Getting Around

Draw a circle on a map, with Oak Park at the hub. Within half an hour, you
can be almost anywhere - downtown Chicago, O'Hare or Midway Airports,
over 25 sports facilities, countless suburbs, thousands of restaurants,
theatres, hospitals, medical centers, schools, universities. Oak Park is
within reasonable commuting distance of 1.6 million jobs. According to a
study issued in 2000 by the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the
Surface Transportation Policy Project, Oak Park residents have the lowest
estimated transportation costs of any suburb in the Chicago region, due to
its location, design, and access to transportation options.

And you do not even have to own a car. Surrounding this enviable location
is an abundance of public transportation, letting you get into, out of and
around Oak Park effortlessly. Two Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated
rail lines (Blue and Green), the Metra (Union Pacific West Line) train, ten
PACE bus lines, and eight CTA bus lines serve Oak Park. The Village also
operates a shuttle service between important sites and attractions within
the community.Driving? Interstate I-290, the Eisenhower Expressway, runs
directly through Oak Park, linking you with major highways into Chicago,
the suburbs and beyond. This great location and superb transit system put
neighborhoods within walking distance of multiple transportation access
points. This enables college students and business professionals to
commute downtown to school or work. It makes Oak Park's businesses and
attractions accessible to employees, tourists and shoppers well beyond
the Village's boundaries.

• Distance To:
O'HARE AIRPORT: 10 miles - 25 minutes
MIDWAY AIRPORT: 8 miles - 28 minutes
DOWNTOWN CHICAGO LOOP: 9 miles - 20 minutes - via Eisenhower
Expressway or public transportation (Austin & Harlem expressway exits &
entrances are on the LEFT side)

• Parking:
On street parking is banned between 2:30 and 6 a.m. except in certain
permit areas. Parking Clearinghouse information and permits for more than
100 Village parking lots and parking areas are available at Village Hall.
Parking Office Phone: 708.385.PARK (7275)

• Vehicle Stickers:
$45 per year ($35 for seniors & disabled citizens)

• Public Transportation:
- 2 rapid transit lines
- 1 commuter rail line
- Several bus routes
- 2 taxi-cab companies
- Senior citizen bus service
- Oak Park Shuttle

Download the Oak Park Shuttle Route Map & Schedule
Download the Oak Park Transit Guide in PDF Format

• Tourist Information:
Oak Park Visitors' Center (Lake Street at Forest Avenue) Phone:

• Points Of Interest
- Cheney Mansion
- Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio**
- 2 Historic Districts**
- Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
- Ernest Hemingway Museum
- Pleasant Home**
- Unity Temple**

** Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

• Places Of Worship:
- 4 Jewish congregations
- 45 Protestant churches (23 denominations)
- 4 Roman Catholic parishes


Map of Metered Parking & Parking Areas

Residential Permit Areas (111kb)

Parking Information Guide (110kb)

Download the Residential Permit Parking Information Guide and Map in PDF

Map of metered and parking areas (183kb)

Parking in Oak Park's Business Districts

North Avenue Business District, Chicago-Harlem Business District, Chicago-
Austin to Ridgeland Business District

Downtown Oak Park, South Marion Street Business District, Avenue
Business District, Lake Street Business District

Madison Street Business District, Southtown Business District

Harlem-Garfield Business District, Harrison Street Business District,
Roosevelt Road Business District
1009-11 MADISON ST.
OAK PARK, IL  60302