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Best Things to Do in Oak Park, Illinois

Often referred to as "Chicago's Fun Next-door Neighbors," the neighborhood of Oak Park is one of Chicago's most chaming neighborhoods. This quaint town is just a short drive or train ride ride away from Chicago and the suburbs. Many people are drawn to the city for the architecture and museums dedicated to its local legends. However, with so much to see and explore, Oak Park is a great place to take a day trip or enjoy a long weekend. Here are some of the best things to do in Oak Park, Illinois.

  • 1.

    Kinslagher Brewing Company

    Kinslagher Brewing Company

    This Oak Park brewery with a modern, speak-easy vibe takes pride in their Lager beer and local community.

  • 2.

    Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District

    Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District

    Explore the birthplace of Prairie-style architecture in the heart of Oak Park.

  • 3.

    There Goes the Neighborhood Gangster Tours

    There Goes the Neighborhood Gangster Tours

    Tour several Oak Park and River Forest homes once owned by some of Chicago's most famous hoodlums.

  • 4.

    Petersen's Ice Cream

    Petersen's Ice Cream

    Operating for over 90 years, Petersen's Ice Cream is an Oak Park institution.

  • 5.

    Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home

    Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home

    Tour the Victorian home, where Hemingway was born and spent his first six years.

  • 6.

    Oak Park Conservatory

    Oak Park Conservatory

    Come enjoy a collection of plants, flowers, and animals in three serene botanical rooms.

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