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Encyclopedia > Oak Lawn, Illinois
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Location within the Chicago metropolitan area. The Chicago metropolitan area.
Incorporated Village in 1909.
County; State Cook; Illinois
Township Worth
Government Council-manager
President Dave Heilmann
Population (2000) 55,245 (down 1.70% from 1990)
Pop. density 2,480.3/km² (6,427.3/mi²)
Zip code(s) 60453, 60454
Area code 708
Land area 22.3 km² (8.6 mi²)
Income Per capita:   $23,877
Household: $47,585
Home value Mean:    $157,000 (2000)
Median: $147,600
Website www.oaklawn-il.gov
Demographics (Full data)
White Black Hispanic Asian Islander Native Other
93.35% 1.22% 5.33% 1.73% 0.01% 0.17% 1.64%

Oak Lawn is a village in Cook County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 55,245. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x674, 9 KB) Location of Oak Lawn in Chicagoland. ... Image File history File links Chicagoland_Map. ... The Chicago metropolitan area is the metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago in the United States. ... A Municipal Corporation is a legal defintion for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to) cities, counties, and towns. ... Masouleh village, Gilan Province, Iran. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... United States of America, showing states, divided into counties. ... 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Oak Lawn is a suburb of the city of Chicago, located southwest of the city. It shares borders with the city in two areas, but is surrounded mostly by other suburbs independent of Chicago. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


The village government is comprised of a mayor and six village trustees. The six trustees represent the six districts within the village and are elected to four-year terms by the voters in each of their respective districts. The current mayor of Oak Lawn is Dave Heilmann, elected in 2005 with the Unity Party, which he led. He defeated members of the Village Vision Party, which held a majority on the village board for nearly 40 years. Heilmann is an Oak Lawn native who attended St. Linus Elementary School in Oak Lawn and Brother Rice High School in Chicago. Brother Rice High School is an all-male, Catholic, college preparatory institution located in Chicago, Illinois. ...

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Geography

Oak Lawn is located at 41°42′54″N, 87°45′12″W (41.715082, -87.753401)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 22.3 km² (8.6 mi²), all land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 55,245 people, 22,220 households, and 14,554 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,480.3/km² (6,427.3/mi²). There were 22,846 housing units at an average density of 1,025.7/km² (2,657.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.35% White, 1.22% Black, 0.17% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.64% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.33% of the population, including 4.3% of Mexican descent. “Whites” redirects here. ... A Masai man in Kenya Black people or blacks is a political, social or cultural classification of people. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... Hispanic flag, not widely used. ... US Hispanic or Latino population The Office of Management and Budget is required to use a minimum of two ethnicities: Hispanic or Latino or not Hispanic or Latino The O.M.B. defines Hispanic or Latino as a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other...


The top five ancentries reported in Oak Lawn as of the 2000 census were Irish (30.4%), German (19.5%), Polish (19.3%), Italian (9.7%) and English (4.4%).[1] One of the town's streets pays tribute to its Polish American heritage through its name of Deblin Lane after Dęblin, Poland. English Americans (occasionally known as Anglo-Americans) are citizens of the United States whose ancestry originates wholly or in part in the northwest European nation of England. ... Polish-American refers to American citizens of Polish descent. ... DÄ™blin is a town, population 19,000, on the Wieprz River, in Lublin Voivodship, Poland. ...


There were 22,220 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.14.


In the village the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.


The median income for a household in the village was $47,585, and the median income for a family was $60,057. Males had a median income of $44,954 versus $30,646 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,877. About 3.9% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

Oak Lawn is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district. The Third Congressional District of Illinois includes part of Cook County, and is currently represented by Democrat Dan Lipinski; the district was previously represented by his father Bill Lipinski. ...


History

1967 tornado

On April 21, 1967, a devastating tornado struck Oak Lawn. At 5:30 p.m., an F4-estimated tornado touched down near Palos Hills. It strengthened and, in the space of six minutes, tore a 16.2-mile (65 mph ground speed) swath of destruction through Oak Lawn, Hometown and Evergreen Park, and devastated the south side of Chicago before moving offshore to Lake Michigan as people were stuck in traffic during Friday rush hour. For that reason, this tornado ended up being the deadliest in the outbreak. It was also, at that time, the deadliest tornado to hit a U.S. urban area. Thirty-three people were killed and there were 1000 injuries. There were 16 deaths alone at the intersection of Southwest Highway and W. 95th Street in Oak Lawn. It destroyed 152 homes and damaged 900, causing $50 million in damage. is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... A tornado in central Oklahoma. ... Palos Hills is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Hometown is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Incorporated Village in 1893. ... --67. ...


Healthcare and public education

Oak Lawn is known for its community hospital, which serves the residents of Chicago and its suburbs. Christ Community Hospital (now known as Advocate Christ Medical Center) was built in Oak Lawn in 1960 and has expanded with the development of Hope Children's Hospital, along with becoming a part of Advocate Health Care. Christ Hospital also has a state-of-the-art Level 1 trauma center, providing trauma patients with advanced emergency medical care. The emergency department treats more patients than any other hospital in Illinois.


Oak Lawn has public education schooling children from K–6 in its many elementary schools, including Kolb, Lieb, Harnew, Columbus Manor, Covington, Hannum, Hometown, Kolmar, and Sward. Oak Lawn has two public middle schools. The first is Oak Lawn–Hometown Middle School, which replaced Douglas A. McGugan Junior High School in 2005 (now leased to South Side Baptist Church and School and Oak Lawn Montessori School). The second public middle school is Simmons Middle School. There are only two public high schools, Oak Lawn Community High School and H.L. Richards High School. The two high schools enroll students mostly from Oak Lawn, Hometown, Chicago Ridge, Calumet Park, and Robbins. Oak Lawn Community High School, or as it is commonly known, OLCHS, is a school in the Chicago Suburb of Oak Lawn, Illinois. ... Chicago Ridge is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Incorporated Village in 1912. ... Incorporated Village in 1917. ...


Catholic grammar schools include: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Germaine, St. Catherine, St. Linus, and St. Gerald.


Park system

Centennial Park, Winter 2006
Centennial Park, Winter 2006

Oak Lawn prides itself in its expansive park system. From the small corner play lots to the 38-acre Centennial Park, there are over 300 acres of parks, recreational facilities and open land. Image File history File links Centennial_park. ... Image File history File links Centennial_park. ...


These include playgrounds, walking paths, baseball fields, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, plus outdoor swimming pools, an indoor ice arena, two fitness centers, and an 18-hole golf course. Each area in Oak Lawn has its own recreational area, totaling 22 parks.


The 18-hole Stony Creek Golf Course features 5,004 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 65. Designed by Carl Getz, the golf course opened in 1982. The facility features include a miniature golf course, banquet facilities, pro shop, bocce courts, horse shoe pits, PGA instruction, and a 44-station driving range.


Rebirth of downtown Oak Lawn

New downtown development
New downtown development

For over a decade, the downtown area lacked any new building or redevelopment. The corner of 95th Street and 52nd in the heart of downtown Oak Lawn was an eyesore for many years. In the late 1990s construction of a large drive-through car wash facility began but was never completed. Most residents found this new construction at odds with the look of the area. After sitting, apparently abandoned, for over a year, it was demolished. This marked a turning point for the area. A new, higher-end retail corner featuring a Starbucks, restaurant, bank, and video rental store was built in its place. Soon after, a plan was announced for the modernization and expansion of the Metra train station on 95th Street. Image File history File links 52nd_and_95th_oak_lawn. ... Image File history File links 52nd_and_95th_oak_lawn. ...

New Oak Lawn Metra station
New Oak Lawn Metra station

Starting in 2002, downtown Oak Lawn (95th Street between Tulley and 55th Court) became the target of a massive redevelopment program; properties on the north and south sides of 95th Street were demolished. Eventually several square blocks were leveled, making room for several multistory, high-end condominium complexes with retail space on the main floors. Part of the project was the expansion of the Metra commuter train station that houses a retail/office center and a new children's museum. This complex also includes a multistory parking garage. Downtown Oak Lawn as seen today (2007) bears little resemblance to the downtown from 2002. It now features modern high-rise buildings, new shopping areas, a large contemporary Metra train station, and several new retail and service facilities. Image File history File links Oak_lawn_metra_station_sm. ... Image File history File links Oak_lawn_metra_station_sm. ...

Famous residents

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References

  1. ^ Profile of Selected Social Characteristics, Oak Lawn, Illinois. U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed 2007-04-03.

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External links

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