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Overview of Oak Park

Oak Park has more than one claim to fame. As a first-ring suburb, it shares a border with the city of Chicago and is known for its blend of vibrant culture and residential streets. It has also been the home of numerous creative types: Oak Park was the birthplace of writer Ernest Hemingway, as well as the primary residence of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Oak Park's aesthetic is one of both urban and suburban design. Numerous Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired creations dot the village's landscape, as do a variety of historic homes. Its three historic districts are alive and well, and Oak Park's downtown area boasts numerous restaurants and shopping locations. Those searching for Oak Park apartments for rent will be happy to discover this thriving village on the border of the U.S.'s third most populous city.

Living in Oak Park, IL

Oak Park's substantial history makes it an incredible area in which to live. Because it has been around for many years and sees a diverse influx of cultures, people from all walks of life flock to Oak Park for a high quality of life. The median age in the village is 38.9 years, and 57.5 percent of households are comprised of families. Singles who long for a community feel flock to the area for its balance of urban and suburban life: 36.2 percent of households are made up of singles.

Oak Park is proud of its accepting and community-oriented vibe. Because of its historic and traditional neighborhood design, the city's neighborhoods are largely interconnected, rather than divided by subdivisions and long distances. As a result, Oak Park is the second most walkable city in Illinois, surpassed only by Chicago itself. The neighborhood structure allows for a family vibe and a diverse community in which families feel encouraged to play in their front yards and get to know their neighbors.

Oak Park Work and Play

Oak Park is home to West Suburban College of Nursing, but no major colleges or universities are located in Oak Park. However, Dominican University, Triton College, City Colleges of Chicago (Wilbur Wright and Malcom X colleges), DeVry University - Illinois, University of Illinois at Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University are all located less than 10 miles from Oak Park.

Because it is generally a residential community, Oak Park loses about 20 percent of its population during workdays due to commuting. The city is connected to Chicago's Loop via the El train, allowing for an easy commute to the region's central business district. However, many residents live and work in Oak Park. The top employers in the area are West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park Hospital, the Village of Oak Park and School districts #200 and #97.

Rentals in Oak Park, IL and Cost of Living

Oak Park's cost of living index is 106.6 percent, which is 6.6 percent above the U.S. average. However, many residents will save money on commuting costs because Oak Park is so close to downtown Chicago and has public transportation options.

Those searching for Oak Park rentals will also be happy to note that Oak Park has a healthy rental market: According to U.S. Census data, about 39.7 percent of homes in the city are renter-occupied. The median gross rent in Oak Park is $949 per month.

Oak Park Attractions and Special Events

Oak Park's annual A Day in Our Village festival offers insight into its fun and dynamic culture. Those considering Oak Park rentals should make an effort to attend the festival, which is designed to give potential residents insight into the city. The celebration features more than 100 local restaurants, businesses and religious organizations.

Architecture lovers will want to tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style designs. Tours of Wright's many architectural contributions are a thrill for visitors and residents alike, while a tour of Wright's personal home and studio is a great option for true Wright enthusiasts.

Rent.com® can help you get settled in an Oak Park apartment. Look through our rental listings and find the perfect home for your needs.

west77 - Chicago, IL 60654
25

Chicago, IL 60654

$1950 - $3390

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near North Side, River North)


$1950 - $3390

304 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

AMLI Lofts - Chicago, IL 60605
33

Chicago, IL 60605

$1825 - $3300

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (South Loop, The Loop)


$1825 - $3300

398 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Chatelaine - Chicago, IL 60611
29

Chicago, IL 60611

$1815 - $3040

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near North Side, Streeterville)


$1815 - $3040

90 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Circa 922 - Chicago, IL 60607
13

Chicago, IL 60607

$1675 - $5325

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near West Side)


$1675 - $5325

45 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Halsted Flats Apartments - Chicago, IL 60613
11

Chicago, IL 60613

$1925 - $4430

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Chicago, IL (Lakeview, Northalsted)


$1925 - $4430

269 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Coast At Lakeshore East - Chicago, IL 60601
67
(2)

Chicago, IL 60601

$1849

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (New Eastside, The Loop)

(2)

$1849

515 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Clarendon Shores - Chicago, IL 60640
6

Chicago, IL 60640

$1185 - $1210

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Chicago, IL (Uptown)


$1185 - $1210

76 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

SKY55 - Chicago, IL 60605
17

Chicago, IL 60605

$1862 - $3967

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near South Side, South Loop)


$1862 - $3967

411 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

AMLI River North - Chicago, IL 60654
24

Chicago, IL 60654

$1887 - $7712

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near North Side, River North)


$1887 - $7712

409 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

North Harbor Tower - Chicago, IL 60601
16

Chicago, IL 60601

$1405 - $3870

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (New Eastside, The Loop)


$1405 - $3870

600 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Van Der Rohe Apartments - Chicago, IL 60657
16

Chicago, IL 60657

$1645 - $2425

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (Lakeview)


$1645 - $2425

208 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

420 East Ohio - Chicago, IL 60611
22

Chicago, IL 60611

$1595 - $4350

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near North Side, Streeterville)


$1595 - $4350

263 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Green Manor - Chicago, IL 60640
10

Chicago, IL 60640

$995 - $1265

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Chicago, IL (Uptown)


$995 - $1265

44 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Homestead Apartments - La Grange Park, IL 60526
23
(5)

La Grange Park, IL 60526

$935 - $1250

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

La Grange Park, IL

(5)

$935 - $1250

366 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

LUX24 - Chicago, IL 60607
29

Chicago, IL 60607

$1745 - $4500

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near West Side)


$1745 - $4500

72 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Terrazio - Chicago, IL 60616
26
(2)

Chicago, IL 60616

$1425 - $3075

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near South Side, South Loop)

(2)

$1425 - $3075

180 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

One East Delaware - Chicago, IL 60611
18

Chicago, IL 60611

$1630 - $4540

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chicago, IL (Near North Side)


$1630 - $4540

306 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Buena Shores - Chicago, IL 60613
36

Chicago, IL 60613

$1145 - $1815

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Chicago, IL (Uptown)


$1145 - $1815

200 Units 1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Sheridan Shores - Chicago, IL 60613
22

Chicago, IL 60613

$1075 - $1385

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Chicago, IL (Lakeview, Northalsted)


$1075 - $1385

63 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

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