Oak Park Walk

Joe Steffen will lead a 2 hour, 3.7 mile walk through Oak Park past about 20 Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings, Ernest Hemingway's birthplace, and other historic mansions and parks, following this route. If you've read the book Loving Frank, we will be going past the Edward Cheney house. This is a walk, not a tour. I will stop a few times to briefly talk about what you will be seeing, but I will not be stopping in front of each Frank Lloyd Wright house and describing it in detail. We will walk even if it is raining, so bring an umbrella or poncho. Please do not bring your dog.

Afterwards, you can tour the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio ($15), or visit the Hemingway Museum and tour his birthplace house ($10).

Directions: CTA: Take the Green Line to Harlem/Lake. Go out the east station exit to Marion St. Walk north 1 block to Lake St., then walk east to the visitor center.
Metra: Take the Metra Union Pacific West Line to the Oak Park station, and follow the directions above.
Driving: Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the Harlem exit off of the left expressway lane, go north about 1 mile and turn right on Lake St. Just past Forest Ave. (the 2nd stoplight) turn left into the parking garage, which will cost about $3 for the duration of the walk. Walk west on Lake St. to the visitor center.

If you have a smart phone and are good with maps, touching the meet up location shows a map with a pinpoint on the exact location. Touching the phrase “following this route" shows the route map so you can try to find us if you are late.

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  • JIM

    Joe does an EXCELLENT Job - As Always!

    May 12, 2014

  • sandra

    Good company and a very nice day for a walk!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    Joe had a bunch of good info on the houses and the group was a lot of fun. Superior walk.

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Suzen

    Not only was it fun. Great people and knowledgeable guide but the weather was perfect.

    May 10, 2014

  • Jim B.

    Gorgeous day for a walk.

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Betsy

    Great walk and perfect weather

    May 10, 2014

  • Tom B.

    Maybe our best Oak Park walks!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Beautiful day and a fun time....great tour thank you!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Napoleon U.

    Nice day for a walk and learn more about Oak Park. Great job Joe. And I will be back for the museum tours.

    May 10, 2014

  • Anita P

    Excellent & we got a beautiful day!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Eilene

    Sadly, a family emergency...then work...intervened so hope this is repeated...

    May 10, 2014

  • Frieda

    It was great. Very beautiful town.

    May 10, 2014

  • Julie


    May 10, 2014

  • Joanna

    Couldn't find you. See you next time

    May 10, 2014

  • Judi G.

    Wow! Sorry, but for some reason I thought this walk was for 1:30. See you next week.

    May 10, 2014

  • Joanna

    Stuck in traffic

    May 10, 2014

  • Trina

    Late bloomer this morning.

    May 10, 2014

  • Nicole

    I also had this down for 11AM for some reason and won't make it there on time - sorry!

    May 10, 2014

  • Tracey H.

    I won't get there in time

    May 10, 2014

  • Steve

    Does anyone want to car pool from the Evanston/Northside/Roger's Park area ? Call or text me now - anytime (847) 868-0927. Its about a 45 minute drive. I will be up around 7:30 am. Thanks.

    May 9, 2014

  • Lisa C.

    Picked up a virus... Have a great walk...

    May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My car broke down : (

    May 9, 2014

    • Eilene

      Where do you live>? Maybe I could pick you up....live up nw burbs.

      May 9, 2014

  • Denise L.

    Would love to go but something came up last minute.

    May 9, 2014

  • Christine P

    The $10.00 Tour of the Hemingway birthplace home ALSO INCLUDES entrance to the Hemingway Museum right across the street at 200 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-5383. The exhibits at the Heminway Musuem are very interesting and the visit has inspired me to read all his short stories/books.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Leanne

      Thanks for the info, Christine! Wonder if we have enough time to visit the museum during the tour.

      April 28, 2014

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