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The 15 Best Things to Do in Oak Park

Here’s how to experience the character and craftsmanship in the western suburb that Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright once called home.

(Clockwise from top left) Unity Temple, Divine Consign, Gem, Poor Phil’s Bar & Grill, Marion Street Cheese Market, and Oak Park Conservatory   Photos: Travis Roozée

Austin Gardens
[1] Plan a picnic near the wildflowers at this 3.6-acre park, which features a Leonard Ursachi sculpture. 167 Forest Ave., pdop.org

The Book Table
[2] Spouses Rachel Weaver and Jason Smith stock their literary haven with more than 60,000 titles. 1045 Lake St., 708-386-9800, booktable.net

Small Oak Park map
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CarefulPeach Boutique
[3] This high-end shop carries fine European tableware, linens, and bath products. 1024 North Blvd., 708-383-3066, carefulpeach.com

Divine Consign
[4] Score a bargain at this fab furniture consignment store, which recently began selling wares from six Merchandise Mart showrooms. 809 S. Oak Park Ave., 708-386-3366, divineconsignoakpark.com

Frank Lloyd Wright Houses
[5] An easy four-block walk will take you past 10 residences designed by the modernist master (see map at right). For 15 more: oprf.com/flw

[6] Here you’ll find owner Laura Kitsos’s own gemstone designs in gold and silver, plus leather wrap bracelets and more. 108 N. Marion St., 708-386-8400, gemjewelryboutique.com

Hemingway Birthplace
[7] Tour the 1890s Queen Anne–style house where the literary giant spent his first six years. 339 N. Oak Park Ave., 708-445-3071, ehfop.org

CarefulPeach Boutique
CarefulPeach Boutique

Hemingway Museum
[8] Need more Ernest? Inside the Arts Center of Oak Park, a museum dedicated to him houses rare artifacts and special exhibitions. 200 N. Oak Park Ave., 708-366-3981, ehfop.org

Lake Theatre
[9] This 76-year-old movie palace boasts a vivid art deco interior and screenings of arthouse and documentary flicks. 1022 Lake St., 708-848-9088, classiccinemas.com

Marion Street Cheese Market
[10] Take home the market’s artisanal wines and cheeses—or eat them right here at its bistro, rated by Michelin as a great value. 100 S. Marion St., 708-725-7200, marionstreetcheesemarket.com

Maya Del Sol
[11] The acclaimed Nuevo Latino spot serves up innovative fare on a delightful patio. 144 S. Oak Park Ave., 708-358-9800, mayadelsol.com

[12] Find Lauren Moffatt mini dresses, Autumn Cashmere sweaters, and Erica Weiner jewelry at this retro-chic women’s wear boutique. 106 N. Marion St., 708-948-7052, museoakpark.com

Oak Park Conservatory
[13] The Edwardian-style glass structure houses over 3,000 plant species, such as fruit trees, cacti, and carnivorous plants. 615 Garfield St., oakparkconservatory.com

Poor Phil’s Bar & Grill
[14] The beloved local pub offers 36 beers on tap and free popcorn for every tippler. 139 S. Marion St., 708-848-0871, poorphils.com

Unity Temple
[15] Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1909 church, which some critics have called the first example of modern architecture. 875 Lake St., utrf.org


Twenty restaurants offer alfresco deals on Thursday Night Out, starting May 24. . . . Uncork Illinois, the annual wine fest (Chicago is a sponsor), returns June 1 on Marion Street between Lake Street and North Boulevard. . . . Starting June 13, the Oak Park Festival Theatre performs Amadeus in Austin Gardens every weekend.


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