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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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  • Frank Lloyd Wright homes do-it-yourself tour

    Frank Lloyd Wright homes do-it-yourself tour
    Frank Lloyd Wright's house designs famously include a "path of discovery" that take visitors through a few turns before they find themselves inside — often through a front door that is itself partially hidden by an archway or another architectural...
  • Local Voices: May 8 edition

    Local Voices: May 8 edition
    Letters to the editor for the May 8 TribLocal print edition from Elmhurst, Oak Park and West Chicago. No guns This letter is in response to the Tribune story, "'I might have been able to defend myself'" (Front page, April 27). I am so terribly...
  • 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....
  • Five Chicago books to read by Lit Fest authors

    Five Chicago books to read by Lit Fest authors
    Stuart Dybek is sure to be the talk of Printers Row Lit Fest this year, as he returns in June with two new story collections, "Paper Lantern" and "Ecstatic Cahoots." He appeared at the first Lit Fest in 1985, and this year, he will be awarded the Near...
  • Oak Park, River Forest police blotter: April 14

    Oak Park, River Forest police blotter: April 14
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park •A woman who met a man on an Internet dating site and invited him to her house on the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue said he came at 1:36 p.m. April 2, showed her a silver...
  • Oak Park woman determined to finish marathon this time

    Oak Park woman determined to finish marathon this time
    Sarah Buerger was only a half-mile from the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when everyone stopped. She was carrying a phone and after a few minutes of confusion she started getting a stream of texts asking if she was OK. She soon heard rumors of...
  • Renovations planned for Maple Park in Oak Park

    Renovations planned for Maple Park in Oak Park
    A new playground, ballfield upgrades, climbing boulders and other improvements are slated for Maple Park as part of a $1.1 million renovation project in 2016, the Park District of Oak Park announced. A $400,000 Illinois Department of Natural Resources...
  • Woman charged with using fake credit card

    Woman charged with using fake credit card
    A Chicago woman was charged with three felonies after she allegedly used a fake credit card with another person's account information on it to buy clothes and other goods in River Forest and Oak Park, police said. Shirley Cameron, 47, of the 200 block...
  • Oak Park residents will still have green energy option

    Oak Park residents will still have green energy option
    Conservation-minded Oak Park residents will have an option to purchase green energy at a slightly higher cost than the "brown energy" that will be supplied through a new village electricity deal. The village announced the green option this week as...
  • Oak Park public works OT budget hit hard by severe winter

    Oak Park public works OT budget hit hard by severe winter
    With the recent end of an unusually snowy winter, the Oak Park Public Works Department is looking for a milder season next year to keep its budget in check. The department cleared snow from the streets 38 times during the winter of 2013-14, when 82...
  • Blotter: Food store robbery, antique jewelry theft, stolen iPhones

    Blotter: Food store robbery, antique jewelry theft, stolen iPhones
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park A boy, 16 or 17 years old and wearing a dreadlocks wig with gold tips, stole an iPhone and wallet, worth a total of $500, from an Oak Park woman as she boarded a bus between 7:15 and 7:25 p....