Top things to do in Oak Park

Top Choice Architecture in Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

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 weekends to every hour or so in winter. The hour-long walk-thr…
Microbrewery in Oak Park

Kinslahger Brewing Company

This gorgeous, retro, Prohibiiton–styled taproom was Oak Park's first, originally started in 2016 as a lager-only adventure (hence the name). Today, there are 15 taps offering a hodgepodge beyond artisanal lagers th…
Architecture in Oak Park

Unity Temple

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-minute self-guided look-around ($10 per person), or go on a 60-…
Mediterranean in Oak Park

Citrine Cafe

This Serbian–American venture offers a lovely, dimly lit bar and restaurant serving a melange of Mediterranean and Balkan-influenced fare. The beet and feta salad (red and golden beets, oranges, pistachios, arugula,…
Architecture in Oak Park

Nathan G. Moore House

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 1895, it’s Wright’s bizarre interpretation of an English manor …
Deli in Oak Park

Carnivore

This independent butcher sources its meat and dairy from local farms in Fairbury, IL, and makes damn sure you feel welcome when you step through the door. Co-owner Brad is the kind of guy you want to have a dozen be…
Bakery in Oak Park

Split Milk

This tiny Hemingway District bakery does 'murderous pies' (according to one local; yes, he meant that positively!) but if you're not in the market for a whole pie, the oversized cookies are stop-you-in-your-tracks g…
French in Oak Park

Hemmingway's Bistro

Fork in to all the French classics – coq au vin, caussoulet, bouillabaisse – at this cozy little bistro across from the Ernest Hemingway Museum. If nothing else, drop in and sit at the bar for a glass of wine.
Museum in Oak Park

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.