Fun Things to Do in Park Forest This Summer

Park Forest is a beautiful place to live. Members of Cedarwood Cooperative Housing have raved over the many outdoor activities that Park Forest, Illinois has to offer. From our local Aqua Center to our weekly downtown festivities to our Main Street Market, there's no need to leave the Village for summer fun this year! Check out just a few of the summer activities below and let us know about ones we've missed so we can add them!


people lounging around pool at aqua center in park forest

Aqua Center

The aqua center is a Park Forest staple. Boasting 3 pools - one kiddie pool, one mid-depth pool and one adults-only pool, there is always enough water space for guests young and old. The aqua center also offers a sand playground with a slide and jungle gym for the little ones, local eats and of course, locker rooms and bathrooms. Recreation activities include the 160-foot water slide that drops into a wading pool down below, two drop slides, and a 15-foot-high aquatic climbing wall. Open from May through September, the Aqua Center offers season-long memberships to residents and non-residents, plus daily passes and private parties. Members of Cedarwood love the Aqua Center and we're sure you will too!


pool toys floating on water at aqua center in park forest IL

Multiple Parks and Playgrounds

Park Forest maintains over 400 acres of greenspace designated for parks, playgrounds, skate parks, tennis courts and more. Our main park is Central Park located directly next to the Freedom Hall Theatre and the Park Forest Library (both facilities also offering many summer activities and events).


From the Village of Park Forest website, "Central Park boasts two pavilions with eight tables in each, electrical outlets. Rental of the East Pavilion includes an attached kitchen area complete with a sink, stove, and refrigerator. The West Pavilion does not include a kitchen area. Restrooms are conveniently located between the East and West Pavilions. Two small grills are located by the West Pavilion. Central Park is a great outdoor park for events like family reunions, class reunions, and work functions. It is particularly popular with those wishing to be near play areas for children."


two girls playing on playground in park forest

Park Forest Main Street Market

Open from May thru October, the Main Street Market is Park Forest's version of a farmer's market, hosted right in our downtown area. From the Village's website, "Since 1974, the Park Forest Main Street Market - formerly the Park Forest Farmers’ Market - has been connecting area residents with local farmers, food vendors and businesses. The Market hosts 22 full spaces with a variety of fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods, herbs and dairy products. Local businesses are also on hand at the Market selling artwork, garden ornaments, jewelry and more." Being so close to the co-ops, members of Cedarwood can easily walk to and from the market without breaking a sweat!


husband and wife shopping at local farmers market in Park Forest IL

Assortment of Downtown Events Throughout the Summer

The Village of Park Forest puts together yearly events that occur throughout the summer months. Every year there is something new for every one. This summer (2021) the following are being offered:


Small Business, Music & Artistry Fair - June 19, July 17, and August 21.

Resident Appreciation BBQ - June 23

Paint & Sip on the Lawn - July 10 and August 21

Outdoor Karaoke - July 17

All-White Sunset Soiree - July 31

Food, Wine & Sangria Crawl - August 7

Ice Cream Social - August 21

House Music on the Lawn - August 28

and more!


So many fun things to do this summer and every summer as a member of Cedarwood Housing Cooperative in Park Forest, Illinois. When you're ready to get in the fun, give us a call at 708-747-3833 to discuss availability and pricing.


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