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Located just 9 miles west of downtown Chicago, the communities of Oak Park/River Forest are known for tree lined streets and a green and peaceful ambiance. Oak Park/River Forest maintains a small town main-street feeling with block parties, family activities, a small theater, as well as a rapidly developing downtown area surrounding Lake Street, with shops, gourmet restaurants, and micro-breweries….



Why move to Oak Park / River Forest?

  • Oak Park was voted the 3rd Best Neighborhood in the United States by the American Planning Association
  • Oak Park was named one of the Best Towns & Neighborhoods in Chicago & the Suburbs by Chicago Magazine
  • Home to some of the top schools in the country
  • Oak Park schools ranks 3rd in the nation
  • River Forest is home to a Blue Ribbon school (national designation)
  • Oak Park River Forest High School is one of the Top 20 High Schools in the Chicago suburbs
  • Deemed a bucket list place to visit, Oak Park made Redbook's Best Travel
  • According to, Oak Park is among the Top 20 Most Educated Places in America
  • Oak Park is in the Top 10 Creative Class Locales in the Chicago area, according to Census data

Oak Park is one of the most attractive, interesting, diverse, and vibrant neighborhoods in the Chicago area.

  • Home of Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park has beautiful houses and architecture. There are more Frank Lloyd Wright houses than any other town or city in the world. The historic neighborhood is a living museum where tourists walk the streets all year round to see the beautiful homes.
  • Oak Park/ River Forest has an exciting history and a unique character. Many famed Chicagoans have lived here from Ernest Hemingway, Percy Julian, and Dan Castellaneta, to the infamous mafiosos in River Forest.

Excellent public transportation–  Downtown Chicago is just a 20-25 minute ride away. The Green Line delivers you nearly to the front doors of, the Art Institute, the Symphony, and Millennium Park/Grant Park. On a good traffic day, Downtown can be just a 15 minute drive by expressway (Eisenhower).

Temple Har Zion is a warm and welcoming synagogue with deep roots, growing under the spiritual leadership of our Rabbi, Adir Glick. We have both a thriving preschool and a religious school.  Temple Har Zion strives to provide for the religious and cultural Jewish needs of our eclectic congregation.  We will joyfully welcome you to visit or make us your spiritual home.

Please browse our website to find out more!  Or email us at or call us at (708) 366-9000 – we are here for you!

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