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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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  • 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 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...
  • Boys hoops | Oak Park gaining steam entering playoffs

    Boys hoops | Oak Park gaining steam entering playoffs
    Oak Park has experienced some memorable moments this season, including a near-upset of Simeon during a third-place finish at the prestigious Pontiac Holiday Tournament. The Huskies (19-6) lost that game by one point, part of a trend that has seen them...
  • St. Patrick's Day events begin this weekend

    St. Patrick's Day events begin this weekend
    No need to wait until March 17 to celebrate a wee bit o' Irish. St. Patrick's Day festivities begin this weekend with the Tinley Park Irish parade. The 15th annual parade will step off at 2 p.m. Sunday from Central Middle School, 18146 Oak Park Ave.,...
  • Oak Park theater asks village for $500,000 to fund repairs

    Oak Park theater asks village for $500,000 to fund repairs
    The Madison Street Theatre is asking the village of Oak Park for $500,000 for basic building repairs, saying the funds could help launch a grand redesign and bring money into the village. The theater needs more fire sprinklers, a new fire alarm system,...
  • 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...
  • Tinley Park celebrates St. Patrick's Day

    Tinley Park kicked off St. Patrick’s Day festivities Sunday afternoon with its annual Irish parade and what Mayor Ed Zabrocki called “the biggest crowd we’ve had in 15 years.” Ireland’s Consul General in Chicago, Aidan...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Blotter: Counterfeit $100s, fraudulent prescription

    Blotter: Counterfeit $100s, fraudulent prescription
    The following items were taken from police reports: Tinley Park •A 22-year-old Tinley Park woman who reportedly stole a pair of pants from the Burlington Coat Factory was charged with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after she...
  • Police reports: Thief chased, forehead bitten, spray painter nabbed

    Police reports: Thief chased, forehead bitten, spray painter nabbed
    The following items were taken from Oak Park and River Forest police reports: A 39-year-old Evanston man was arrested and charged with theft after fleeing police May 2. A global positioning system device, stolen from a car parked in a garage on the...