I have taken several art classes from the Park District of Oak Park and have enjoyed them all. Although the current fall schedule (2005) seems to be a bit light on the art offerings, what they do have is well worth the time and money. If you have ever wanted to take ceramics, for example, you will find that the Park Districts price is much lower then local art studios or colleges. The cost of the class also includes open studio time and materials. the instructors are fairly good- although they don't offer too much guidance and then don't assign projects. So if you like working independently you will enjoy the atmosphere.