About Oak Brook
The Village of Oak Brook is a bustling Du Page County community that ranks among the wealthiest in Illinois and the United States. With only over 7,000 residents, this great village thrives on a sense of community where everyone knows everyone, and people get involved in town events and activities. Residents get to enjoy the convenience of easy access to shops, restaurants, and various establishments while taking delight in the privacy of living in the beautiful gated subdivisions of this village.
The history of the Village of Oak Brook can be traced back to the 1890s when Frank Osgood Butler, owner of a paper company, bought a summer home in this area. According to Oak Brook Historical Society, in 1921, Mr. Butler donated land for Butler School. This was then followed by his son, Paul Butler, establishing the Oak Brook Polo Club a year later. This became the largest polo facility in the country in 1953.
In 1955 Marshall Field & Company bought an expansive land where Oak Brook Center will be built. The incorporation of the village then came about in 1958. After the founding of the village, Oak Brook Center shopping mall opened in 1962, which provided Oak Brook its primary financial engine for decades.
Oak Brook has eight school districts surrounding it. Among these school districts is its own District 53, which includes Brook Forest Elementary School (grades K-5) and Butler Junior High School (grades 6–8). Brook Forest Elementary School is one of the most sought-after, where scores are so high and classes are held in small groups. Other elementary school children go to school in several neighboring towns. High school students in Oak Brook are divided between Hinsdale Central High School, Downers Grove North High School, York Community High School, and Willowbrook High School.
Residents enjoy an easy commute to nearby O’Hare International Airport, four main expressways, ready rail services, and easy local public transportation, shuttles, and taxi services. A network of major federal, state, and county roads can be found here in Oak Brook, which include the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294), the East-West Tollway (Interstate 88), and the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290).
Economy and Business
Oak Brook is home to many corporate offices and notable organizations, resulting in thousands of people coming here on a daily basis to work. Among the many huge corporations that are based here are McDonald's, Ace Hardware, Blistex, Federal Signal, CenterPoint Properties, Sanford L.P., and Lions Clubs International. This commercial growth allows its residents to enjoy not having to pay municipal taxes.