[23][24] Part of this effort included banning "for sale" signs on houses. About 5.9% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over. Create a Trip. The Oak Park Fire Department operates 3 ALS Engines, 1 ALS Truck, 3 ALS Ambulances, 1 ALS Paramedic Squad, 1 Command Unit, and several specialized MABAS Divisional Apparatus. A mix of the charming, modern, and tried and true. Under the direction of Josephine Blackstock and her successor, Lilly Ruth Hanson, it embarked on a vigorous program of recreation for villagers. Historic preservation has been a priority since an ordinance passed in 1972 and since revised. Many buildings in Oak Park were built by other Prairie School architects such as George W. Maher, John Van Bergen, and E.E. Today, Oak Park remains ethnically diverse and is known for its socially liberal politics with 80% or higher voter turnout in every presidential election since 2000. Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences. This included passage of The Open Housing Ordinance in 1968 which has helped maintain the ethnically diverse population seen in the village still today. Whites left west side neighborhoods based on concerns of property value losses and crime increases, and some businesses left as well. Today alcohol, such as beer and wine, is easily accessible with many bars and cocktail lounges around the village.[14]. According to the 2010 census, Oak Park has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.17 km2), all land.[17]. Significant work was made on exterior restoration along with mechanicals, electricals, and plumbing. Create a Trip to save and organize all of your travel ideas, and see them on a map. There is also the Oak Park Art League (OPAL), a nonprofit visual arts center founded after World War I (renamed in 1970), which provides classes, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and exhibitions. Country & Western Bars, Dance Clubs & Discos. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. The July 4 celebration featuring fireworks draws thousands to the Oak Park-River Forest High School football stadium. One can find Wright's earliest work here, like the Winslow House in neighboring River Forest, Illinois. The construction of the Eisenhower Expressway cut through the southern portion of the Village in the mid 1950s. Instead, the pattern in a sense leaped over Oak Park to other suburbs farther west, including Bellwood and Maywood, which resegregated in a relatively short time.[26]. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern, occasionally with local streets ending in a cul-de-sac to maintain local character. Total crimes committed in 2019 hovered around 1,700 with zero homicides reported.[38]. Oak Park is home to several professional dance and theatre companies, including Circle Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, and Momenta resident dance company of The Academy of Movement and Music. The Village of Oak Park was formally established in 1902, disengaging from Cicero following a referendum. More farmers and settlers had entered the area. Some of the services are managed directly by the Village, while others are third-party vendors authorized by the Village to conduct transactions. [13], Oak Park has a history of alcohol prohibition. In the 2012 Presidential Election, Oak Park had the highest voter turnout in suburban Cook County, 79.8% of registered voters cast a ballot. One of North America's four continental divides runs through Oak Park. Comfortable home in historic Oak Park- open For Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! In 1968, Oak Park passed The Open Housing Ordinance which helped devise strategies to integrate the village rather than resegregate.[7]. [30], The renaming of the one junior high school, now middle schools, after prominent African-Americans rather than giant American literary figures was done in part to motivate minority students in their educational pursuits. [8] Oak Park is closely connected to Chicago with Chicago Transit Authority access via the Green Line and Blue Line "L" train lines including the Metra Oak Park station downtown. As Chicago grew from a regional center to a national metropolis Oak Park expanded – from 500 residents in 1872 to 1,812 in 1890, to 9,353 in 1900, to 20,911 in 1910, to 39,585 in 1920. The Eisenhower Expressway is the primary expressway between Chicago and Oak Park. Bicycle lanes are marked on many streets throughout Oak Park, though no fully segregated cycle facilities have been put in place. Harlem/Illinois Route 43 serves as its western border, where between Roosevelt and South Boulevard, it borders Forest Park and between North Boulevard and North Avenue to the west it borders River Forest. In 1889, Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife settled in Oak Park. Bus transit service within Oak Park and to other suburbs is also provided by the CTA and Pace. A gap in school performance, referred to as "this intolerable and persistent inequity,"[31] remains, as of the date of the report.[32]. [5] Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife settled in Oak Park in 1889 and his work heavily influenced local architecture and design including the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.