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Live in the Beautiful and Historic Oak Park, IL home pictured above and below! Oak Park, IL, is a wonderful Suburb right next to Chicago, a short drive from downtown ChicagoÕs Beautiful Lakefront, Sporting Events, Cultural Museums and Home to a US News and World Report Silver Medal School System!  Convenient and Easy Great Public Transportation to downtown! Oak Park Is the Home of Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright and some of the most Beautiful Architecture in the World. Your New Home in Oak Park is only a contest entry away!


According to, the house has 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. There is an office on the first floor which can also be used as a bedroom. This office is wired for 4 incoming and outgoing phone lines. It also has 2 large bonus rooms, that can be used as extra bedrooms, den, exercise rooms, library or whatever you like. There is a garage, and a fireplace. The house features black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and black granite countertop in the upstairs bathroom and marble shower walls and floor. says the total square feet is 1905 square feet and that the house is situated on a lot size of 3,525 square feet. Contest Rules and Entry Fee information are below after more pictures of the outside and inside of the house.

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Name____________________________ Entry # ______(by sponsor)





The undersigned have read the Essay Contest Rules below and agree to abide by the rules as noted below.




Entrant Signature                    Date


Owners and Sponsors of Oak Park House        Date


Cut along dotted line and retain Essay Contest rules for your records.



Attach your essay SECURELY to the above entry form and then SECURELY attach a Money Order or Certified Check on top of the Essay and mail as specified in the contest rules




1. SUBJECT-THEME: The essay shall address the subject/theme: Why I would like to own and live in a house in Oak Park, IL.


2. ELIGIBILITY: The essay contest may be entered by anyone world-wide who is eighteen years of age or older. The judges of the contest, owners and ex-owners of the real estate, sponsors, their employees or ex- employees and the immediate families of those previously mentioned are Disqualified and current and former tenants may Not participate as an entrant. Multiple entries, with multiple fees, by an individual are acceptable. Each entry must be original, attached to a separate money order or certified check and include TWO self-addressed stamped envelopes.


3. ESSAY ENTRY FEE: Each entry must be accompanied by a bank cashierÕs check or money order payable to: Oak Park House Essay Contest in the amount of $100.00 US Funds. All entries shall be deemed received whether or not the essay adheres to the Technical Requirements as set forth here-in. Absolutely No Refunds shall be made by reason of non-compliance or for any other reason What-So-Ever, unless the 10,000 entry level has not been met. All entry fees shall be returned if at least 10,000 entries are not received, however, the sponsors reserve the right to accept less than 10,000 entries. Should a refund of fees become necessary, the original fee ONLY shall be returned to each entrant ($100.00 US Funds). All entry fees shall be held in an Essay Contest Escrow Account, until a determination has been made regarding the minimum number of entries.


4. JUDGES: The Owners will select the top 20 essays. These 20 will be judged by two judges. These judges will not be related to the sponsors of the essay contest or have any vested interest in the house. A winner and First and Second Runner-Up will be determined by the judges. The names of the judges shall not be released except to a public authority requesting such information within the scope of its jurisdiction.


5. The Owners and judges shall read and evaluate each essay properly submitted with an attached valid entry fee as herein described. Each essay which meets the Technical Requirements as set forth here-in, shall be judged on the basis of structure of essay (introduction, body and conclusion), creativity, thought and the conveyance of capability and desire to live in a house in Oak Park.


6. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Each entry shall:

1) Consist of a formal essay of 200 words or less in English;

2) Shall be typed or computer printed, double spacing, however, legibly hand-written entries will be accepted;

3) one side of white 8 1/2 by 11 paper shall be used;

4) EntrantÕs Name and address Shall Not appear on the essay.

5) The essay shall be securely attached as noted;

6) The essay shall be accompanied by two self-addressed stamped envelopes, which shall be used first for acknowledgement of receipt of the entry, and a second for name of the winner or a refund as stated in Rule #3.


7. DEADLINE FOR DETERMINATION OF WINNING ESSAY AND RUNNERS-UP: The winner will be chosen on or before October 21, 2021, along with the First and Second Runners-Up. The winner of the contest will receive the warranty deeds to the property of the Oak Park, IL House. If the winner refuses in writing to accept the contest prize, then it shall be awarded to the First Runner-Up. Likewise should the First Runner-Up refuse in writing to accept the contest prize then it will be awarded to the Second Runner-Up.


8. COPYRIGHT AND PUBLICATION: Essay contest entry constitutes an assignment to the sponsors of all copyrights arising under both statute and the common law and all other rights derivative there from. By entering the essay contest, entrants grant further permission for sponsors to publish all or part of the submitted essay and to use the entrantÕs name and photograph and to publicize the winning entries and the names of all the final 20 essays, all without royalty or other consideration.


9. STATE, FEDERAL AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS: This contest is subject to the provision of all applicable International, Federal, State, and Local Laws and regulations. This offer is void where prohibited.


10. TAXES/FEES: The winning entrant shall be solely responsible for any and all taxes, including real estate transfer taxes, lawyerÕs fees or fees of any kind imposed upon or arising out of a successful participation in this essay contest. If the winner refuses to accept the prize property in writing, then the First Runner-Up becomes responsible for all above stated taxes and fees. Should the First Runner-Up refuse the prize property in writing, then the Second Runner-Up shall become responsible for all above stated taxes and fees.


11. DESCRIPTION OF PRIZE PROPERTY: The owners will be presenting the winner with the Certificate of Title. If and only if 10,000 entries are received the winner will also receive a check for $20,000 US. There are no liens nor taxes nor mortgages due on the property. The property has been estimated by at $445,954 US$, as of April 30, 2021.  However, no representation is made by the sponsors that this value or any value is in fact a Fair Market Value. These properties are listed on the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.


12. DEADLINE: Entries must be postmarked on or before October 7, 2021 and must arrive at the Venice Post Office by October 17, 2021. The entries should be addressed to the Oak Park House Essay Contest, P.O. Box 467, Venice, CA, 90294, USA to insure proper delivery. Responsibility for lost, late or misdirected entries rests with the entrant. Any entry posted after the above deadline shall be returned to the entrant.


13. EXTENSIONS: Sponsors reserve the sole right to extend the deadlines of the essay contest entry and determination of the winning entries for a period of up to sixty (60) days.


14. PRIZE TRANSFER: The transfer of the prize properties must occur within thirty (30) days after the notification of the prize winner. An extension of up to an additional thirty (30) days may be granted by the sponsors if deemed necessary.


15. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The winner agrees to accept the properties as is and also agrees to reside in the property for a period of at least one year after the transfer of the property. If this condition is not met, then the property will revert back to the sponsors of the essay contest, to be then awarded to the First Runner-Up. The winner also agrees to maintain the Oak Park House in a satisfactory condition and to abide by a rules and Code Requirements of the Village of Oak Park, IL. The winner further agrees to pay any costs and fees necessary if there is non- compliance of any of the aforementioned requirements.