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Earth Hour 2011: OakParkApartments.com – going beyond the hour for over 25 years.

At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour.

OakParkApartments.com, for 25 years, has been committed to energy conservation.  We have used compact fluorescent light bulbs for over 20 years, installed new energy efficient windows, perform energy audits which have resulted in a 20% reduction of energy and water usage, upgraded electrical and plumbing systems building-wide as well as in individual apartments while taking great care in preserving the vintage charm of our apartment buildings.  As a company there is an ongoing commitment to maintaining and improving our properties that provides a better quality apartment while also helping our environment!

Find out more about Earth Hour at: http://www.earthhour.org/

Spend Your Weekend on Harrison Street

Calling all artists!

Wanted to let people in on the events going on on Harrison street tonight and tomorrow. Tonight is the gallery walk – the galleries stay open late, you can enjoy a great meal at one of the many great restaurants & then shop all the unique artisan shops while enjoying a night out.

Saturday Ella Gill is performing live at the Eastgate Cafe from 6 – 10.  Enjoy music and home cooking – I love their lobster bisque!



Oak Park Festival Theatre Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

The Oak Park Festival Theatre will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. with a toe stepping, buzz inducing, Irish Ceilidhe (say “kay-lee”).

With music, food and cash bar this Spring blow out will pull the green out of a rock. Live Irish music performances by Brian Friel’s Faith Healer as well as Oak Park favorites, Beth Ann O’Reilly Amandes and Paul Amandes will have you pining for the old country.

All the fun is included in the regular price of a ticket to the show; Just $25 or $20 for students and seniors.

Check it out!

Why Live In Oak Park, Illinois? Frank Lloyd Wright – That's Why!

There are many positives to living in Oak Park, Illinois.  The most obvious is the rich, historic flavor of Oak Park.  Being home to the word’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW, as we fondly refer to him) is a plus.  You can explore many of Oak Park’s neighborhoods and take in the cutting edge prairie school designs on your own or join a walking tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District and hear a bit of the tawdry goings on of our friend Frank!

FYI: Guided/self-guided tours are offered through the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL or go to the Oak Park Visitors Center and get a free visitor’s guide and get walking!

Find out more about Frank and Oak Park’s architecture at: http://www.gowright.org/

or visit http://www.visitoakpark.com/

Living history in The Heart of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Home Haven

Located at the center of the Prarie School Historic district, 301 N. Oak Park Avenue isn’t just a great place to live; it’s a gateway to architectural history. Just a stone’s throw away from Frank Lloyd Wright’s own home at 951 Chicago Ave., tourists are frequently seen taking in the beautiful architecture and scenery of the Oak Park Village. Jealous visitors understand that when you live in Oak Park, you’re living history.

APA names Oak Park’s Historic District to top 10 in the nation

Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture Historic District has been designated one of country’s 10 Great Neighborhoods by the American Planning Association (APA), an independent, not-for-profit educational organization.

In a statement released last week, the APA said the district was singled out for having the world’s single greatest concentration of residences designed by architects representing the Prairie School style and as a model of smart growth and transit-oriented development.

“On behalf of the citizens of Oak Park, I wish to thank the American Planning Association for recognizing our Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District as one of the top 10 great neighborhoods in the nation,” said Oak Park Village President David Pope. “We Oak Parkers and the tens of thousands of visitors who come here each year to marvel at the architecture in the district have long known we had something special. Recognition by an organization as prestigious as the APA makes it official.

“The Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District has long served as a model for smart growth, sustainability and livability with its connected street grid with alleys and sidewalks, and its transit-oriented design, which were ahead of their time when the neighborhood was first laid out. Since then, creative adaptive use has preserved the historic character of the neighborhood and has helped to keep the area vibrant, attractive and livable for residents, tourists, commuters, bicyclists and motorists alike.”

Since APA began Great Places in America in 2007, 40 neighborhoods, 40 streets and 30 public spaces have been designated in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

“We’re very excited to name Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District as one of this year’s Great Neighborhoods,” APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP, said in a written statement. “With nearly 2,000 historic properties including the home of Wright himself, the neighborhood is world famous. Equally important is its compact design. Residents don’t have to rely on automobiles to get around given the host of public transportation systems serving the neighborhood.”

Oak Park incorporated in 1902 and developed its first plan in 1925. A Village-wide architectural survey completed in 1970 formed the basis for many community plans and Village actions, including the 558-acre neighborhood’s designation as a local historic district in 1972 and a national historic district a year later.

Wright, who was 21 when he moved to Oak Park in 1889, lived there until 1913. The neighborhood contains 23 buildings he designed or remodeled. Characterized by their horizontal form, low-pitched roof lines, restrained ornamentation and open floor plan, the Prairie-style homes in Oak Park are among more than 1,700 residential and commercial properties that contribute to the area’s designation as a local and national historic district.

The compact neighborhood is served by several train and commuter rail lines and buses, and a multi-modal transportation center is located along the neighborhood’s western edge between Marion Street and Harlem Avenue. A bicycle plan adopted in 2008 envisions every Oak Park resident and destination being within two blocks of a bikeway.

Through Great Places in America, APA recognizes unique and authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities – streets, neighborhoods and public spaces. The APA says its Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live, and are defined by many things including planning, architectural styles, accessibility and community involvement.