Incorporated as the Town of Harlem in 1884, the village was renamed Forest Park in 1907. Forest Park features a strong mix of industrial and commercial businesses, including a major shopping mall and a bustling commercial center on historic Madison Street. Forest Park's cemeteries are well known for housing many famous deceased individuals, including Ernest Hemingway's parents and members from the Haymarket Day riot.
Forest Park offers a wide variety of residential real estate, including single-family homes, town homes and condominiums. Chicago housing architecture has influenced many Forest Park homes, with bungalows and split-level styles prevalent throughout the town. The average sales price for a single-family home in Forest Park was $180,978 in 2012, and the average condominium was $94,170 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).
Students attend Forest Park School District 91's four grammar schools and one middle school. The village is also home to the prestigious Proviso Central Math and Science Academy, the town's high school, in addition to two private parochial schools.
The Park District of Forest Park, located near the center of the village, has a 15-acre park with an aquatic center, which houses two large water slides and a volleyball court. Forest Park has been home to the Midwest's annual
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