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A strategic location in proximity to major transportation options and the bustling city of Chicago are only a few reasons as to why Oak Lawn successfully attracts and retains businesses of all sizes and types. Add to this a solid infrastructure, a pro-business attitude and progressive leadership in government and prominent business organizations, and there is no wonder Oak Lawn’s business division is a prospering force in the Chicagoland area.

More than 1,800 businesses call this community home. Though Oak Lawn is home to manufacturers, professional services and a host of office-based businesses, retail continues to lead the local economy. In fact, nearly one-third of Oak Lawn is commercialized, with its major commercial area stretching over 24 blocks along 95th Street, between Pulaski Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue. Each year, retail sales generate more than $12 million. Automobile dealerships are a commanding force here, accounting for approximately 45 percent of economic revenues annually. Financial institutions and the healthcare industry also constitute a vital impact on Oak Lawn’s economy.

The Village has entered a period of redevelopment, as ensuing growth is certainly eminent. While Oak Lawn works to preserve the superlative resources that have attracted and continues to attract new business ventures, it is looking toward its unwavering prospects. No where is this more apparent than in Oak Lawn’s downtown business district. In addition to the new Metra parking garage and station and the construction of a modern mixed-use development incorporating condominium living and first-floor retail shops, the downtown area has seen revitalization through beautification initiatives and attractive streetscaping.

Through the hard work and endless efforts by such entities as the Village’s Department of Community Development and Growth Management and the Department of Economic Development, as well as the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, Oak Lawn’s business community continues to do well. Its successful economic vitality and revitalization efforts preserves and enhances the unrivaled quality of life in this great southern suburb. For a complete list of Chamber businesses, visit the Chamber’s Member Directory online at www.oaklawnchamber.com

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