North Avenue, the border between the north side of Oak Park and the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago, is relatively newer than many surrounding neighborhoods. While the buildings along North Avenue post date Frank Lloyd Wright, he golfed here with friends and clients. Many used the area as a place to get away and hide from the City. It was one of the first automobile oriented commercial strips in the Chicago area. A favorite location for drive-in restaurants, the road west of Oak Park and Galewood – known as State Route 64 – was a renowned teen hangout for street races.
Architecturally, the area is rich in 1920’s storefronts with highly decorative terra cotta cladding and details. Later buildings were exuberantly mid-century modern.
Experience the world renowned architecture of our town, which is just a scant eight miles / twelve kilometres from another equally world renowned and architecturally significant place, the Chicago Loop.
And besides –North Avenue has lots of great restaurants, stores and cultural attractions to discover and enjoy once you’ve completed the North Avenue Architecture Photo Party.
All sites in this month’s scavenger hunt are located in the shaded area, and all sites are easily seen from public sidewalks, roads and right of ways. None of the sites are private residences.
By walking along public sidewalks and right-of-ways contained within the shaded area of the Scavenger Hunt Map, locate these architectural features and details, noting their location.
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June 2010 North Avenue Architecture Photo Party is a production of:
- North Avenue Business Association
- Oak Park Architectural League
- US Bank
The North Avenue Architecture Photo Party has been made possible by:
- Visit Oak Park
- Oak Park River Forest Historical Foundation
- www.3planets.com / www.shopoakpark.com
- Heitzman Architects
- Babuk Presentations, Inc / www.TourAboutChicago.com
The North Avenue Business Association wishes to thank the following members for their promotional support of the North Avenue Architecture Photo Party:
- ABC Bank
- Charter One Bank
- Midwest Bank