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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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  • Man charged with attempted child abduction in Oak Park

    Man charged with attempted child abduction in Oak Park
    A Glen Ellyn man was charged with child abduction and unlawful restraint after trying to pull a 15-year-old girl into some bushes, police said. Damian Skoczylas, 21, grabbed the victim shortly before 9 p.m. July 29 as she was walking north on...
  • Oak Park renews debate over local minimum wage

     Oak Park renews debate over local minimum wage
    The Oak Park Village Board reopened debate Monday night on economic inequality and the prospect of a local living-wage ordinance, four years after a former board struck down a living-wage proposal. Advocates of a $15-an-hour minimum wage said economic...
  • Public libraries in Chicago, suburbs offering online streaming

    Public libraries in Chicago, suburbs offering online streaming
    Try to check out a hot new book or movie at your local library, and you're likely to get put on a long waiting list. Libraries in the Chicago area are trying to change that by offering a new online checkout service. Instead of having a limited number...
  • River Forest police blotter: Items taken from store, curfew violations, and more

    River Forest police blotter: Items taken from store, curfew violations, and more
    The following items were gathered from River Forest police reports: Video footage from the Jewel-Osco store, 7525 Lake St., showed a man in his 40s stealing several hundred dollars worth of Rogaine, Allegra, Claritin and Pepcid and putting it in a...
  • Village with a vision

    Village with a vision
    When Larry Hallock and his partner decided to move from Chicago's vibrant Lakeview neighborhood, they never imagined they would consider living in the Austin community on the city's beleaguered West Side, let alone wind up in a bidding war over a six-flat...
  • Oak Park police report: Man tries to lure boy into van; several bikes stolen; and more

    Oak Park police report: Man tries to lure boy into van; several bikes stolen; and more
    The following items were taken from Oak Park Police Department reports: A man desribed to be in his 30s with a beard and his hair in dreadlocks tried to lure an Oak Park boy into his white Chevrolet van on the 600 block of South Ridgeland Avenue at 2:35...
  • Oak Park's Lemke-Bell picks Northwestern football

    Oak Park's Lemke-Bell picks Northwestern football
    Oak Park junior Adam Lemke-Bell put on weight this spring and saw the scholarship offers pour in from the Big Ten, ACC and even an SEC school. A rising star in the recruiting world, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle saw no need to continue the...
  • Quinn signs same-day voter registration bill

    Quinn signs same-day voter registration bill
    Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure allowing Illinois residents to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day this fall. The governor has touted the relaxed registration rules for the Nov. 4 general election as making it easier for...
  • Joseph F. Philipps led training program for plumbers, 1917-2014

     Joseph F. Philipps led training program for plumbers, 1917-2014
    When the national chapter of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union wanted to create an instructor training program in the early 1950s, it turned to Joseph F. Philipps, who 17 years earlier began his career as an apprentice with Local 597. Mr. Philipps...
  • Getting Around: Chicago gets closer to mayor's bike lane goal

    Getting Around: Chicago gets closer to mayor's bike lane goal
    Chicago is hustling to reach the finish line next spring on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promise to complete 100 miles of bicycle lanes that are shielded from traffic, and city officials hope the public doesn't judge the project strictly by the number of bike...
  • Revised condo complex plan approved in Oak Park

    Revised condo complex plan approved in Oak Park
    The Oak Park Village Board approved a slimmed-down design for a five-story luxury condominium complex on Chicago Avenue Monday. Oak Park-based Altierra Development Group presented a new design for the building, called Residences at Maple Place, after...
  • Printers Row Lit Fest: The family guide

    Printers Row Lit Fest: The family guide
    This weekend marks the 30-year anniversary of the Printers Row Lit Fest, and there’s no shortage of family-friendly literary fun, with more than 30 events for kids, teens and parents. And those are just the scheduled events. At Just Kidding Park,...