Oak Brook, Illinois
|Oak Brook, Illinois|
|Townships||York, Downers Grove|
|• President||Gopal Lalmalani|
|• Total||8.28 sq mi (21.4 km2)|
|• Land||7.95 sq mi (20.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.33 sq mi (0.9 km2) 3.99%|
|• Density||991.6/sq mi (382.9/km2)|
|Down 9.41% from 2000|
|Standard of living (2007-11)|
|• Per capita income||$79,711|
|• Median home value||$837,100|
|Area code(s)||630 and 331|
Oak Brook is a village in DuPage County in Illinois. The village ranks among the wealthiest in Illinois and the United States. The population was 7,883 at the 2010 census. A suburb of Chicago, it is home to the headquarters of several notable companies and organizations including McDonald's, Ace Hardware, Blistex, Federal Signal, CenterPoint Properties, Sanford L.P. and Lions Clubs International.
Oak Brook was originally knows as Fullersburg, named after Ben Fuller, an early settler.
Oak Brook was incorporated as a village in 1958, due in large part to the efforts of Paul Butler, a prominent civic leader and landowner whose father had first moved to the vicinity in 1898 and opened a dairy farm shortly thereafter. Prior to incorporation, the name Oak Brook was used by local residents to distinguish their community from neighboring Hinsdale and Elmhurst, going back to the founding of the Oak Brook Civic Association almost two decades earlier.
The original boundaries were smaller than the present extent of the village, but a considerable amount of land was acquired soon after the founding of the village, including the land that is now the site of the Oakbrook Center shopping mall, which opened in 1962.
Paul Butler's interest in sport was reflected in the Oak Brook Sports Core, which features polo fields, a golf course (which was at one time the venue for the Western Open), swimming and tennis facilities, and other recreational facilities not commonly found in a village of this size.
The Oak Brook Historical Society was established in 1975 to serve as a community advocate for the historic preservation of the village and to be a resource for research and preservation of its history. Their current goal is to restore the Old Butler School, which will serve the community as the Oak Brook Heritage Center, operated by the Oak Brook Historical Society. The Heritage Center will provide multigenerational programming, exhibits of the heritage and history of Oak Brook, a research library, and small group meeting space.
Oak Brook is located at (41.84018, −87.953079).
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 8.28 square miles (21.4 km2), of which 7.95 square miles (20.6 km2) (or 96.01%) is land and 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) (or 3.99%) is water.
Oak Brook is located about 19 miles (31 km) west of the Chicago Loop (downtown Chicago) and is served by a network of major federal, state, and county roads, including the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294), the East-West Tollway (Interstate 88), and the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290). Although Oak Brook is not directly served by any CTA or Metra trains, the commercial corridor along 22nd Street is served by several Pace bus routes, and train stations in neighboring villages offer commuter train access to downtown Chicago.
Most of Oak Brook consists of residential subdivisions, with the exception of the Oakbrook Center shopping mall and other retail and office properties along 22nd Street and the Interstate 88 corridor in the northern part of the village.
The village's adjacent neighbors are Elmhurst to the north, Hillside to the northeast, Westchester to the east, Hinsdale and Westmont to the south, Downers Grove to the southwest, and Lombard and Oakbrook Terrace to the northwest.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,883 people, 2,939 households, and 2,363 families residing in the village. The population density was 991.6 people per square mile (382.9/km²). There were 3,188 housing units, at an average density of 401.0 per square mile (154.8/km²). The racial makeup was 71.8% White, 2.0% African American, 23.2% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% some other race, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.
There were 2,939 households, out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.6% were headed by married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63, and the average family size was 2.99.
In the village the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 13.8% from 25 to 44, 33.6% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.5 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.
For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $132,389, and the median income for a family was $152,209. Male full-time workers had a median income of $104,981 versus $71,961 for females. The per capita income for the village was $79,711. About 1.1% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
In 2011, 23.2% of Oak Brook's residents were Asian, making it the Chicago suburb with the second highest percentage of Asians.
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Equalized Assessed Valuation:
- 2010 – $1,608,622,320 (8.05% decrease from 2009)
- 2009 – $1,749,470,588 (2.65% decrease from 2008)
- 2008 – $1,797,238,113 (6.12% increase from 2007)
- 2007 – $1,693,581,172 (7.31% increase from 2006)
- 2006 – $1,578,273,201 (6.50% increase from 2005)
- 2005 – $1,482,432,467 (3.96% increase from 2004)
- 2004 – $1,425,867,144(7.44% increase from 2003)
- 2003 – $1,327,099,526(2.57% increase from 2002)
Median Home Value: $635,400*
2011 Municipal Operating and Capital Expense Budget: $49.4 million
Village Employees: 134 full-time employees
Village Government: president, village clerk, six trustees, and village manager
Oak Brook has its own school district, District 53, which includes Brook Forest Elementary School (grades K-5) and Butler Junior High School (grades 6–8). Students that live within the district attend Hinsdale Central High School, district 86. However, some residents of the village are within other DuPage county school districts, attending schools in Elmhurst, Downers Grove or Villa Park.
Middle schools Paul Butler Jr. High School (Butler District 53)
- Hinsdale Township High School No. 86 Hinsdale Central High School
- Elmhurst Community Unit School District No. 205 York Community High School
- Community High School District No. 99 Downers Grove North High School
- DuPage High School District No. 88 Willowbrook High School
- Community College District No. 502 (College of DuPage)
- Sunshine Montessori of Oakbrook
Economy and business
While many Oak Brook residents commute to jobs scattered throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, Oak Brook is also the home of many corporate offices. The world headquarters of McDonald's Corporation is in Oak Brook. McDonald's moved into the Oak Brook facility from an office within the Chicago Loop in 1971. Other corporations include Ace Hardware, Blistex, Dominick's, Federal Signal, Sanford, CenterPoint Properties, DantechIT, and Follett Higher Education Group. Global non-profit organizations such as Lions Clubs International and Institute in Basic Life Principles are also based in Oak Brook, Illinois.
According to the Village's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|3||Advocate Health Care||1,075|
|4||Inland Real Estate Corporation||846|
|6||ADT Security Services||725|
|8||Follett Higher Education Group||320|
|9||Lions Clubs International||300|
- Chris Chelios, Stanley Cup-winning defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens, and Detroit Red Wings, who also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, and Atlanta Thrashers
- William J. Cullerton, World War II flying ace, former host of "Great Outdoors" on WGN Radio
- Stan Mikita, Stanley Cup-winning center with the Chicago Blackhawks
- Dick Portillo, founder the Portillo Restaurant Group
- Taj Tarsha, theologian, author of The New York Times May 2004 Golden Quill winning novel What If God Was One Of Us? 
- Frank Thomas, first baseman with several Major League Baseball teams; lived in Oak Brook (1996–2003)
- Ty Warner, founder of popular toy company, Ty
- Doug Wilson, defenseman with the San Jose Sharks
- Frank Calabrese, Sr., made man and caporegime of the Italian mafia, Chicago Outfit
In the medical drama series ER, Carter's parents are said to live in Oak Brook, referencing it as a rich area. The show filmed a funeral scene in Oak Brook's Bronswood cemetery in its 267th episode, "Twenty-One Guns".
In a popular ad campaign by Hanes, Michael Jordan is asked by an irreverent yet likable "everyman" to join him at a conference in Oak Brook, Illinois, explaining to Jordan that, "...it would mean a lot to the people of Oak Brook."
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- Village of Oak Brook official website
- Oak Brook Village Profile
- Oak Brook Historical Society
- Oak Brook Public Library
- Butler School District 53
- Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce