Forgotten Chicago Frank-Free Oak Park Walking Tour
Arguably one of the most popular architectural destinations in the U.S., the built environment of Oak Park over the last 90 years is curiously and nearly completely overlooked on the Internet, in publications, and during other tours. Join Forgotten Chicago for our first-ever tour of Oak Park, where we will focus on forgotten twentieth century architecture, such as Harry Weese's stunning City Hall and some of the many Art Deco and mid-century modern buildings throughout the village. We will also explore Oak Park's long history of racial integration and progressive politics, staunch independence from and interdependence to Chicago, and the usual oddities and fragments found on every Forgotten Chicago tour.
Oak Park has been a regional shopping destination since the 1920s, and this tour will highlight some of Oak Park's retail relics, such as the commanding 1957 Lytton's store by Shaw, Metz & Dolio. Far less well-known than the State Street Mall, from 1974 to 1989 the main shopping district of Lake Street and surrounding streets were closed to traffic for an ultimately unsuccessful pedestrian mall. The former Montgomery Ward store facing the Mall was converted to a little-remembered atrium shopping center in 1985.
Join us on our first exploration of the many overlooked sites in this unique community!
When? Sunday June 22 at Noon. Rain or shine.
Where? The tour will meet and begin in front of the south side of the Marion entrance to the Harlem Green Line station -- approximately 1127 South Boulevard. It will conclude at the Ridgeland Green Line station.
How Long? The tour will consist of about 3 1/2 miles of walking and will last approximately 2 1/2 hours.
How much? $15. Advance purchase is required. No walk-ups. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. If severe weather cancels the tour, credit will be issued for use on a tour of equal value.
Marion Entrance to Harlem Green Line Station (Tour Start) (View)
1127 South Boulevard
Oak Park, IL 60302