Franklin Park

Welcome to Franklin Park

Franklin Park is a village in the Chicagoland area, near O'Hare International Airport. Incorporated in 1892, the town is steeped in train culture; it's served by three Metra stations, has a large train yard, and celebrates its history with a train museum and festival. In addition, there is a burgeoning suburban downtown, a large Hispanic population (which means great food), and many community gathering places.

Get in

Grand Avenue and Mannheim Road are two major arteries that run through the village. O'Hare International Airport is nearby, accessible by Mannheim Road. Franklin Park has three Metra stations: Belmont Avenue Station on Metra's North Central Service, which provides daily rail service between Antioch, Illinois and Chicago (at Union Station); and Franklin Park Station and Mannheim Station on the Milwaukee District/West Line which connects Chicago to Elgin, Illinois.

Get around

By car is the most efficient way, but PACE bus routes 319 and 325 run through Franklin Park and connect it to nearby Northlake, River Grove, Elmwood Park, and Rosemont.

See

The B-12 Tower Museum

Do

Be prepared for a long wait

Buy

Franklin Park is not exactly known as a shopping mecca. Besides Ace Hardware, all the big name stores and malls are in the nearby towns, while locally there isn't much more than a pawn shop, video stores, and grocery stores, all of which are on Grand Avenue.

Eat

Best in Chicagoland

Food is Franklin Park's hidden gem. Any Mexican Bakery downtown, on Franklin Avenue, will have huge, cheap treats that you probably won't find in your local bakery. They can be hit or miss, but if you don't like what you bought then spend 75 cents for something else.

Drink

The police station and water tower

Sleep

Most hotels and motels are on Mannheim Avenue, servicing airport patrons. Super 8, Comfort Inn, Sottrel Hotel; pretty much drive down Mannheim and look for something with O'Hare in the name.

Go next

Routes through Franklin Park

Lake Geneva/Milwaukee Schiller Park  N  S  Melrose Park Chicago/Tinley Park
Elgin Wood Dale  W  E  Elmwood Park Chicago
Antioch Schiller Park  NW  SE  Chicago END


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