Ernest Hemingway Birthplace


Despite Hemingway allegedly calling Oak Park a village of wide lawns and narrow minds, the town still pays homage to him by maintaining his childhood home as a museum.

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1. Unity Temple

0.18 MILES

This architectural wonder from Frank Lloyd Wright was built in 1909 and reopened in 2018 after a five-year restoration. Explore at your leisure on a 30…

2. Nathan G Moore House

0.36 MILES

During Wright’s 20 years in Oak Park, he designed a whole heap of houses. Moore House (closed to the public) is particularly noteworthy. First built in…

3. Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

0.36 MILES

This is where Wright lived and worked from 1889 to 1909 and it's the first home he ever designed. Tour frequency varies, from every 20 minutes on summer…

4. Garfield Park Conservatory

4.01 MILES

Built in 1907, these two acres under glass are a lovely spot to while away a few hours sauntering around rooms of palms, ferns, orchids and koi-filled…

5. Busy Beaver Button Museum

4.63 MILES

Even George Washington gave out campaign buttons, though in his era they were the sew-on kind. Pin-back buttons came along in 1896. Badge-making company…

7. Formal Garden

4.81 MILES

The Formal Garden sits in Humboldt Park's southern expanse, near where Humboldt Dr and Luis Munoz Marin Dr intersect. It's rich with jelly-bean-colored…

8. Humboldt Park

4.84 MILES

This 207-acre park, which lends its name to the surrounding neighborhood, comes out of nowhere and gobsmacks you with Mother Nature. A lagoon brushed by…