OAK PARK / HIGHLAND PARK

For people seeking their first home in a walkable, urban neighborhood, Oak Park and Highland Park are minutes from downtown amenities and employment, by bike, foot, or car.

They are a fantastic value with well-built homes, mature trees and a historic neighborhood business district. Our friendly neighbors and beautiful McHenry Park make it a delight to walk your dog, ride your bike or meet up for a pint.

KEY NEIGHBORHOOD ELEMENTS

Historic neighborhood business district surrounded by well-built homes

Beautiful McHenry Park overlooking the river

A great value close to downtown employment and amenities

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OUR ACTION PLAN

Citywide

Strategies that are recommended for citywide application

Neighborhood

Strategies that should expand beyond the SID to surrounding areas

Special Investment District (SID)

Strategies that should be confined to the SID

  • Create new financing tools to support commercial space improvements and business development in the Euclid/6th Avenue business district
  • Establish a Neighborhood Business District Resource Team
  • Support the emergence of a “third place” in the Euclid/6th Avenue business district
  • Improve and expand training/support for neighborhood leaders and leadership development
  • Improve alley maintenance and use as a platform for resident engagement and collaboration
  • Tie existing or new neighborhood pride activities to core brand attributes
  • Improve sidewalk network for walkability and pedestrian safety
  • Begin enforcement of the Property Improvement Code (expanding PIC beyond rental properties)
  • Establish a dedicated, in-house junk and debris crew
  • Improve alley maintenance and use as a platform for resident engagement and collaboration
  • Removal of deteriorated fencing from private properties
  • Create new financing tools to stimulate housing improvements that enhance marketability and property values
  • Make blighted nuisance properties a priority for Blitz on Blight resources
  • Perform strategic code enforcement activities
  • Create new financing tools to stimulate housing improvements that enhance marketability and property values
  • Make blighted nuisance properties a priority for Blitz on Blight resources
  • Perform strategic code enforcement activities
  • Begin enforcement of the Property Improvement Code (expanding PIC beyond rental properties)
  • Establish a dedicated, in-house junk and debris crew
  • Improve alley maintenance and use as a platform for resident engagement and collaboration
  • Removal of deteriorated fencing from private properties
  • Align branding and marketing with core brand attributes
  • Tie existing or new neighborhood pride activities to core brand attributes
  • Organize a one-time “Mini-SCRUB” pilot event
  • Calm Euclid Avenue for multi-modal safety and corridor enhancement
  • Improve alley maintenance and use as a platform for resident engagement and collaboration
  • Removal of deteriorated fencing from private properties
  • Improve sidewalk network for walkability and pedestrian safety

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FULL ACTION PLAN