"You are throwing up on some suburban geraniums, or you father's tennis shoes, or your very own bathroom floor three days ago, or a wooden sidewalk in Oak Park Illinois, circa 1903, or a tennis court on a fine autumn day in the 1950s, or your own naked feet in a wide variety of times and places."


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.

Google Maps showing Oak Park, 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.


Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois
Public DomainFrank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois

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".


The birthplace of Ernest Hemingway in Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois.
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe birthplace of Ernest Hemingway in Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois. - Credit: Padraic Ryan