Oak Park has a strong sense of place. Many of the residential blocks have not changed in 100 years. The streets are layered with architectural styles reflecting the history. There is a keen logic that supports the decision-making in the village. Fortunately, it is a diverse community that is engaged in building quality architecture.
The new Austin Gardens facility fits its space, looks to the future
This new Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center continues and extends the tradition at the Park District of Oak Park of providing quality educational and recreational facilities appropriate to the green space.
Finally a steel-and-glass, 21-story residential tower worthy of its ink, now completed at the corner of Lake and Forest. This piece of architecture raises the bar for dense housing in the middle of our downtown. The target market is 30-somethings or empty-nester singles or couples who are interested in modern living in an urban village like they would find in the city.
On Aug. 1, the OPRF High School board approved a plan to build a 40 meter x 25 yard pool and a higher parking garage on the current garage site, along with internal performing arts upgrades, at a cost not to exceed $45 million. The plan will go to referendum in November.