The Village of Oak Park is a thriving, transit-oriented community of about 52,000 people located immediately west of the City of Chicago and known for its great neighborhoods, architectural heritage, and innovative public policy initiatives. Within its 4.5 square miles live one of the region's most diverse mixes of cultures, races, ethnicities, professions, lifestyles, religions, ages and incomes.
Oak Park operates under the council-manager form of government. An elected legislative board directs a professional manager to carry out their policy and oversee the day-to-day administration of government. Village services and programs are performed by about 370 employees across thirteen departments.