The Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest has raised about $500,000 — half of its total Phase 1 fundraising goal — to renovate a potential new home: the old Cicero Fire House at Lake Street and Lombard Avenue.
The majority of the funds has come from donations so far, about $350,000, and the rest from state grants.
Some residents have even offered their services to help with the renovation efforts. Local architect Louis Garapolo, for example, is designing the renovations for free.
In addition to displays focusing on local history and the accomplishments of notable Oak Parkers and River Foresters, visitors will also be free to give the historical society suggestions about what they would like to see on exhibit.
The society plans to renovate the 1898 former firehouse (which more recently served as village government office space) and move in by the end of 2014.