Oak Lawn is a
village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The
population was 55,245 at the 2000 census. Oak Lawn is
a suburb of the city of Chicago, located southwest of
the city. It shares borders with the city in two areas,
but is surrounded mostly by other suburbs independent
Oak Lawn is known for its community
hospital, which serves the residents of Chicago and
its suburbs. Christ Community Hospital (now known as
Advocate Christ Medical Center) was built in Oak Lawn
in 1960 and has expanded with the development of Hope
Children's Hospital, along with becoming a part of Advocate
Health Care. Christ Hospital also has a state-of-the-art
Level 1 trauma center, providing trauma patients with
advanced emergency medical care. The emergency department
treats more patients than any other hospital in Illinois.
Oak Lawn has public education schooling children from
K6 in its many elementary schools, including Kolb, Lieb,
Harnew, Columbus Manor, Covington, Hannum, Hometown,
Kolmar, and Sward. Oak Lawn has two public middle schools.
The first is Oak LawnHometown
Middle School, which replaced Douglas A. McGugan Junior
High School in 2005 (now leased to South Side Baptist
Church and School and Oak Lawn Montessori School).