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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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  • 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...
  • Oak Park's Lemke-Bell picks Northwestern football

    Oak Park's Lemke-Bell picks Northwestern football
    Oak Park junior Adam Lemke-Bell put on weight this spring and saw the scholarship offers pour in from the Big Ten, ACC and even an SEC school. A rising star in the recruiting world, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle saw no need to continue the...
  • 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...
  • River Forest police blotter: Items taken from store, curfew violations, and more

    River Forest police blotter: Items taken from store, curfew violations, and more
    The following items were gathered from River Forest police reports: Video footage from the Jewel-Osco store, 7525 Lake St., showed a man in his 40s stealing several hundred dollars worth of Rogaine, Allegra, Claritin and Pepcid and putting it in a...
  • 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...
  • Getting Around: Chicago gets closer to mayor's bike lane goal

    Getting Around: Chicago gets closer to mayor's bike lane goal
    Chicago is hustling to reach the finish line next spring on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promise to complete 100 miles of bicycle lanes that are shielded from traffic, and city officials hope the public doesn't judge the project strictly by the number of bike...
  • Printers Row Lit Fest: The family guide

    Printers Row Lit Fest: The family guide
    This weekend marks the 30-year anniversary of the Printers Row Lit Fest, and there’s no shortage of family-friendly literary fun, with more than 30 events for kids, teens and parents. And those are just the scheduled events. At Just Kidding Park,...
  • Girls lacrosse | Glenbrook South survives test to earn semifinal spot

    Girls lacrosse | Glenbrook South survives test to earn semifinal spot
    Glenbrook South's girls lacrosse team has been one of the state's top programs for some time. But the Titans' performance against Oak Park in an Illinois High School Women's Lacrosse Association quarterfinal May 30 may have cemented this team's legacy...
  • Tinley Park police reports: Man punched for aiding woman

    Tinley Park police reports: Man punched for aiding woman
    The following items were taken from police reports: A maroon 2002 Dodge Durango with a $3,000 sound system was stolen from a residential driveway on the 8400 bock of Dunmore Drive on May 20. A 47-year-old Lansing woman was charged with retail theft...
  • Two new principals hired in District 97

    Two new principals hired in District 97
    The Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Board approved hiring two new principals for Mann and Whittier schools last week.. The district hired Faith Cole, assistant principal of Percy Julian Middle School, to be principal of Mann Elementary School; and...
  • Oak Park police blotter: Thin man hurls concrete block through car window

    Oak Park police blotter: Thin man hurls concrete block through car window
    The following items were gathered from Oak Park police reports: Two men, in their 30s or 40s, and a woman in her 40s stole 11 quarts of engine oil, five cigarette lighters, three bottle of brake fluid, a bottle of gas treatment and a bottle of fuel...