The City of Oak Forest is a municipality in Illinois that is home to approximately 28,000 residents and more than 450 businesses. The earliest reference to the community as Oak Forest is in an 1893 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway timetable. Oak Forest was incorporated as a village in 1947, and then incorporated as the City of Oak Forest in 1971. It became a home-rule community in 1981. Nestled among picturesque forest preserves and just 24 miles from downtown Chicago, the City of Oak Forest is on the fast track to becoming one of the premier suburbs in southwest Cook County.
The wide-range of transportation options in Oak Forest provides residents and business owners with easy access to both the excitement of the city and the relaxation of the suburbs. Commuters and shoppers alike can take advantage of the 24/7 access to downtown Chicago and all points in-between on the Metra trains that depart regularly from the new commuter station at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue. The Pace bus system also shuttles residents and commuters around town with convenient morning, afternoon and evening routes. Those who prefer to drive to their destinations enjoy the convenience of several nearby interstates, including I-57, I-80 and I-294. Oak Forest also is served by U.S. Route 6 and State Routes 43 (Harlem Avenue) and 50 (Cicero Avenue).
When you are a resident of Oak Forest, you can rest assured that elected officials and staff are doing all they can to provide local government that is honest, accountable, efficient, and forward-thinking. The City of Oak Forest is managed through the Mayor's Office and department directors.