From the minute you arrive in the Oak Park Area, Architecture and History surrounds you. Historic Gems are everywhere here including Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture (Unity Temple, The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, The Arthur Heurtley House, the Avery Coonley House and the F. F. Tomek House are all National Historic Landmarks) along with other Architectural Gems like Pleasant Home (also a National Historic Landmark), Cheney Mansion, Scoville Square, Maywood’s Historic Homes and Berwyn’s Bungalows.
Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace and Museum is a great place to get some insight about the author and if you want to go Beyond the Birthplace, the Oak Park River Forest Museum is a great place to start.
Our Famous Local History describes how our proximity to Chicago has led several gangsters to pursue “The American Dream” in the area. Gangster tours are the best way to immerse yourself in the story and find out more about their lives. Cemetery Tours are also available if you want to see the final resting places of these gangsters including Al Capone.
The Sixteen Inch Softball Hall of Fame and Museum is an amazing place to learn about the sport and maybe see a game. Or you can feed your 1950’s nostalgia with Route 66 and Roadside Attractions. Be sure to check Events for concerts or plays at the Nineteenth Century Club and don’t miss a visit to Olmsted’s Riverside, where not only is the entire Village of Riverside a National Historic Landmark, it contains two more as well.
Architecture and History spans nearly 150 years of suburban growth, achievement and creativity spanning the subjects of architecture, art, authors, athletics and the automobile.