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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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  • Divvy to expand to Evanston, Oak Park next year

    Divvy to expand to Evanston, Oak Park next year
    The number of Divvy bike-sharing stations in Chicago neighborhoods will increase by almost 20 percent over the original plan and the program is expanding to Oak Park and Evanston, city officials said Wednesday. A new, $3 million federal grant obtained by...
  • Local Voices: Nov. 14 edition

    Local Voices: Nov. 14 edition
    Letters to the editor for the Nov. 14 TribLocal print edition from Woodridge, Downers Grove, Western Springs and Oak Park residents. Appreciate relationships We say goodbye many times in our lifetime, but how often do we take for granted that there...
  • Football playoffs | Saturday's live updates

    Football playoffs | Saturday's live updates
     For live updates from throughout the area, follow us on Twitter @ChiTribPreps. For results, check out the scoreboard. At a game? Join the action using hashtag #TribFB. HALFTIME 5A: Joliet Catholic 28, Kaneland 0 Joliet Catholic running back Michael...
  • Football | Oak Park's Cobbs finally feeling right at home

    Football | Oak Park's Cobbs finally feeling right at home
    There is no discomfort in Simmie Cobbs' body language. There's no hint of bitterness in his voice. The Oak Park senior is open about his father's death. His lack of a relationship with his mother and two sisters. His grandmother's struggle to raise him....
  • Week 11 | Helfgot's 5 games to watch

    Week 11 | Helfgot's 5 games to watch
    No. 2 Mount Carmel vs. No. 6 St. Rita When: 7 p.m. Friday. Where: Gately Stadium. Records: Mount Carmel 9-1, St. Rita 9-1. On the offensive Mount Carmel RB Matt Domer and his offensive linemen were big in the Caravan's 24-3 victory over Rita...
  • Oak Park police blotter: Nov. 11

    Oak Park police blotter: Nov. 11
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park •Two men robbed a Chicago man of his leather coat and cash, with a total value of $160, on the 400 block of South Elmwood Avenue at 3:10 p.m. Nov. 6 and fled east in the alley. •...
  • Tougher tests widen gap in performance in Oak Park schools

    A change in Illinois standards caused a drop in Oak Park's standardized test scores this year, with the most significant changes among low-income students, minority students and students with disabilities. The state raised standards in reading and...
  • The Rev. Andrew M. Greeley dies at 85; outspoken Catholic priest

    The Rev. Andrew M. Greeley dies at 85; outspoken Catholic priest
    A self-described "loud-mouthed Irish priest" ("And may they carve it on my gravestone!" he once quipped), the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley rejected a conventional definition of his vocation. Denied a parish, the Roman Catholic priest created his own pulpits...
  • PASSINGS: Barbara Mertz

    Barbara Mertz Bestselling mystery writer Barbara Mertz, 85, a bestselling mystery author who wrote dozens of novels under the pen names Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, died Thursday at her home in Frederick, Md., her daughter Elizabeth told her...
  • Artifacts from historic Chicago theater still draw collectors

    Q: What can you tell us about our identical wall sconces? We bought them in the 1960s from a Chicago dealer who told us they came from the Garrick Theater. We wired them for electricity. A: Seen in images sent, the reader has three sconces. Oak Park,...
  • Sylvia Perez lists Hinsdale mansion for $2.4 million

    Sylvia Perez lists Hinsdale mansion for $2.4 million
    Former WLS-Ch. 7 anchor and Healthbeat reporter Sylvia Perez, whose 24-year run ended when her contract was not renewed, has listed her five-bedroom, 4,195-square-foot mansion in Hinsdale for $2.4 million. Perez, 52, joined the ABC station in 1989 as...
  • Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice cast his influence over Chicago suburbs

    Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice cast his influence over Chicago suburbs
    Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright? Maybe those are the wrong questions....