About Palos Park
A unique community surrounded by nature, Palos Park has a history of attracting outdoor enthusiasts.
Prior to being incorporated in 1914, the village was a getaway destination for city dwellers looking to escape urban life. Today, residents and visitors are still drawn to the area’s natural beauty including hills, creeks, ravines, and wooded landscape, along with ample recreational opportunities like fishing, biking, and hiking. Centennial Park is among the area’s newest attractions featuring various athletic fields.
With a population of almost 5,000, Palos Park is a close-knit community. There are plenty of seasonal events including Concerts in the Park and the Autumn in the Park festival, featuring live music, a parade, great food, and a BBQ contest.
Palos Park has a vibrant art scene and a long history as an artists’ community. Log Cabin Center for the Arts trains creative types in the artistic process and offers classes to experienced artists and newcomers alike. On stage, the Palos Village Players produce a few shows every year.
A 25-mile drive from downtown Chicago, Palos Park has a Metra train station in town that provides direct access to Chicago’s Union Station.