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Oak Park River Forest Museum

Cicero Firehouse No. 2

Address

129 Lake St.

Neighborhood

Oak Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: Closed

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Architect/Year

William J. Van Keuren, 1898

Website

oprfmuseum.org

Description

Originally known as the Cicero Firehouse No.2, this historic firehouse is now home to the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. The building went through a painstaking interior restoration and transformation funded privately by residents of the communities. More than a century of false ceilings, deteriorated drywall and asbestos floor tiles were removed to reveal the original Georgia-pine ceilings, walls and floors. The new museum and research center is a community gathering place with exhibits, programs and archival documents on two floors.

Visitor Experience

Both floors of the museum will be open for self-guided exploration, with docents available to answer questions and provide guidance. Masks are required for all visitors.