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Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest

129 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302


The community's rich history is encapsulated in the Oak Park River Forest Museum, a recently renovated firehouse from 1898 that plays host to the society's various cultural offerings.

The area's rich heritage is celebrated at the Historical Society through exhibits, lectures and special programs regularly taking place in the society's new home: the Oak Park River Forest Museum, an 1898 firehouse that underwent a massive transformation including a geothermal HVAC system. The society also oeperates a research center, children's activity room and changing exhibits about regional history.

The society also hosts an annual housewalk, tracing the area's rich history by exploring some of its finest architecture. Other special events are constantly rotating, and visitors are encouraged to check the website's calendar for specific information about upcoming programs.

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