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Oak Park is just about 30 minutes west of downtown Chicago, and the entire Village lies on the shore of Lake Michigan. Thanks to the reliable public transportation system, you do not need a car to get to Chicago, or even around the Village itself. Oak Park is served by the Chicago Transit Authority’s blue and green elevated rail lines and the Metra UP-West Line trains at Oak Park Station. There are also 10 PACE bus lines, and 8 CTA bus lines, as well as two taxi companies and a Village-run shuttle service that transports people between community attractions.
If you do have your own car, keep in mind that I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) runs right through Oak Park . From there, you can link to the major highways into Chicago . And don’t overlook bicycling, which is a popular mode of transportation in Oak Park . Augusta Boulevard is part of the Grand Illinois Trail, and the trailhead of the Illinois Prairie Path is just a mile away.