Established in 1902, the village of Oak Park is located 10 miles west of Chicago’s Loop. Once home to world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park is famed for its focus on preservation. The village has three historic districts – Ridgeland, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Seward Gunderson – and has the largest collection of Wright-designed residential homes in the world. The city is easily accessible to Oak Park residents, with CTA and Pace bus service, Metra, and both the CTA Blue and Green Lines servicing this cozy suburb. Nearby bike paths are a cyclist’s dream; Augusta Boulevard is part of the Grand Illinois Trail, and the Illinois Prairie Path trailhead is one mile away.
Plentiful parks, public libraries, and excellent schools make Oak Park a standout option for families. Award-winning elementary schools, both private and public, offer a multitude of options for children. Oak Park and River Forest High School has many notable alumni, like Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, and the voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta. Oak Park’s bustling arts district is dotted with boutiques, fine dining, and more. Oak Park encourages community involvement, with tight-knit block clubs and volunteer advisory positions on the villages board.