Historic Plaque Program

The plaque program was created and is administered by The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest and is intended to highlight the rich history and architectural heritage of our two villages as well as serve as an example of community pride.  

Created by Kelli Kline, former Historical Society board president, each plaque informs the community and visitors about the historic specifics of each designated house.  The program serves as a fundraiser for the Historical Society and a portion of each plaque is tax deductible.

The plaque program is for homes in Oak Park and River Forest that are at least 50 years old, in good repair and that retain most of their historic character as determined by a visual inspection conducted by the Historical Society's plaque committee. 

Plaques are cast bronze 11-inches x 8-inches oval-shaped.  Each plaque is placed where it can be viewed from the sidewalk and includes the name of the original, resident owner, date the house was built or "circa" date, the Historical Society nameplate and the architect and/or builder's name, if known. 

To Participate in the Plaque Program:  
Homeowners interested in participating in this program are responsible for researching the history of their house.  As an options, individuals  can pay the Historical Society staff to conduct the research at a rate of $20 per hour.  Please contact us directly to schedule research time.  

Results from the research and a completed Historic Plaque Application should be submitted to the Historical Society.  The Historical Society reserves the right to refuse plaque designation if the visual inspection is unsatisfactory or if research is incomplete. 

Please note that this program is not affiliated with the Village of Oak Park Landmark Program or the Village of River Forest Landmark Program.