Turns out there is life south of 95th Street, despite what some North Siders might think. And it’s a slice of “real Midwest Americana,” according to Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki.
This week BusinessWeek named south suburban Tinley Park the best place in the U.S. to raise a family.
The village of roughly 60,000 is known as much for its quaint mom-and-pop shops along Oak Park Avenue as for its big-box economic development.
BusinessWeek teamed up with Onboard Informatics, which provides real estate data, to compile the rankings. It picked towns that have at least 45,000 residents and a median income of between $40,000 and $125,000. Then the towns were rated on criteria such as school test scores, crime rates, job growth and amenities such as parks and museums.
The magazine noted Tinley Park’s low crime rate but also mentioned that it’s had its blemishes. Five women were shot dead on Feb. 2, 2008, at a Lane Bryant women’s clothing store. There have been no arrests. And Wednesday a woman was in court facing a hate crime charge for an incident involving a Muslim woman in a Tinley Park grocery store.
[Editors Note: The article “America’s Best Place to Raise Your Kids,” by Prashant Gopal, can be read here. There is also a video. An article on the “incident involving a Muslim woman in a Tinley Park grocery store” can be read here.]