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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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  • 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"...
  • Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage

    Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade. Playing master of ceremonies...
  • Joshilyn Jackson on 'Someone Else's Love Story'

    Joshilyn Jackson on 'Someone Else's Love Story'
    Since her best-selling debut novel, "Gods in Alabama" (2005), Joshilyn Jackson has carved out a niche for herself as a chronicler of the New South. In her books — including "Between, Georgia" (2006), "The Girl Who Stopped Swimming" (2008), "Backseat...
  • Oak Park man charged with taking video up woman's skirt

    Oak Park man charged with taking video up woman's skirt
    A former college volleyball coach with a history of covertly taking video up women's skirts is facing a new charge, this time for allegedly following a suburban Whole Foods shopper last year and using a camera attached to his shoe to record footage of her...
  • Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

    Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century
    For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books. Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge: Americans are moving away increasingly from the printed page to digital screens for...
  • Emanuel, Preckwinkle back candidate in West Side County Board contest

    Emanuel, Preckwinkle back candidate in West Side County Board contest
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today endorsed a young, first-time candidate in a crowded West Side county commissioner contest that includes a former alderman who did time for political corruption. The rare public...
  • Football | 2013 schedule

    WEEK 1 Friday. Aug. 30 Nonconference Ag. Science 22, Roosevelt 0 Buffalo Grove 28, Leyden 14 Douglass 12, Bronzeville 8 Dunbar at Bogan, at Gately DuSable at Aurora Christian, 7 Dyett at Marine, 4:15 at Rockne Evergreen Park 2, Little Village 0 (forfeit)...
  • Drivers fume over suburbs' low-salt diet

    Drivers fume over suburbs' low-salt diet
    Erin Ferrell didn’t have a problem with Naperville’s decision to try and conserve road salt amid a regional salt shortage. That is, until she attempted to drive to work on Wednesday morning. “You couldn’t even see the lanes...
  • 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....
  • 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,...
  • Temperatures climb into upper 40s as thaw begins

    Temperatures climb into upper 40s as thaw begins
    The winter storm that rumbled across the Chicago area Monday dumped more than 8 inches of snow in places, but much of that could be gone by the end of the week as southerly winds bring a brief thaw. Today's temperatures broke above freezing for the first...
  • Man arrested after taxi driver loses eye in road rage attack

    Man arrested after taxi driver loses eye in road rage attack
    A cab driver who was blinded in one eye during an October road rage incident had the presence of mind to write down his assailant’s license plate number and take a picture of the fleeing car, prosecutors said, leading to the arrest of an Oak Park...