Livability Score

83
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (12) A+
Fairgrounds
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Live Fresco
Coffee Shop
Live Cafe
Coffee Shop
Whirlwind Coffee Company
Coffee Shop
Cafe Descrates
Coffee Shop
Wise Cup
Coffee Shop
La Borra
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Kribi Coffee
Coffee Shop
Taste of Brazil Cafe
Coffee Shop
The Happy Apple Pie Shop
Coffee Shop
Buzz Cafe
Coffee Shop
Eastgate Café
Coffee Shop
Blue Max Coffee
Coffee Shop
Friendly Coffee Lounge
Coffee Shop
Gina's Italian Ice
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
PTCI
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
I Due Mondi
Coffee Shop
Somethin’ Sweet Donuts
Coffee Shop
Entertainment (13) A+
Unknown Name
Stadium
Hemingway Museum
Museum
Scoville Park Outdoor Stage
Theatre Arts
Ernest Hemmingway Foundation
Museum
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Attraction
Oak Park River Forest Museum
Museum
Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center
Museum
Lake Theater
Cinema
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Museum
Madison Street Theatre
Theatre Arts
Circle Bowl
Bowling Alley
The Music Garden
Theatre Arts
The Actors Garden
Theatre Arts
Unknown Name
Water Park
Wonder Works Children's Museum
Museum
Fitzgerald's
Nightclub
The Wire
Nightclub
16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum
Museum
Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum
Museum
Knute Rockne Field
Stadium
Striker Lanes
Bowling Alley
AMC Showplace Galewood 14
Cinema
Maywood Fine Arts
Theatre Arts
Maywood Fine Arts
Theatre Arts
The Olympic Theatre
Theatre Arts
Food and Drink (29) A+
Jimmy John's
Fast Food
Oberweis
Sweets
Oak Park Brewing Company
Bar
Popeyes
Fast Food
Subway
Fast Food
Wingstop
Fast Food
Domino's
Fast Food
KFC
Fast Food
Beer Shop
Bar
Boss Burrito
Fast Food
Potbelly
Fast Food
Dunkin'
Fast Food
Fire Cakes
Fast Food
Chipotle
Fast Food
One Lake Brewing
Bar
Rosati's
Fast Food
Church's Chicken
Fast Food
Dunkin'
Fast Food
Boston Market
Fast Food
McDonald's
Fast Food
Mickey's
Fast Food
Peterson's Ice Cream
Fast Food
McDonald's
Fast Food
Alioto's Gift Shop
Fast Food
Wendy's
Fast Food
Fitness (5) F
CorePower Yoga
Gym
Longfellow Center
Community Centre
Sankofa Center at AAABNA
Community Centre
Anderson Park Center
Community Centre
Midtown Athletic Club
Gym
Howard Mohr Community Center
Community Centre
Orangetheory Fitness
Gym
By The Hand Club for Kids
Community Centre
Planet Fitness
Gym
The Peace Corner Youth Center
Community Centre
BUILD
Community Centre
Austin Satellite Senior Center
Community Centre
Charter Fitness
Gym
Planet Fitness
Gym
X-Sport Fitness
Gym
Planet Fitness
Gym
Off The Street Club
Community Centre
The Miracle Center
Community Centre
Cicero Community Center
Community Centre
Planet Fitness
Gym
Community Room
Community Centre
Anytime Fitness
Gym
Groceries (7) A+
Pete's Fresh Market
Grocery Store
Jewel-Osco
Grocery Store
Sugar Beet Co-op
Grocery Store
The Sugar Fixe
Bakery
Trader Joe's
Grocery Store
Whole Foods Market
Grocery Store
Carnival Grocery
Grocery Store
Kay's Bakery
Bakery
Jewel-Osco
Grocery Store
Silverland Bakery
Bakery
Leamington Foods
Grocery Store
Turano Baking Company
Bakery
Jewel-Osco
Grocery Store
Unknown Name
Grocery Store
Ed's Way
Grocery Store
Southshore Bakery
Bakery
The Great American Bagel
Bakery
Fresh Thyme
Grocery Store
ALDI
Grocery Store
Save-A-Lot
Grocery Store
Alpine Food Shop
Grocery Store
Living Fresh Market
Grocery Store
Schweet Cheesecake
Bakery
Today’s Temptation
Bakery
Cloverhill Bakeries
Bakery
Parks (54) A+
Ridgeland Commons Park
Park
Cheney Mansion
Park
Scoville Park
Park
Scoville Park Playground
Playground
Scoville Park Playground Sand Pit
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Randolph Tot Lot
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Beye School Playground
Playground
Harvey Green
Park
Mills Park
Park
Austin Gardens Park
Park
Stevenson Playground
Playground
Stevenson Park
Park
Oliver W. Holmes Elementary School Playground
Playground
Fox Park Playground
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Longfellow Park
Park
Fox Park
Park
Day Nursey Playground
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Cummings Square
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Whittier School Playground
Playground
Shops (49) A+
7-Eleven
Convenience Store
The Magic Tree Bookstore
Books
Citgo
Convenience Store
Bikefix
Bicycle
Lickbike.com
Bicycle
BP Shop
Convenience Store
Mobil Mart
Convenience Store
The Gaming Goat
Toys
Circle K
Convenience Store
Anna Threading & Spa
Beauty
Center Stage Hair Salon
Hairdresser
Oak Park Barbers
Hairdresser
Unknown Name
Convenience Store
Adore Me Hair Studio
Hairdresser
The Book Table
Books
Fleet Feet
Shoes
Glitter Nail Salon & Nail Academy
Beauty
Dollar Tree
Discount Store
7-Eleven
Convenience Store
Wheel & Sprocket
Bicycle
Target
Department Store
BP Shop
Convenience Store
T-Mobile
Electronics
Oak Park Nail Lab
Beauty
Old Navy
Clothing
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 24.1% take public transportation in Oak Park.
Public Transit Stops (149)
Stops & Stations
A+
Lake & East
Bus Stop
Lake & East
Bus Stop
Oak Park
Transit Station
Oak Park & South Blvd (Green Line)
Bus Stop
Oak Park & South Blvd (Green Line)
Bus Stop
Oak Park & Lake
Bus Stop
Lake & Oak Park
Bus Stop
Oak Park & Lake
Bus Stop
Ridgeland & South Blvd (Green Line)
Bus Stop
South Blvd & Ridgeland (Green Line)
Bus Stop
Ridgeland & Lake
Bus Stop
Lake & Oak Park
Bus Stop
Lake & Ridgeland
Bus Stop
Lake & Ridgeland
Bus Stop
Ridgeland
Transit Station
Ridgeland & Ontario NB
Bus Stop
Ridgeland & Ontario SB
Bus Stop
Oak Park & Erie NB
Bus Stop
Lake & Kenilworth
Bus Stop
Oak Park & Erie SB
Bus Stop
Lake & Cuyler
Bus Stop
Ridgeland & Erie NB
Bus Stop
Ridgeland & Erie SB
Bus Stop
Lake & Kenilworth
Bus Stop
Oak Park & Washington NB
Bus Stop
Workers Taking Public Transit
24.1%
A+
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cost of living F

The cost of living in Oak Park is 130/100 - which is 35% higher than Illinois.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
F
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
D+
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crime D+

Oak Park crime rates are 3,340 per 100k, which is 70% higher than Illinois
Property Crime
3,012 crimes per 100k
F
Violent Crime
328 crimes per 100k
C
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employment A+

The median income in Oak Park is $96,945 - which is 64% higher than Illinois.
Med. Household Income
$96,945
A+
Unemployment Rate
3.5%
C+
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health B

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (18)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
A+
Oak Park Fire Department Station #1
Fire Station
Medical Arts Building
Doctor
Fresenius Kidney Care
Clinic
Walgreens
Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Immediate Care of Oak Park
Clinic
Sear's Pharmacy
Pharmacy
West Suburban Medical Center
Hospital
West Suburban Dental Center
Dentist
Oak Park Police Department
Police
Oak Park Pediatrics
Doctor
Reynolds Cosmetic Dental
Dentist
Bryan C Schultz Dermatology
Doctor
Walgreens
Pharmacy
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Hospital
Oak Park Fire Department Station #2
Fire Station
Oak Park Fire Department Station #3
Fire Station
Chicago Fire Department Engine Company 96
Fire Station
Chicago Police Department 15th District Station
Police
Forest Park Police Department
Police
PCC Austin Family Health Center
Clinic
Forest Park Fire Department
Fire Station
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Walgreens
Pharmacy
River Forest Fire Department
Fire Station
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
F
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housing A+

Oak Park home prices are $403,200 - which is 131% higher than Illinois
Home Price
$403,200
A+
Home Appreciation Rate
11%
B+
Home Affordability
4.2x (home price to income ratio)
D
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schools A

The Oak Park graduation rate is 95% - which is 12% higher than Illinois
School Test Scores
49%
F
High School Grad. Rates
95%
A+
Elementary Schools (16) A+
Intercultural Montessori Language School
Alcuin Montessori School
William Beye Elem School
Percy Julian Middle School
Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School
La Casa Montessori School
Oliver W Holmes Elem School
St Catherine Siena-St Lucy School
Longfellow Elem School
Whittier Elem School
Ascension Elementary School
Montessori Language Academy
Grant-White Elem School
Horace Mann Elem School
St Paul Lutheran School
West Suburban Montessori School
Ellington Elem School
Garfield Elem School
Roosevelt School
Catalyst Charter-Circle Rock Es
William Hatch Elem School
Grace Lutheran School
St Luke Parish School
Abraham Lincoln Elem School
Irving Elem School
High Schools (2) A+
Alop Academic Learning Program
Oak Park & River Forest High Sch
Fenwick High School
Douglass Academy High School
Austin College And Career Acad Hs
Trinity High School
Austin Career Education Center
Yccs-Austin Career Ed Cntr Hs
Clark Acad Prep Magnet High Schl
Proviso East High School
Yccs-Westside Holistic Ldr Acad
Banner West Academy Hs
Yccs-Scholastic Achievement Hs
Academy Of Scholastic Achievement
Noble St Chtr-Itw Speer Acad
Camelot Safe Acad - Garfield Park
J Sterling Morton Freshman Cntr
Prosser Career Academy Hs
Proviso Thsd 209 Dream School
Proviso Math And Science Academy
J Sterling Morton Alternative Sch
Morton Alternative Schools
J Sterling Morton West High Sch
Legal Prep Academy Charter Hs
J Sterling Morton East High Sch
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ratings C+

Oak Park has an overall rating of 67% from 35 reviews.
User Reviews (4)
From AreaVibes
C+
User Surveys (31)
From AreaVibes
C+
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Oak Park Area Facts

  • Oak Park has a Livability Score of 83/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Oak Park crime rates are 70% higher than the Illinois average
  • Cost of living in Oak Park is 35% higher than the Illinois average
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Oak Park Reviews

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Hard to tell during a pandemic 3 rating By TrashPanda ( Feb 08, 2021) Neighbors are always kind and say hi when walking passed. Downtown area is quaint and well taken care of. Worth noting that you have to pay a fee (for a license) to have a car in Oak Park and then pay an additional cost for quarterly street parking. Hard to evaluate the area duri ...Read More ng a pandemic. Take out food has been great. Definitely try the Cozy Corner and Katys Dumplings. Read Less
Those who bad mouth Oak Park are all wrong 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Oct 20, 2020) I couldn't believe what some people (2) said about Oak Park. It is a very nice community. Most of the community is very nice, safe, etc. One side of town butts up to the west side of Chicago, and that area is a little rougher. But really, saying one gets killed on the corner, ...Read More train stop, etc - that'a full of crap. Oak Park is actually one of the top suburbs in the Chicago area. Read reviews from other sites, as the few negative reviews here are not representative of the town. Actually, if you tell other people in Chicago you live in Oak Park, they will think: nice homes, LGBT positive, family positive, diverse, excellent public transportation to down town Chicago as well as easy driving, lots of doctors, lawyers, financial industry, as well as lots of regular people. Most newly married people will not be able to afford a house here. But after they get established and can afford it, this is a wonderful place to raise and educate kids. Read Less
Expensive and crime ridden. 1.5 rating By Anonymous ( May 10, 2019) Having lived in Oak Park twice once in 1972-75 and again 2015-16 it has changed. It was always very expensive to live among the wonderful liberal minded people. The last experience in town however was tainted with crimes. My car was broken into twice, I was robbed once. The town ...Read More is more racially divided and hostile.

The architecture is wonderful. Access to public transportation is great and proximity to the Loop is fantastic. These are things a tourist can visit without the need to live here. Read Less
Oak Park, IL; A Residential Neighborhood with Many Perks 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Apr 23, 2012) As a girl I relocated many times with my family, mostly oversees, as my father was proficient in a variety of languages, an asset his company chose to mine abundantly. When at last we returned to living full time in the U.S I lived in Dallas, Texas, for a period of months. It was ...Read More from there that we moved to Oak Park, Illinois, where I was destined to pass most of my Middle School years and all of my High School ones. Oak Park schools are rated as stellar, and deservedly so. I had great teachers, our classes had moderate teacher/student ratios and the offerings, both in terms of required classes and activities were large and varied enough to suit almost any type of student. In fact, my High School even offered an innovative school within a school for students who felt disenfranchised from the usual sort of classroom.

Besides great schools, Oak Park is renowned for its architecture. Students of Frank LLoyd Wright can find a number of great examples of his work just by walking around. Edgar Rice Burroughs and the creator of the "Twinkie" are also notable as one time Oak Park citizens.

While there is a small slightly more urban slice that abuts the outskirts of Chicago, Oak Park is largely suburban, that is residential family living. The sense of community is high. There is a great library, a fantastic local paper and many community-sponsored activities. There is a very reputable hospital. Nightlife consists, for the most part, of a great play, a movie, or some fine dining. You may have to travel for dancing till dawn. The shopping is varied with both boutiques and chain stores. Odds are you may have some digging out to do in the winter. Summers, however, are very pleasant. Read Less
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Expensive and crime ridden. 1.5 rating By Anonymous ( May 10, 2019) Having lived in Oak Park twice once in 1972-75 and again 2015-16 it has changed. It was always very expensive to live among the wonderful liberal minded people. The last experience in town however was tainted with crimes. My car was broken into twice, I was robbed once. The town ...Read More is more racially divided and hostile.

The architecture is wonderful. Access to public transportation is great and proximity to the Loop is fantastic. These are things a tourist can visit without the need to live here. Read Less
Oak Park, IL; A Residential Neighborhood with Many Perks 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Apr 23, 2012) As a girl I relocated many times with my family, mostly oversees, as my father was proficient in a variety of languages, an asset his company chose to mine abundantly. When at last we returned to living full time in the U.S I lived in Dallas, Texas, for a period of months. It was ...Read More from there that we moved to Oak Park, Illinois, where I was destined to pass most of my Middle School years and all of my High School ones. Oak Park schools are rated as stellar, and deservedly so. I had great teachers, our classes had moderate teacher/student ratios and the offerings, both in terms of required classes and activities were large and varied enough to suit almost any type of student. In fact, my High School even offered an innovative school within a school for students who felt disenfranchised from the usual sort of classroom.

Besides great schools, Oak Park is renowned for its architecture. Students of Frank LLoyd Wright can find a number of great examples of his work just by walking around. Edgar Rice Burroughs and the creator of the "Twinkie" are also notable as one time Oak Park citizens.

While there is a small slightly more urban slice that abuts the outskirts of Chicago, Oak Park is largely suburban, that is residential family living. The sense of community is high. There is a great library, a fantastic local paper and many community-sponsored activities. There is a very reputable hospital. Nightlife consists, for the most part, of a great play, a movie, or some fine dining. You may have to travel for dancing till dawn. The shopping is varied with both boutiques and chain stores. Odds are you may have some digging out to do in the winter. Summers, however, are very pleasant. Read Less

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A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Oak Park? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.

Parks

Ridgeland Commons Park
Cheney Mansion
Scoville Park
Scoville Park Playground
Scoville Park Playground Sand Pit
Unknown Name
Randolph Tot Lot
Unknown Name

Entertainment

Unknown Name
Hemingway Museum
Scoville Park Outdoor Stage
Ernest Hemmingway Foundation
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Oak Park River Forest Museum
Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center
Lake Theater

Food & Drink

Jimmy John's
Oberweis
Oak Park Brewing Company
Popeyes
Subway
Wingstop
Domino's
KFC

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Oak Park? Of all people who commute, 24.1% take public transportation in Oak Park.
Drive to Work
53%

24% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit
24%

19% higher than the US average

Walk to Work
4%

1% higher than the US average

A+ Health & Safety

Is Oak Park a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

Rush Oak Park Hospital
West Suburban Medical Center

Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy
Walgreens
Walgreens
CVS Pharmacy
Sear's Pharmacy

Doctors

Medical Arts Building
Oak Park Pediatrics
Bryan C Schultz Dermatology

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