Forest Park, Village of
517 Des Plaines
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 366-2323
Fax: (708) 488-0361

The Village of Forest Park is more than 100 years old and is a Main Street Community. Madison Street is the Village's main business district and has undergone some massive reconstruction, which is esthetically pleasing to the eye. Additionaly, dining and entertainment along the main strip offers some of the best in the Western Suburbs. The Village has a rich history, which includes orginal Cobble Stone Streets. Some of the cemeteries located on the outskirts of town, house many historically famous deceased individuals. Interested parties may tour the cemetaries to find Ernest Hemingway's parents, as well as members from the Hay Market Day riot and many other historical figures. The Village hosts the largest St. Patricks Day Parade in western Cook County, held annually on Madison St. The Village has an Aquatic Center located at the Park District of Forest Park which boasts 2 large water slides, a volleyball court, a child safe water sport area and a terrific concession stand. The Park District of Forest Park, has been the site for the "No Gloves Nationals" for many years consecutively and is chosen because of the wonderfully maintained fields for play. Recently the park added an area for "in line" skaters and the park offers year round activities for all ages.

 


Franklin Park, Village of
9500 W. Belmont Ave
Franklin Park, IL 60131
(847) 671-4800
Fax: (847) 671-7806

Franklin Park is historically a railroad town with intersecting rail lines traveling through the Village. Lessor Franklin founded the Village around the rail lines in 1892. Currently we have created a railroad park after obtaining a 110-year old B-12 switching towner that is still under renovation as a future museum of rail memorabilia. The past few years we have sponsored a "Railroad Daze" celebration featuring vintage rail cars form various rail lines such as Metra, Canadian Pacific, Amtrak, etc. It becomes larger each year with visitors coming from many communities and states. We also have a caboose, built in 1929 that sits on this site.

Franklin Park is also very proud of a new Veteran's Memorial constructed last year, bearing over 1000 names of men and women who have served in the armed forces.

 


Hillside, Village of
425 Hillside Ave.
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 449-6450
Fax: (708) 236-5110

Hillside is a mixture of a residential community and more than 200 industries and businesses. The Village has recently undergone a major beautification program, planting new trees along main thoroughfares and side streets as well.

Hillside is a gourmet dining destination with a wide variety of cuisine and settings. If your group is visiting the Oak Park Area this summer, you’ll want to be in Hillside on August 24 for their annual "Summerfest/Taste of Hillside."

The Hillside Holiday Inn and Convention Center offers a wide variety of meeting and function rooms (accommodating up to 850 people). Their professional meeting planning and catering staff will work closely with you on every aspect of your stay.

 


Maywood, Village of
40 W. Madison St.
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 450-6300
Fax: (708) 450-0657

The Village of Maywood founded in 1869, is a bedroom community conveniently located ten miles west of the Chicago Loop. Maywood is rich in historical culture with sixteen structures on the National Historic Register. When visiting Maywood, you will find a wonderful selection of Victorian homes, four squares, bungalows, prairie school, and Queen Anne and vernacular homes. The Illinois Paririe path starts in Maywood and continues west to connect with the Grand Illinois Trail. Upon completion in the year 2000, the Grand Illinois Trail will make a continuous bicycle trail 475 miles across Northern Illinois. Maywood is serviced by Metra and CTA transit service via PACE.

 


Melrose Park, Village of
1000 N. 25th Avenue
Melrose Park, IL 60160
(708) 343-4000
Fax: (708) 531-5316

Rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, the Village of Melrose Park boasts dozens of authentic Italian and Mexican eateries. But the event that brings this fine cuisine to light is the annual Taste of Melrose Park, held Labor Day Weekend. Second only to the City of Chicago's Taste in size and variety, Melrose Park's Taste offers far more bang for the buck. Every food portion is only $2.00 or less, so be sure to bring your family and a BIG appetite. More than 75 food vendors set up for the 3-day food extravaganza and serve everything from mouth-watering baked Clams and Calamari to homemade Fajitas and Churros. Only 20 minutes frm downtown Chicago and O'Hare Airport, Melrose Park is conveniently located. While visiting Melrose Park check out Kiddieland a popluar amusement park, that boasts Roller Coaster's, Water Rides, and more. Take in a show at the state of the art 10-screen movie theater. Other notable events attracting thousands of people are the annual Feast of Our Lady of Mr. Carmel and the Hispanic-Fest. Come and see for yourself all that this diverse and frienly village has to offer. Melrose Park welcomes you!

 


North Riverside, Village of
2401 S. DesPlaines Avenue
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-4211
Fax: (708) 447-4292

Respectfully known among its residents and neighbors as "the small community with a big heart," North Riverside exemplifies the progressive characteristics and retail strength of much larger Villages while embracing and nurturing the precious familiarity and genuine compassion of its rural roots-scarce municipal traits in the 21st Century. An ideal place to live, work and visit, the Village of North Riverside is home to exceptional police, fire, public works, recreation and library services; noteworthy schools and houses of worship; an Illinois Army National Guard base; the newly-renovated North Riverside Park Mall; and the prestigious Illinois St. Andrew Society and the Riverside Golf Club. The community of approximately 6,200 residents is made up of active senior citizens and young families who enjoy the many benefits and quality of life in North Riverside such as senior clubs, a quilting club, a thriving theater group, family organizations such as LINK, scouting and sports programs as well as a state-of-the-art ball field complete with a sophisticated tornado and lightning alert system. North Riverside's Village Commons, the hub of all Village Departments and recreational events, ranks among the most beautifully-executed green spaces in the western suburbs, featuring a pond and fountain, walking path, picnic areas, tot play area and its most-recent centerpiece: a gazebo dedicated to courageous men and women of the American Armed Forces. North Riverside has earned much-deserved national and statewide accolades for financial management, goal achievement, communication with residents and businesses and genuine dedication to the health and well-being of the North Riverside community. Demonstrated primarily by its inimitatable Neighborhood Services program, linking neighbors to neighbors on a regular and caring basis. The Village administration's and citizenry's reputation of "random acts of kindness" have impacted countless lives. Its annual youth scholarship program and its recently-implemented Handyman program, a partnership with retailers and Riverside Township, further drives home the Village's dedication to its residents of all ages. Most recently, North Riverside earned statewide recognition from the American Cancer Society for having "the most successful event in the Region's 33-year history, raising over $250,000." Of the 42 communities from Midway to O'Hare, from DuPage County to the City of Chicago, a population estimated at just over one million, North Riverside, one of the smallest communities in the Region, stunned its neighbors and ACS representatives with this record-setting event total.

 


Northlake, City of
55 East North Avenue
Northlake, IL 60164
(708) 343-8700
Fax: (708) 343-8038

The people of Northlake have a commitment to preserving open spaces and wildlife that make the City a great site for picnicking, walking and outdoor activities. In addition, you'll find shopping, dining and a friendly hometown feeling. If your group is visiting the Oak Park area during the last weekend in June, visit the City of Northlake Days summer festival and enjoy and old-fashioned parade and carnival-plus a spectacular fireworks finale. Accommodations include the Econo Lodge with 96 rooms.

 


Oak Park, Village of
123 W. Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-6400

The rich history of Oak Park began with the 1839 settlement by Joseph Kettlestrings, a native of England, on a section of land now bounded by Lake Street, Chicago Avenue, Oak Park Avenue, and Harlem Avenue. The home he built on the southwest corner of that tract was the first house in Oak Park.

In the mid-1800's, W.H. Scoville and J.W. Scoville acquired 185 acres of land north of Chicago Avenue between Oak Park Avenue and Austin Boulevard. Other settlers moved in slowly. By 1870, the population of the Village was only about 500, but the Chicago Fire of 1871 caused an exodus of Chicagoans into Oak Park, giving the Village its first population boom. By 1902, the year of its incorporation as a Village, Oak Park was approximately 50 percent developed, predominantly by single-family residences mixed with large areas of apartment houses and fringed with commercial development.

Today, comfortable Victorian homes stand in Oak Park alongside Prairie style structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries. The village has come to represent a distinctive urban/suburban lifestyle that is a mix of these architecturally significant homes, lovely shaded streets, expansive parks, an excellent school system, and a concerned and responsive governing body.

 


River Forest, Village of
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 366-8500
Fax: (708) 366-3702

River Forest is proud of its rich architectural and cultural heritage and, together with its residents, diligently preserves this heritage and quality of life. Its earliest settlers can be traced to the Menominee, Chippewa and the Patawatoni Indians who settled along the Des Plaines River. In a frecent magazine survey, River Forest ranked "fourth" out of over 160 municipalities in the six-county Chicagoland area when it comes to quality of life, schools, recreational facilities and ease of commuting. A visit to the Trailside Museum will put your group in touch with nature in the beautiful wooded setting near the Des Plaines River. Add a stop at the charming River Forest Town Center, which boasts more than 80,000 square feet of retail shops, and wind up with a tour of Whole Foods Market- a beautiful European style market. If you are looking for a cost-effective meeting site, consider Concordia University and the Dominican University and Conference Center located in River Forest.

 


River Grove, Village of
2621 N. Thatcher Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
(708) 453-8000

Known as "The Village of Friendly Neighbors", our small community is enjoyed in some cases by four generations of the same family who enjoy its small town atmosphere, convenience and progressiveness. We remain very family oriented, with remodeled shopping areas, good schools for our children and good services for our seniors all helping to keep our town very viable.

 


Riverside, Village of
27 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-2700
Fax: (708) 447-2704

Visit historic Riverside, Illinois! Recognized internationally as one of the first planned suburban communities in the country, Riverside is one of the most historic and beautiful villages in Northern Illinois. Designed in 1869 by famous landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed New York's Central Park, the entire village was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Conveniently located along the Metra BNSF rail line, only a 20 minute ride from downtown Chicago, Riverside is easily accessible by train, automobile or bicycle. Walk or ride your bicycle through winding streets while enjoying historic architectural wonders. Frank Lloyd Wright designed several homes in Riverside, including the Avery Coonley residence and the Tomek House. For more information on the history and architecture of Riverside, visit the Riverside Historical Museum, open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Saturday. Riverside is home to unique shops, restaurants and wide-open green spaces. For a list of upcoming events and information on visiting Riverside, please visit the History/Community page of the Village website.

 


Schiller Park, Village of
9526 West Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
(847) 678-2550
Fax: 847.671.9783

Schiller Park is the Northern most community in the Oak Park Area. Home to over 11,000 residents, the village is adjacent to O'Hare Airport, The Stevenson Convention Center, The Rosemont Theatre, and The Allstate Arena. Also easily accessible from major expressways and public transportation, Schiller Park has a small town feel, and a wide variety of accommodations to suit any budget. From the Comfort Suites and Comfort Inn to the Four Points by Sheraton and Hampton Inn, these hotels offer full-service and business class accommodations for sleeping and dining options. Our hotels and restaurants offer meeting and dining facilities for groups of 2 up to 350 people. Whether you are coming to the Oak Park area for business or touring our charming historic communities, Schiller Park is a centrally located home base for groups and families.

 


Stone Park, The Village of
1629 N. Mannheim Rd.
Stone Park, IL 60165
(708) 345-5550

Stone Park is a small town nestled between Northlake and Melrose Park, approximately 2 1/2 miles south of O'Hare Airport. We have that small hometown feeling that makes your visit to our town an enjoyable experience. Our residents and business owners are known by name by our Police, Fire and Public Works Departments. We are in the midst of a renewal. Our Village is currently in the process of building a new 3-Story Bank, Village Hall, and Restaurant and we are renovating and upgrading our parks. Come by and see our progress. We have a large ethnic culture that is topped off with the Italian Cultural Center & Museum that is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., admission is free, but donations are welcomed and appreciated. Large group tours are asked to call in advance and arrange for a guide at (708) 345-3842. If you stop to visit please say hello to our Mayor and his administration. We welcome guests to our town.

 


Westchester, Village of
10300 Roosevelt Road
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 345-0020
Fax: (708) 345-2873

Westchester is a small residential community that has seen a dramtic growth in business and leisure visitors. If your group is in the Oak Park area during the summer, you'll want to make a trip to Westchester for the Annual Funfest in late July (or their Fourth of July Parade). In November, the Village hosts a Veteran's Day Run-so if you need a little exercise, join in the pack. The Hampton Inn in Westchester has 112 sleeping rooms, and is ideal for small conferences and corporate meetings. The full-service Inn is conveniently located near fine dining and shopping areas.

 


 








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