The Village of Oak Park is a vibrant community of about 52,000 located immediately west of Chicago on a major interstate/expressway and only 20 minutes from downtown "Loop" and "Magnificent Mile." Oak Park is a first -ring suburb serviced by two light-rail rapid transit lines and one commuter rail line to Chicago. The Village offer miles of tree-lined streets as Illinois's first municipal arboretum, a growing bike way system and a thriving business community clustered into multiple business areas. This historically significant community provides a distinctive urban/suburban lifestyle that includes a mix of architecturally significant homes and buildings, high quality municipal services, excellent public and private schools, and an involved citizenry that is eager to participate in local government. As established by our residents in the comprehensive plan Envision Oak Park, the Village's five core values are diversity, urban sustainability, respect for Oak Park's legacy, collaboration & cooperation and thriving neighborhoods.