OAK PARK ILLINOIS
Oak Park, Illinois is a suburb bordering the west side of the city of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. Today it is the twenty-fifth largest city in Illinois.
In 1903 the village of Oak Park was just one year old having being formally established the previous year following a referendum disengaging it from Cicero. At that time esteemed architect Frank Lloyd Wright was a resident working out of his home and studio at 951 Chicago Avenue. He had moved there with his first wife in 1889 and had designed many of the homes in the area. Oak Park is now home to the largest collection of Wright-designed residential properties in the world.
To see more of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes in Oak Park follow the link to Peter Beers' Frank Lloyd Wright Road Trips website.
A walk around Frank Lloyd Wright's homes in Oak Park.
Oak Park is also the childhood home of author Ernest Hemmingway who was born there in 21st July 1899 the second child of doctor Clarence Edmonds Hemmingway and aspiring opera singer Grace Hall Hemmingway. He remained there through high school attending Oak Park and River Forest High School from 1913 to 1917 where he edited that Trapeze and the Tabula, the school's newspaper and yearbook respectively, before leaving to take up a position as a cub reporter at the Kansas City Star. He later referred to the place as one that had "wide lawns and narrow minds".