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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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  • Man robs Harlem Avenue bank in Oak Park

    Man robs Harlem Avenue bank in Oak Park
    A man took about $3,000 from a North Harlem Avenue bank in Oak Park after implying he had a gun, police said Thursday. The man, who was wearing a Chicago Bulls baseball cap and is estimated to be in his late 20s, robbed Metropolitan Bank between 4:25...
  • Boy on bike gets hit in face, has phone stolen in Oak Park

    Boy on bike gets hit in face, has phone stolen in Oak Park
    The following items were gathered from Oak Park police reports. An Oak Park boy was riding his bicycle north on Lombard Avenue at Division Street at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 1 when someone hit him on the left side of his face and stole his Apple iPhone valued at...
  • OPRF starts football season on the road

    The Illinois High School Association released the football schedules for the 2014 season and Oak Park River Forest High School opens the season with two non-conference games on the road. The Huskies visit Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort Aug. 29 and follow...
  • Restored paintings by late local artist on display at Oak Park library

     Restored paintings by late local artist on display at Oak Park library
    Nine paintings by late Oak Park artist Reginald Mars that were commissioned by the Park District of Oak Park more than 50 years ago have been restored and are now on display at the village's main library. The park district hired village resident Timothy...
  • 2 bicycles, cash and a leaf blower stolen overnight out of a garage in River Forest

    2 bicycles, cash and a leaf blower stolen overnight out of a garage in River Forest
    The following items were gathered from River Forest police reports: A 34-year-old Chicago man was charged with felony retail theft for stealing numerous bottles of liquor valued at $652 from Jewel, 7525 Lake St., about 4:54 p.m. July 29 A 24-year-...
  • Samuel Henry 'Errie' Ball, golf pro, 1910-2014

     Samuel Henry 'Errie' Ball, golf pro, 1910-2014
    Samuel Henry "Errie" Ball played in golf's first-ever Masters Tournament in 1934 before a long career as a golf professional at two Chicago-area courses. The Welsh-born Mr. Ball, who came from a storied golfing family, was a mentor to many younger...
  • Infidelity in Chicago: Logan Square tops website ranking

    Infidelity in Chicago: Logan Square tops website ranking
    Logan Square tops the list of "Chicago's least faithful neighborhoods," according to data released today by AshleyMadison.com, a site that connects married people who want to cheat on their spouses with other married people who think that sounds just...
  • Task force to study transit options to Museum Campus

    Task force to study transit options to Museum Campus
    At least once a month, Patrick Carlson takes the Blue Line to the Loop and hops on a CTA bus to Museum Campus, home to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. Sometimes he rides his bike from his Logan Square home to the Lakefront...
  • Lap swimmers blast smaller Ridgeland locker rooms

     Lap swimmers blast smaller Ridgeland locker rooms
    Swimmers who regularly do laps in the Ridgeland Common recreation center's outdoor pool in Oak Park say a $22 million renovation to the facility has marginalized their needs. Ridgeland Common reopened in June following a yearlong renovation that added...
  • Homeowner discovers obscene drawings of male genitalia on sidewalk in Tinley Park

    Homeowner discovers obscene drawings of male genitalia on sidewalk in Tinley Park
    The following items were taken from Tinley Park police reports. A 25-year-old Orland Park man charged with criminal damage to a vehicle after hitting a passing car with a chunk of wood at the intersection of 183rd Street and Oak Park Avenue was also...
  • 21-year-old charged with child abduction in Oak Park

    21-year-old charged with child abduction in Oak Park
    The following items were taken from Oak Park police reports: A 21-year-old Glen Ellyn man was charged with child abduction after he grabbed a 15-year-old Oak Park girl on the 400 block of Madison Street at 8:52 p.m. July 29 and tried to pull her into...