The Foundation

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The Pleasant Home Foundation is dedicated to restoring, preserving and operating Pleasant Home as a historic house museum while presenting a year-round schedule of tours, educational programs, community events and cultural performances. 

When you make a gift to the Foundation or become a member of Pleasant Home, you help support educational opportunities for children and adults, the historic preservation of a national landmark and Prairie School architectural treasure, and the important role of Pleasant Home in the fabric of Oak Park community life and Chicago architectural history.

To find out how to become a member of Pleasant Home, click HERE.


History of the Foundation

The Park District of Oak Park purchased Pleasant Home from the Mills family in March 1939 and named the grounds Mills Park in their honor.  Many community organizations rented the house for meetings and events, including local senior organizations and a local theater group.  The Red Cross used a portion of the house during the Second World War.

Based on a Park District task force, the Pleasant Home Foundation was formed in 1990 to restore, maintain and operate the house as a museum for Oak Park residents and those who visit Oak Park from throughout the world to enjoy its rich architectural historic and cultural offerings.


Pleasant Home Foundation Board of Directors

President, Jeff Schroeder

Vice President, Rada Burns

Treasurer, Jim Oles
 Secretary, Barbara Gordon


Kathleen Cummings
John Dortch
Jim Egeberg
Doug Gilbert
Alexandra Heitzman
Liz Holt
Cathy Kestler
Jim Kutill
Tina Norton
Raeann Spencer
Jake Worley-Hood, Park District of Oak Park Liaison

Pleasant Home Foundation Staff

Colette Anderson, Executive Director

Alice Kloska, Rental Director



Thank You to Our Arts & Culture Funders

Pleasant Home Art & Cultural performances are funded in part by the following organizations:

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The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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