"A Cultural and Educational Trip to Oak Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Oak Park by deecat
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"Make the wall of brick that the fire touched to tawny gold or ruddy tan, the choicest of all earth's hues. They willl...recognize the surface of the ground on which they stand, gently spreading there to a substantial base that makes the building seem to stand more firmly in its socket in the earth and carry with a profile of grace the protection of its sheltering eaves." Frank Lloyd Wright, 1902
Oak Park, Illinois is located about eight or nine miles west of the Loop in Chicago. A man named Joseph Kettlestrings purchased 173 acres of timber/prairie just east of the Des Plaines River in 1835. He was the first white settler in Oak Park. This area slowly grew into the village of Oak Ridge [now Oak Park, the northwestern portion since 1872].
After the Chicago fire in 1871, many people moved to the village because they could still build frame houses here [which was forbidden in the city of Chicago].
At the turn of the century, the famous Lake Street "L" was extended to Harlem Avenue which then linked Oak Park to Chicago because it was a much faster way to reach the city.
The two most famous people who were born in Oak Park were Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Today, Oak Park attracts people from all over the world who come to see both of these men's homes/studio and Museum. We were just two of those many people who came to be better educated and to absorb the culture of this diverse and lovely village.
I just happed to see this Sewer Cover and my travel buddy, Mickey, and I were walking down the street in Oak Park, Illinois. Since my name is DEE, I smiled widely when I saw that DEE was permanently embedded on this ordinary Sewer Cover. Awe, yes, deecat is represented in the lovely village of Oak Park. [grin]
Mickey and I were impressed with the architecture, the restaurants, the shopping, the parks, the memorials, and the sites we discovered in the village of Oak Park, Illinois. However, it was the small details that stand out. For instance, the beautiful lights throughout the streets [the ones in the photograph are just one example]. Another item that impressed us were all the beautiful, huge trees throughout the village. Probably most import to our delightful stay in Oak Park were the friendly and helpful locals.
- Pros:Culture, Architecture, Restaurants, Trees, History
- Cons:Parking and Pedestrian Street Crossing
- In a nutshell:Oak Park is very close to Chicago and provides great historic architecture, outstanding restaurants, beautiful neighborhoods, and friendly people
I researched this fountain because I like it so much. The information came from Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago by Thomas... more travel advice
We purchased our tickets and reserved a time for our independent walking tour with audio at the Ginkgo Tree Book... more travel advice
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