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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 police blotter: '88 Camaro stolen, light scares off intruder and more

    Oak Park police blotter: '88 Camaro stolen, light scares off intruder and more
    The following items were gathered from Oak Park police reports: A blue 1988 Chevrolet Camaro valued at $12,000 was stolen between 11:30 p.m. May 29 and 5 a.m. May 30 on the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue. A person turning on yard lights scared...
  • Oak-Leyden employee accused of stealing from a client

     Oak-Leyden employee accused of stealing from a client
    An Oak-Leyden Developmental Services employee has been arrested on charges she stole more than $16,000 from a disabled client in recent years, police say. Contessa Gordon-Elliot, 40, of the 1600 block of North Lotus Avenue in Chicago, was arrested May 6...
  • Oak Park man charged with aggravated sexual abuse against teen, police say

    Oak Park man charged with aggravated sexual abuse against teen, police say
    A 62-year-old Oak Park man has been accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with a teenage girl he hired to do odd jobs at a rental property he owns in River Forest, police say. Gregg Kuenster, of the 1000 block of Wisconsin Avenue, asked a girl to...
  • Child porn charges filed against preschool teacher in west suburbs

    Child porn charges filed against preschool teacher in west suburbs
    An Oak Park man recently hired as a preschool teacher in the western suburbs has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, authorities said. Richard Gertler was arrested after Berwyn police discovered he was trading pornographic...
  • 'Road to Glory: The Documentary'

    'Road to Glory: The Documentary'
    Saint Millie is screwed. OK, maybe that’s pushing it. But it only sort of matters that the 22-year-old Oak Park native (born Milton McKinney) is talented and professional and honest in interviews; that he’s personable in ways that rappers...
  • Frank Lloyd Wright homes do-it-yourself tour

    Frank Lloyd Wright homes do-it-yourself tour
    Frank Lloyd Wright's house designs famously include a "path of discovery" that take visitors through a few turns before they find themselves inside — often through a front door that is itself partially hidden by an archway or another architectural...
  • Local Voices, Apr. 17

    Influence of the wealthy In regard to your April 3 editorial supporting the Supreme Court decision to eliminate limits to total campaign contributions, I think your viewpoint is quite skewed. Where you say "Government policy is too important for those...
  • Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage

    Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade. Playing master of ceremonies...
  • New Oak Park restaurants create 'a little Greektown'

    New Oak Park restaurants create 'a little Greektown'
    With two recently opened Greek restaurants and a Greek yogurt café on the way, some are comparing the corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park to a popular Chicago neighborhood. "I guess we're making a little Greektown in Oak Park," said...
  • Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice cast his influence over Chicago suburbs

    Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice cast his influence over Chicago suburbs
    Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright? Maybe those are the wrong questions....
  • Drivers fume over suburbs' low-salt diet

    Drivers fume over suburbs' low-salt diet
    Erin Ferrell didn’t have a problem with Naperville’s decision to try and conserve road salt amid a regional salt shortage. That is, until she attempted to drive to work on Wednesday morning. “You couldn’t even see the lanes...