Forest Park, IL is a town in the state of Illinois located about 10 miles west of Chicago’s ‘loop’. As of the 2010 census 14,100 residents lived within the town.
The community is formerly part of a larger town called Harlem and was officially incorporated under the name of Forest Park on April 17 1907.
For most of its history, Forest Park was known as a “Village of cemeteries,” with more dead “residents” than living ones. Some mathematicians estimate the ratio at 30:1 dead to alive.
The village of Forest Park features two landmarks: St. Bernardine Catholic Church and The Ferrara Pan Candy Company. It’s Park District near the village center, has a 15 acre park. Recently Forest Park was voted by the readers of the Chicago Tribune as the “Best Neighborhood Dining” in the Chicago area.
Notable people from the village include: Warren Brown, sports journalist, coined nicknames for Red Grange and Babe Ruth, Baseball Hall of Fame member; Kathy Griffin, comedienne, actress, author; Erv Lange, pitcher for the Chicago Whales; born in Forest Park.