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| name = Hazel Crest, Illinois | official_name = Village of Hazel Crest, Illinois | native_name = | native_name_lang = | settlement_type = Village | image_skyline = | image_alt = | image_caption = | image_flag = | flag_alt = | image_seal = | seal_alt = | image_shield = | shield_alt = | nickname = | motto = | image_map = File:Cook County Illinois Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Hazel Crest Highlighted.svg | mapsize = 260px | map_caption = Location of Hazel Crest in Cook County, Illinois. | image_map1 = Illinois in United States (US48).svg | map_caption1 = Location of Illinois in the United States | coordinates = 41°34′23″N 87°41′9″W / 41.57306°N 87.68583°W / 41.57306; -87.68583Coordinates: 41°34′23″N 87°41′9″W / 41.57306°N 87.68583°W / 41.57306; -87.68583 | coor_pinpoint = | coordinates_footnotes = | subdivision_type = Country | subdivision_name =  United States | subdivision_type1 = State | subdivision_name1 = Illinois | subdivision_type2 = County | subdivision_name2 = Cook | subdivision_type3 = Townships | subdivision_name3 = Bremen, Rich, Thornton | established_title = Incorporated | established_date = 1911 | founder = | seat_type = | seat = | government_footnotes = | government_type = Council–manager | leader_party = | leader_title = Mayor | leader_name = Vernard L. Alsberry Jr. | leader_title1 = | leader_name1 = | unit_pref = Imperial | area_footnotes = | area_urban_footnotes = / Illinois Central intermodal facility. Along the train tracks is the Metra Electric Line. The Hazel Crest station moves commuters either north to downtown Chicago at Millennium Station or south to University Park, the last stop on the line.

Hazel Crest is the locale where Interstate 80 merges with the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294).

The village also has an extensive array of state highways. The intersection of 175th Street and Kedzie Avenue is located at the center of the village. 167th Street intersects with Kedzie Avenue on the north side of the village, and Kedzie Avenue also intersects at 183rd Street to the south; all are divided four-lane highways except for 167th Street before intersecting at Park Avenue.

Major arteries

  • 167th Street
  • 175th Street
  • 183rd Street
  • Kedzie Avenue
  • Pulaski Road (Crawford Avenue)
  • Wood Street
  • Dixie Highway
  • Governors Highway

Pace (transit) suburban bus routes

  • Route 750 – Country Club Hills

Provides rush hour feeder service from Country Club Hills to the Flossmoor Metra Station.

  • Route 356 – Harvey-Homewood-Tinley Park

Provides daily service connecting Harvey, Markham, Homewood, Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills and Tinley Park via Park, 159th, Wood, Dixie and 183rd Street between the Harvey Transportation Center and the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

  • Route 359 – Robbins/South Kedzie Avenue

North/South route which operates from Homewood Metra Station to 95th/Dan Ryan (CTA) Station. Also serves the Blue Island Metra/Electric Station, Metro South Medical Center, Markham Courthouse, South Suburban Hospital, Lydia Health Care Center, Waterford Estates and Grenoble Square Shopping Center. Between CTA Red Line 95th St. & 124th/Halsted, buses serve posted stops only.

  • Route 460 – Hazel Crest Feeder – ROUTE ELIMINATED as of February 8, 2010.
  • Route 354 – Harvey-Oak Forest Loop

Clockwise and counter-clockwise loop service from the Harvey Transportation Center on 147th St, Cicero, 167th St, Dixie and 154th St through Harvey, Dixmoor, Posen, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest and Markham. Route provides direct service to South Suburban College’s University and College Center in Oak Forest and also serves Pace South Division.

In addition, through Pace (transit), Hazel Crest offers Dial-A-Ride services, provided primarily to elderly and disabled residents for low fares.

Population and employment

The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC), now known as the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), projects that by 2030, Hazel Crest will have 15,786 residents and 3,570 jobs compared to the 2000 U.S. Census estimate of 14,816 and 2,933 respectively. Major employers in the village include:

  • Mi-Jack
  • Advocate South Suburban Hospital
  • Graycor Construction
  • Giercyzk Real Estate
  • Waterford Estates Retirement

Two of the companies listed above are located within the Palmer Lake Corporate Business Park at 175th Street and Governors Highway.

Library

Hazel Crest is part of the Grande Prairie Public Library District, which also includes the neighboring city of Country Club Hills. Grande Prairie Public Library is located at 3479 W. 183rd in Hazel Crest. The library is a member of the Metropolitan Library System. Residents of Hazel Crest and Country Club Hills are eligible for a free library card and numerous programs held by the library. In 2009, the library celebrated its 35th anniversary. The Library District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, elected at-large between Country Club Hills and Hazel Crest.

Parks and recreation

Parks in the village are operated by the Hazel Crest Park District, which is coterminous with the village boundaries but maintains separate governance and a five-member Board of Commissioners elected at-large during consolidated elections. The Park District operates more than 200 acres (0.81 km2) of parks and provides recreational programming for the district's residents. The Park District celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2007.

Education

Hazel Crest is served by three elementary school districts: Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144, Hazel Crest Elementary School District 152.5, and Flossmoor Elementary School District 161. Three high school districts serve the village:

  • Bremen Community High School District 228
  • Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233
  • Thornton Township High Schools District 205

Elementary schools

School District 144 operates Mae Jemison Elementary School, Highlands Elementary School, and Chateaux Elementary School in Hazel Crest and six others in surrounding suburbs. School District 152.5 operates Woodland Elementary School and Warren Palm School in Hazel Crest. The district also has schools in neighboring suburbs. School District 161 operates five elementary schools outside that serve the village, primarily neighborhoods south of 183rd Street.

High schools

There are no high schools in Hazel Crest. High School District 205 operates three high schools: Thornton Township High School, Thornwood High School (which village residents east of California Avenue attend), and Thornridge High School. High School District 228 operates four high schools: Hillcrest High School, a combination of the names (Country Club Hills and Hazel Crest) in neighboring Country Club Hills (where the majority of Hazel Crest high school students attend), Bremen High School in Midlothian, Oak Forest High School in Oak Forest, and Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park. High School District 233 operates one high school, Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, which serves students residing in the village south of 183rd Street.

Community colleges

Hazel Crest sits in two community college districts, South Suburban College in South Holland and Prairie State College in Chicago Heights.

Residents living north of 183rd Street reside in South Suburban Community College District 510, and those living south of 183rd Street reside in Prairie State Community College District 515.

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