Oak Lawn Local History
COMING THIS FALL!
Building the American Dream:
The Growth of Oak Lawn’s Subdivisions
Local History will unveil a new exhibit this fall illustrating the growth of Oak Lawn after World War II through the 1960s. With new subdivisions springing up at the time, Oak Lawn saw a steep increase in the size of the town, Village Hall, Library, Park District and schools. There will be much more to discover in this exhibit, including an immersive exploration of the styles of homes that rejuvenated the neighborhood. Visit our website for the latest details regarding an official opening date. If you have any photos or items that you would like to lend or donate, please contact Local Local History Coordinator Jean Crockett at email@example.com.
Explore the Local History Collection
Search the Local History collection online and view more than 21,000 unique items including photos, documents, objects, yearbooks, telephone books and much more!
Oak Lawn Newspaper Index
Check out the Library’s local newspaper index containing more than 87,000 references from 1988-present.
View digitized microfilm from the Oak Lawn Independent and the Village View newspapers! Issues range from 1933-2014 and are hosted by the Internet Archive.
Oak Lawn History Books
Discover the history of Oak Lawn through the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing! Both titles are available for checkout at the library or copies can be purchased online.
History Spotlight: Early Oak Lawn Postcards
Cook Avenue School, Circa 1910
Opened in 1906, Cook Avenue School was the first multi-room educational facility in the village. Several years after this image was taken a second story was added.
William Gaddis home on South Cook Avenue
Looking north, this postcard features homes situated along Cook Avenue. The home on the left, constructed by William H. Gaddis, is still located at 9632 South Cook.
Behrend’s Hardware Store
Located at 5300 West 95th Street, Behrend’s Hardware was an early Oak Lawn businesses. The store sold a number of different items including agricultural implements.