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The decision has been made to close Village Hall for any non-emergency services beginning March 18th, 2020 continuing until May 30th , 2020. Click Here for more information. *********************************************************

The The Oak Lawn Police department is implementing additional safety precautions to further protect our residents and police officers and to limit unnecessary contacts during this difficult time. Click here for the full press release ********************************************************

 

Oak Lawn Residents and Seniors,

 

The Village of Oak Lawn has reached out to the following grocery stores in Oak Lawn regarding their operations and hours over the coming weeks. 

 Click here for stores with senior/high-risk hours

For seniors or other residents who are looking for a way to have groceries delivered, there are companies online where residents can order groceries and have them delivered directly to their home for a delivery charge.

 

The company Instacart.com has a program called “leave at my doorstep” delivery.

For more information, go to this page 

https://www.instacart.com/grocery-delivery/oak-lawn-il.  

Many of the Oak Lawn stores below are served by this delivery service:

 

  1. Jewel _______________ 95th and Pulaski  
  2. Jewel _______________ 103rd and Kilpatrick
  3. Jewel _______________ 88th and Ridgeland
  4. Mariano's ____________ 110th and Cicero
  5. Fairplay _____________ 87th and Cicero
  6. Walgreens ___________ 95th and Cicero
  7. Walgreens ___________ 95th and McVicker
  8. Walgreens ___________ 6001 W 95th St,
  9. Petco _______________ 6225 W 95th Street
  10. Almahjar Food Mart ___ 108th and Cicero
  11. American Health Foods _ 5142 W. 95th Street
  12. Annapurna Grocery ____ 4951 W 95th Street
  13.  Joe & Frank’s ________ 87th and Ridgeland

 

 

We appreciate your patience during this challenging situation. The Village will continue to provide updates as we move forward. 

 

About Oak Lawn

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The Story of Oak Lawn:

Among the oldest communities in Worth Township, it is during the early part of the 19th Century that the story of Oak Lawn takes shape.  Beginning in 1835, several individuals obtained large sections of land that would one day encompass the village.  Much of northeastern Illinois was available for purchase after the last of its Native American inhabitants, including the Potawatomi, were forcibly removed by the federal and state governments.  In the 1840s and 1850s, permanent settlers began to make their way into what was then known as Black Oaks.  Some of the earliest families to arrive include the Simpsons and Chamberlains, both of whom figured prominently into the village’s early history. 

1  Arriving in the early 1860s, the Harnew Family are among the earliest settlers in Oak Lawn.   Pictured around 1888, the family’s home was located near 98th Street and Central Avenue.  

 

After the Civil War concluded in 1865, a new wave of immigrants, many of them German, reached Illinois and settled in Black Oaks and surrounding communities.  Carrying the traditions and beliefs from their previous homes, the new settlers started Lutheran services in 1867, and seven years later Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church became the first organized congregation in Black Oaks.  Despite a worldwide depression that began in 1873, new commercial structures, such as the first Brandt Tavern, were built along 95th Street during the 1870s.  In addition, the Wabash Railroad connected the community, now known as Oak Lawn, to the rapidly growing City of Chicago in 1881.  Consisting of only a few hundred residents, Oak Lawn experienced further growth in the late 19th Century with the founding of the First Congregational Church in 1891, construction of several small subdivisions, and the completion of Oak Lawn Lake.     

 2 Oak Lawn as it appeared around 1912.  Larsen’s Hall, the site of Oak Lawn’s founding, is located on the left.   

On February 4th, 1909, residents gathered in Larsen’s Hall on 95th Street to decide on the issue of incorporation.  Due to the development of neighboring communities like Evergreen Park, the need for municipal services, and the perceived threat of an expanding Chicago, many supported the creation of a local government.  By a count of fifty-nine in favor to four opposed, the vote for incorporation prevailed, and the Village of Oak Lawn was born.  Soon after, Frank O’Brien was hired as the first Village Marshall, while the following years witnessed numerous improvements such as the laying of concrete sidewalks, grading of 95th Street, introduction of gas and electric service, and construction of a village hall near 95th Street and Cook Avenue.