Bordering Cook Country in the west and in between the two municipalities of Austin Boulevard and North Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois - a beautiful municipality is located. You can access downtown Chicago from here easily. Upon entrance, you will see Lake Michigan as the suburb’s shoreline. Over 100 acres of land in the western Chicago was purchased by Joseph Kettlestring in 1837. The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was built in the town in 1850. Also, during that time, the acres of land where Oak Park is located was formerly part the Cicero suburb. Later in the 1870s, the population spurted and the residents of Chicago were forced to resettle in Cicero due to the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, Oak Park is one of the most artistic suburbs in Illinois. With the Art District being on Harrison, it is home to several professional dance and theatre companies. Also, experiences of the many boutiques, shops, fine dining and nightlife make Oak Park a very lively place. A few notable people who came from Oak Park are Johnny Galecki, star of the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Kathy Griffin - the comedian, Ludacris - the rapper, and Ernest Hemingway.