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Orland Park
The Village of Orland Park is a family-friendly community of over 56,000 situated in Cook County and Will County, Illinois. In 2006, Orland Park was named the "45th Best Place to Live in America" by Money magazine. Year-round activities include hiking and biking trails, wildlife refuges, Lake Sedgewick, an ice arena, golf courses, playing fields, and parks. Orland Park is serviced by Elementary School District 135 and High School District 230. Orland Square Mall attracts more than 100,000 guests each week, and continues to be a major draw for the area. Businesses and jobs in the finance, retail, services and healthcare fields continue to grow in Orland Park, making Orland Park among the lowest property tax towns in Cook County. Situated 25 miles southwest of Chicago, Orland Park is easily accessible via I-80, I-294, I-355,and I-57, as well as via two Metra commuter rail lines and PACE bus transit system.

Tinley Park
The Village of Tinley Park is located primarily in Cook CountyIllinois, with a small portion in Will County. In 2009, Tinley Park was selected by BusinessWeek as the best place to raise a family in America. It is one of the fastest growing suburbs south of Chicago, with a current population of over 56,000.  Since the 1920s, Tinley Park has been focused on the renovation of its downtown historic district. Landowners are encouraged to maintain the historic edifices or to create new, historically friendly facades for otherwise non-historic buildings built in the last 30 years. Tinley Park boasts many family-friendly activities, including the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, a major concert venue in the south suburban area. The Village is served by School District 230.

The Village of Mokena is a growing rural community in Will CountyIllinois, with a population size of over 18,800. Mokena is served by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, Mokena School District 159, New Lenox School District 122, Frankfort School District 157C, and Summit Hill School District 161. Higher education is provided through Joliet Junior College and through Rasmussen College.  The Village of Mokena is serviced by the Metra rail service Rock Island District, providing service to downtown Chicago's LaSalle Street Station, connecting with components of the Chicago Transit Authority. Mokena is also served by I-80, which connects with I-355 and I-57. As one of the best “small towns” in the south suburbs, Mokena continues to draw new homeowners with amenities such as an annual Food and Wine Festival, a Farmer’s Market, several neighborhood restaurants and holiday parades.

The Village of Frankfort is located in Will and Cook counties, Illinois.  What is now known as Frankfort Township was originally part of the Hickory Creek Precinct, settled by German immigrants wanting to live on and work the land. Recently ranked 36th in "America's Fastest-Growing Suburbs" by Forbes Magazine, Frankfort is thriving. Known as the "Jewel of the South Suburbs," Frankfort has been recognized as the Southland's Reader's Choice award for "Best Community.” Experiencing rapid growth, attracting new residents, and commercial and industrial businesses, Frankfort is a premier community with award-winning schools in Elementary School District 161, Elementary School District 157C, and Lincolnway School District 210, and exceptional residential, commercial and industrial development. The Village offers several special events to attract local residents. Many people who live, work, or shop in Frankfort find the growing community satisfies their needs.

New Lenox
The Village of New Lenox in Will County, Illinois is approximately 36 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, bordering the City of Joliet and unincorporated Will County. It is projected to have a population of 90,652 by 2030. Single-family residential dwellings are the predominant land use in New Lenox. Agricultural uses are most common in the undeveloped portions of the township. Construction of most dwellings in the many new subdivisions are built to the prospective buyers specifications. Acreage is still available in attractive locations, suitable for the buyer interested in a rural setting. The Village is also served by Lincoln Way School District, which is one of the best in the area. The New Lenox Park District maintains 35 parks and athletic fields comprising 569 acres. The Hadley Valley Preserve offers a unique 4.85-mile crushed Spring Creek Greenway Trail that welcomes pedestrians and equestrians. New Lenox offers traditional events such as the Proud American Day, Guy’s and Ladies’ Night Out, and the French Market.

Homer Glen
As one of the more recent developments in the south suburban area, the Village of Homer Glen was incorporated in 2001. Homer Glen is home to a variety of local businesses. Economic development activity occurs primarily in the east-west oriented commercial corridors of 143rd Street and 159th Street, both accessible via I-355. The Village of Homer Glen has implemented business-friendly improvements to the municipal approval process. The facilitation provided by Village staff means more efficiency for opening new businesses and initiating development projects in Homer Glen. Homer Glen’s gently rolling terrain is dotted with prairie grasses, stands of trees and cultivated fields. The Village offers two 18-hole golf courses through the Old Oak Country Club. The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 1,300 acres of land within the Village, including the Forest Preserve District's only equestrian trail.

Oak Forest
The City of Oak Forest is a suburban town about 24 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, in Cook County, Illinois. Its dense population of Cook County Forest Preserves is what gives it its name. It is home to top-rated Oak Forest High School, is part of Community College District 510 (South Suburban College), and houses the Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County, and the George W. Dunne Golf Course and Driving Range. Oak Forest is host of the annual Oak Fest community festival, which draws thousands each year with live music, food, games, and good old community fun.

Oak Lawn
The Village of Oak Lawn lies 15 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, and is about nine square miles wide. Oak Lawn has a distinctive “home town” feel, and is a place where people really get to know their neighbors.  It is known for several state-of-the-art hospitals: Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital, 22 parks, quality public and private education through Oak Lawn Community High School, and churches of varying denominations. The Village offers notable retail shopping through several malls and business districts. It also offers many annual special events such as its classic car show, pumpkin festival, and Farmer’s Markets to attract residents near and far.

Palos Heights
Small, but beautiful, the city of Palos Heights is a great place to live and work. Homes sit on residential lots of a quarter acre or more. Mature trees shade well-manicured lawns that wind along roadways without city-like sidewalks, curbs, or gutters. Notable attractions include Lake Katherine Botanic Gardens, Olde Palos Shopping Center, many family-style restaurants, and summer evening concerts at the Memorial Park Gazebo.

Palos Park
Palos Park is a charming, affluent village in southwest Cook County, Illinois.  Its dense, wooded areas with creeks, ravines, and large oak trees make it an idyllic place to live and raise a family. Its annual Autumn in the Park festival offers live music, food vendors, a chili cook-off, and kids’ activities. Palos Park is committed to preserving its natural surroundings, and offers several resources for the nature enthusiast.

The Village of Matteson is a thriving community in Cook and Will counties, just off of Interstate 57. Home to more than 20,000 residents, Matteson offers a culturally diverse residential population, a growing business community, accessible retail shopping, award-winning schools, and places of worship. Matteson’s active local government contributes to its success as a desirable community to live, work, and visit.

Richton Park
The Village of Richton Park is located 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, in Cook County, Illinois.  It offers many parks and recreational activities, a community center, and special events to peak residents’ interests. Many residents are attracted to Richton Park’s award-winning Elementary School District 159, its close proximity to Interstate 57, and its affordability.  A good selection of quaint, older homes with charm and character attracts homeowners and renters alike.

Country Club Hills
The City of Country Club Hills, located about 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, contains many spacious, affordable, middle-income homes in a country-like atmosphere. Enticed by large half-acre lots, sprawling trees, and a superb school district, many homeowners purpose to settle in Country Club Hills. It is home to the Country Club Hills Theatre and Chicago metropolitan area's largest Wal-Mart Supercenter. It is also home to the largest AMC Loews Cinema in the southwest suburbs.

Park Forest
Located approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago, Park Forest is part of both Will and Cook counties. Like many south suburban communities, the city grew out of the new prosperity after the war. Mostly multi-family rental units populated the area, and many of the early rentals were later converted to housing cooperatives. It has maintained its "All-America City" designation throughout the years. Park Forest’s greatest amenities are recreational, cultural and the high level of service provided by its local government. The 2,000 acres of parks, recreation facilities and open land in Park Forest are the largest per capita in Illinois. It is also home to the Scenic 5 Race which attracts runners from across the nation.

Chicago Heights
The city of Chicago Heights is located about 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, in Cook County.  It is home to St. James Hospital and Prairie State College, as well as several K-12 schools in School District 170. Golf enthusiasts flock to its two golf courses year-round. Spacious, older homes are a strong attraction for many residents in Chicago Heights. With its many commercial properties available, Chicago Heights is looking to become a notable home for many employers in the southwest suburbs.

Small, but quaint, the Village of Homewood is dubbed one of the most livable suburbs of Chicago by Forbes magazine. From the award-winning Homewood-Flossmoor High School and outstanding park district to ease of commuting to Chicago, Homewood's amenities add up to a superior quality of life. Homewood’s Fall Fest, Chocolate Bake-off Competition, art fairs, and other special events attract attendees throughout the south suburbs. Its tree-shaded neighborhoods and pedestrian walkways promote a feeling of safety and security. The community offers quality, large homes of varying prices to the discerning buyer who prefers character over cookie-cutter.

Often coupled with the adjacent Village of Homewood, Flossmoor offers similar, yet distinctive housing opportunities. The Village is renowned for the quality and architectural variety of its housing stock, as well as its proximity to numerous country clubs and golf courses. It prides itself on being a multicultural and multiracial community known for its public art and active business association. Only 3.66 square miles in diameter, Flossmoor is known as an affluent community offering family-oriented gatherings and Events. Flossmoor is served by School District 161 which has four elementary and one junior high school, and one high school, Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

The Village of Glenwood lies adjacent to the Lake Chicago Shoreline and is less than four square miles in diameter. It is conveniently located within close distance to the Midway Airport, Gary-Chicago International Airport, and the Lansing Municipal airport. The parks and recreation office offers several classes for Glenwood residents.  The Village consists of multi-generational families living in well-kept single-family homes. Glenwood proudly enforces its property maintenance guidelines for homeowners to follow.

The Village of Lansing is 23 miles southeast of downtown Chicago. Outdoor recreation activities abound through the Cook County Forest Preserve’s 125 acres of park lands. Year-round indoor activities are available through the 60,000 square foot Lan-Oak Park District community center. Local festivals begin with the Good Neighbor Day Parade in the summer, and end with the Grand Old Fourth of July celebration in mid-summer. Lansing offers numerous housing opportunities, from single-family homes, condominiums, and townhomes.

Olympia Fields
The Village of Olympia Fields is located in south suburban Cook County, Illinois. Its comprehensive property maintenance program allows Olympia Fields to maintain neighborhood stability and high property values. The Village offers a very active Homeowners Association that works closely to promote the quality of life that is appreciated. Olympia Fields is perhaps best known for the Olympia Fields Country Club, which operates a top-rated golf course that was selected as the site of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship. It is served by two Metra Electric Commuter Rail stations, with frequent access to downtown Chicago.


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