Your Memories of the Oak Lawn Tornado

If you were living in or near Oak Lawn, Illinois, on April 21, 1967, your life permanently changed that day. You witnessed the devastation that a 65 mph tornado can cause. If you weren’t affected directly, no doubt you had family, or knew friends and neighbors, that lost their homes or even loved ones.

The Oak Lawn tornado killed 33 people, injured over 1,000 and caused $50 million ($285 million in today’s dollars) worth of damage. So much time has passed since then, a large portion of the population wasn’t yet born by that fateful day.

If you were around, no doubt you have vivid memories of the events of that day. Let us hear your story, where you were at, what you were doing, your thoughts then, your thoughts now, of the Oak Lawn tornado.

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Very Rare Audio Recording Of The Oak Lawn Tornado


There is a great article in the Plainfield Patch today about the Oak Lawn tornado which features a rare audio recording of the manager of the old Coral Theater who had his reel-to-reel rolling while the twister roared through town. Check out the video below to listen to the recording…

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