Bonjour, friends! This weekend was the Micro Brew Review hosted by Downtown Oak Park. Every year, we trade in our wine glasses for beer mugs to check out the hundreds of local breweries on Marion Street. We got to thinking about some of the amazing things Oak Park has to offer. While this village we call home is know for it’s one-of-a-kind architecture (Frank Lloyd Wright, any one?), many visitors overlook the quaint hidden gem that is the apartment courtyard.

Today, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Oak Park courtyards, check them out below!

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Can you imagine coming home to this bricked walk way with that gorgeous iron mini gate?

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Love that little iron gate!

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Quiet and quaint.

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Love the green roof on this entrance way!

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Love how simple and elegant this spot is!

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Hard to believe, but this spot is even more charming in the springtime!

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Love the color combo of the yellow brick and purple trees (maple, maybe?)

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The symmetry in this courtyard is simply stunning.

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This courtyard is by far my favorite in Oak Park. It’s across the street from Mills Park and is just as dreamy in person. Plus they have a fountain!

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Another shot from my favorite courtyard. Its so picturesque.

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This beautiful building is on on the same block as CarefulPeach!

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I love the round entryway here- such a contrast in architecture!


Simple elegance allows the architecture to speak for it’s self.


Love those little pops of yellow flowers with the bight green hedges!


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Simply stunning!

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Love that little pop of pink in the planters! And how charming is that one planter in the middle of the glass?


This building is very Frank Llyod Wright inspired- it fits right in Oak Park!

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Last but not least… this is a Starbucks- a STARBUCKS! Have you ever seen such a glam Starbucks?

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A Starbucks, people! I mean…c’mon!


The next time you find yourself walking around the neighborhood, stop & take a peek at the beauty that surrounds you! What are your favorite hidden gems in your area?

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