Oak Park IL Homes & Lifestyle

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Nov. 25, 2017

Stunning Oak Park Property Remains Timeless

Art in architecture was truly perfected on Oak Park property by Frank Lloyd Wright. Examples of his stunning works are located throughout Oak Park and the greater Chicago area. Famous for his Prairie Style motif Wright had a vision of “organic architecture” with beauty in the details. Offered through The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust interested parties can discover the magic of Frank Lloyd Wright within multiple tours.

Treks Around Oak Park Highlight the Mastery of Frank Lloyd Wright

During the Wright Around Oak Park Tour participants spend approximately three hours immersed in the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright. This historic walking tour focuses on prominent works around town. Originating at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, guests progress through the Oak Park dwelling learning all about what inspired the man as well as personal history. Expert docents lead the group around the home even allowing a sneak peak onto the exclusive studio balcony. Artist and architect, Wright often used this first home as an experimental base. Afterwards, it's off to explore the landscape of Oak Park property. Ten additional homes are on the route providing excellent examples of the Prairie Style period. The last structure on the tour is the Unity Temple which was constructed from 1905 to 1908 and symbolizes classic Wright design. Read more about this majestic building here.

Treks are limited to parties of 10 and under allowing for more intimate discussions with the tour guide. Plenty of breaks make time for reflection and shopping opportunities are also given. An overlay of general history concerning the Oak Park real estate region is given in addition to the contributions added by Frank Lloyd Wright. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling 312.994.4000. Spontaneous add ons are welcome when space in the group is available. Dressing in layers with appropriate footwear is recommended. Tours are not suggested for those under eight years of age.


Posted in News
Nov. 24, 2017

Wild Times Await on Chicago Property

Hear the roar of the lion and the growl of the bear right on Chicago property. In the midst of the bustle of the city sits a refuge for the world’s animals. At the Lincoln Park Zoo animals from A to Z call Chicago home. Amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles all have their own space. Free to one and all it is easy to come and get to know the critters.

Families who frequent the zoo can often be heard arguing over which animal to see first. Everyone has their favorite from slithery snakes and creepy, crawly lizards to curious monkeys and whimsical meerkats. Solutions are sometimes as simple as following the map or drawing straws. Others rely on memories over whose turn to choose was next. Either way the animals await.

Popular polar bears and black bears maintain a high spot on the list for visitors. With their faces full of character, it’s hard to believe they are predatory animals. Large cats also seem fairly domestic. Resembling cuddly kittens left at home, these massive kitties are mesmerizing all on their own. Big cats include African lions, Snow Leopards, Pumas and Amur Tigers. The most laughs are found by the monkeys and chimpanzees. These fun filled creatures enjoy their day swinging high and low in their enclosures. Nearby Western Lowland Gorillas seem deeply immersed in thought. More at home in the water than on land, Harbor and Gray Seals slip eagerly into their pools to swim and splash around.

Learn All About Exotic Animals Calling Chicago Home

Dedicated to conservation and education various science centers carry out the goals of the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Urban Wildlife Institute considers the impact society has on natural habitats. Population Management is studied at the Alexander Center, and Lester E. Fisher Center focuses solely on apes. Learn more about science centers and additional resources employed by the zoo.

From armadillos to zebras, the Lincoln Park Zoo found on Chicago property has it all and is open every day all year long. Hours are seasonal so check the website before heading over.


Posted in News
Nov. 24, 2017

Find Peace on Oak Park Property

The wonder of nature comes to life on Oak Park property at Austin Gardens. Often referred to as the “secret gardens” the landscape is filled with peaceful serenity. Located at 167 Forest Avenue hundreds of trees provide a tranquil spot for relaxation and contemplation. Splashes of color catch the eye as wildflowers bloom and thrive. Walking trails are great to meander along when needing moments of quiet repose. South of Lake Street this small space of just under four acres truly seems like a special hideaway.

Classic Theater Comes to Life on Oak Park Real Estate

Open spaces are made for frolicking and play. Green grasses are filled with picnic lunches and games of frisbee, tag and flag football. During the summer months the stage is set for performances from the Oak Park Festival Theatre. Declared as the “oldest classical theatre in Illinois” quality Shakespeare productions highlight master material. Held on the grounds of Austin Gardens the community is treated to amazing performance art masterpieces. Year round performances are also held by the company. When winter comes, an outdoor ice rink is ready for recreators. Skaters swirl and twirl turning frosty weather into fun filled times. This family tradition finds many laughing and bantering on the ice.

In the Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center a love for nature is nurtured. Area youth flock to the Oak Park property for a variety of classes, workshops and camps. Adult educational programs are also available onsite. A state of the art building contains sustainable features proudly designed to support of the environment. Energy efficient settings regulate heating and cooling. Other accents include stormwater harvesting and a “green roof”. Additional features can be learned about here.

From sunrise to 10 p.m. get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life at Austin Gardens. Breathe deep and inhale the beauty of the majestic landscape on Oak Park real estate. Go for a walk, take in some theater or attend an ongoing workshop.


Posted in News
Sept. 25, 2017

Fall May Be The Best Time For Home Buyers In The Oak Park Area

Conventional wisdom tells us that the spring and summer months are the best times to buy a home. After all, these are the busiest real estate seasons in Oak Park and the surrounding communities. It's the time of year when most sellers decide to list their homes for sale, and buyers scramble and compete with each other to be the winner in the bidding wars that have become commonplace in our market.

Then summer hits. Many people become focused on vacations, festivals, relaxing at the beach. The real estate market cools down. Home prices start to ease a bit, and the competition among buyers lessens.

Savvy buyers looking for a good deal can reap the benefits during the slower fall market. In Oak Park, for example, the median price for single family homes came down about 8% in the fall of 2016, picking right back up as we headed into spring 2017. Motivated sellers, either deciding to sell their homes later in the year, or those who attempted to sell sooner (often for lofty, unrealistic prices), coupled with fewer buyers active in the home buying market, makes for a prime opportunity for home buyers to make their moves.

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