Discover La Grange Park
La Grange Park has many elements of a Norman Rockwell painting: greenery, front porches, Americana, and small-town charm. There’s even a ‘Poet’s Corner,’ a bit of village commemorating the site of an early school.
Located 13 miles from Chicago’s Loop in western Cook County, you’ll find many parks and roomy, four-square homes on the southwest side with post World War II brick houses to the northeast in this ‘S’ shaped village.
Originally just called The Park, the village was incorporated in 1892. Charles Joern built its Village Market in the 1950s, hailed as a one-stop shop for the housewife who could buy food, shoes and linens at one place. Joern also was an early residential builder and developed its Edgewood Park subdivision. His innovative Joern System employed building materials typically limited to commercial buildings, such as poured-concrete floors, cinder-block walls and steel support beams.
While La Grange Park has no downtown of its own, there’s easy access to La Grange and Oak Brook for shopping and dining. Its proximity to three interstates (I-290, I-55 and I-294) makes commuting a breeze. And even though La Grange Park is not on the Metra line, residents can catch trains in nearby Brookfield or La Grange.
The park district hosts an active summer events calendar and its parks include tennis courts, in-line skating rinks, playgrounds, running trails and plenty of ballfields to serve the village's many Little League teams. Bicyclists know the 6.6-mile Salt Creek Trail, which runs to the north of La Grange Park, from the Bemis Woods Forest Preserve to Brookfield Zoo.
La Grange Park offers two school districts. Children from the east side attend elementary and middle schools in Brookfield-La Grange Park School District 95, which feeds into Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside. West side children attend elementary and middle schools in La Grange District 102, which sends students to Lyons Township High School ("LT") in La Grange. Nazareth Academy is a high school in La Grange Park that serves the area's large Catholic population.