Park Forest



Park Forest was the nation's first fully-planned post World War II suburb, incorporated in 1949. Its innovative design has been recognized and used as a model for towns throughout the world. The Village has received numerous livability citations including two All-America City Awards, two Governors Home Town Awards, the Burnham Award and, most recently, the Community Vision - Suburban Award.

In addition to numerous playgrounds, ball fields, and picnic facilities, Park Forest contains 26 tennis courts and one of the largest outdoor swimming complexes in the state. Thousands take to the streets each Labor Day for the Park Forest Scenic 5 and More which consists of a 5-mile race, bike ride and many other activities. There are many cultural arts attractions provided by the Illinois Theatre Center, the Tall Grass Arts Association, the Main Street Nights concert series and seasonal performances at Freedom Hall's Nathan Manilow Theatre.


  • 1950's Park Forest House Museum

    An actual townhome from this first, fully planned post-World War II suburb. Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:30am to 3:30pm or by appointment.

  • Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre

    Join us for a performance in Chicago Southland's most intimate newly remodeled theatre. The location of a variety of concerts and performances.

  • Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

    The 75-member Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Carmon DeLeone, is the largest performing arts organization in the Chicago Southland providing professional, orchestral music of beauty and excellence to the region.

  • Illinois Theatre Center

    Since opening in 1976, the Illinois Theatre Center has been devoted to bringing the finest professional theatre to the South Suburbs. Over the years, we've brought you plays that provoke and enlighten, as well as entertain. New plays and classics. Innovative, off-beat musicals, and beloved titles that haven't been seen in many years.

  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebo

    One in a series of 16, featuring enclosed display panels depicting exciting stories and intriguing graphics.

  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural

    This full color mural commemorates the proclamation of the route and the naming of the first coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway. Designed with a dramatic portrait of Lincoln, and strikingly detailed parchment scrolls on either side of the portrait, the mural evokes a strong sense of patriotic pride.

  • Park Forest Historical Society

    An execptional Park Forest History Center where we share the unique history of Park Forest with our community, region, state, nations and world.

  • Park Forest Rail Fan Park

    A must visit attraction! Viewing platform and educational displays at one of the country's largest rail intersections. Here the Canadian main line connects with the Metra line. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

  • Thorn Creek Nature Center

    Enjoy the beauty of nature as you visit here.



Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.