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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 man charged with aggravated sexual abuse against teen, police say

    Oak Park man charged with aggravated sexual abuse against teen, police say
    A 62-year-old Oak Park man has been accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with a teenage girl he hired to do odd jobs at a rental property he owns in River Forest, police say. Gregg Kuenster, of the 1000 block of Wisconsin Avenue, asked a girl to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Man arrested in connection with Oak Park shooting

    Man arrested in connection with Oak Park shooting
    Police have made an arrest in connection with an April 2 shooting at an apartment complex on the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Kelsey Jones, 37, at his Chicago home Saturday...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Oak Park, La Grange police blotter: April 8

    Oak Park, La Grange police blotter: April 8
    The following items were taken from police reports: Oak Park An 18-year-old man was charged March 26 with assault, criminal damage to property and harassment by electronic communications after he argued with and threatened his mother on the 0-100...
  • 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...
  • Woman dies following Oak Park crash

    Woman dies following Oak Park crash
    A 79-year-old woman died after a car she was in hit a tree in Oak Park Sunday morning, authorities said. The woman, identifed as Ethel Baskins, of the 900 block of West 51st Street in Chicago, was pronounced dead at 8:44 a.m. at Loyola University...
  • Naperville police blotter: March 3

    Naperville police blotter: March 3
    The following items were taken from police reports: Naperville A 23-year-old Yorkville woman and a 32-year-old Brookfield man were arrested at 8:04 p.m. Feb. 21 in the 1800 block of West Diehl Road and the woman was charged with possession of cannabis...
  • Girls soccer | Oak Park's Trinka making her mark on community

    Girls soccer | Oak Park's Trinka making her mark on community
    Few student-athletes make as big a mark in both departments as Tess Trinka has at Oak Park. Fewer have had such an impact in the community. Not only is the No. 1-ranked student in Oak Park's senior class a two-sport (tennis and soccer), four-year...