Orland Park, Illinois
|Orland Park, Illinois|
|— Village —|
|Motto: "Where you want to be"|
|Townships||Orland, Palos, Bremen, Frankfort|
|• Mayor||Daniel McLaughlin|
|• Total||22.16 sq mi (57.4 km2)|
|• Land||21.88 sq mi (56.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.29 sq mi (0.8 km2) 1.31%|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Density||2,605.9/sq mi (1,006.1/km2)|
|Standard of living (2009-11)|
|• Per capita income||$35,320|
|• Median home value||$292,200|
|ZIP code(s)||60462, 60467|
Orland Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States; it also extends slightly into Will County. The population was 56,767 at the 2010 census. The ZIP code is 60462 for most of the city, and 60467 for the outlying areas of town near the Will County border.
In 2006, Orland Park was awarded the title of "45th Best Place to Live in America" by Money magazine. Facilities include hiking and biking trails, wildlife refuges, greenbelts, a Sportsplex and an aquatic center, Lake Sedgewick, an ice arena, golf courses, playing fields and parks, and more. There are more than 70 malls, plazas and shopping centers, with additional shopping under construction, and more than 200 food-serving establishments.
Situated 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Chicago, Orland Park provides access to several interstate highways, with the I-80 east-west coast connector as its southern border. Metra's commuter rail system links residents to Chicago's Loop, and thereby to O'Hare and Midway airports.
Orland Park is served by four grammar school districts, Orland School District #135, Community Consolidated School District #146, Palos School District #118 and Kirby School District #140. A majority of Orland Park is within Orland School District #135.
St. Michael School is located within Orland Park. A number of other parochial schools in the region provide bus service for Orland Park students.
Orland Park is located within Consolidated High School District #230 and high school students attend Orland Park’s Carl Sandburg High School, with a small portion of the village attending A.A. Stagg High School in nearby Palos Hills. Sandburg’s ACT composite score for 2007/08 was 22.7 with SAT scores averaging 635, 644 and 630 for Critical Reading, Math and Writing, respectively.
Along with being within driving distance to the many colleges and universities in the Chicago area, a number of higher education facilities are located within the village. St. Xavier University, a longtime Chicago institution, operates a satellite campus in Orland Park, as does the ITT Technical Institute. Robert Morris University has both an Orland Park campus as well as a second facility in the village, the college's culinary arts school. A community college education is offered at Moraine Valley Community College, in nearby Palos Hills.
Sixty percent of Orland Park households have someone with at least a bachelor's degree, with a significant number of residents having completed postgraduate work.
Commercial center 
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 22.16 square miles (57.4 km2), of which 21.88 square miles (56.7 km2) (or 98.74%) is land and 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2) (or 1.31%) is water.
The main bodies of water in Orland are two lakes: Lake Sedgewick and McGinnis Slough.
Bordering communities of Orland Park include Homer Glen to the west (in Will County), Orland Hills and Mokena (also in Will County) to the south, Tinley Park to the southeast, Oak Forest to the east, and Palos Park and Palos Heights to the north.
Orland Park is located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of downtown Chicago. The effective trade area is over 850,000 people and stretches all the way to the Indiana border.
Businesses and jobs in the finance, retail, services and healthcare fields continue to grow in Orland Park. A recent study found that more than one million people a year come to Orland Park for health care services. Orland Park’s retail/commercial sectors remain strong, even in the current economic climate. The community’s culinary offerings are extensive as national chains are continually drawn to Orland Park, reporting outstanding sales numbers for these locations.
Orland Park is served by three commuter train stations, being part of Metra's SouthWest Service to downtown Chicago. Weekend service was recently added, providing three trains each way on Saturdays.
Major highway transportation corridors are:
- I-80 – southern border of Orland Park
- US 45/La Grange Road - major north/south thoroughfare
- Illinois Route 43/Harlem Avenue – near the eastern border of Orland Park
The village maintained an Aa2 bond rating from Moody's and an AA+ rating from Standard and Poor's. These are among the best bond ratings in the Chicago suburbs.(Page 12)
Recreation and parks 
Orland Park boasts a very large Recreation and Parks Department. With over 60 parks in the village, there are plenty of options for recreation, from sports complexes to nature trails.
The Centennial Park Aquatic Center is a 192-acre (78 ha) park with a public pool. With six water slides, two large pools, and a children's play area, it is one of the largest public pools in the area. Since its debut in 1992, the Aquatic center has gone through multiple renovations to accommodate its growing popularity. There have been several add-ons, including two new water slides, and two outdoor sand volleyball courts.
Located just south of the Centennial Park Aquatic Center, Lake Sedgewick is a 95-acre (38 ha) lake with plenty of activities to take advantage of. There are multiple hiking paths, nature trails, boardwalks, and boat ramps. There are also pedal boats and kayaks available to rent. Fishing and boating is allowed as well.
The Winter Wonderland Ice Rink is also located in Centennial Park. Opened from November to March, this outdoor ice rink is free of charge. There is a small warming hut where you can rent ice skates.
Located on 159th Street, the Sportsplex is the largest indoor recreational facility in Orland Park. There are three full-sized basketball courts, an indoor soccer field, and a full weight room with free weights, plenty of cardio options, and a ¼-mile indoor track. Personal trainers are available, along with many different fitness classes, including Pilates, yoga, cycling, and zumba. The Sportsplex also has a 35-foot (11 m) rock wall with six different routes for all skill levels. With over 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) of space, the Sportsplex is the recreation center of Orland Park.
The Recreation and Parks Department also helps organize many public events. Centennial Park hosts plenty of charity events. There are also seasonal events, including the Orland Park Turkey Trot, which is a 5K run held on Thanksgiving morning at the John Humphrey Complex. These events are heavily advertised and supported by students of the local Carl Sandburg High School.
As of the 2000 census, there were 51,077 people, 18,675 households, and 14,361 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,668.4 people per square mile (1,030.4/km²). There were 19,045 housing units at an average density of 995.0 per square mile (384.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.53% White, 0.73% African American, 0.07% Native American, 3.47% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.67% of the population.
There were 18,675 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 66.3% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $67,574, and the median income for a family was $77,507 (these figures had risen to $76,760 and $95,405 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $57,275 versus $34,763 for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,467. Median value of owner-occupied housing units stands at $208,300 as compared to $130,800 nationally. About 2.1% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over. Since 2000, the average household income in the Orland Park area has risen substantially to an estimated $90,917 in 2006.
Orland Park is divided between three congressional districts. Most of the city's area, and about half its population, is in Illinois' 13th congressional district; the 1st district includes the area between 135th and 163rd Streets approximately bounded on the west by 94th Avenue, and the small portion in Will County is in the 11th district.
Top employers 
According to Northbrook's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Consolidated High School District 230||918|
|2||Orland School District 135||741|
|5||Carson Pirie Scott||320|
|6||J. C. Penney||305|
|8||Palos Primary Care Center||262|
Orland Park has three stops on Metra's SouthWest Service, which provides weekday and weekend rail service between Manhattan, Illinois, and Chicago Union Station): 143rd Street, 153rd Street, and 179th Street.
Orland Park's local newspaper is the Orland Park Prairie.
Local cable television channel Orland Park TV can be viewed on AT&T UVerse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 4.
Notable people 
- John Cangelosi, outfielder for seven Major League Baseball teams
- Pat Fitzgerald, head football coach for Northwestern University
- Buddy Guy, blues singer and guitarist
- Dan Hampton, defensive end and tackle for the Chicago Bears; Super Bowl champion (XX)
- Justin Hartley, actor (Passions, Smallville)
- Steve Martinson, right wing for the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, and Minnesota North Stars
- Brian McBride, striker for the Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire S.C., VfL Wolfsburg (Germany), Fulham F.C. (England), and US national team
- Tim McCarthy, Orland Park police chief; Secret Service agent, took a bullet meant for Ronald Reagan during the Reagan Assassination Attempt on March 30, 1981
- Mary Therese McDonnell, defender for the Republic of Ireland women's national football team
- Shannon McDonnell, midfielder for the Republic of Ireland women's national football team
- Hemant Mehta, atheist and author (I Sold My Soul on eBay)
- Bill Rancic, winner of The Apprentice season 1
- Robin Tunney, actor (Empire Records, Vertical Limit, Prison Break)
- Lukas Verzbicas, long-distance runner and triathlete; first runner to win both FLCC and NXN in the same year; alum of Carl Sandburg High School (2011)
- Michael Burns, founder of the Tigers Organization.
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