The village of Orland Park is a southwestern suburb in the Chicagoland area, located in Northern Illinois. Its ideal location and neighborly feel have made it an attractive option for retirees. Aside from that, the village is home to a quaint downtown, plenty of outdoor attractions, and annual festivals and parades.
Climate & Geography
Orland Park has a humid continental climate, which features summers that are warm and humid, and winters that are freezing with frequent snow. Residents can expect to see more rain and show than the national average, and approximately 188 days of sun each year.
Northern Illinois is situated in the Great Lakes Plains region, and the surrounding terrain is mostly flat grasslands interspersed with wetlands and wooded areas. Orland Park itself is almost entirely surrounding by nature preserves.
Recreation, Culture, and Entertainment
In Orland Park, there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and get in touch with nature. The village is home to over 60 parks with plenty of options for recreation, such as hiking paths, nature trails, boardwalks, and pedal boats and kayaks. The largest of these is The Centennial Park Aquatic Center, which has large pools, water slides, and even fishing. Orland Park is also well-known as a golfing hotspot, proclaiming itself "The World's Golf Center," with over a dozen courses in the area.
The village hosts seasonal events, fairs, and festivals throughout the year, one of the most popular being the annual Turkey Trot 5K. There are many shopping centers in Orland Park, including Orland Square Mall and Orland Park Crossing, as well as a number of local shops and antique stores.
Those looking for more amenities can drive less than an hour to Chicago, one of the most popular cities in the nation and home to many world-class attractions.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Orland Park is higher than state and national averages, mainly due to high housing and transportation costs. Healthcare costs are lower than the national average, while groceries and utilities are just under the average.
In Illinois, Social Security benefits and income from retirement plans are exempt from taxation, and the state’s flat income tax rate is relatively low. Also, residents who are 65 and older are eligible for certain tax breaks on their home, which can be up to $5,000. The sales tax rate in Illinois is 6.25 percent and Orland Park does add a 3.5 percent tax on that rate.
There are eight hospitals and medical centers within a 10 mile radius of Orland Park. Four of these are highly rated by U.S News. They are Palos Community Hospital, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, Advocate Christ Medical Center, and Silver Cross Hospital. Advocate Christ Medical Center is nationally ranked and is rated high performing in nine adult procedures.