In Orland Park, the residents know how to achieve the perfect balance of work and play. When it comes to work, the majority of the residents are employed in the executive, administrative and managerial, professional specialty, sales and administrative-support fields. Andrew Corporation, an international manufacturer of telecommunications equipment whose corporate offices are headquartered in Orland Park, is the Village's largest employer. By industry, the greatest number of Orland Park residents work in the manufacturing and retail sectors followed by the financial, insurance and real estate fields. Close behind is the health-services industry followed by educational services.
The Orland Park community is rich with educated and skilled employees. Among residents 25 years of age and older, 90% are high school graduates, 60% have had at least some college and 30% are college graduates.
For play, residents have a multitude of teams in different sports to cheer on. They can check out the latest games featuring the Bulls, Cubs, Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and the Fire. In addition, the Cook County Cheetahs minor league baseball team plays its home games at Hawkinson Field in nearby Crestwood.
Biking enthusiasts can zip along the miles of bike paths streaming through the city. Interested in golf? Nicknamed "Golf Center of the World," Orland Park boasts more than 1,000 holes of golf within a 15-mile radius. Some of these have even been the setting for national golf championship tournaments.
The theater is also much frequented and appreciated in Orland Park. The Theater Troupe performs numerous times throughout the year with its stories appealing to audiences of all ages. The World Music Theater, which hosts big-name performers, is just a few minutes south of Orland Park in neighboring Tinley Park. The newly created Orland Park Community Band showcases the musical talents of the locals and the performances are year-round and from many musical eras.
The village's newest recreation facility, the Orland Park Sportsplex, is a 90,000 sq. ft. sports and fitness complex opened in 2001. Managed by the village's Recreation and Parks Department, the Sportsplex, working in close conjunction with programs operating at the Frank Loebe Center, offers an array of sports, recreational and fitness opportunities geared towards serving the residents of Orland Park.
The Recreation and Parks Department also maintains the Village's 500-plus acre park system, including Centennial Pool and the Grinding Edge Skate Park. Both Centennial Park and the John Humphrey Sports Complex are popular hot spots for outdoor activities. Named for Orland Park's first mayor, the Humphrey Sports Complex sprawls along 20 acres of lighted softball, baseball, soccer and football fields, and it includes concessions stands and restrooms. Centennial Park is a 236-acre site which boasts ball fields and soccer fields used by local organizations. In addition, Centennial Park includes a marina and path system.
Shopping is also a popular Orland Park pastime. More than 5.6 million square feet of retail space gives locals the chance to indulge themselves with high-end luxuries or hunt for the next incredible bargain. The Orland Square Mall daily draws thousands of shoppers from as far away as Kankakee and Indiana and offers more than 150 shops, boutiques, restaurants and services under one roof. Across the street, Orland Park Place is a two-story, open-air center with two major anchors and a host of smaller shops.
In either direction on LaGrange Road, Orland Park's main artery, residents can choose from a range of restaurants. Antique lovers and history buffs call Antique Row their second home. It's located one-half mile west of LaGrange Road at 143rd Street.
The history of Orland Park began in 1835 when Henry Taylor set up his home briefly in the area. He moved on, however, while more and more settlers began calling this land home. For the first town election, held in 1850, there were nearly three hundred registered voters. The first post-office in the township was established in 1848, at the house of Alanson St. Clair, and the first school in the township was built in 1849-50, and was situated about a mile and a half southwest of the village.
Until 1850, Orland Township was situated in what was then called York Precinct, which was made up of the towns of Bremen, Worth, Palos, Lemont, and Orland. In April, the Commissioners of Highways held their first meeting and proceeded to divide the township in nine road districts, which division has remained unchanged to the present time.
From its inception in 1961, the Village of Orland Hills has grown at a steady pace, attracting new residents and companies alike thanks to its pro-business environment, tax advantages and excellent quality of life. The community is now home to some 7,000 residents who enjoy tree-lined neighborhoods, quality schools, low crime rates and an excellent quality of life. Several rapidly growing business parks offer companies the tax advantages of Will County, while maintaining close proximity to the manufacturing base of Cook County. (Tinley Park straddles both counties along the I-80 Development Corridor.)
Recreational opportunities abound. Forest preserves on both the east and west sides of town include trails for hiking, riding and biking. An "Aqua Park" includes a picnic grove and water park; and the "Odyssey" is an 18-hole public golf course, designed by tournament pro Curtis Strange. Residents of Orland Hills enjoy close proximity to two large shopping malls and other retail establishments along La Grange Road. Orland Hills, the youngest village in southwest Cook County, was formerly known as Westhaven. There is very little official record regarding the Westhaven area prior to its incorporation in 1961. Over the past three decades has steadily grown thanks to a series of annexations.
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