Neighbor News: Oak Park’s Newest Skyscraper Now Open
Aug10

Neighbor News: Oak Park’s Newest Skyscraper Now Open

Promising the best of city life, without having to leave the suburbs, Vantage Oak Park is now open in the western suburb. The 21-story residential tower — designed by Gensler for Golub, Wood Partners and the village — is on Lake Street, Oak Park’s main drag, at Forest Avenue and features 270 residences above 588 parking spaces and 25,000 square feet of retail. If that seems like a lot of parking, you’re right. But only 288 are for the...

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Proposed Oak Park Residential Tower Gets Animated
Jul27

Proposed Oak Park Residential Tower Gets Animated

While downtown Chicago has the feel of the start of what perhaps might maybe somehow could possibly be called a miniature residential construction boom, it’s not all the action happening in Chicagoland. Oak Park has several projects on the drawing boards these days which will introduce new residential towers to a suburb that has been kept remarkably low-rise in spite of its popularity. One of those projects is called Oak Park...

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Wright Time to Visit Oak Park
Jul16

Wright Time to Visit Oak Park

Do you love architecture? Of course you do!  Do you love money? Of course you do! That’s why it’s important for you to know that tomorrow you can tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park for the low low price of… free!  It’s a bargain at twice the price! The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is having a whole day of free events and tours to celebrate the first tour it gave way back in 1974, when a stamp...

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Proto-Legos and Frank Lloyd Wright
Mar20

Proto-Legos and Frank Lloyd Wright

My guess is that you didn’t know that there’s a link between a primitive form of Legos and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Well, there is. And if you’d like to learn more about it, show up at the Unity Temple’s event on April 6th. Details follow: Inventing Kindergarten author to speak at Unity Temple (Oak Park, Ill.) – The educator, Friedrich Froebel, who created the geometric wooden blocks that influenced...

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List+Pix: Wright Buildings Could Become Official World Treasures
Feb02

List+Pix: Wright Buildings Could Become Official World Treasures

One of Chicago’s favorite architects is in line for pretty much the biggest honor that can be bestowed on any member of any civilization: validation from UNESCO. The architect is Frank Lloyd Wright, and ten of his iconic buildings have been nominated for recognition by the United Nations body. To put it in Hollywood terms, when the aliens come to destroy the planet, we’ll gladly sacrifice little Timmy to save Fallingwater....

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Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple Models

I got a note from Matt today letting me know about his project — he makes and sells models of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. The one he has from the Chicagoland area is the famed Unity Temple out in Oak Park. If you’d like a model for your desk or shelves, or wherever, you can get more information here: http://www.edificemodels.com/Unity_Temple.html Other models he has available are the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles,...

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Slice of Life: On a Clear Day You Can See Oak Park

The newer high rises of Chicago’s Near North Side and Gold Coast look across what was once the Illinois prairie.  On a clear day, you can see the buildings of Oak Park, the smoke stacks near Morris, and the hills beyond.  With the proper optics… who...

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Quickie: New Tower for Oak Park Nixed

According to Crain’s Chicago Business , the proposed 14-story tower to be built near the intersection of Lake Street and Harlem Avenue in Oak Park is off.  Like so many other projects, this one looks like a victim of the bad economy.

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