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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, River Forest, La Grange police blotter: Feb. 25

    Oak Park, River Forest, La Grange police blotter: Feb. 25
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park A 26-year-old Chicago man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and illegal possession of ammunition without a firearm owner's...
  • Pete's Fresh Market buys Oak Park Dominick's

     Pete's Fresh Market buys Oak Park Dominick's
    Pete's Fresh Market is aiming to open a store in the former Dominick's building in Oak Park by the end of the year. The Chicago supermarket franchise purchased the building Jan. 24, and plans to make extensive changes and renovations before reopening,...
  • Dinaw Mengestu on 'All Our Names'

     Dinaw Mengestu on 'All Our Names'
    Over the past decade, novelist Dinaw Mengestu has emerged as one of the brightest young chroniclers of the African diaspora. In his previous books, including "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears" (2007) and "How to Read the Air" (2010), Mengestu...
  • New HR director hired by District 200

    New HR director hired by District 200
    Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 has hired a new human resources director. David Ruhland, now a director of employee engagement for Chicago Public Schools, starts work in Oak Park May 5, according to a news release. The District...
  • Local attorney Ott tapped to fill Oak Park Village Board vacancy

    Local attorney Ott tapped to fill Oak Park Village Board vacancy
    Oak Park Village President Anan Abu-Taleb today announced Andrea Ott, a local attorney and Disability Access Commission chairwoman, as his choice to fill a vacancy on the Village Board. If the rest of the Village Board approves Abu-Taleb's selection,...
  • UFC-style gym proposed for former Borders site in Oak Park

    UFC-style gym proposed for former Borders site in Oak Park
    The owner of several Ultimate Fighting Championship-style gyms in the Chicago area is proposing one for downtown Oak Park. UFC GYM would employ professional UFC fighters and coaches to teach classes and would host fighters to sign autographs, but...
  • Study: 'Startling' level of housing discrimination in Oak Park

    Study: 'Startling' level of housing discrimination in Oak Park
    A study found a "startling" level of prejudice against African-American and disabled renters in Oak Park, where village officials voted Tuesday to create a citizen commission to study how to address the problem. Calling the study's findings "disturbing"...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • E-cigarette store planned for Oak Park

    E-cigarette store planned for Oak Park
    A tiny e-cigarette store planned for the corner of Marion Street and North Boulevard in Oak Park would be one of the first things to greet new visitors arriving in the village on Metra or CTA trains. For some downtown business owners, that's fine. For...
  • 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....