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Oak Park

Oak Park
Oak Park, Ill., is located in Cook County just west of the Chicago border. In 1837, Joseph Kettlestrings, a native of England, bought 172 acres of land in the area. The town became known as Oak Park in 1871 after first being called Oak Ridge, and the "Village of Oak Park" came into being in 1902. Its population in the 2003 census was 50,824. Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright built his home in Oak Park in 1889, and many of his buildings still exist throughout the suburb. Oak Park is also the birthplace of writer Ernest Hemingway. Read more about Oak Park, IL Show more »
Oak Park, Ill., is located in Cook County just west of the Chicago border. In 1837, Joseph Kettlestrings, a native of England, bought 172 acres of land in the area. The town became known as Oak Park in 1871 after first being called Oak Ridge, and the "Village of Oak Park" came into being in 1902. Its population in the 2003 census was 50,824. Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright built his home in Oak Park in 1889, and many of his buildings still exist throughout the suburb. Oak Park is also the birthplace of writer Ernest Hemingway. Read more about Oak Park, IL « Show less

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  • Oak Park public works OT budget hit hard by severe winter

    Oak Park public works OT budget hit hard by severe winter
    With the recent end of an unusually snowy winter, the Oak Park Public Works Department is looking for a milder season next year to keep its budget in check. The department cleared snow from the streets 38 times during the winter of 2013-2014, when 82...
  • Woman charged with using fake credit card

    Woman charged with using fake credit card
    A Chicago woman was charged with three felonies after she allegedly used a fake credit card with another person's account information on it to buy clothes and other goods in River Forest and Oak Park, police said. Shirley Cameron, 47, of the 200 block...
  • Renovations planned for Maple Park in Oak Park

    Renovations planned for Maple Park in Oak Park
    A new playground, ballfield upgrades, climbing boulders and other improvements are slated for Maple Park as part of a $1.1 million renovation project in 2016, the Park District of Oak Park announced. A $400,000 Illinois Department of Natural Resources...
  • Oak Park, River Forest police blotter: April 14

    Oak Park, River Forest police blotter: April 14
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park •A woman who met a man on an Internet dating site and invited him to her house on the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue said he came at 1:36 p.m. April 2, showed her a silver...
  • Oak Park woman determined to finish marathon this time

    Oak Park woman determined to finish marathon this time
    Sarah Buerger was only a half-mile from the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when everyone stopped. She was carrying a phone and after a few minutes of confusion she started getting a stream of texts asking if she was OK. She soon heard rumors of...
  • UFC-style gym proposed for former Borders site in Oak Park

    UFC-style gym proposed for former Borders site in Oak Park
    The owner of several Ultimate Fighting Championship-style gyms in the Chicago area is proposing one for downtown Oak Park. UFC GYM would employ professional UFC fighters and coaches to teach classes and would host fighters to sign autographs, but...
  • Baseball | Oak Park, Lyons rounding into old form

    Baseball | Oak Park, Lyons rounding into old form
    The forecast for the West Suburban Silver baseball race does not change much from year to year. "Our conference is very challenging," Lyons coach George Ushela said. "It usually comes down to us and Oak Park." The season is barely underway because...
  • Man arrested in connection with Oak Park shooting

    Man arrested in connection with Oak Park shooting
    Police have made an arrest in connection with an April 2 shooting at an apartment complex on the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Kelsey Jones, 37, at his Chicago home Saturday...
  • Oak Park, La Grange police blotter: April 8

    Oak Park, La Grange police blotter: April 8
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park An 18-year-old man was charged March 26 with assault, criminal damage to property and harassment by electronic communications after he argued with and threatened his mother on the 0-100...
  • Tinley Park, New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena police blotter: April 7

    Tinley Park, New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena police blotter: April 7
    The following items were taken from police reports: Tinley Park Approximately $3 in change was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 1600 block of South Apple Lane on March 28. A 30-year-old Frankfort man was charged with felony DUI/third,...
  • House walk to celebrate Wright legacy

    House walk to celebrate Wright legacy
    Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will hold a house walk 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 in Oak Park and River Forest to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the trust. All Wright 2014, will feature rare...