Oak Park Village Illinois Art

A group of college students and recent graduates will unveil a sprawling art exhibition at Oak Park Village, Illinois, on Saturday, June 4, 2017.

The Old Town Art Fair, acclaimed by passionate patrons of the arts, is an art exhibition held on the tree-lined streets of Oak Park Village, Illinois. The United States Postal Service operates the award-winning event, an annual celebration of art, music, food and entertainment in the heart of the city. A market with food and drink sellers, craftsmen, artists, musicians, children's activities, entertainment and much more is set up in front of the oaks.

Oak Park is accessible from Chicago and connected to Chicago and the Chicago Transit Authority, including Metras Oak Park Station in downtown. The CTA and Pace also offer direct access to the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and the Illinois State University campus.

Augusta Boulevard is part of the Grand Illinois Trail, and the Illinois Prairie Path Trailhead is less than a mile from Oak Park.

Oak Park borders Cicero on Berwyn, Lombard and Harlem Avenue, and the border between the two communities is about a mile north of the Illinois Prairie Path Trailhead. The system runs along the southern edge of Oak Park, from the Chicago River to the shores of Lake Michigan.

After a fire in 1871, Chicago rebuilt its downtown, bursting with new ideas, and was well located - on the shores of Lake Michigan for transportation. Rapid racial changes led to rapid development on Chicago's west side, including Oak Park, Oak Grove, Cicero, North Park and South Side. As development continued in the 1880s and 1890s, streetcars and elevated trains were supplemented by the original main line steam train to connect commuters from Oak Park to jobs in downtown Chicago. In 1877, thirty to nine trains a day ran between Oak Park and Chicago, but in the years that followed, OakPark was connected to Chicago by the Chicago and North Chicago Railway Company (C & NRC): by 1878 it had grown larger than its eastern neighbors, with a total population of about 1,500,000 people, more than three times the size of Chicago.

According to the local Historical Society, the period from 1892 to 1950 was marked by the development of Oak Park, Oak Grove, Cicero, North Park and the South Side, as well as the expansion of the Chicago and North Chicago Railway Company (C & NRC) and other railroad companies. The existence of houses in the Oak Park reflects the fact that it has been part of the city since 1902, when it became a village, together with Ciceros.

This began in 1872, when Oak Park received its first station from the Chicago and North Chicago Railway Company (C & NRC). In 1894, Oak Park was expanded to allow access to the tracks that were originally laid between Elgin Street and the Illinois State Line (ILSE). The elevations were extended to the Eichenpark, where trains operated at ground level until the 1960s.

The recreation department was dissolved and the Park District of Oak Park was created as an independent tax and levy authority. The High School District, which also borders River Forest, included two high schools, Fenwick High School and Oak Ridge High School. Oak Park was home to the first public schools in the early 20th century, the first of which were jointly run by Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Public School District (CPSD) and the Chicago City Schools (CPS). The Catholic College Preparatory School, run by Dominicans, is the oldest public school in Chicago and one of only two in Illinois; Fenwicks High Schools is a jointly managed public school run by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The comprehensive school is the home of alumni who have made important and remarkable contributions to their respective communities. The Tradition of Excellence Award was presented to outstanding alumni, including John F. Kennedy, John D. Rockefeller Jr. and John Paul Jones. Among the students who have been accepted to the Cum Laude Society is John C. O'Neill, a member of the Chicago Board of Regents. Oak Park and the adjacent River Forest also host the Oak Park and River Forest Symphony, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

Oak Park is home to several professional dance and theater companies, including the Oak Park Ballet, River Forest Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Oak Park has an active arts community, in part due to its location in the heart of the Chicago area's arts and culture scene. Oak Park attracts architecture fans and others to watch Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses that can be found throughout the village, as well as houses that reflect other architectural styles. In addition to the home of WPNA, it will be broadcast live on WGN-TV, the city's public radio station, and on WBEZ-AM radio network.

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