Oak Park is a thriving suburb located less than 10 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois. It's the birthplace of a number of well-known people, including Ernest Hemingway, Betty White, Dan Castellaneta, and Kathy Griffin. Several others, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Johnny Galecki spent at least a portion of their lives in Oak Park. Plus, its popularity and proximity to Chicago has made the community a very popular tourist attraction with numerous hotels near Oak Park.
Out and About In Oak Park IL
There are several modes of transportation you can use when visiting the suburb, including the Metro, CTA system, taxicabs, and Oak Park car rentals. Do some exploring, and you'll find that both Hemingway and Wright's homes have been turned into museums that detail the influence these prominent figures have had in the community. You can also take a walking tour to view the various structures designed by Wright, including the Unity Temple. There are several other must-see attractions in the city, including the Wonder Works Children's Museum, Oak Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Pleasant Home mansion. Once you see all these great attractions, be sure to take in a performance at the Oak Park Festival Theater.
Eating and Drinking
As with most Chicago suburbs, you'll find no shortage of pizza shops offering the area's signature deep-dish pizza. Oak Park also has a nice variety of family restaurants, bistros, and cafes as well as more upscale dining options. Plus, you'll discover an active nightlife with numerous bars, nightclubs, and comedy clubs spread throughout the community. The majority of restaurants, clubs, and Oak Park hotels, however, can be found along South Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue.
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