Web Extra! Download the village’s Olympic presentation

With an international press corps nearby to cover the International Olympic Committee’s tour of Chicago, Oak Park saw an opportunity to sell the world-class tourist draws of a neighboring village.

Village staff worked with the heads of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, Unity Temple and two local restaurants to put together a five-hour presentation Monday.

But the group cancelled.

Two last-minute schedulings of press briefings in the city kept the journalists from making the planned trip to Oak Park. There was some disappointment, but not all is lost, according to Village President David Pope, who touted such often-missed details as Oak Park being the birthplace of modern dance giant Doris Humphrey.

“We were just looking at it as opportunity to be able to help share with the members of the international, as well as the national, press the important cultural and arts venues that exist out here in Oak Park,” Pope said Monday afternoon.

Here’s what the reporters and photographers covering Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games missed locally:

  • A tour of Unity Temple, described in the village’s promotional booklet as “America’s Taj Mahal”
  • A walk to the Hemingway Museum, where lunch was to be served by Cucina Paradiso. Dessert was to be cheesecake lollipops (chocolate chip, key lime and peppermint).
  • A tour of the Wright Home and Studio
  • A walk on Forest Avenue and Marion Street
  • Afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvres at Marion Street Cheese Market, including such treats as cheese puffs with grand cru gruyere surchoix

Web Extra

Click here to download a .pdf of the village’s presentation booklet introducing Oak Park

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