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Oak Park, Illinois
Oak Park is a village adjacent to the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the 29th largest municipality in Illinois as measured by population in the 2010 U.S. census. As of the 2010 United States Census the village had a population of 51,878.
Oak Park was settled beginning in the 1830s, with rapid growth later in the 19th century and early 20th century. It incorporated in 1902, breaking off from Cicero. Development was spurred by railroads and street cars connecting the village to jobs in Chicago. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife settled here in 1889. Population peaked at 66,015 in 1940. Smaller families led to falling population in the same number of homes and apartments. In the 1960s, Oak Park faced the challenge of racial integration, devising many strategies to integrate rather than re-segregate the village. Oak Park includes three historic districts for the historic homes: Ridgeland, Frank Lloyd Wright and Seward Gunderson, reflecting the focus on historic preservation.
In 1835, Joseph Kettlestrings, an immigrant from England, purchased 172 acres (70 ha) of land just west of Chicago for a farm and their home. Once their children were born, they moved to Chicago for the schools in 1843, and moved back again in 1855 to build a more substantial home a bit east on their quarter section of land. More farmers and settlers had entered the area. Their land was called by several names locally, including Oak Ridge. When the first post office was set up, it could not use the name Oak Ridge as another post office was using that name in Illinois, so the post office chose Oak Park, and that name became the name for the settlement as it grew, and for the town when it incorporated in 1902.
By 1850, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was constructed as far as Elgin, Illinois, and passed through the settlement area. In the 1850s the land on which Oak Park sits was part of the new Chicago suburb, the town of Cicero. The population of the area boomed during the 1870s, with Chicago residents resettling in Cicero following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the expansion of railroads and street cars to the area. "In 1872, when Oak Park received its own railroad depot on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, its rapid emergence as a residential suburb of Chicago began. In 1877, the railroad was running thirty-nine trains daily between Oak Park and Chicago; in the subsequent year, more railroads and street car lines, with increased service, came to link Oak Park and Chicago. As Chicago grew from a regional center to a national metropolis Oak Park expanded – from 500 residents in 1872 to 1,812 in 1890, to 9,353 in 1900, to 20,911 in 1910, to 39,585 in 1920. Oak Park thus emerged as a leading Chicago suburb."
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WSSRA Recognizes Mark DeSalvo for his 25 Years of Service on the WSSRA Board
FRANKLIN PARK, IL – The West Suburban Special Recreation Association Board ... Harwood Heights, Norridge, North Riverside, Oak Park and River Forest.
Oak Park-River Forest: Check Out 5 Nearby Homes For Sale
OAK PARK-RIVER FOREST, IL — Looking for a new house nearby, but getting tired of seeing the same old property listings again and again? You've come to the right place! To help simplify your ...
Joan K. Parker
Joan K. Parker was born May 3, 1933 to William and Evelyn Kopperud in Oak Park, IL. She joined her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Joan was a graduate of Purdue University. There, she met ...
Keep exercising despite chronic pain
OAK PARK, IL — Pain is a great excuse for those who don’t like to exercise, and it’s certainly something many people with chronic pain would just as soon avoid. Yet at the same time exercise is one of ...
Announcing the 38th Annual Good Life Race 5K and more
Oak Park, IL. Events include a women's 5K run presented by Lively Athletics, a men's 5K run, a 5K fitness walk, a one mile youth race for kids ages 5 to 12, and a Junior Dash for kids five and under. ...
Diane Winterrose Cook
Diane was born January 16, 1930 in Oak Park, IL to Carl Leonard and Marguerite Lawrence Winterrose. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dorothy Sofield. She is survived by her ...
Lawsuit Claims Oak Park Police Were Reckless in Chase That Killed 2
A lawsuit claims that Oak Park police acted recklessly by chasing a fleeing car that crashed and killed two people in another vehicle in the western suburb. The family of Pierre Shelton, who died ...
803 S Lombard Ave OAK PARK, IL 60304
Oak Park Gem! This well cared for home is move-in ready. You walk through the foyer into a large open floor plan spanning the living and dining room. Two bedrooms on the 2nd floor, and a large sitting ...
About AARP in Oak Park
AARP in Oak Park is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources like job, health, and financial workshops, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing ...
Oak Park-River Forest Weekly Weather Forecast
OAK PARK-RIVER FOREST, IL — A quick heads up: Weather officials have issued a Lakeshore Flood Advisory for your area, beginning Sunday at 11:00 pm and ending Monday at 2:00 pm. More info from ...