Oak Park and River Forest are quaint, middle-class suburbs just 10 miles west of Chicago. These historically significant villages offer students a rich community of entertainment and culture, including unusual restaurants, scenic parks, festivals, art galleries, theaters, and bookstores.

You'll find plenty to keep you entertained and challenged as you walk through the downtown areas of these friendly villages . . . tiny boutiques, Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio, Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home, beautiful parks, outdoor theater, world-class artists from classical to jazz to blues to hoe-down, and quaint sidewalk cafes with awesome coffee and fresh pastries! If you're not in the mood to hop the "El" and go downtown, never mind. There's plenty to do within just a few minutes' walk.

Learn more about the hot spots of Oak Park/River Forest

Chicago Reader
Chicago Tribune
Pioneer Press
Chicago Sun Times
Wednesday Journal

Illinois Humanities Council

Oak Park Public Library
River Forest Public Library

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