It is not necessary to go into Chicago to see some interesting sights. Right on North Euclid Avenue is the Cheney Mansion, a historic mansion that was designed by architect Charles E. White, Jr. in 1913 for the Sharpe family. It is named for Elizabeth Cheney, who inherited the property in 1945. The impressive structure comprises 12,000 square feet of interior space, with 6 bedroom, 7 bathrooms, several reception rooms, and separate servant’s quarters. Today the mansion is owned by the Park District of Oak Park, and is often rented out for weddings and other social events. It also hosts several events each year, such as community dinner parties, flower shows, children’s programs, and a winter wonderland.

And right on Chicago Avenue is the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these buildings were Wright’s private residence and workplace from 1889 through 1909--the early part of his career. Today, visitors are welcome to tour the buildings, which have been restored and appear as they did in 1909.

And head to Oak Park Avenue to see the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. In the restored 1890s Victorian home, visitors can see rare photos, artifacts, and letters. They can also view a video presentation or take a walking tour of the Hemingway sites.