Many top-notch public school districts are located within the southwest suburbs, as well as private schools and colleges, including Saint Xavier University. With the Metra's SouthWest Service and Rock Island District trains passing through the area, residents can easily commute to and from downtown Chicago. Major nearby highways include the Tri-State Tollway, Veterans Memorial Tollway and I-80. For those who travel often, Chicago Midway International Airport is situated just north of the southwest suburbs.
The southwest suburbs offer residents many attractions and entertainment venues, including the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – one of the largest outdoor concert venues in Chicagoland – as well as children's museums and Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire soccer team. Several great restaurants can also be found in the region, such as Tallgrass in Lockport. Recreational opportunities are also abundant, thanks to many numerous parks, trails and golf courses.