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Community spotlight: Orland Park, Illinois

A southwest suburb retail and entertainment hub
  • Located less than an hour from Chicago, Orland Park is filled with shopping, dining and entertainment amenities as well as local parks and preserves for outdoor recreation.
  • The high school graduation rate is 11 percent higher than the state of Illinois, according to AreaVibes.
  • The area's median home value is higher than the rest of the state's, and residents typically make more than the average Illinois resident.

Orland Park/Flickr user Teemu008 Located less than an hour southwest of downtown Chicago, Orland Park is a shopper's paradise with plenty of outdoor activities for all ages. Development has been strong as of recent in Orland Park, particularly around the 143rd Metra station, with the new Ninety7Fifty apartment complex and a massive Mariano's grocery store across from other retailers. Orland Park is also home to a train station at 153rd street. The Metra offers easy access to downtown Chicago's Union Station. Downtown Chicago and the rest of the suburbs are also within easy access via several highways and interstates, including Interstates 80, 355, 294 and 55. LaGrange Road is the main thoroughfare in Orland Park, dotted with casual and fine dining options, specialty retailers and more. In addition to these amenities, Oak Forest Park, Orland Grove Forest Preserve, Orland Grassland and Centennial Park are all within arm's reach for outdoor enthusiasts. Tampier Sl...