The Hazel Crest Center, Grenoble Square, Fountainbleau and French Village shopping plazas offer a variety of local shopping choices. The community is also located in close proximity to three major shopping malls: Lincoln Mall, River Oaks Center and Orland Square.
Residents have access to a quality park district offering many year 'round programs, classes, activities and more than 100 acres of park land for bicycling, jogging, team sports and picnics. Crestview Pool features one of two water slides in the area. Lake Owen offers great fishing, and the new Fitness Center is available year 'round for pursuit of individual fitness goals. Residents also have access to Cook County forest preserves, walking and bicycle trails, golf centers and golf courses in neighboring communities.
Hazel Crest has access to a progressive, comprehensive library offering computer and internet services, enhanced programs for children and access to more than 250 libraries through the Suburban Library System.
Hazel Crest community events include: Good Neighbor and Notable Business Awards, July 4th Festival, National Night Out Against Crime, Hazlenut Festival, Village Clean Up Day, Holiday Gift for a Family, and Beautification awards.
Cultural activities and events are provided by numerous local organizations including the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Theatre Center, Park Forest Singers and The World Music Theater.
Children attend one of four elementary school districts serving the village and continue their education at one of three high school districts. St. Anne's school in Hazel Crest offers a parochial education with a Catholic perspective. Meritor Academy, a private institution, provides another option for elementary grades. Other parochial and private schools are located throughout the southland region.
Continuing education is readily available at Prairie State College or South Suburban College. Governors State University, a senior institution offering graduate level work, is located in nearby University Park.
Hazel Crest residents have access to high-quality health care at South Suburban Hospital, the village's largest employer. The 305-bed facility provides 24-hour emergency services, and inpatient and outpatient services including diagnostic, rehabilitation and surgical services. Also, a family birth center, skilled nursing center and six satellite Family Health Centers are available.
Health care support services locally are provided by Apple Home Health Care, Fitzsimmons Surgical Supply, Nursefinders, Physical Restoration Laboratories and Physical Therapy/Sports Injury Rehabilitation Services. The Imperial Nursing Center and other nursing facilities in adjoining communities offers long-term nursing care.
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