Oak Brook, Illinois

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Oak Brook, Illinois
Village
Oak Brook is located in Illinois
Oak Brook
Oak Brook
Coordinates: 41°50′24″N 87°57′11″W / 41.84000°N 87.95306°W / 41.84000; -87.95306Coordinates: 41°50′24″N 87°57′11″W / 41.84000°N 87.95306°W / 41.84000; -87.95306
Country  United States
State Illinois
Counties DuPage
Townships York, Downers Grove
Incorporated 1958
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • President Gopal Lalmalani
Area
 • 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%
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,883
 • 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
ZIP code(s) 60521-60523
Area code(s) 630 and 331
Geocode 54534
Website www.oak-brook.org
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
71.8% 2.0% 23.2%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.00% 0.00% 0.1% 4.3%
On the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook

Oak Brook is a village in DuPage County in Illinois. The village ranks among the wealthiest in Illinois and the United States.[2] The population was 7,883 at the 2010 census.[1] 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.

History[edit]

Oak Brook was originally knows as Fullersburg, named after Ben Fuller, an early settler.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.

Geography[edit]

Oak Brook is located at 41°50′24″N 87°57′11″W / 41.84000°N 87.95306°W / 41.84000; -87.95306 (41.84018, −87.953079).[6]

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.[7]

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.

Demographics[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[8]

In 2011, 23.2% of Oak Brook's residents were Asian, making it the Chicago suburb with the second highest percentage of Asians.[9]

Village statistics[edit]

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

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

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.

Elementary schools

  • Brook Forest Elementary School ( Butler District 53)
  • Hinsdale Community Consolidated School District No. 181
  • Elmhurst Community Unit School District No. 205
  • Downers Grove Elementary School District No. 58
  • Salt Creek School District No. 48

Middle schools Paul Butler Jr. High School (Butler District 53)

High schools

Colleges

  • Community College District No. 502 (College of DuPage)

Private schools[edit]

  • Sunshine Montessori of Oakbrook[10]

Economy and business[edit]

McDonald's Plaza, the headquarters of McDonald's

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.[11] Other corporations include Ace Hardware,[12] Blistex,[13] Dominick's,[14] Federal Signal,[15] Sanford, CenterPoint Properties, DantechIT,[16] and Follett Higher Education Group.[17] Global non-profit organizations such as Lions Clubs International[18] and Institute in Basic Life Principles[19] are also based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Top employers[edit]

According to the Village's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[20] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Oakbrook Center 3,150
2 McDonald's 3,000
3 Advocate Health Care 1,075
4 Inland Real Estate Corporation 846
5 Ace Hardware 796
6 ADT Security Services 725
7 Newell Rubbermaid 323
8 Lions Clubs International 300
9 The Hub Group 500 10 Reed Elsevier 230

Notable people[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

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".[citation needed]

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."[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Oak Brook village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "State and County QuickFacts: Oak Brook (village), Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "Oak Brook, IL". Encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "History of DuPage County : Oak Brook". Dupagehistory.org. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Oak Brook village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ Selvam, Ashok. "Asian population booming in suburbs." Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois). March 6, 2011. Retrieved on June 19, 2013.
  10. ^ "Sunshine Montessori of Oakbrook". Sunshinemontessoriobt.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ Cross, Robert. "Inside Hamburger Central." Chicago Tribune. January 9, 1972. G18. Retrieved on September 17, 2009.
  12. ^ "Ace". Acehardware.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ "About Blistex". Blistex.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  14. ^ Gallun, Alby. "Dominick's losing its local flavor." Crain's Chicago Business. June 17, 2002. Retrieved on December 23, 2009.
  15. ^ "Federal Signal Locations". Federalsignal.com. February 17, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  16. ^ "DantechIT | Contact Us". DantechIT.com. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.follett.com/divisions.cfm
  18. ^ "Contact Us". Lionsclubs.org. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Contact Us". IBLP. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Village of Oak Brook CAFR" (PDF). Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  21. ^ Megan, Graydon (2013-01-16). "William Cullerton, 1923-2013 WWII pilot, entrepreneur, radio host and well-known outdoorsman championed conservation". * Bill Gothard, founder of "The Institute In Basic Life Principles", IBLP Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  22. ^ http://www.purevolume.com/samandtaj
  23. ^ O'Connor, Matt (October 16, 1997). "Top mob loan shark, son sentenced to prison". Chicago Tribune (p.8). 

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