Oak Brook, from Native American settlement to corporate cluster.Settled by the Native American Potawatomi tribe in the late 1600s, Oak Brook and all of its rich soil and abundant land began attracting families from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky over 200 years later. Homes began cropping up on parcels of farmland in the early 1900s, and by the mid-1930s, homeowners and farmers formed the Community Club, which helped Oak Brook establish its identity. Some nationally-renowned golf and polo clubs were built here in the late 1950s, and Marshall Field & Company purchased land for a proposed shopping center soon after. Today, the village is home to the headquarters of many large corporations, including McDonald’s, Ace Hardware, and TreeHouse Foods.
Suburban subdivisions with plenty of privacy.Many young professionals live in Oak Brook because of its close proximity to the city and the privacy this enclave affords. Several suburban subdivisions may make the village seem disconnected, but they offer a range of amenities for those who live within them.
Social with plenty of dining and retail options to choose from.Oak Brook has an unmatched variety of dining and retail options. With over 50 restaurants to choose from, the village consistently draws residents from other neighboring communities with its eclectic fare. Gibson’s Steakhouse, a flashy, upscale steak and seafood restaurant with a massive wine list and clubby decor, is a local favorite. Shopping is also an important way of life here. At the Oakbrook Center Mall, you’ll find major retailers like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
The commotion of the city.Oak Brook is close to the city but distant enough to maintain its own quiet, suburban vibe.
Single-family homes dominate, but townhouses are also popular.Stately single-family residences abound in Oak Brook, many with a million-dollar price tag. But there are more modest homes to choose from, and several townhouses are also on the market.
The strong, family-friendly environment.A quiet respite from the city, Oak Brook offers a reasonable commute and quiet suburban lifestyle with a strong focus on family and community. Featuring an excellent school system, the area is also extremely tight-knit and regularly gathers for events. There are free concerts, outdoor movies, and other events at The Lawn at Oakbrook Center each summer and the Oakbrook Arts Festival takes place each September, showcasing the work of about 70 juried artists from across the country. At the Drury Lane Theatre, an elegant 971-seat venue, a variety of shows, local productions, and concerts take place.