About Oak Brook
Located approximately 17 miles west of downtown Chicago, Oak Brook is an affluent village home to a number of prominent corporations, including McDonald's, which is headquartered in the community.
Oak Brook's beginnings date back to the 1890s, when Frank Osgood Butler bought a summer home in the area. In 1922, his son, businessman Paul Butler, established the Oak Brook Polo Club and is credited for the development of Oak Brook. The town was officially incorporated as a village in 1958, and more land was acquired afterwards, including the area of what is now the Oakbrook Center shopping mall.
The community consists of Butler School District 53, which offers Brook Forest Elementary School and Butler Junior High School. High school students in the community primarily attend Hinsdale Central High School. With its proximity to Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway and the Tri-State Tollway, Oak Brook is easily accessible by car, while the nearby CTA Green, Blue and Pink Lines serve as convenient public transportation options.
Oak Brook real estate ranges from smaller single-family homes to million-dollar estates. The average sales price for a single-family home in Oak Brook was $999,005 in 2012. Condominiums can also be found in the community for an average of $287,128.
Residents enjoy various recreational opportunities thanks to the Oak Brook Park District, which offers a tennis center, bike bath, disc golf course, fitness center, the Dean Nature Sanctuary, and 150 acres of park. One of Oak Brook's biggest attractions for visitors is The Oakbrook Center shopping mall, which features upscale shopping and dining opportunities including Seasons 52, Mon Ami Gabi, Wildfire and the nearby Gibson's Steakhouse. Each year the community hosts several popular events, including the Taste of Oak Brook.