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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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  • After a long run, Competitive Foot shoe store is closing

    After a long run, Competitive Foot shoe store is closing
    After about four decades anchoring the corner of Marion Street and North Boulevard in Oak Park, the owners of The Competitive Foot athletic shoe store are nearing the finish line. Owners Tim and Tyna Eggert announced the upcoming closure recently, and...
  • Lovers can lock up their commitment under CTA line in Oak Park

    Lovers can lock up their commitment under CTA line in Oak Park
    A bit of Paris romance is coming to an elevated train underpass in Oak Park. Public workers hung a chain-link fence Monday along a sidewalk beneath the CTA Green Line at Oak Park Avenue, where couples will soon be able to hang a lock and throw away the...
  • Oak Park, River Forest police reports: Alley mugging, stolen cell phones, home burglaries

     Oak Park, River Forest police reports: Alley mugging, stolen cell phones, home burglaries
    The following items were taken from Oak Park and River Forest police reports: Oak Park An Oak Park man walking in the alley behind the 100 block of South Scoville Avenue was jumped by four men who stole his cell phone and his wallet. The incident...
  • Quinn signs same-day voter registration bill

    Quinn signs same-day voter registration bill
    Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure allowing Illinois residents to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day this fall. The governor has touted the relaxed registration rules for the Nov. 4 general election as making it easier for...
  • Village with a vision

    Village with a vision
    When Larry Hallock and his partner decided to move from Chicago's vibrant Lakeview neighborhood, they never imagined they would consider living in the Austin community on the city's beleaguered West Side, let alone wind up in a bidding war over a six-flat...
  • Revised condo complex plan approved in Oak Park

    Revised condo complex plan approved in Oak Park
    The Oak Park Village Board approved a slimmed-down design for a five-story luxury condominium complex on Chicago Avenue Monday. Oak Park-based Altierra Development Group presented a new design for the building, called Residences at Maple Place, after...
  • Public libraries in Chicago, suburbs offering online streaming

    Public libraries in Chicago, suburbs offering online streaming
    Try to check out a hot new book or movie at your local library, and you're likely to get put on a long waiting list. Libraries in the Chicago area are trying to change that by offering a new online checkout service. Instead of having a limited number...
  • Dining briefs: "Best roast chicken," Culver's in Chicago

    Dining briefs: "Best roast chicken," Culver's in Chicago
    River Roast aims for mid-July opening: Having known Spiaggia owner/chef Tony Mantuano for a decade, I’ve learned he is a chef who never minces words. So when he says that for the past year, he and chef John Hogan have worked on creating “the...
  • O'Hare noise a pain to changing cast of neighborhoods

     O'Hare noise a pain to changing cast of neighborhoods
    Most of us like to think of ourselves as good people — kind-hearted souls who mourn other people's misfortune, sympathetic types who would hate to see our neighbors suffer. But any notions I may have had about my own generosity of spirit have been...
  • Oak Park police blotter: iPhone taken from Blue Line rider, battery against jogger, and more

    Oak Park police blotter: iPhone taken from Blue Line rider, battery against jogger, and more
    The following items were taken from police reports: Five boys ages 16 to 20 stole a iPhone 5C with blue-and-gray cell phone case, valued at $425, from the hand of a Round Lake resident sitting on the CTA Blue Line train at 11:35 p.m. May 20. The five...
  • OPRF's Trinka makes All-State Academic team

    Oak Park River Forest's Teresa Trinka was one of 26 athletes honored by the Illinois High School Association during a banquet April 21 for making the All-State Academic team. She is a senior soccer player who has been on varsity since her freshman year....