About Oak Park
Oak Park is definitely the cool kid on the block as communities go. The suburb 10 miles directly west of downtown Chicago has a distinctly urban, artistic vibe.
Oak Park has a long been home to artists who rose to the top of their fields -- from renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to novelist Ernest Hemingway.
Wright spent the first 20 years of his architectural design career in Oak Park. The Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District commemorates the architect who built more homes here than anywhere else in the world.
Ernest Hemingway was raised here, attending Oak Park and River Forest high schools, where he played sports, excelled in English classes and started his early journalism career for the school paper.
First settled in 1839, Oak Park had a population boom after the Chicago Fire of 1871 and was incorporated in 1902.
There are 2,400 historic sites in Oak Park, including three historic districts that preserve the Village’s unique mix of home styles including Victorian, Queen Anne, Craftsman and Prairie School style homes. The Art Deco post office, designed by White and Weber in 1933, is part of the Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District.
In addition to architecturally significant homes, the Village has shaded streets, beautiful parks and excellent schools.
The arts remain an important, active part of the community, with several professional dance and theater companies including Circle Theatre.
Residents enjoy parks and recreation with 13 public parks, outdoor pools, dog park, ice-skating rink and Oak Park Conservatory.
Downtown Oak Park includes a number of boutiques, national retailers, noted restaurants and galleries.
Students attend Oak Park Elementary School District 97 and Oak Park – River Forest School District 200 with eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.
Transportation is easily accessible with the Eisenhower Expressway and plenty of public transportation options including the CTA Green Line, Blue Line, buses and Oak Park Metra Station. If biking is more your speed, the Village’s Augusta Boulevard is part of the Grand Illinois Trail; the community also has several bike-friendly tree-lined streets and bike-sharing services available.