Tinley Park is one of the best communities in the south suburbs of Chicago. With lots of public transportation, buses, and two Metra trains, Tinley Park residents are attracted to the area for its accessibility to downtown Chicago.
The community of Tinley Park has remained below the national average crime rate and remains to be one of the safest communities in the south suburbs offering great schools and beautiful homes.
Homes in Tinley Park provide beautiful and stylish suburban living. Residences built in the 90’s make up 22% percent of homes in Tinley Park, and many mid-rise conds offer newer constructed homes and stylish living.
The downtown area of Tinley Park is a popular spot in summertime for festivals, evening strolls, dining, and bar hopping. Also well maintained, the downtown district is a historical preserved and enhanced through art and natural beauty.
The park district of Tinley Park creates community parks for family-fun and also maintains the natural beauty in forest preserves and bike trails.
Whether a recent college grad looking to begin a career or start a family, Tinley Park is one of the best communities to join with its excellent schools, good public transportation, family entertainment, and low crime rates.
Ask any resident of Tinley Park, and they will agree that Tinley Park is a truly wonderful community to join.
Tinley Park is located in the southwest suburbs and approximately 25 miles away from downtown Chicago. Access to Chicago is easy from Tinley Park by either a 35 minute drive or a Metra train ride on the Rock Island Service.
Located partially in Will County, Tinley Park is mainly within the boundaries of Cook County. Neighboring communities include Orland Hills, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Frankfort, Country Club Hills, Mokena, Matteson, and Midlothian.
Interstate 80 runs through Tinley Park and provides access to Iowa and Indiana. Tinley Park is also located west of interstate 57 which runs north to Chicago or south to central Illinois.
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Since 2005, the Tinley Park crime rate has declined significantly and has consistently been below the national average for more than ten years.
Garrett Jones graduated from Victor J. Andrew High School and became professional Major League Baseball player, playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gary, Merle, Tony, and Tony Jr. Bettenhausen all hail from Tinley Park and are professional race car driver who have raced in Nascar.
In 1835, the John Fulton family arrived from New York before to develop a community that would eventually be known as Tinley Park. Many Germans immigrants moved into the area during the 1840’s, and by 1852, the Rock Island and Pacific Trains were constructed passing through the settlement.
The area began to develop into an agricultural community. By 1869, a grain elevator was constructed, and in 1872, a Dutch-style windmill became an important part of the agriculture in the area. After World War II, affordable housing in Tinley Park attracted young couples to the area.
An outdoor music venue opened in Tinley Park in 1990. Although it has changed names multiple times, the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre brings music festivals and live music to Tinley Park all summer. Some of the events held at the Amphitheatre include Ozzfest, Warped Tour, Mayhem Fest, Projekt Revolution, Q101 Jamboree, Farm Aid, and Lollapalooza.
Today, Tinley Park residents are over 50,000 in numbers. But the village continues to preserve its history through maintaining the historic district and beauty of downtown Tinley Park.
Many Tinley Park homes are raised ranch, bungalow, ranch, and some newer constructed neoecletic style residences. Even the more affordable homes offer spacious backgrounds, hardwood floors, finished basements, safe neighborhoods, good schools, and other comforts.
More expensive homes and single family residences in Tinley Park feature beautifully landscaped lawns, sun rooms, raised patio porches, stylish high-rise ceilings, and many more comforts.
Condos in Tinley Park range in price from very affordable at $70,000 to $300,000 downtown mid-rise condos. Condos in beautiful brick buildings offer well-maintained landscaping, dishwashers, balconies, private gyms, party rooms, and elevators.
Rental properties in Tinley Park can range in rent price from $700 to $1,500. Tinley Park homes and townhomes for rent include large three bedroom homes and cost anywhere between $1,600 and $3,000 a month. Apartments in Tinley Park are often located in a community of apartments and associations
Parking in Tinley Park is easy and convenient and free throughout the village. For more information about Tinley Park parking rules and ordinances, contact the Village Hall of Tinley Park.
Tinley Park and Pace Bus service offer a Pace Senior Bus transportation service for senior citizens who need transportation to grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping centers, and doctor appointments. To schedule transportation services, you must call 24-48 hours in advance, 708-532-RIDE (708-532-7433).
Public transportation in Tinley Park provides a great way for commuters to work in Chicago and live in Tinley Park. The Metra Rock Island District Trains operate two stations in Tinley Park and connect Joliet to the LaSalle Street Station in downtown Chicago.
Metra Tinley Park Station is located in central Tinley Park off Oak Park avenue with many parking options for commuting. Metra Tinley Park Station 80th Avenue is an additional station located in the western part of Tinley Park near the public library.
For Tinley Park residents without a car, the downtown area of Tinley Park scores a 66% on the Walk Score scale. The average score is 48% making Tinley Park a relatively walkable community.
Pace Bus Route 356 - Harvey - Homewood - Tinley Park offers service routes to popular destinations in Homewood, Harvey, and Tinley Park and places like Harvey Transportation Center, Metra stations in the south suburbs, and the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.
Other pace bus services and routes include the Pace Bus Route 386 - South Harlem. Route 386 offers stops throughout Tinley Park, Toyota Park and Chicago Fire games, CTA Orange Line trains, Tinley Park Mental Health Center, and 5th Municipal District Courthouse.
For the quickest route to White Sox games, Pace Bus Route 773 - Markham/Tinley Park - US Cellular Field Express offers express service on game days with a park n’ ride lot in Tinley Park.
Pace Bus Route 364 - 159th Street offers service stops along many south suburb spots and destinations. Service routes include Oak Forest Hospital, Metra stations, Orland Square shopping center, and communities as far as Hammond, Indiana.
Public education in Tinley Park offers plenty of options for residents and growing families in the area. Tinley Park has over ten public schools and private schools available.
The biggest community college available to Tinley Park residents is Moraine Valley Community College. At Moraine Valley, students have many options in academic programs available including transfer courses, associate degrees, certificate degree programs, and adult continuing education programs. Moraine Valley is located in Palos Hills and has a beautiful campus with an architecture gem in its Fine Arts Building. 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465 (708) 974-4300.
Fox College is another great option in education and is located in Tinley Park. Areas of study at Fox College include Business, Healthcare, Design, and a Vet Tech Institute. Fox College also offer Career Placement services for all graduates. 18020 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (708) 444-4500.
Tinley Park nightlife is relaxed and casual. Bars and pubs in Tinley Park offer quiet atmospheres with great beer and cocktail selections and friendly regulars who stop in for a drink after work or to catch the local sports game. Tinley Park also offers more exciting bars with DJs and live music with a downtown city atmosphere.
J.W. Holstein’s Saloon attracts a younger crowd to its bar where many weekends feature live music and drink specials. Holstein’s signature drink list includes martini’s, starbucks coffee, and a variety of cocktails. The dinner menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, and pizzas. 17358 S Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (708) 429-7000.
Another great nightspot for the younger crowd is Durbin’s Restaurant & Lounge. Durbin’s serves some of the best pizza for delivery, pick-up, or dine in. Other menu items include steaks, pizza breads, appetizers, and much more. Daily drink and food specials makes Drubin’s a very affordable night out and is great for group outings. 17265 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (708) 429-1000.
For the biggest selection in martini’s, Intimo Martini Bar is a fun and always popular spot in Tinley Park. Be sure to stop in for Martini Monday are only $5 and sample one of the many speciality drinks. Intimo is a great place for a night out and often has a live DJ spinning music. 7068 W 183rd Street, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (708) 444-4470.
Shopping in Tinley Park is mainly concentrated around the little retail boutiques on Oak Park Avenue or in shopping centers. Orland Park Square Mall is a large shopping mall and center in neighboring community of Orland Park. For a day filled with shopping, the trip to Orland Park Square Mall is well worth the drive and pace bus routes make it easily accessible to Tinley Park residents.
Also in neighboring Orland Park, Marcus Orland Park Movie Theatres is the closest movie cinema for the residents of Tinley Park and features 70 foot wide, 3 story tall UltraScreen and a RealD digital 3D Auditorium. Be sure to arrive early since the parking lot gets crowded for evening shows. Also nearby is the AMC Loews Country Club Hills Movie Theaters.
Live music in Tinley Park is never scarce in summer time. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre has been attracting live music festivals and big national musical acts to the area for over twenty years. National Festivals like Ozzfest, Warper Tour, and Lollapooloza have been hosted in Tinley Park. Other live concerts at First Midwest include Gwen Stefani, U2, Pantera, Tom Petty, Jay-Z, Jonas Brothers, Cher, Weezer, and many more.19100 S Ridgeland, Tinley Park, IL 60477.
Many of the dining options in Tinley Park offer relaxing and delicious places for a good sit down dinner. Whether interested in authentic Chicago style deep dish pizzas or a good steakhouse with delicious appetizers.
For great pizza and pasta, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is a favorite take out or delivery spot for the residents of Tinley Park. Without a dining room, this Lou Malnati’s still offers the delicious pizza, pasta, and salads with the same restaurant quality but brought to your home. 9501 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL 60487 (708) 403-9700.
If looking for authentic Irish cuisine, Ashford House has a large dining room with excellent service and a large menu with lots of entree options and a full bar. Some of the menu options include lamb stew, toasted corn beef sandwich, shepard’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and American steak and chicken entrees. 7959 159th Street, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (708) 633-7600.
Tin Fish Restaurant is a delicious restaurant in the downtown area of Oak Park that specializes in fish dishes and delicious fine dining. Some nights the restaurant is busy and reservation may be a good way to cut down the wait time. The decor models itself after a modern Atlantic seafood house. 18201 Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477 (708) 532-0200.
For a great experience in dining, Tokyo Steakhouse offers great steak, Japanese, and Asian cuisine. The cooking style offered at the steakhouse is Hibachi style--where a chef grills the dinner fresh at your table while cutting and juggling the food. Tokyo Steakhouse is a family-friendly dining experience and makes a perfect place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. 9436 179th Street, Tinley Park, IL 60487 (708) 429-8988.
Turkey Trot 5k Walk/Run and Running O' The Green 8k Walk/Run are just two marathons hosted by the Tinley Park Park District every year in Tinley Park.
Every April, the Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival brings people from all over the south suburbs to Tinley Park Convention Center for this 21 and over only event. The event offers free parking and a designated driver program to ensure safe transportation is available to all participants. Nearby hotels also offer a shuttle service to the event. 18501 S. Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (708) 444-1100.
A festival fun for the whole family is the Autumn Fine Arts Festival. With many artistic kids activities, the arts festival attracts more people each year. At the fest, hands-on interactive art projects are offered for children, and food, wine, and local art are sold by vendors.