The new Oak Park River Forest Museum is located at 129 Lake Street, an 1898 Oak Park Landmark building at the southeast corner of Lake Street and Lombard Avenue. Just nine miles from Chicago's Loop, Oak Park River Forest Museum is easily accessible by train, el, bus, and car. Discover the fascinating and inspiring stories that attract visitors from around the world.
Wednesday through Saturday- 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
First Wednesday of select months- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(There will not be first Wednesday evening hours for Dec 2019 or Jan 2020. Evening hours will resume in Feb 2020. Check our web calendar for upcoming evening programs.)
Monday and Tuesday- By Appointment
$5 - Oak Park and River Forest residents (with ID)
$7 - Non-residents
$3 - Students ages 7 through college (with ID)
Free for Museum members and children under 7
The Jeanette and Ellis Fields Research Center is open during regular Museum hours. While an advance appointment is not required, it is strongly recommended so that we may be certain that staff is available to retrieve the materials you need and to provide orientation to our facility.
From the East: Take I-290 West, exit at Austin Blvd. Head north, turn left on Lake St., proceed three blocks west to Lombard Ave.
From the West: Take I-290 East, exit at Austin Blvd. Head north, turn left on Lake St., proceed three blocks west to Lombard Ave.
From the North: Take I-94 South, merge onto I-290. Take I-290 West, exit at Austin Blvd. Head north, turn left on Lake St., proceed three blocks west to Lombard Ave.
From the South:Take I-57 North, merge I-294 West. Take I-294 to I-290 East/ Exit at Austin Blvd. Head north, turn left on Lake St. proceed three blocks west to Lombard Ave.
By Public Transportation
CTA Green Line: Get off at Austin Blvd. stop. Head north under viaduct one block to Lake St, turn left and proceed three blocks west to Lombard Ave.
Metra Union Pacific/ West Line (UP-W): Get off at Oak Park stop. Proceed 1.5 miles east on Lake St.
PACE Bus: The PACE Route 309 bus stops at the corner of Lake St. & Lombard Ave.
Regulations governing street parking in Oak Park are often confusing. Carefully read all posted parking regulations. In general, during the week, parking is available on both Lake Street and Lombard Avenue; on weekends, parking is generally available on Lake Street.
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