If senior housing is a boom industry in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, then private schools are not too far behind as a driver of odd-site development and added schooling options for families.
We’d note the arrival of two new Montessori schools in Oak Park this fall. One is on North Avenue which needs all the destination businesses it can attract. Another is on Harrison Street west of East Avenue and has reclaimed a non-descript one-story commercial building that has been empty for a time.
The return to Oak Park of the Children’s School — after a detour to Berwyn for several years — is giving new life to the old St. Edmund Catholic School on Oak Park Avenue at Pleasant. St. Edmund’s grade school sat empty for only one year. It is good to see new life there and a great location for this innovative school.
Finally on Roosevelt Road, on a parcel of land that has been, politely stated, underutilized for a long while, Alcuin Montessori School has broken ground on new construction. Like North Avenue, Roosevelt Road needs to give locals a reason to head that direction. Alcuin, a pioneer in Montessori education in Oak Park and River Forest, is a bold addition to the street.