The stretch of Kenilworth Avenue that falls within Oak Park's Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District is home to many of the village's architecturally most significant houses. In all kinds of weather, tourists can be seen traipsing up and down the block, ogling Victorian and Prairie-style homes. The landmark Edwin H. Ehrman House at 410 N. Kenilworth Ave. may not draw in viewers with a showy façade, but the pedigree of the home makes it worth a longer look.
One of the ideas that founded the community college system in this country was that students should be able to study the first two years of college in their own communities to be better prepared for the rigors of college.
The tree-lined streets of River Forest are dotted with homes designed by the Burma family in the first decades of the 1900s. Lambertus and Hilbrand Burma were carpenters from Holland who came to America in 1906 and formed Burma Brothers Construction Company around 1917.
Months ago, when I heard that Sugar Beet Co-op was staging its 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour on Saturday, July 27 in Oak Park, I was intrigued. Frankly, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me to answer the question of our times: "What the heck is permaculture, anyway?"
Robin Blench is every real estate agent's dream-client. He's recently retired, an empty-nester, owns a spacious single-family home in a neighborhood close to public transportation and downtown Oak Park, and he's selling it with the intention of buying a condo in the village. If only there were more homeowners like Blench out there.
I was intrigued during the recent Comprehensive Plan gathering dubbed "Envision Oak Park," when John Houseal, our consultant, threw down a challenge to think about what Oak Park would look like 20 years in the future. I was probably the only one naive enough to toss out a smattering of ideas to consider - or laugh at.
Every Fourth of July, Oak Park's Independence Day Parade embarks from the northwest corner of Longfellow Park and - this year 60 groups strong - and heads north up Ridgeland Avenue to Augusta Boulevard. Spectators line the parkways, sitting on curbs, in fold-up chairs, on house steps and tucked away on porches, many of which sport flags and red, white and blue bunting.