Oak Park and River Forest are quaint, middle-class suburbs just 10 miles west of Chicago. These historically significant villages offer students a rich community of entertainment and culture, including unusual restaurants, scenic parks, festivals, art galleries, theaters and bookstores.

You'll find plenty to keep you entertained and challenged as you walk through the downtown areas of these friendly villages...tiny boutiques, Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio, Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home, beautiful parks, outdoor theater, world-class artists from classical to jazz to blues to hoe-down, and quaint sidewalk cafes with awesome coffee and fresh pastries! If you're not in the mood to hop the El and go downtown, never mind. There's plenty to do within just a few minutes' walk.

Learn more about the hot spots of Oak Park/River Forest
Oak Park Tourist
Village of Oak Park
Visit Oak Park
Village of River Forest

Chicago Tribune
Chicago Sun Times

Oak Leaves
Wednesday Journal

Oak Park Public Library
Park District of Oak Park

River Forest Public Library
River Forest Park District

Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce

Community Bulletin Board

The University maintains a single bulletin board on which community members and organizations may post notices. It is located on the lower level of the Koehneke Community Center.

View Community Bulletin Board Posting Procedures (PDF)