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  • Wonder Works
    A giant tree spreads its limbs across a softly lit room as soothing forest sounds play. On a child-size stage, kids manipulate controls to flick theater lights on and off. In an art studio stocked with supplies, budding artists make creative messes. This is all taking place in Wonder Works' 6,400-square-foot space. Children aged 8 and younger explore six hands-on exhibits that help them express their creativity and develop mental and social skills. Wonder Works is able to cater to children with special needs. The children's museum also hosts school field trips, and a variety of special activities and events including a children's music concert series, African American History Month, and the paleontology-centric Dino Works. In addition, an outdoor organic garden onsite gives kids an opportunity to marvel in the great outdoors without having to pay tolls to riddle-spouting trolls.
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    6445 W North Ave.
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Musikgarten
    Musikgarten in Oak Park houses a wide array of art and culture. Come see them today on a trip through this refined museum. Wandering souls would be best to visit this museum for any one of their A+ dishes. Got kids? No problem at Musikgarten! This museum is a fantastic spot for families to hang together. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with stops conveniently located at Austin-Blue (Blue) and Oak Park-Blue (Blue).
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    344 Harrison Street
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Ernest Hemingway Foundation
    Looking for a unique art museum? Head on over to Ernest Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park and browse through a wide variety of art pieces. Service and taste make a great restaurant, and that's why you won't be disappointed by this museum. Tots are more than welcome to hang with their parents at this museum. Commuters will love the easy access to public transit and parking close to Ernest Hemingway Foundation. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    200 North Oak Park Avenue
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
    "You know, Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture"—bold, blunt, and revolutionary, Frank Lloyd Wright single-handedly forged the Prairie school of architecture, of which Unity Temple is perhaps the purest example. Built between 1905 and 1908, the church broke all of the traditional rules, replacing the steeple with low, flat roofs, removing the prominent entranceway to create a sense of monolithic austerity, and most daringly of all, using poured concrete as not just a structural element but an architectural one. This honest exposure of a conventionally hidden material reflected the philosophy of a man who valued genuine candor over sweetened niceties, whether in word or in stone. More than a century since its construction, the church is in the midst of an ongoing restoration, funded by member sponsorship and daily admission fees. Although the interior still luxuriates in the wash of natural light from the stained glass ceiling, and the boxy, modern light fixtures flicker on, the exterior faces severe weathering due mainly to Wright's eternally before-his-time designs, which failed to account for the effects of water and time on concrete, and an infestation of rockbiters in the 70s.
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    875 Lake St.
    Oak Park, IL US

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