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The village of Oak Lawn is a Chicago suburb located just southwest of the city. According to the 2010 Census, the village has an area of 8.59 square miles and had a population of 56,690 residents at the time.
The land which comprises Oak Lawn was purchased by James B. Campbell in 1835 and lost the land to the Illinois State Bank by 1840. John Simpson purchased the land in a public auction and through improvements sought by nearby Worth Township, local businesses began to spring up.
The village was officially incorporated in 1909 and soon after, many improvements to local infrastructure and local government began to take shape. After World War II, the village experienced a real population boom with veterans returning to the area taking advantage of the popular G.I. Bill.
By 1930 the population of the area was 2,045 and over the next decade, civic improvements brought the beginning of the Oak Lawn Public Library. By 1935 the Works Progress Administration, a component of the New Deal that supported a variety of public works that included libraries, helped the library open its doors.
By 1960, population spikes saw 20,000 residents in Oak Lawn. On April 21st, 1967, a tornado touched down in the village and was recorded as one of the worst to ever strike an urban area. It damaged or destroyed nearly 900 buildings and killed more than 30 people.
In the years following the tornado, there was a massive rebuild and the community saw a surge in residents from 1973 to 1976, peaking at 63,500 residents.
In the 1980s, however, population numbers dwindled. Many area schools suffered closure and the village began to undertake redevelopment to draw new residents. The redevelopment focused on businesses and residences in the area of 95th Street between Cicero and Central.
Oak Lawn is well known for its community hospital, Christ Community Hospital. Formerly known as Advocate Christ Medical Center and built in 1960, Christ Community serves residents of Chicago and its suburbs. The hospital expanded with the development of Hope Children[s Hospital and it became part of Advocate Health Care.
The hospital boasts a state-of-the-art Level 1 trauma center, offering advanced emergency medical care to more patients than any other hospital in the State of Illinois.