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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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  • 'Watch Dogs' makes Chicago a digitized surveillance state

    'Watch Dogs' makes Chicago a digitized surveillance state
    Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...
  • 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...
  • Wright Studio's ginkgo tree getting extra attention these days

    Wright Studio's ginkgo tree getting extra attention these days
    Most visitors who approach the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park notice two things about the prominent ginkgo tree outside, said preservation architect Karen Sweeney: its size and its smell. The tree, 51 inches in diameter, produces cherry-...
  • 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...
  • Tinley Park, New Lenox, Frankfort police blotter: March 25

    Tinley Park, New Lenox, Frankfort police blotter: March 25
    The following items were taken from police reports: Tinley Park •A wallet containing two debit cards was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 7800 block of 165th Place on March 15. •A window was smashed and a purse containing a...
  • Lighting first, then roundabout at Tinley intersection

    Lighting first, then roundabout at Tinley intersection
    Tinley Park's village engineer says the Illinois Department of Transportation's pending lighting upgrade at Oak Park Avenue's southern gateway won't stop that intersection's eventual transformation into a roundabout. "The roundabout is three years...
  • Police reports: Stolen bike, blender, cosmetics

    Police reports: Stolen bike, blender, cosmetics
    The following items were taken from Tinley Park police reports: A 28-year-old Frankfort man was charged with felony possession of cannabis after more than 30 grams of marijuana were discovered in his possession on May 15 during an unspecified police...
  • Oak Park, River Forest, La Grange police blotter: March 11

    Oak Park, River Forest, La Grange police blotter: March 11
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park A 27-year-old Chicago man was charged with domestic assault of a Chicago resident on the CTA Green Line platform at the 1100 block of South Boulevard at 4:38 p.m. March 5. A 52-year-old...
  • Police reports: Stolen bikes, DUI arrest, broken drive-through window

    Police reports: Stolen bikes, DUI arrest, broken drive-through window
    The following items were taken from Oak Park and River Forest police reports: A 22-year-old Oak Park man was arrested at 6 p.m. April 23, at his house on the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue in connection with a theft that occurred Jan. 3 on the 900...
  • Oak Park, River Forest, La Grange police blotter: March 25

    Oak Park, River Forest, La Grange police blotter: March 25
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park A 29-year-old Dolton man was charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property for attempting to get back into his girlfriend's apartment on the 0-100 block...
  • Tinley Park, New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena police blotter: April 7

    Tinley Park, New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena police blotter: April 7
    The following items were taken from police reports: Tinley Park Approximately $3 in change was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 1600 block of South Apple Lane on March 28. A 30-year-old Frankfort man was charged with felony DUI/third,...