Oak Park Village Illinois Culture
The entire village of Oak Park lies beneath the ancient Chicago Lake, which covered most of Chicago during the last Ice Age and was the forerunner of what is now Lake Michigan. The ancient Des Plaines River flowed into the Illinois Glacial Lake, which connected with the Chicago River, making it the second largest lake in the United States. There are two surrounding communities, Oak Park and neighboring Lake Forest, both part of a larger community of about 3,000 residents.
Oak Park is more closely connected to Chicago by the Chicago River, Illinois River and Illinois Avenue, a system that runs through Oak Park, Lake Forest and other parts of the city of Chicago.
After the fire of 1871, Chicago rebuilt its center, exploded with new ideas and was well located - on the shores of Lake Michigan for transportation. Oak Park grew from its neighbors to the east, with access to railroads, the Illinois River, and the Chicago and Illinois railroads. By 1877, the railroad was running thirty-nine trains a day between Oak Park and Chicago. In the years that followed, connections from Chicago to Lake Forest and other parts of the city were expanded to connect Oak Park with Chicago, as well as the construction of a new station at the intersection of Illinois and Michigan.
Kettlestring Grove grew slowly into the small village of Oak Ridge, which is now the northwestern part of Oak Park. Other settlers moved in after the Chicago Fire in 1871 caused an exodus of Chicagoans from Oak Park, which brought the village itself its first population boom.
Ridgeland Avenue in eastern Oak Park was once the crest and marks the shores of the lake. It is bordered to the north by North Avenue, bordered to the east by Cicero, Berwyn, Lombard and Harlem Avenue. The border between the two communities is about two miles from the edge of Oak Ridge and one mile south of Ridgland Avenue, the northern border of Chicago.
In 1872, the name Oak Ridge, which had already been assigned to a post office in Illinois, was changed to Oak Park. The first building on the site was opened in 1907, and although the area was not yet incorporated in 1902 and officially part of Cicero Township, it became Oak Park in 1908, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Oak Park has been expanded to provide access to the tracks originally laid out for Chicago and Elgin High School and Illinois Central Railroad (ILR). The plateau extended into the Oak Park, where trains operated at ground level until the 1960s.
Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and you can now visit the museum dedicated to him and the house where he was born. Wright closed his Oak Park studio in 1919, whereupon Wright himself returned to meet his wife Catherine, who remained at the Oak Park home and studio with the couple's young children until 1918.
If you want to entertain a city guest, Oak Park is the perfect place to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum of American Art. Other attractions at the museum include a collection of Wright's photographs and a museum about the Wright family's life.
It's not much cheaper than living in Chicago itself, but Oak Park will probably get more space for your money. If you're looking for a place to live that has the look and feel of a classic Chicago, Oak Park is just the place.
The Eisenhower Expressway (I290) runs through the village and connects Oak Park with downtown Chicago and the western suburbs. If you are a part of city life, you will probably want to stay in Oak Park near Lake Street. There are also better options that can be closer to the city depending on where you work, such as Chicago Riverfront Park and Lakeview Park. Oak Park also has a number of restaurants and bars, as well as a variety of shops and restaurants.
Oak Park is accessible from Chicago and connected to Chicago by the Chicago Transit Authority, including Metras Oak Park Station in downtown. It is operated by the Chicago Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CTA), the city's public transportation system.
The Illinois Prairie Path trail is less than a mile from Oak Park, and Augusta Boulevard in the village is part of the Grand Illinois Trail.
The public library in the Oak Park has two branches, the main one is in the centre of the village and the "Dole" on the north-east side of the village. The labyrinth is located on the southeast corner of the village and is operated by the United States Post Office. In addition to Chicago Public Radio station WGN-TV, it also broadcasts live from its home on WPNA, which is also broadcast from the Village Hall in Oak Park. Oak Park and the adjacent River Forest also host Symphony of OakPark and River Forest, which celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2009.