La Grange Park was incorporated in 1892, by farmers and survivors of the Chicago fire, in order to close a tavern that had opened in the town. The original village is located to the west of LaGrange Road, on a low ridge that was the shore of Lake Michigan tens of thousands of years ago.
The locale is now a quiet, safe, and neat village, located 16 miles southwest of the Loop, 2.2 square miles in size, composed primarily of single family homes on good sized lots. Most homes are older and vary widely in style. It is situated along Salt Creek with an expanse of the Cook County forest preserve to the north and west, the older and larger community of LaGrange to the south, and Brookfield to the east. The population is more than 12,000.
The Village Market along La Grange Road, was one of the earliest Chicago-area shopping centers, opening in February, 1952. There is some light industry on the northeast side of the community. La Grange Park has a library opened in November, 1989.
Water is obtained from Lake Michigan, with two back up wells in case of emergency. There are five small parks in the village, the largest of which, Memorial Park, hosts 10 open-air concerts on Wednesday evenings during the summer months. It operates under a council-manager form of government. It elects a village president, clerk, treasurer, and six trustees, and hire a full time manager.
Many residents work in Chicago and commute by Metra on the Burlington Northern route from the La Grange Road and Stone Avenue Stations in La Grange. The local train takes 30 minutes, but the express arrives in Chicago in only 18 minutes. Several PACE bus routes pass through the village, including one that travels on La Grange Road to O’Hare International Airport. La Grange Park is also located near three interstates: the Eisenhower Expressway (I-29O), the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
Students attend three elementary schools, two in District 102, and one in District 95. Most La Grange Park High School students attend the two campuses of Lyons Township High School in District 204. Those who live in District 95 attend Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside. There are two parochial schools in the village.
The Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and the Eisenhower Expressway (I-190) are close by for driving the 14 miles to the Loop. O’Hare Airport is only 25 minutes away by car, while Midway Airport is a 30 minute drive. The Metra station is in LaGrange, and bus service is available.