It is ultimately up to you where you want to live, so doing research ahead of time will highly benefit you.
Good luck in your search.
Lyon Real Estate
I personally live and have my home office in Central Oak Park. I am very comfortable here and plan on staying a long time. In fact I have even invested in a couple other rental homes in my neighborhood. Overall, Oak Park is a neighborhood that has some very nice parts and some not so very nice parts. Oak Park is a great value and you can find many wonderful 1920's - 1950 homes with lots of old time charm. If you would like an opinion on any particular listing location, please feel free to contact me. Good luck on your search!