Forest Park is the second most densely [populated] gay community in Illinois. That’s the surprising, to us, news from a new survey out of a California institute which has reviewed data from the 2010 census.
Who’s Number 1? Guess who? Neighboring Oak Park which has encouraged and promoted and celebrated its gayness for decades. Several gays in Forest Park interviewed for our front page story this week talked about having started in Oak Park apartments but being unable to afford the housing prices and crazy taxes in that town.
One Realtor describes the hike in Forest Park’s gay population as “bleedover” from Oak Park. “The suburb clients usually think of is Oak Park when they first investigate. Then they go further and discover Forest Park,” says Gary Mancuso, himself a gay Oak Park real estate agent.
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