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History

Oak Park, a village located directly west of Chicago, is known best for its cultural and architectural heritage as it is home to many homes designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Joseph and Betty Kettlestrings, of England, built a small home and tavern near what is now Harlem and Lake streets in 1835. The area soon became a common stop for travelers going from Chicago to the Des Plaines river and this, along with the Chicago Fire in 1871, encouraged many Chicago residents to move outward from the city limits. Oak Park was officially incorporated on Jan. 25, 1902. Read more history from the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest.

Population

52,104 (2011 Census Estimate)

Demographics

  • Median age: 36 (24.1 percent younger than 18; 10.7 percent older than 65)

  • - 67.7 percent white

  • - 21.7 percent black

  • - 5.8 percent Hispanic

  • - 5.0 percent Asian, American and Alaskan Indians

Source: Village of Oak Park

Housing

  • 23,723 housing units (10,029 single-family; 759 two-flats; 116 three-flats; 375 townhomes)

  • 23,079 occupied housing units (10,093 rented; 12,986 owned)

  • 12,980 families (2 or more related persons)

  • Average 2.26 persons per household

  • 441 rental buildings (6,400 units)

  • 251 condo buildings (2,373 units)

Source: Village of Oak Park

Local government

Village President: Anan Abu-Taleb

Village board:

Village of Oak Park

Cook County government

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