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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 blotter: Woman grabbed while jogging, 100-oz. bottles of Tide stolen, and more

    Oak Park blotter: Woman grabbed while jogging, 100-oz. bottles of Tide stolen, and more
    The following items were gathered from police reports: Oak Park A 40-year-old Rockford woman was jogging west on Le Moyne Parkway from East Avenue at 6:58 a.m. April 29 when a thin man in his 20s ran up from behind, grabbed her and put his hand over...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Groundbreaking for major Oak Park development is delayed

    Groundbreaking for major Oak Park development is delayed
    The developers of a 204-foot-high mixed-use building on the northeast corner of Lake Street and Forest Avenue in Oak Park have pushed groundbreaking on the project to Sept. 30. The project, first proposed in 2007, has been delayed and redesigned over...
  • 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 approves UFC gym for former Borders site

    Oak Park approves UFC gym for former Borders site
    An Ultimate Fighting Championship-style gym is coming to downtown Oak Park. The Oak Park Village Board approved a proposal May 5 to bring a mixed martial arts training and fitness center to the site of a former Borders Books store at Harlem Avenue and...
  • 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...
  • Oak Park halts Hinsdale Central's winning streak

    Oak Park's baseball team nipped Hinsdale Central 2-1 on Saturday, May 10 in the first game of a West Suburban Silver Conference doubleheader. The win snapped Hinsdale Central's eight-game winning streak. Western Illinois-bound Sam Cottingham-Beard...
  • 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...