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Oak Brook

Oak Brook is located 18 miles from Chicago and is known for its upscale homes and thriving corporate scene. In the1830s Frederick Graue built Graue Mill along Salt Creek. His family ran the mill for the next 60 years. The Mill was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and it is one of three authenticated underground railway stations in Illinois where runaway slaves found a haven. Graue Mill is now a museum and hosts special events such as a pioneer encampment, old-fashioned craft demonstrations and concerts. The adjacent Fullersburg Woods forest preserve offers hiking along Salt Creek.

But the Oak Brook of today was the vision of developer Paul Butler, who in the 1960s envisioned a community of high-quality homes and businesses. A nature area and a school bears his name today. Perhaps the village's most distinct feature is its homes tucked away into leafy subdivisions. Mansions, estates and townhomes on tree-lined streets draw corporate executives and others who want to live in low-profile luxury to the village.

The village is home to world headquarters of major corporations McDonalds and Ace Hardware. The gleaming white Oakbrook Center attracts shoppers from all around the area to its distinctive stores, including Sears, Macy's, Nordstroms, Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus.

In June of 1977, Oak Brook residents voted to purchase the 270-acre area known as the Oak Brook Sports Core, which is now owned and operated by the village. The Bath and Tennis club has twelve outdoor tennis courts and an indoor tennis dome, which is open from September to May and three outdoor swimming pools. The Oak Brook Golf Club has an 18-hole golf course and practice facilities including an all-grass tee driving range. The Oak Brook Park District operates a 60,000 sq. foot Family Recreation Center, which encompasses a state of the art fitness center, a 16,000 sq ft indoor aquatic center, a Racquet Club with eight indoor and eight outdoor tennis courts, five racquet ball courts and other club amenities offering programs for the entire family.

Polo has been played in Oak Brook since 1922. Polo matches are scheduled on the grounds on Sundays from June to September, and many times the matches attract dignitaries from around the world.

Oak Brook is also home to the Mayslake Forest Preserve and the Peabody Mansion, which was purchased by DuPage County residents in the 1990s. A former friary also sits on the property.

The village is served by several elementary districts; Salt Creek Elementary District 48, Butler Elementary District 53 and Downers Grove Elementary District 58 as well as Hinsdale High School District 86, Willowbrook High School District 88 and Downers Grove Community High School District 99. Students may also attend Elmhurst Unit School District 205.

Oak Brook is located off of Interstate 88 and 290 (the Eisenhower Expressway) and near Interstate 294 (the Tri-State Tollway), which offers access to Interstate 55 (the Stevenson Expressway). The village is also served by the Pace Suburban Bus System, which runs a route from Oakbrook Center.