Oak Lawn Public Library - Local History

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Moving west down 95th Street, a float sponsored by St. Gerald Parish participates in the 1959 Oak Lawn Golden Jubilee Pa...
05/03/2021

Moving west down 95th Street, a float sponsored by St. Gerald Parish participates in the 1959 Oak Lawn Golden Jubilee Parade. The DX Service Station, located near 95th Street and Massasoit Avenue, is partially visible on the right. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Moving west down 95th Street, a float sponsored by St. Gerald Parish participates in the 1959 Oak Lawn Golden Jubilee Parade. The DX Service Station, located near 95th Street and Massasoit Avenue, is partially visible on the right. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Under construction, Christ Community Hospital is pictured in 1960. The hospital was dedicated in February of 1961 and op...
04/30/2021

Under construction, Christ Community Hospital is pictured in 1960. The hospital was dedicated in February of 1961 and opened to the public later that year. Billie Marie Gabriel-Novick (blue shirt) and Deborah Gabriel-Venhuizen are standing in the foreground. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Under construction, Christ Community Hospital is pictured in 1960. The hospital was dedicated in February of 1961 and opened to the public later that year. Billie Marie Gabriel-Novick (blue shirt) and Deborah Gabriel-Venhuizen are standing in the foreground. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Looking south, a section of West Shore Drive is pictured around 1916. At the time it was a simple dirt path with only a ...
04/29/2021

Looking south, a section of West Shore Drive is pictured around 1916. At the time it was a simple dirt path with only a few homes located nearby. Oak Lawn Lake and its small island are also visible on the left. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Looking south, a section of West Shore Drive is pictured around 1916. At the time it was a simple dirt path with only a few homes located nearby. Oak Lawn Lake and its small island are also visible on the left. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Riding down 95th Street, cheerleaders from the Chicago Blitz football team participate in the 1983 Oak Lawn Fest Parade....
04/28/2021

Riding down 95th Street, cheerleaders from the Chicago Blitz football team participate in the 1983 Oak Lawn Fest Parade. Part of the United States Football League, the Blitz played at Soldier Field from 1983 - 1984. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Riding down 95th Street, cheerleaders from the Chicago Blitz football team participate in the 1983 Oak Lawn Fest Parade. Part of the United States Football League, the Blitz played at Soldier Field from 1983 - 1984. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Looking east at Lacrosse Avenue, 95th Street is pictured in June of 1987. Locations such as IHOP, Talman Home Bank, Chri...
04/27/2021

Looking east at Lacrosse Avenue, 95th Street is pictured in June of 1987. Locations such as IHOP, Talman Home Bank, Christ Hospital and Francis Hultgren Florist are visible. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Looking east at Lacrosse Avenue, 95th Street is pictured in June of 1987. Locations such as IHOP, Talman Home Bank, Christ Hospital and Francis Hultgren Florist are visible. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Opened in 1967, the Oak Lawn Holiday Inn was located at 4140 West 95th Street. This postcard shows the interior of the h...
04/26/2021

Opened in 1967, the Oak Lawn Holiday Inn was located at 4140 West 95th Street. This postcard shows the interior of the hotel as it would have appeared around 1975. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Opened in 1967, the Oak Lawn Holiday Inn was located at 4140 West 95th Street. This postcard shows the interior of the hotel as it would have appeared around 1975. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Produced around 1965 by the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, this flier advertises a number of local businesses and communi...
04/23/2021

Produced around 1965 by the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, this flier advertises a number of local businesses and community resources. At this time Oak Lawn's population had grown to about 50,000 residents. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Produced around 1965 by the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, this flier advertises a number of local businesses and community resources. At this time Oak Lawn's population had grown to about 50,000 residents. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Standing in front of the Village Hall, Oak Lawn Mayor Fred M. Dumke poses with a group of student recyclers in 1971. Tod...
04/22/2021

Standing in front of the Village Hall, Oak Lawn Mayor Fred M. Dumke poses with a group of student recyclers in 1971. Today marks the 51st annual Earth Day celebration. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Standing in front of the Village Hall, Oak Lawn Mayor Fred M. Dumke poses with a group of student recyclers in 1971. Today marks the 51st annual Earth Day celebration. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Looking northeast, this aerial photo captures a swath of damage caused by the 1967 Tornado. The Suburban Transit Company...
04/21/2021

Looking northeast, this aerial photo captures a swath of damage caused by the 1967 Tornado. The Suburban Transit Company, located at 95th Street and Menard Avenue, is visible in the lower left while St. Gerald can be seen near the top right. Today marks the 54th anniversary of the disaster. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Looking northeast, this aerial photo captures a swath of damage caused by the 1967 Tornado. The Suburban Transit Company, located at 95th Street and Menard Avenue, is visible in the lower left while St. Gerald can be seen near the top right. Today marks the 54th anniversary of the disaster. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past.

Looking northeast, a home at 9609 Robertson Avenue is pictured around 1899. Just to the left the Keyhole House is visibl...
04/20/2021

Looking northeast, a home at 9609 Robertson Avenue is pictured around 1899. Just to the left the Keyhole House is visible at 5400 West 96th Street. This image was included in a promotional pamphlet for the Campbell Investment Company. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking northeast, a home at 9609 Robertson Avenue is pictured around 1899. Just to the left the Keyhole House is visible at 5400 West 96th Street. This image was included in a promotional pamphlet for the Campbell Investment Company. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Promoting the Christ Community Hospital Evangelical School of Nursing, this float was one of many that participated in t...
04/19/2021

Promoting the Christ Community Hospital Evangelical School of Nursing, this float was one of many that participated in the 1969 Oak Lawn 60th Anniversary Parade. Norge Laundry, at 5433 West 95th Street, is just visible on the right. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Promoting the Christ Community Hospital Evangelical School of Nursing, this float was one of many that participated in the 1969 Oak Lawn 60th Anniversary Parade. Norge Laundry, at 5433 West 95th Street, is just visible on the right. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1982, this recently digitized photo features a group of gymnasts practicing at Oak Lawn Community High Scho...
04/16/2021

Taken around 1982, this recently digitized photo features a group of gymnasts practicing at Oak Lawn Community High School. One student is on the rings while the others watch from below. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1982, this recently digitized photo features a group of gymnasts practicing at Oak Lawn Community High School. One student is on the rings while the others watch from below. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking east near Kostner Avenue, 95th Street is pictured in 1962. The Branding Iron and Oak Lawn Bowl, located at 4200 ...
04/15/2021

Looking east near Kostner Avenue, 95th Street is pictured in 1962. The Branding Iron and Oak Lawn Bowl, located at 4200 West 95th Street, is visible on the left. This photo was taken from the top of the Rotunda Medical Building. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking east near Kostner Avenue, 95th Street is pictured in 1962. The Branding Iron and Oak Lawn Bowl, located at 4200 West 95th Street, is visible on the left. This photo was taken from the top of the Rotunda Medical Building. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken in 1963, this aerial photograph looks northeast toward Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn and beyond. The recently completed ...
04/14/2021

Taken in 1963, this aerial photograph looks northeast toward Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn and beyond. The recently completed Interstate 294 is in the foreground while the Starlite Drive-In and Oak Lawn Community High School are visible further in the distance. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken in 1963, this aerial photograph looks northeast toward Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn and beyond. The recently completed Interstate 294 is in the foreground while the Starlite Drive-In and Oak Lawn Community High School are visible further in the distance. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1912, this image features a crowd gathering near the Oak Lawn Train Depot on Wabash Avenue (now Yourell Dri...
04/13/2021

Taken around 1912, this image features a crowd gathering near the Oak Lawn Train Depot on Wabash Avenue (now Yourell Drive). The station was completed in 1880 and stood until the 1950s when it burned down in a fire. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1912, this image features a crowd gathering near the Oak Lawn Train Depot on Wabash Avenue (now Yourell Drive). The station was completed in 1880 and stood until the 1950s when it burned down in a fire. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1970, this postcard features the interior of Banana's Steak House. The restaurant was located at 9401 South...
04/09/2021

Taken around 1970, this postcard features the interior of Banana's Steak House. The restaurant was located at 9401 South Cicero Avenue. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1970, this postcard features the interior of Banana's Steak House. The restaurant was located at 9401 South Cicero Avenue. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Located at 9435 South 54th Avenue, the Oak Lawn Bible Church is pictured under construction in 1936. Built during the Gr...
04/08/2021

Located at 9435 South 54th Avenue, the Oak Lawn Bible Church is pictured under construction in 1936. Built during the Great Depression, labor was provided by volunteers while materials were gathered from the nearby creek, demolished buildings or donated by individuals. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Located at 9435 South 54th Avenue, the Oak Lawn Bible Church is pictured under construction in 1936. Built during the Great Depression, labor was provided by volunteers while materials were gathered from the nearby creek, demolished buildings or donated by individuals. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Issued to George Robb in May of 1929, this permit allowed for construction of a residence at 9805 South 54th Avenue. Sig...
04/07/2021

Issued to George Robb in May of 1929, this permit allowed for construction of a residence at 9805 South 54th Avenue. Signed by Village Collector Fred Schmidt, the permit cost $7.00. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Issued to George Robb in May of 1929, this permit allowed for construction of a residence at 9805 South 54th Avenue. Signed by Village Collector Fred Schmidt, the permit cost $7.00. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1952 and looking northeast, this aerial photograph captures 95th Street and Southwest Highway. Oak Lawn Com...
04/06/2021

Taken around 1952 and looking northeast, this aerial photograph captures 95th Street and Southwest Highway. Oak Lawn Community High School, the Lynwood subdivision and Shoot's Tavern are all visible. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1952 and looking northeast, this aerial photograph captures 95th Street and Southwest Highway. Oak Lawn Community High School, the Lynwood subdivision and Shoot's Tavern are all visible. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1974, an unidentified boy fishes at Southwest Park, now known as Memorial Park. The buildings in the backgr...
04/01/2021

Taken around 1974, an unidentified boy fishes at Southwest Park, now known as Memorial Park. The buildings in the background are located along 103rd Street. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1974, an unidentified boy fishes at Southwest Park, now known as Memorial Park. The buildings in the background are located along 103rd Street. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking west from Kostner Avenue, the Christ Hospital courtyard is pictured in 1987. The building in the background was ...
03/26/2021

Looking west from Kostner Avenue, the Christ Hospital courtyard is pictured in 1987. The building in the background was completed in 1975 while the original 1961 hospital is visible on the right. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking west from Kostner Avenue, the Christ Hospital courtyard is pictured in 1987. The building in the background was completed in 1975 while the original 1961 hospital is visible on the right. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Gathered near the north end of Oak Lawn Lake, members of the Sahs Family are pictured around 1912. From left to right ar...
03/25/2021

Gathered near the north end of Oak Lawn Lake, members of the Sahs Family are pictured around 1912. From left to right are Ambrose Sahs (far left in the background), Arnold Sahs, Millie Sahs, Ada Marie Sahs, Marie Sahs and Evelyn Sahs. The three individuals on the right are unidentified. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Gathered near the north end of Oak Lawn Lake, members of the Sahs Family are pictured around 1912. From left to right are Ambrose Sahs (far left in the background), Arnold Sahs, Millie Sahs, Ada Marie Sahs, Marie Sahs and Evelyn Sahs. The three individuals on the right are unidentified. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Pictured around 1920, the Behrend Home was located at 9446 South Raymond Avenue. Built as early as 1912, the structure a...
03/24/2021

Pictured around 1920, the Behrend Home was located at 9446 South Raymond Avenue. Built as early as 1912, the structure also served as the Oak Lawn Family Service Center from 1986-1989. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Pictured around 1920, the Behrend Home was located at 9446 South Raymond Avenue. Built as early as 1912, the structure also served as the Oak Lawn Family Service Center from 1986-1989. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken in 1961, Girl Scouts from St. Gerald plant flowers in front of the Oak Lawn Public Library. From left to right are...
03/23/2021

Taken in 1961, Girl Scouts from St. Gerald plant flowers in front of the Oak Lawn Public Library. From left to right are Mary Duff, Pat Duff, Wendy Carpenter, Debbie Parrish, Shannon Adams, Patricia Renshaw and Hallie Emmick. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken in 1961, Girl Scouts from St. Gerald plant flowers in front of the Oak Lawn Public Library. From left to right are Mary Duff, Pat Duff, Wendy Carpenter, Debbie Parrish, Shannon Adams, Patricia Renshaw and Hallie Emmick. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Lined up along 95th Street near 50th Court, spectators watch the 1983 Oak Lawn Fest Parade. Businesses such as Cozy's Bo...
03/22/2021

Lined up along 95th Street near 50th Court, spectators watch the 1983 Oak Lawn Fest Parade. Businesses such as Cozy's Bootery and A-Okay Maytag Center can be seen in the background. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Lined up along 95th Street near 50th Court, spectators watch the 1983 Oak Lawn Fest Parade. Businesses such as Cozy's Bootery and A-Okay Maytag Center can be seen in the background. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Fifty years ago today Oak Lawn Community High School played Thornridge Highschool in the Illinois State Basketball Tourn...
03/20/2021

Fifty years ago today Oak Lawn Community High School played Thornridge Highschool in the Illinois State Basketball Tournament Championship Game. Held at Assembly Hall in Champaign, this official program was given to fans in attendance. After a great run Oak Lawn took second place in that years tournament. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Fifty years ago today Oak Lawn Community High School played Thornridge Highschool in the Illinois State Basketball Tournament Championship Game. Held at Assembly Hall in Champaign, this official program was given to fans in attendance. After a great run Oak Lawn took second place in that years tournament. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking northeast, the intersection of 95th Street and Cicero Avenue is pictured around 1979. Locations such as the Sher...
03/18/2021

Looking northeast, the intersection of 95th Street and Cicero Avenue is pictured around 1979. Locations such as the Sheraton Inn, IHOP, Alliance Savings and the Coral Theater are visible. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking northeast, the intersection of 95th Street and Cicero Avenue is pictured around 1979. Locations such as the Sheraton Inn, IHOP, Alliance Savings and the Coral Theater are visible. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1955, this aerial photo captures the southwest corner of 87th Street and Cicero Avenue. The Twin Open Air T...
03/17/2021

Taken around 1955, this aerial photo captures the southwest corner of 87th Street and Cicero Avenue. The Twin Open Air Theatre can be seen while large sections of land were still undeveloped. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Taken around 1955, this aerial photo captures the southwest corner of 87th Street and Cicero Avenue. The Twin Open Air Theatre can be seen while large sections of land were still undeveloped. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking west, the Sheraton Inn of Oak Lawn is pictured in 1981. Constructed in 1973, the hotel was renamed the Hilton in...
03/16/2021

Looking west, the Sheraton Inn of Oak Lawn is pictured in 1981. Constructed in 1973, the hotel was renamed the Hilton in October of 1982. A small part of St. Paul Lutheran is also visible on the left. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

Looking west, the Sheraton Inn of Oak Lawn is pictured in 1981. Constructed in 1973, the hotel was renamed the Hilton in October of 1982. A small part of St. Paul Lutheran is also visible on the left. Check out olpl.pastperfectonline.com to explore thousands of images from Oak Lawn's past!

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Hello! I have an hands on Lab Tech position for 2019/2020 grads with a Biology/Microbiology/Chemistry degree! Shift: 3rd - 10PM to 6AM Send over your most recent resume and best contact information to [email protected] ASAP! -- the position may be filled soon and would love to help someone around Bedford Park/Oak Lawn/La Grange. Kathryn Cooper 224 232 0427 Scientific Recruiter RHM
Hello! I have an entry level position for 2019/2020 grads with a Biology/Microbiology/Chemistry degree! Shoot me a text or call ASAP, 224-232-0427 the position may be filled soon and would love to help a recent grad around this area. Kathryn Cooper Scientific Recruiter RHM
Looking for any pictures of a slide that was at 95th and Ridgeland about 50 years ago
Honoring history by honoring those who made it. David Johnston was a hero among many heroes; note the article that begins the title "A" - a hero, not 'the' hero.
I moved to Oak Lawn in the late 50s. Queen of Martyrs for kindergarten, St Catherines for Grammar school, and Harold L Richards for High School. Moved away after my daughter was born in the 70s to Marengo. I lived at 10601 So Keeler. Went by the house last October. Great memories!
Recently I had a discussion with the Human Resources Director of the Oak Lawn Library. She stated that before she puts the available jobs out to the Oak Lawn tax payers to apply, she offers the jobs to current Library employees. I know for fact that these employees then tell their family and friends and then this privileged group will apply first. After this process then she will post the jobs so the taxpayers can apply. Legal scholars tell me this is only practiced in Union contracted jobs where the union actually has a promotional contractual obligation with that particular government entity. The hiring process is then highly convoluted where she claims that she can’t make a full determination by looking at an application but will not call people because it’s mostly burdensome. I think that this process needs quick and justifiable reform. I will be petitioning the board on this at the earliest meeting!!!! Share your thoughts
32nd Annual Oak Lawn Home Remodeling Show Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28. 10am-5pm Oak Lawn Community Pavilion, 9401 Oak Park Ave FREE ADMISSION & PARKING www.ChicagoHomeShow.net
wow... does this ever bring back memories.....thank you :)
26 years ago today I started working at Oak Lawn Public Library! It's been quite a journey......