Oak Park made the April issue of Chicago Magazine’s 20 Great Towns & Neighborhoods cover story. The Village that Wright Built shares the limelight with suburbs Glenview, Wilmette, Glen Ellyn, Western Springs, Woodstock, Lake Bluff, Orland Park, Tinley Park and Frankfort, plus sundry Chicago neighborhoods.

The sidebar lists our average house price as $447,515, we rate four stars for transportation (Duh – though they think the Eisenhower Expressway runs along our southern border) and three stars for schools. Surprisingly, given how much bellyaching you hear in these parts, we were awarded four stars for shopping.

Some of the other highlights:

“It would be possible (though sinful) to remove all the houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from Oak Park and still leave behind enough architectural eye candy to populate two or three suburbs. …”

“Oak Park’s careful correctness may have irked its native son Ernest Hemingway – who famously (if apocryphally) dismissed the town as a place of wide lawns and narrow minds – but it has resulted in a place that is endlessly attractive …”

“If Oak Park’s buildings are a feast for the eyes, its commercial districts offer a true banquet, with little bakeries, lively ethnic joints, and fine dining establishments all along Lake Street in the middle of town and at a scattering of other retail hubs. …”

“Boundaries are porous; neighboring towns compensate for some of Oak Park’s deficits. …” (Can you say “Forest Park”?)

“Add these amenities together, and it’s easy to borrow the name of one local landmark and use it as the town’s slogan. … John Farson built a 30-room mansion (now a museum) at the corner of Pleasant Street and Home Avenue. Using the intersection as inspiration, he dubbed his residence Pleasant Home – and more than a century later, that moniker could still apply to all of Oak Park.”

Aw shucks.

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