-Grew up here and stayed as an adult
-Grew up here, left for a bit and came back
-Grew up somewhere else and moved here as an adult (has been 10+ years though)
-Grew up somewhere else and moved here recently
Grew up on the Southwest side (114th and Harlem), but spent a LOT of time with my Polish grandmother in Elmwood Park (Grand and Harlem), and drove through Oak Park to get there. Once I was on my own and needed to relocate, I chose to move to the adorable neighborhood I'd been driving through my entire life :)
Been here almost 6 years now, hoping to be here for a while longer...
My mom's family grew up in OP, so even though I lived elsewhere until 5th grade, we were always in Oak Park. Anyhoo, we moved here in 5th grade and I feel like I grew up here. I left for college, moved back for 3 years, then moved to Forest Park for 4 years. We moved back to Oak Park 2-1/2 years ago and probably won't leave unless forced to. We moved back for the school system and community (only went to FP because it was cheaper).
Grew up in Chicago 5 blocks north of OP, and went shopping at Lake and Harlem as a child. Lived in Lakeview for a few years, then a northwest 'burb, and moved here 3.5 years ago. Not leaving anytime soon if I can help it.
I lived in Oak Park for about a year in 2001. Planning on moving back this Spring/Summer. Cannot wait. OP left quite an impression on me. I am stuck way out in a far flung southwestern suburb at the moment, and it feels rather draining and uninspiring, to say the least.
Grew up in the Midwest... lived in a handful of Midwest states, moved to Chicago with a job transfer and lived in Rogers Park. While still a Chicago 'newbie' I got lost while trying to find Fitzgeralds... lost had me driving around Oak Park... and that was 12 years ago! I've been in OP ever since.