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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 Country Club to celebrate centennial

    The Oak Park Country Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a black-tie dinner Sept. 20 at the club. The event will include fireworks and several bands. The club is located at 2001 N. Thatcher Ave. in River Grove. According to a Golfer's Magazine...
  • 7 cash-only restaurants worth the trip

    7 cash-only restaurants worth the trip
    In an age when most people rarely carry cash, restaurants that don't accept credit or debit cards are typically deemed a hassle. Businesses that balk at plastic payment know they must offer cheap, consistently satisfying grub and a healthy dose of...
  • Man arrested for attempted child abduction in Oak Park

    Police arrested a man Tuesday night they say tried to pull a 15-year-old girl into some bushes off of Ridgeland Avenue near the street's intersection with Adams Street. Damian Skoczylas, 21, of Glen Ellyn, allegedly grabbed the victim shortly before 9 p....
  • Oak Park and River Forest police reports: Gun and rifle stolen, and more

     Oak Park and River Forest police reports: Gun and rifle stolen, and more
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park Two Oak Park residents were robbed at gunpoint of cash, an iPhone and a flip phone, all valued at $500, in the 800 block of Mapleton Avenue at 9:10 p.m. July 16. Two 21-year-old Chicago...
  • Oak Park police reports: Items, cash taken in armed robbery and more

    Oak Park police reports: Items, cash taken in armed robbery and more
    The following items were gathered from Oak Park Police Department reports. An Oak Park woman and a Forest Park man were robbed by gunpoint by two men ages 20 to 25 on the 200 block of North Euclid Avenue at 11:28 p.m. July 13. The men took the woman's...
  • Solar panels encouraged in Oak Park

    Solar panels encouraged in Oak Park
    A new solar panel bulk purchasing program is available to Oak Park residents and others in the Chicago area. The Solar Chicago program sets rates based on how many people participate, lowering prices with more participants, according to a village news...
  • Oak Park fence still has room for love to grow

    Oak Park fence still has room for love to grow
    Dripping water and wafting exhaust fumes did not deter Jenni and Owen Winder from memorializing their affection for one another on a recent afternoon in an Oak Park underpass. The Chicago couple clasped a lock to a chain-link fence the village...
  • NU lands mobile Oak Park QB

    NU lands mobile Oak Park QB
    As Pat Fitzgerald's latest Northwestern recruiting class continued to fill up, the one thing it lacked was the most important position. That changed Thursday, when Oak Park quarterback Lloyd Yates committed to the Wildcats. A mobile quarterback and...
  • Joseph F. Philipps led training program for plumbers, 1917-2014

     Joseph F. Philipps led training program for plumbers, 1917-2014
    When the national chapter of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union wanted to create an instructor training program in the early 1950s, it turned to Joseph F. Philipps, who 17 years earlier began his career as an apprentice with Local 597. Mr. Philipps...
  • Debit card stolen at gunpoint, withdrawals made: cops

    Oak Park police are looking for several men they suspect took another man's debit card and personal identification number at gunpoint and withdrew money from local ATMs Monday afternoon. The victim reported he was leaving his home on the 200 block of...
  • Oak Park police reports: Motorcycle stolen, construction equipment taken and more

    Oak Park police reports: Motorcycle stolen, construction equipment taken and more
    The following items were gathered from Oak Park Police Department reports. A red and white Yamaha DT 175 motorcycle valued at $2,500 was stolen between 12:01 and 12:09 a.m. June 29 from the front yard of a home on the 900 block of South Humphrey Avenue....