Park Forest, Illinois, located south of Chicago in Cook and Will counties, was the first post-World War II privately developed planned suburb. It became the prototype for other planned communities in the United States. As military servicemen returned to civilian life, planned communities incorporated housing, businesses and other amenities served new residents wanting to settle into safe and pleasant living environments. The Village of Park Forest has received many awards over its more than 50-year history for livability, innovative planning and design and downtown redevelopment.
History of Park Forest
The Village of Park Forest was conceived by Philip Klutznick, Nathan Manilow and Carroll Sweet in the late 1940s as a self-governing community with a business park, housing for 5,000 residents, a park system and an extensive outdoor shopping center. The village was designed by Elbert Peets, who worked with Klutznick's architectural design group, American Community Builders (ACB). The town was purposely situated near major transportation thoroughfares to facilitate commuting to Chicago and nearby communities.
The first homes built were multi-family dwellings to house returning servicemen. In the early 1950s, construction of small, single-family residences allowed many families to purchase their first homes. During the 1980s, a third phase of building featured larger homes for those who wanted more spacious living situations.
Park Forest was one of the first communities to develop a fair housing policy. Today, more than 50 percent of the population is comprised of African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics. Churches of several denominations and synagogues reflect the religious and cultural backgrounds of residents. Park Forest was honored as an “All-America City” in 1954 for opening Rich Township High School and in 1976 for its open housing and integration policies. As of 2010, the population was 21,975.
Cultural and Recreational Amenities in Park Forest
Park Forest is home to the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, where it began in 1954 as the Park Forest Orchestra with volunteer musicians. In 1978 it became a professional orchestra and was given its present name in 1982. A cultural arts center, part of a downtown redevelopment project during the 1980s, houses the Illinois Theatre Center and the Tall Grass Arts Association. Freedom Hall offers year-round live entertainment including music and dramatic presentations.
The village oversees more than 400 acres of park space including hike and bike trails, tennis courts, sports fields, a dog park, aqua center and picnic areas. Thorn Creek Nature Preserve includes approximately 3 miles of trails that wend through almost 1000 acres of mixed oak-hickory woodlands.
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