March 2010 Blog Posts (51)


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Mid-week Market Still on the Table

The Wednesday Journal ran a story last week about the mid-week farmer's market that bubbled up a few months ago during a board meeting. Well, according to the article, it seems like the market might serve an alternative for residents who typically venture to Forest Park to have some fun:



Oak Park gets props for its…
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Added by Becca on March 29, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment


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Bikes Banned in Oak Park?

I was looking through some of my news feeds and came across several posts claiming that bicyclists are being pulled over and fined in Oak Park. I'm fairly certain that there's some bad information out there because the comments don't seem to make sense given how bike-friendly the Village is. Has anyone heard anything about this?



Here's the comment that started the… Continue

Added by Becca on March 29, 2010 at 7:30pm — 16 Comments


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Flying Saucer Restaurant

It is a small world. One of my favorite off the beaten path restaurants is a little hipster joint in by Humboldt Park called Flying Saucer. I love this place because it is quirky, unassuming, the pancakes are some of the best in the city, and they serve grits. Not too mention, the prices are pretty cheap too! For all you health nuts, they have a lot of organic foo-foo ingredients too!



I usually go there on Saturdays to… Continue

Added by Russ M on March 27, 2010 at 11:50am — 3 Comments


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What Are Your Earth Hour Plans?

As many of you know, Earth Hour takes place on Saturday, March 27. Here's some info the Village sent out in their latest e-mail update:



Earth Hour is Saturday Oak Parkers are invited to turn off their lights for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m., Sat., March 27, to stand up, take responsibility for and get involved in working toward a sustainable future. When Earth Hour was launched in 2007, 2.2 million people took part in Sydney, Australia. Last…
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Added by Becca on March 26, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

National @WorkDesign Week: A Week of Inspiration! April 5-12, 2010

Wanted to let everyone know that @WorkDesign has created a National @WorkDesign Week as a way for us to celebrate our first year in business. We are focusing the week of April 5 through 12 on helping you enhance your worklife by offering daily events and inspired savings. The workshops on Monday and Tuesday are all about understanding your personal style for creating a space and a way of organizing that is reflective of you and how you like to work. But what about the stress we create with… Continue

Added by Julia Archer on March 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Hole in the Wall opens tomorrow!

Friday, March 26 is opening day this year for Hole in the Wall Custard and Frozen Yogurt Shoppe,

901 1/2 S Oak Park Ave (newly spiffed up letters on the pink awning).

We have been anxiously awaiting it for several weeks now. If you have never

tried it (is that possible? :) ) GO, you won't be disappointed. Better than places in Wisconsin even,

some of whom don't even offer whipped cream/nuts/cherry topping, amazing...

Carry-out only and long lines on any nice evening,… Continue

Added by cac on March 25, 2010 at 6:51am — 1 Comment


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Chicago Eats Features Buzz Cafe in Video

I haven't been to Buzz Cafe in years, but I know it's a favorite for plenty people in Oak Park. I hope to get back there one of these days because I've been told that they make a mean hamburger. But in the meantime, here's great video from Chicago Eats about the south Oak Park spot.



Any Buzz regulars out there? What's your favorite thing on the menu?



ChicagoEatsTV.com: Buzz Cafe in Oak Park from…

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Added by Becca on March 24, 2010 at 7:26pm — 3 Comments


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Nifty Website Tracks Our Census Participation Rates: Let's Go, Oak Park!

Today, when I was driving home from work, I heard a segment on NPR about this "Take 10 Map" on the Census website that allows folks to track the census mail-in participation rates in an effort to spur a little bit of friendly, census-related competition among communities.



The map is updated each day so the results are pretty close to real-time. So how's Oak Park doing so far? As of this evening, the… Continue

Added by Becca on March 24, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments


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Yikes! I-290 Resurfacing About to Begin

The Village included the following message in the latest e-update:



Oak Parkers who use the Eisenhower I-290 expressway may want to start considering alternate routes or public transit as the Illinois Department of Transportation prepares to resurface 14 miles of the highway in Cook County between I-88 and the I-90/94 Circle Interchange. The project includes milling and resurfacing the driving surface, shoulders and all exit and…
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Added by Becca on March 23, 2010 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments


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One Resident's Perspective on the OPRF Lawsuit Against the Village

A few days ago, I received an e-mail from an Oak Park resident who was interested in providing an alternative perspective regarding the lawsuit the Oak Park River Forest High School has filed against the Village. While she does wish to remain to anonymous, she asked if I could share her perspective:



....I mentioned a few days ago that there is some interesting background information regarding the current situation with OPRF high school. As you know,…
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Added by Becca on March 23, 2010 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

Barclay's JUMBO COOKIE ICE CREAM SAMMIE

Are you a sugar fiend??

Looking for something magnificent to look at plus tasty to eat?

Well brace yourself for the biggest ice cream sammie around town.

It's HUGE...actually is JUMBO and it's a sure fire way to please any ones sweet tooth! It's a fantastic, CHEAP treat! ($8 bucks)



Check out Barclay's jumbo cookie ice cream sammie. The photo below doesn't quite do it justice, you have to see it for yourself.



As far as other Barclay's entrees- I'll give a… Continue

Added by A G on March 23, 2010 at 8:31am — 1 Comment


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Get a Free Ice Cream Cone at the Oak Park Ben & Jerry's on 3/23

Oak Park blogger Carrie Kirby (a.k.a Frugalista) announced that March 23 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's and Oak Park is one of only three locations in the Chicagoland area participating in the event. You can get the full scoop (pun intended) on her blog.



The… Continue

Added by Becca on March 22, 2010 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment


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Artists Sought to Help Dress Up Oak Park Railroad Retaining Walls

Alright all you artists out there, here's your chance to help make Oak Park beautiful:



Oak Park artists are being sought to transform the railroad retaining walls along the Green Line corridor from dull, blank concrete into canvases that promote creative expression and provide an enriching visual experience for residents and visitors alike. Called the Community Mini-Mural Project, the first phase of the program will select eight artists to paint…
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Added by Becca on March 22, 2010 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments


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Oak Park Brown Elephant Featured on Chicago Now Blog

I'm ashamed to say that I've lived in Oak Park for nearly four years and I've yet to venture to the Brown Elephant on Harrison Street. Based on this blog post on Chicago Now, it sounds like I'm missing out. Here's an excerpt from what they had to say:



If you need a cheap place to sit and fast, go to the…
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Added by Becca on March 22, 2010 at 8:18pm — 4 Comments

Divine Consign featured in this month's issue of Chicago Magazine!

We are thrilled to announce our feature article in the April issue of Chicago Magazine! If you don't have an issue handy, stop by our store at 111 N. Oak Park Avenue - we have lots to share!

Added by Divine Consign on March 22, 2010 at 1:55pm — 4 Comments

Molly Malone's - Forest Park = Thumbs UP

Decided to try out a new Fish Fry this past Friday and skipped out on my usual

All You Can Eat Fish Fry From the Avenue Ale House in Oak Park – Trust me it was tough to venture off and try another place since the Ale House has one of the tastiest GUAC and fish fry I've had in a while.



But I did it! Decided to try out Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Forest Park.… Continue

Added by A G on March 22, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments


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Oak Park Benetton Store Closing

Oak Park Benetton Store I was on my way to Five Guys this afternoon and noticed the Benetton store on Lake Street had a "Retail Space for Lease" sign in the window. I decided to stop inside to see what else I could find out. The saleswoman was busy helping a customer, so I didn't ask too many questions but she did say that after 20 years in Oak Park, they would be closing.



I've always felt like the store was a little too cramped and cluttered to deliver a pleasant shopping experience, but it… Continue

Added by Becca on March 21, 2010 at 1:51pm — 7 Comments


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Oak Park Makes Chicago Magazine's "20 Great Towns and Neighborhoods" List

The April issue of Chicago Magazine includes an article featuring "20 Great Towns and Neighborhoods" in the area. It includes both a mix of the usual suspects (that means you Roscoe Village and Lakewood Balmoral) but also some lesser known areas like Edison Park and Marrynook.



The article also includes ten suburban locations including Wilmette, Glenview, Tinley Park and ... much to my surprise, Oak Park.



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Added by Becca on March 20, 2010 at 12:57am — 2 Comments


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The Latest News on Noodles & Co and Peterson's Ice Cream

Short blog post here.



Noodles & Company will be opening in the old Pompei space on Harlem in May.



The newly remodeled Peterson's Ice Cream on Chicago Avenue will re-open the first week of may.



Yay! Noodles and ice cream coming… Continue

Added by Becca on March 19, 2010 at 8:00am — 4 Comments


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Temporary Boutique Opens on Oak Park Avenue

Last night, we decided to walk to downtown Oak Park so we could enjoy the almost-spring-like weather. As my husband made his way to Oberweis for a milkshake, I noticed a new boutique just south of Lake Street and next door to Chameleon called Sanem's. Judging by what I saw, it looks like they have some cute stuff. And according to the sign on their door, they are also hosting a truck show this month.…



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Added by Becca on March 19, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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