About Forest Park
It’s not easy appealing to city lovers and suburbanites alike. Somehow the village of Forest Park manages to offer residents the best of both.
Located 10 miles west of the Loop, Forest Park is known for its beautiful parks as well as its award-winning dining scene. The community was voted by readers of the Chicago Tribune as the "Best Neighborhood Dining" in the Chicago area.
The village offers easy access to the city and a small-town sense of community. Residents enjoy plenty of recreation, including an aquatic center with two large water slides and a volleyball court.
Forest Park has hosted the annual No Gloves National Invitational Softball Tournament for many years, featuring the best 16-inch slow-pitch softball teams in the Midwest.
The village was home to the Bloomer Girls women’s professional baseball/softball from the 1930s until 1955 when the Eisenhower Expressway claimed the softball field’s land.
The community has a healthy mix of industrial and commercial businesses, including a major shopping mall and a bustling commercial center. Historic Madison Street is at the heart of the shopping and dining district, featuring local boutiques, antique shops and restaurants.
Students attend one of the four grammar schools and one middle school in Forest Park School District 91. High school students attend the prestigious Proviso Central Math and Science Academy as well as two private parochial schools.
Commuters have several transportation options with Metra, CTA L trains (both Green and Blue lines) and access to the Eisenhower Expressway.