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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Man charged with attempted child abduction in Oak Park

    Man charged with attempted child abduction in Oak Park
    A Glen Ellyn man was charged with child abduction and unlawful restraint after trying to pull a 15-year-old girl into some bushes, police said. Damian Skoczylas, 21, grabbed the victim shortly before 9 p.m. July 29 as she was walking north on...
  • 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...
  • Oak Park police report: Man tries to lure boy into van; several bikes stolen; and more

    Oak Park police report: Man tries to lure boy into van; several bikes stolen; and more
    The following items were taken from Oak Park Police Department reports: A man desribed to be in his 30s with a beard and his hair in dreadlocks tried to lure an Oak Park boy into his white Chevrolet van on the 600 block of South Ridgeland Avenue at 2:35...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...