Mills Park/Pleasant Home
mills park
217 Home Avenue , Oak Park, Illinois 60302, United States
Historic Property Natural Area Rental Rooms

Park: Sunrise to 10:00P
Pleasant Home: Guided or self-led tours are available every Thursday from 11:00A-4:00P

Detailed Information

Mills Park is a 4.43 acre of land adjacent to Oak Park Pleasant District. In the northeast corner of the park stands Pleasant Home, a National Historic Landmark designed in 1897 by noted Prairie School architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson. Pleasant Home is owned and operated by the Park District of Oak Park. Visit for more information on Pleasant Home’s programs and events.

See park map – now includes walking path!


Mills Park carries the namesake of its second owner, Herbert S. Mills who purchased the property from John Farson’s widow in 1910. The Park District of Oak Park acquired the property in 1939. Outbuildings on the attendant grounds were subsequently razed and Mills Park has been maintained as open space since that time.

In fall 2011 a major renovation of Mills Park commenced. New accessible entrances in the historic fence (restored in 2011) opened the historic site to all, allowing greater access to the museum and park. Park improvements included paved walkways leading to and from the new entrances, a looped walking path in the northwest corner, interpretive signage, and a children’s “nature discovery” play area including a unique labyrinth using motifs from Pleasant Home. New benches, lighting and landscaping were also part of this project. Additionally, 51 shade trees, 86 ornamental trees and 7 heritage oak tree were planted throughout the parks. In 2018 the roof was replaced to match its original historic design.

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