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Lake Theater and shops along Lake Street.
Lake Theater and shops along Lake Street.

Oak Park, Illinois is a suburb just west of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Oak Park has easy access to downtown Chicago (the Chicago Loop) thanks to public transportation such as the Chicago 'L' and CTA buses. As of the 2000 census, the area had a total population of 52,524. A Census estimate for 2003 showed the population dipped to 50,824. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1488 KB) Summary The Lake Theater (Classic Cinemas) and shops along Lake Street in Oak Park, Illinois. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1488 KB) Summary The Lake Theater (Classic Cinemas) and shops along Lake Street in Oak Park, Illinois. ... Cook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The Loop is what locals call the historical center of downtown Chicago. ... A taxi serving as a bus Public transport comprises all transport systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles. ... The L[1], variously, if perhaps incorrectly, styled L, El, EL, or L, is the rapid transit system that serves Chicago, Illinois in the United States. ... Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois. ...

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History

In 1837, Joseph Kettlestrings purchased 172 acres [1] of land just west of Chicago. By 1850, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was constructed as far as Elgin, Illinois, and passed through Oak Park. [2] The population of Oak Park boomed during the 1870s, with Chicago residents resettling in the suburb following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The Village of Oak Park was formally established in 1902, following a referendum. The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (G&CU) was a railroad running west from Chicago to Clinton, Iowa and Freeport, Illinois, never reaching Galena, Illinois. ... Incorporated City in 1854. ... Artists rendering of the fire, by John R Chapin, originally printed in Harpers Weekly The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday October 8 to early Tuesday October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying about four square miles in Chicago, Illinois. ... Elections Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ...

Unity Temple, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Unity Temple, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Oak Park has a history of alcohol prohibition. From the time of its incorporation, no alcohol was allowed to be sold within its village limits. This law was relaxed in 1973, when restaurants and hotels were allowed to serve alcohol. The law was further loosened in 2002, when select grocery stores were given permission to sell packaged liquor. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2468 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2468 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was one of the worlds most prominent and influential architects. ...


Philander Barclay was an Oak Park historian, bicycle repairman, and one of the area's earliest amateur photographers. He lived in Oak Park during the late 19th and early 20th centuries--certainly one of the village's most exciting eras. The quiet young man was an unlikely contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Humphrey. Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was one of the worlds most prominent and influential architects. ... Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ... Doris Batcheller Humphrey (October 17, 1895 - December 29, 1958) was a famous dancer of the early twentieth century. ...


His parents ran a local drug store and beginning early in life, Philander rode his bicycle throughout the area taking photographs of places and people. By the time of his death in 1940, he had amassed an amazing and priceless collection of more than 1,000 photos, which are now curated by the Oak Park and River Forest Historical Society. A selection is available for viewing online. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Wright's home in Oak Park, Illinois
Wright's home in Oak Park, Illinois

Throughout recent years, rising taxes have forced hundreds of Oak Parkers to move out, but such losses have also been countered by arrivals of higher income families from around the country and the rehabilitation of less appealing properties. Currently, expensive homes, peaceful parks, and an excellent school system characterize Oak Park. However, such benefits will come to contrast with both rising taxes and business vacancy rates. On the other hand, Oak Park, Illinois is noted as one of the most beautiful suburbs of Chicago and a diverse place in which to raise children. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 758 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3200 × 2532 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 758 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3200 × 2532 pixel, file size: 3. ...


Currently, the populous of the village of Oak Park has found itself divided, as the question of development and rehabilitation for downtown Oak Park comes into play. Many Oak Parkers fear losing what they feel are historic structures as many deteriorated buildings are replaced by high priced condos and modern stores. The Marion Street Mall off of Lake Street, for instance, has seen rising vacancy rates and therefore, to increase buisness, the mall will be opened up to traffic to increase visibility and traffic flow throughtout the downtown district. Such development takes away a once peaceful tree-filled area within downtown Oak Park that unfortunately never managed to attract the amount of business and people the village had once hoped when it was built in the late 70's. The village, however, will, along with the new brick road and blue stone sidewalks, place sculptures, trees, a fountain and arches to increase the appeal of the street. This decision has created a lot of debate within the village as many residents do not want to see the mall dissapear while many others look forward to the new business vitality they hope this change will create.


Oak Park has become a popular tourist destination in the Chicago area in the last few years, as many come to view the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which are found throughout the village (the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright desinged properites in the world is in Oak Park). Others come to enjoy the racial diveristy Oak Park is known for and to view its historic homes (mostly on the north side of the village).


Oak Park has become famous throughout the Chicago area and Illinois for its rather impressive Oak Park River Forest High School[citation needed]. The highs school, which is also the public education school for the bordering village of River Forest, has become impressive due to its large number of successful alumni, honored teachers, and advanced educational programs.


Geography

Oak Park is located immediately west of Chicago. The boundary between the two municipalities is Austin Boulevard on the east side of Oak Park and North Avenue on the village's north side. Oak Park also borders Cicero along its Southern border, Roosevelt Road, from Austin to Lombard; and Berwyn from Lombard to Harlem. Harlem also serves as its western border. Between Roosevelt and South Blvd, it borders Forest Park. Between North Blvd and North Ave to the west, it borders River Forest. Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Incorporated Town in 1869. ... Roosevelt Road, sometimes called 12th Street, is a major east-west thoroughfare in the city of Chicago and its western suburbs. ... Incorporated City in 1902. ... Incorporated Village in 1907. ... River Forest is a suburban village located in Cook County, Illinois. ...


The entire village of Oak Park lies on the shore of the ancient Lake Chicago, which covered most of the city of Chicago during the last Ice Age and is today called Lake Michigan. Ridgeland Avenue in eastern Oak Park marks the shoreline of the lake, and was once an actual ridge. One of North America's four continental divides runs through Oak Park. This divide, a slight rise running north-south through the village, separates the St. Lawrence river watershed from the Mississippi river watershed. Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... A continental divide is a line of elevated terrain which forms a border between two watersheds such that water falling on one side of the line eventually travels to one ocean or body of water, and water on the other side travels to another, generally on the opposite side of...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 12.2 km² (4.7 mi²). None of it is covered by water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Transportation

Harlem Station on the Chicago 'L' Green Line
Harlem Station on the Chicago 'L' Green Line

Oak Park is accessible from Chicago by both Chicago Transit Authority Green and Blue line trains as well as Metra UP-West Line trains at Oak Park station. Service within Oak Park and to other suburbs is also provided by the suburban bus system Pace. It is also one of over 20 neighborhoods served by I-GO Cars. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2024x1484, 1552 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Harlem/Lake (CTA) Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2024x1484, 1552 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Harlem/Lake (CTA) Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... The L[1], variously, if perhaps incorrectly, styled L, El, EL, or L, is the rapid transit system that serves Chicago, Illinois in the United States. ... The Green Line, formerly the Lake-Englewood/Jackson Park line, of the Chicago Transit Authority runs entirely above ground. ... Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois. ... The Green Line, formerly the Lake-Englewood/Jackson Park line, of the Chicago Transit Authority runs entirely above ground. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metra (officially the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is Chicagolands commuter rail system, serving over 200 stations on 11 lines across the Regional Transportation Authoritys six-county service area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) providing over 67 million rides annually. ... The Union Pacific/West (UP-W) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... Oak Park is a Metra commuter railroad station in Oak Park, Illinois, just west of Chicago. ... Pace is the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago area. ... I-GO is a non-profit organization which operates a car sharing service in Chicago. ...


The Eisenhower Expressway is the primary highway between Chicago and Oak Park. Oak Park has its own street numbering system that is similar to, but distinct from, Chicago's system. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway, formerly called Congress Parkway, is the main Interstate highway west from the Chicago Loop. ... Night view of the tollbooths as you enter Chicago from the Chicago Skyway // Chicagos streets primarily follow the grid system established by the Chicago Board of Aldermen in 1908 and implemented on September 1, 1909. ...

Lake Street
Lake Street

Oak Park has a rich tradition of bicycling. Augusta Boulevard through the village is part of the Grand Illinois Trail; the trailhead of the Illinois Prairie Path is less than a mile from Oak Park. It is considered one of the most progressive bicycle-friendly communities in the Chicago area and has a number of active cycle clubs and groups. Proximity to trails and the historic tree-lined streets of the community attract cyclists from throughout the region, many of whom arrive by the Chicago area's extensive public transportation system. Oak Park also has a small pedicab business, owned and operated by a local who provides guided tours and a taxi service with his bicycle pedicabs or rickshaws. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2062 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2062 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... The Grand Illinois Trail (occasionally abbreviated GIT) is a multipurpose recreational trail in northern Illinois. ... The Illinois Prairie Path (often called the Prairie Path and abbreviated IPP) is a network of 61 miles (98 km) of bicycle trails, mostly in DuPage County, Illinois. ... A velotaxi, also known as a pedicab, cycle rickshaw or trishaw (from tricycle rickshaw), is a human-powered vehicle for hire, usually with one or two seats for carrying passengers in addition to the driver. ... Japanese rickshaws c. ...


Neighborhoods

Though found within a small geographical area, the village of Oak Park contains several distinct neighborhoods. The region of northern Oak Park, commonly noted as being located north of Lake Street, is traditionally the richest region of the community, with such areas as the historical Frank Lloyd Wright District. Various mansions are found in northern Oak Park, especially along tree lined Chicago Avenue and north Oak Park Avenue. The area between Lake Street and Madison Street, or the mid section of Oak Park, is home to various architectural styles and incomes, with 19th century Victorian mansions located beside smaller homes of the post-World War 2 era. Southern Oak Park, located south of the Lake street "L", is stereotyped as an area of lower income, with a collection of smaller and less expensive homes. However, such a belief has no backing, as there are numerous mansions found here and similar sized homes found in northern Oak Park. In several areas of Oak Park, such as South Blvd. off of Ridgeland Avenue and eastern Madison Avenue, several properties which are labeled as "run down" can be found. The entire village of Oak Park can be characterized as both middle and upper class.


Though there are several business districts with in Oak Park, such as Oak Park Avenue at the I-290 expressway and Chicago Avenue at Harlem, downtown Oak Park is the main buisness district, bordered at the west by Harlem Avenue, at the east with Oak Park Avenue/Euclid Avenue, south by South Boulevard/Pleasant Street, and north by Ontario Street. However, due to high taxes, traffic issues etc., there is a growing vacancy rate within downtown Oak Park. There has been a great deal of heated discussion and debate within the village as to the cause of these vacancies and the solution to ending this problem.


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 52,524 people, 23,079 households, and 12,970 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,314.8/km² (11,173.4/mi²). There were 23,723 housing units at an average density of 1,948.8/km² (5,046.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 68.78% White, 22.44% African American, 0.15% Native American, 4.15% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.63% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.52% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 23,079 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 3.06. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the village the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.


The median income for a household in the village was $59,183, and the median income for a family was $81,703. Males had a median income of $51,807 versus $40,847 for females. The per capita income for the village was $36,340. About 3.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Oak Park has a long history of encouraging and maintaining racial and ethnic diversity within the Village. The Village operates a Diversity Assurance Program within its housing programs department to ensure a stable, diverse, and integrated population. In addition, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, a non-profit agency, assists renters in their housing search while furthering its mission to encourage and maintain diversity in Oak Park and neighboring River Forest.


Education

Oak Park Public Library
Oak Park Public Library

Public primary(Lincoln,Mann,Longfellow,Beye, Whittier,Irving,and Hatch) and middle schools(Julian and Brooks) are operated by the Oak Park Elementary School District. Oak Park is the home of two high schools: Oak Park and River Forest High School (also known as OPRF), and Fenwick High School. OPRF is a public school which is jointly run by Oak Park and neighboring village River Forest, and Fenwick High School is a Catholic college preparatory school run by the Dominicans. Both high schools, seen by some as cross-town rivals, have a long history of high academic standards. OPRF, for example, bestows an award upon select, distinguished alumni (the Tradition of Excellence Award), including Ernest Hemingway, Ray Kroc, Dan Castellaneta, actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, ballerina Helene Alexopoulos and astronomer Chad Trujillo. OPRF is also one of the few high schools in the country with the ability to induct students into the cum laude honor society, out of seven high schools in the state of Illinois. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 1910 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 1910 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... The Oak Park Elementary School District operates eight elementary schools (K-5, unless otherwise noted) and two middle schools (6-8) in Oak Park, Illinois, USA. The district has 376 teachers (FTEs) serving 4,923 students. ... Oak Park and River Forest High School, or OPRF, is a public four-year high school located in Oak Park, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ... Fenwick High School is a College Preparatory Catholic High School located outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA in the suburb of Oak Park. ... Fenwick High School is a College Preparatory Catholic High School located outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA in the suburb of Oak Park. ... Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an American voice actor best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the animated series The Simpsons. ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958 in Lombard, Illinois) is an American actress and singer of Italian descent. ... Chadwick A. Chad Trujillo (born November 22, 1973), is the co-discoverer of Eris, which he claims to be the Tenth Planet. ...


Architecture of Oak Park

House on Forest Avenue
House on Forest Avenue

Frank Lloyd Wright spent the first 20 years of his 70 year career in Oak Park, building numerous homes in the community, including his own. He lived and worked in the area between 1889 and 1909. One can find Wright's earliest work here like the Winslow House in neighboring River Forest, Illinois. There are also examples of the first Prairie-Style houses in Oak Park. He also designed Unity Temple, a Unitarian church, which was built between 1905-1908. There were several well-known architects and artists that worked in Wright's Oak Park Studio. Richard Bock, William Eugene Drummond, Marion Mahony Griffin, and Walter Burley Griffin each contributed to Wright's work during this time. Innumerable buildings in Oak Park were built by other Prairie School architects such as Tallmadge and Watson, George W. Maher, Robert C. Spencer, John Van Bergen, and E.E. Roberts. Additionally, there are various architectural styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries located throughout the town. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2573 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2573 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oak Park, Illinois Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was one of the worlds most prominent and influential architects. ... The Winslow House is a building designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. ... River Forest is a suburban village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... In 1905, after the original Unity Church burned down, the Unitarian congregation of Oak Park, Illinois turned to architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design them a new structure. ... Historic Unitarianism believed in the oneness of God as opposed to traditional Christian belief in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). ... Richard W. Bock (1865-1949) was a American sculptor and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. ... Watercolour from the Canberra Design Artists Studio (Section). ... Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin, in Sydney in 1930 Walter Burley Griffin (November 24, 1876 - February 11, 1937) was an American architect and landscape architect best known for his role in designing Canberra, Australias capital city. ... It has been suggested that Prairie Houses be merged into this article or section. ... George Washington Maher (December 25, 1864—September 12, 1926) was a significant contributor to the Prairie School-style of architecture, during the first-half of the 20th century. ... John Shellette Van Bergen (b. ...


Points of interest

This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Oak Park Conservatory is a conservatory and botanical garden located at 615 Garfield Street, Oak Park, Illinois. ... In 1905, after the original Unity Church burned down, the Unitarian congregation of Oak Park, Illinois turned to architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design them a new structure. ...

Notable people

Oak Park is the birthplace of Anthony "Tony Tone" Loconsole Morning Radio Personality, B100 FM Quad Cities "Red Hot & Tony Tone in the Morning"Carl Rogers, Ernest Hemingway, Edith Nash, Agnes Newton Keith and Betty White (from "The Golden Girls"). Frank Lloyd Wright's home was in Oak Park, and many buildings designed by him can be found throughout the town. Oak Park was also home of 19th century evangelical Christian and Zionist William Eugene Blackstone. Also hailing from Oak Park are Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald's corporation), actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, comedienne Kathy Griffin, comedienne Judy Tenuta, actor Thomas Lennon, actor Johnny Galecki, anthropologist James Rolff , Denver Broncos' head coach Mike Shanahan, Byorn Jorns, Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger of the indie rock band The Fiery Furnaces, printer salesman Sam Elsener,author Carol Shields, artist Leslie Erganian, actor Bob Newhart, bicyclist Matt Brown, and the voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta. Comic book artists Chris Ware and Gene Ha currently reside in Oak Park, as well as former Frasier star John Mahoney, rockers Anand Bhatt and Ben Weasel, and host of NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," Peter Sagal. Notable former residents include Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, chemist Percy Julian, noted poet Charles Simic, actor and filmographer Kieran Brandon Ford, memoirist John Frush Knox; on-air television journalist, writer, and meteorologist Tim Joyce, cryptographer Bruce Schneier, rapper Ludacris, mafioso Sam Giancana, astronomer Chad Trujillo, economist and author Steven Levitt, filmmaker John Sturges, and "Dennis the Menace" actor Mason Gamble. Carl Ransom Rogers (January 8, 1902 – February 4, 1987) was an influential American psychologist, who, along with Abraham Maslow, was the founder of the humanist approach to psychology. ... Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ... Edith Nash (July 12, 1913-November 9, 2003) was an educator and poet. ... Agnes Newton Keith (6 July 1901 – 30 March 1982) was an American author best known for her three autobiographical accounts of life in North Borneo (now Sabah) before, during and after the Second World War. ... Betty Marion White (January 17, 1922) is an Emmy Award-winning television actress with a career spanning 60 years, often referred to as The first lady of Television and Americas Sweetheart. She also appeared in radio programs, in movies and the theater, in commercials, and was also a talk... Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was one of the worlds most prominent and influential architects. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A bilingual poster in Romanian and Hungarian promoting a film about Jewish settlement in Palestine, 1930s. ... William Eugene Blackstone (October 6, 1841-November 7, 1935) was an American evangelist and Christian Zionist influenced by Dwight Lyman Moody, and author of the Zionist Blackstone Memorial of 1891. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958 in Lombard, Illinois) is an American actress and singer of Italian descent. ... Kathleen Kathy Griffin (born November 4, 1960, Oak Park, Illinois) is an Emmy-nominated American stand-up comedian and actress. ... Judy Tenuta (born November 7, 1956) is a comedienne. ... Lennon (second from right) with cast of Reno 911! as Lt. ... Johnny Mark Galecki is an American actor. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Michael Edward Shanahan (born August 24, 1952) is an American football coach of the Denver Broncos in the National Football League. ... Matthew Friedberger Matthew Friedberger (born October 21st, 1972 in Oak Park, Illinois) is half of the indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces. ... Eleanor Friedberger (left), with brother Matt. ... Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. ... Carol Shields, CC , OM , D.Litt. ... Leslie Jeanne Erganian, (born in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American artist. ... George Robert Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Matt Brown can refer to: Matt Brown (politician), Incumbent Secretary of State of Rhode Island and a 2006 US Senate candidate Matt Brown (Australian politician), the Member for Kiama in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Australia Matt Brown (musician), guitarist and keyboardist in the band Trespassers William This is... Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an American voice actor best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the animated series The Simpsons. ... The cover to the collected edition of Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware Franklin Christenson Ware (born December 28, 1967) is an American comic book artist and cartoonist, best-known for a series of comics called the Acme Novelty Library, and a graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. ... 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References

  1. ^ Oak Park village history
  2. ^ Galena & Chicago Union Railroad - Chicago Public Library, timeline

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