Hometown Legends of Oak Park and River Forest

Now and since their earliest days, Oak Park and River Forest have been the home of an amazing group of citizens who have made large contributions to society.



Paul & 
Lynne Harvey




From architects, artists and writers, to entrepreneurs, scientists and social activists, their individual stories of innovation, creativity and perserverance are remarkable and inspiring.  

Explore this legacy yourself by clicking on the tabs and learning about a few of these people. 

Who's YOUR Legend?

Hometown Legends presents some of our villages' notable residents, but certainly not all.  In fact, we've only scratched the surface.  

Do you know someone who deserves to be spotlighted as part of our Hometown Legends series?  If so, we want to hear from you. 

From now till June 1, everyone who sends a suggestion by email will be eligible to receive a free t-shirt. 

To participate, email your favorite legend's name along with a brief explanation of his or her contributions that merit legend status to Who's YOUR Legend contest.   

We will draw the winning names from all entries in early June.  As we expand our Hometown Legends section, we will include many of your suggestions 

Win a One Tree Many Nuts tee-shirt by entering the Who's YOUR Legend contest.