Great Place Wednesday: Oak Park, Illinois

Oak Park is a small suburb just minutes northwest of Chicago.  Oak Park was (perhaps aptly) described by a native son, Earnest Hemingway, as a place of “wide lawns and narrow minds.” It is most famous as the home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings. Oak Park contains several homes that Wright designed in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s, as well as to Unity Temple, a church Wright design for a local congregation.

Oak Park has a lovely little downtown, with a CTA train connection to downtown Chicago.

Birthplace of Earnest Hemingway.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple (right) is dwarfed by the more traditional neo-gothic church across the street.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple

Detail: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and StudioFrank Lloyd Wright designed home. Frank Lloyd Wright designed home.

Detail from Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed home.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed home.