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Culture and entertainment are widespread in Oak Lawn, with prominent attractions and special events welcoming both residents and visitors to take part. The dining here is equally as impressive, and for visitors, the community offers several first-rate selections for accommodations.

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT

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The kids of the area revel in the opportunities provided through the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. The museum opened its doors within its current 900-square-foot facility in 2003, and soon became a fixture in the learning community. In addition to its nine interactive exhibit areas (eight permanent and one changing) are great educational programs and a calendar year of special events. The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn will be moving into its new structure soon, which is located within the Oak Lawn train station complex. This move will result in a massive expansion of the museum’s offerings and spaces. The new museum will span 12,000 square feet of exhibit space over two floors. A number of interactive exhibits will be presented, with some highlights including an art studio, police station, firehouse, market and café, construction area and a treehouse.

If a night of comedy is your thing, make sure to visit the Barrel of Laughs Comedy Club, which showcases outstanding local and nationwide talent every Wednesday through Sunday night. Dinner at Senese’s Winery Restaurant before the show is a must. And if live theatre is your thing, then take in a stage performance by Oak Lawn Park District’s Community Theatre. This musical-theatre troupe offers four great performances each year as part of its regular season, along with several children’s theatre productions. The theatre’s affordable and entertaining performances are held at the Oak View Community Center.

A much-anticipated community-wide event is the Summer Concert & Outdoor Movie Series at Village Green, located just east of the Municipal Center and north of the library. This free event is sponsored by the Village of Oak Lawn and the Oak Lawn Park District. Sunday Night Concerts make music between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m., while the Friday Night Movies begin at dusk. The whole family is welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to this summer favorite. Further events hosted throughout the year include the Easter Egg Hunt, the 4th of July Parade, the Oak Lawn Classic Car Show, Fall on the Green in September and Santa on the Green in November.

ECLECTIC DINING

Oak Lawn is home to some of the finest eateries in the Chicago area, offering patrons an assortment of delicious cuisine ranging from American classics to exotic ethnic fares and everything in between. Diners have a choice between casual cafes and family-style restaurants or fine dining establishments in a chic setting. The Village is also home to an assortment of fast-food restaurants for those on the go. No matter what the taste, Oak Lawn restaurateurs are ready to serve!

QUALITY LODGING

Visitors to the area, whether for business or pleasure, are afforded plenty of options when it comes to finding a comfortable place to stay the night. Oak Lawn offers a handful of exceptional accommodations, notably the Hilton Oak Lawn Hotel & Conference Center. The 12-story structure, located just outside of downtown Chicago and within minutes of Midway International Airport, the CTA Orange Line and Interstates 294, 55 and 57, is distinguished by its rounded architecture, spacious rooms and unbeatable customer service. On top of these resources are the award-winning restaurant, Whitney’s Bar & Grille, and the newly-opened 95th Street Grille. The 20,000-square-foot Conference Center is comprised of two grand ballrooms and 15 multi-purpose meeting rooms, plus the 12th Floor Hilton Room.

In addition to this major hotel, Oak Lawn is also home to the family-owned Gateway Motel, with further options available at Hampton Inn in Crestwood, Double Tree in Alsip, Holiday Inn William Tell in Countryside and Marriott Chicago Midway.

For a listing of referred dining and lodging options in the Oak Lawn area, visit the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce’s Web site to access its Member Directory—www.oaklawnchamber.com.

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