The Village of Oak Park is, in many ways, a unique community.
Oak Park has fostered many individuals whose influences have reached far beyond the borders of the Village.
Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, chemist Percy Julian and the mother of modern dance, Doris Humphrey, all called Oak Park Home.
Even Homer Simpson was born and raised here – or more accurately, the source of his voice, Dan Castellaneta.
Many other names, perhaps not so familiar, sowed the seeds of independent thinking and civic action that created the substance, reputation and legacy the Village enjoys today.
Oak Parkers have championed fair housing, integration and equal treatment of all regardless of their differences. They have embraced historic preservation and environmental sustainability, including recycling, green energy and water conservation.