"Beautiful Historic Suburb of Chicago" Top 5 Page for this destination Oak Park by LauraWest
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I grew up in O. P. but we moved away 30 yrs. ago. I no longer have any family living here. If you go to Chicago, and have an interest in Frank Lloyd Wright or Ernest Hemingway, stop for an afternoon.
Or find a lodging here. Just over the border West of Chicago, it is very convenient and quieter. Being a very old suburb, it has more a feeling of a city/town than the average American suburb. Yet the number of trees is amazing. Very beautiful place to live & visit, with its own unique character. In all my travels & residences, I've never found any place quite like it!
I relish each visit I make. I have learned that the place I grew up in is unique in the world. I view the familar, with pleasure and renewed memory and appreciation. I enjoy seeing the changes, too, mostly.
My brother visited our old home town this October, for a couple days. He found it so changed, since his last visit, over 20 years ago. So many businesses and buildings had disappeared or had been completely altered. The place of his memory he, barely, found. He sent me this photo of the front entrance of the little library I remember SO well from my childhood, the Maze Branch Library, in south Oak Park. It still looks the same, as it did in the early 1950's!! Memories are very early, of walking there when I was only four years old. I remember signing my name into their big book, at 5, in order to get my own library card! What a thrill that was. Of course, I remember all the books I loved then, too, and so much more. I still love public libraries. and use them often. Don't you think they tell so much about a place?
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