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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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  • Youths make case against smoking in public parks

    Youths make case against smoking in public parks
    Even in the great outdoors, tobacco use hurts nonsmokers. Inhaling secondhand smoke can trigger asthma and breathing difficulties inside or outside. Beyond that, many people don't realize that discarded cigarette butts contain nonbiodegradable plastics...
  • Gluten-free in Chicago?

    Gluten-free in Chicago?
    Q: I have celiac disease (gluten allergy) and it is very hard to find restaurants in the Chicagoland area that have gluten-free menus. You can't rely on the staff to have understanding of gluten free items, and having a menu that is certified gluten...
  • Suspect says he beat teen because he was angry over Trayvon Martin case

    Suspect says he beat teen because he was angry over Trayvon Martin case
    An 18-year-old man charged with a hate crime in Oak Park told investigators he beat his victim in anger over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to the Cook County state’s attorney office. Alton L. Hayes, of the 1200 block of Woodbine...
  • SuperPAC legislation approved in Illinois

    SuperPAC legislation approved in Illinois
    SPRINGFIELD — State limits on campaign donations to candidates would be lifted if wealthy super political action committees pour money into┬álegislative or statewide political races under a measure the Senate put on the governor's desk┬átoday....
  • CPS' school day not that much shorter than those in some suburban districts

    CPS' school day not that much shorter than those in some suburban districts
    The tongue-lashings Chicago Public Schools has endured in the last several weeks over its short school day — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called it a "disgrace" — have overshadowed the fact that that many suburban students aren't...
  • Many Illinois high school students get special testing accommodations for ACT

    Many Illinois high school students get special testing accommodations for ACT
    An unusually large number of Illinois public high school students — at least 1 out of 10 juniors — received extra time or other help to boost their scores on the ACT, including high achievers at some of the state's elite schools. At...
  • Golden Beet Award winners announced

    Golden Beet Award winners announced
    Eighteen "Golden Beet" awards for bringing local food to Illinois communities have been announced by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, an organization promoting "environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just local food systems through...
  • By choice or necessity, generation staying in workforce

    By choice or necessity, generation staying in workforce
    At one time, the end of middle age signaled the start of retirement and old age. No longer, says Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, a San Francisco-based think tank focused on employment and social purpose, particularly as they apply to the...
  • Teenager who allegedly ranked female classmates' looks in Facebook list is arrested

     
    A teenager who allegedly ranked females in a list on Facebook by their physical appearance has been arrested, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. The 17-year-old, whose name isn't being released because he's a minor, is a former student of Oak...
  • More salaries online

     
    A commenter noted that the public school teacher / administrator salary database is a nice companion to Chicago's nifty new salary database of all current city employees. I'm a city resident, and I'm more than OK with the recently announced......
  • Restrictions on sex offenders lack sense, common and otherwise

     
    I wish I could tell Walt Teichen not to worry, that common sense will surely prevail in the sad, scary story of his son. But I would be lying. His son is a sex offender, and when it comes to......
  • Betty White at 90: Seven decades on screen [video]

     
    Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday on Tuesday. Betty White has been appearing on camera since 1945....