May 2010 Blog Posts (31)

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Culver's Coming to Roosevelt Road

I will admit that I've ever been to Culver's so I'm not sure if this is something I should be excited about, but since the Wednesday Journal sent out a special e-mail alert with the news, it seems to be a fairly big deal:

Construction on the new Culver's is expected to start this winter. The restaurant is expected to open…

Added by Becca on May 27, 2010 at 10:09pm — 5 Comments

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Forest Park Friday Night Farmers Market

I came across an ad in the paper this week for the Forest Park Farmers Market. It takes place every other Friday night, starting June 4 and ending October 22. The ad says:

Get to know your local farmers and food producers, shop for freshly grown and prepared food, get your knives sharpened and have a good time!

Forest Park Farmers Market The location is as follows:

Howard Mohr Community Center parking lot

7640 Jackson Blvd

Forest… Continue

Added by Becca on May 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

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Oak Park T-Shirts and Gifts Now Available Online

If there's one thing I can say about Oak Parkers, it's that we are proud of our little Village and we're not afraid to show it.

Well now you can show your Oak Park pride with t-shirts,… Continue

Added by Becca on May 27, 2010 at 9:55pm — No Comments

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Oak Park Mid-Week Market Starts June 16

If you're looking for something to make your summer hump days a little better, be sure to mark your calendar for the Mid-Week Market. Here's the info from the Village website:

Opening Day Wednesday, June 16! Welcome to the Oak Park, Illinois Mid-Week Market website. More than a farmers’ market, closer to a street festival, the Mid-Week Market features locally grown…

Added by Becca on May 26, 2010 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Are there dog friendly restaurants and establishments in OP&RF?

Serena and went for a walk today. I was short on time so we walked to Annie's at Lathrop and Lake. I knew there was an outside window and I thought I could order and we could eat there. But there is no seating and no shade in the parking lot. So we risked going inside. No one actually said anything about the canine presence but they didn't seem pleased. I didn't help that when I realized I had forgotten my wallet. But they filled my order anyhow and even gave me a cup of water for Serena.… Continue

Added by Leonard Grossman on May 26, 2010 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Oak Park Tennis Center

As I'm sure many of you have seen driving past on the Forest Preserve on Harlem Ave, the Oak Park Tennis Center (OPTC) has been undergoing a major new court construction project and I'm happy to announce that the nine new eco-friendly Har-Tru courts are almost completed and the Center is now open for the season.

OPTC is a public facility and all are welcome to join as Season Pass Holders or stop in for public play at an hourly rate. There are many leagues (Mens, Womens, and Mixed… Continue

Added by Brian Plain on May 24, 2010 at 3:58pm — No Comments

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Oak Park Farmers' Market Starts this Saturday - What Will You Buy?

Oak Park Farmers' Market This Saturday marks the start of the Oak Park Farmers' Market! I always look forward to the first market because it means warm weather is not far behind!

So what will you be buying at the market? We always enjoy the donuts (obviously), jams and jellies as well as heirloom tomatoes when they're in season.

Farmers' Market Details

The Oak Park Farmers’ Market will open for its 35th season this Saturday. The Farmers’ Market is held from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.…

Added by Becca on May 20, 2010 at 6:19pm — 4 Comments

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Recycle You Home Electronics This Saturday

Ready to finally get rid of that ten-year-old television? You're in luck! From the Village:

Electronics recycling event is Saturday

Recycle old electronic items from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. Acceptable items include computers, laptops, monitors, television sets, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, printers, fax machines, MP3 players, portable digital assistants, video game consoles, video cassette recorders/players, digital…

Added by Becca on May 20, 2010 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

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Marion Street bests Chicago River Walk for latest award

And who says Oak Park isn't as cool as the city? Here's the latest news from the Village about the Marion Street improvement project:

Marion Street bests Chicago River Walk for latest award Oak Park's Marion Street/Westgate Street improvement project has earned the top merit award from the Chicago Building Congress, besting the Chicago River Walk and Michigan…

Added by Becca on May 20, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

West Suburban Temple Hires Rabbi Robin Damsky

West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest has hired Rabbi Robin Damsky as its new spiritual leader. She will take over the pulpit that was held for 21 years by Rabbi Victor Mirelman, who becomes Rabbi Emeritus on July 1, 2010.

“It has been a long search process, but a very successful one,” says Ed Sachs, president of the West Suburban Temple Har Zion board. “We have found in Rabbi Damsky a spiritual leader whose personal charm and spirituality fits in with and will enhance our… Continue

Added by Lisa Browdy on May 18, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

River Forest Photographer Lee Balgemann to Chronicle Avon Walk

He's been taking photographs professionally for about a half-century, so River Forest resident Lee Balgemann has time-tested endurance.

It will come in handy on June 5 and June 6, when he is among three photojournalists donating their services over a 39-mile span for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago.

The Walk begins at Soldier Field on Saturday morning, June 5, and concludes the next afternoon in the same historic spot.… Continue

Added by Matt Baron on May 18, 2010 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

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Green Line Cars About to Get Fancy!

I just read an online article from the Oak Leaves stating that the CTA will be testing their new 5000-series prototype cars on the Green Line starting on Monday. Based on the info I available on the CTA website, one of the most noticeable features of the new car are the seats which will face… Continue

Added by Becca on May 15, 2010 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

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Yova Coffee Shop Coming to South Oak Park Avenue

Those of you still mourning the loss of Nola's Cup will be happy to know that a new coffee shop called Yova will be opening at 818 South Oak Park Avenue just south of Sen Sushi. They describe themselves as:…


Added by Becca on May 15, 2010 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

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Earth Image Added Mysterious 350 "Signs"

Today, I noticed that the 350 "sign" that we've been talking about at Ridgeland and South Blvd has been enhanced with a image of the earth. I wonder if someone from the Village heard that most of us needed another hint to figure out the meaning of the mysterious numbers!…


Added by Becca on May 12, 2010 at 6:50pm — No Comments

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Takara Boutique Featured on CNN

Oak Park's very own Takara boutique on Marion Street is featured on CNN. Congratulations!

(thanks to @VisitOakPark for the tip)…


Added by Becca on May 11, 2010 at 6:27pm — No Comments

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Bike Rental Shop Coming to Oak Park

Today on Twitter, I learned that an eco-friendly bike rental shop will be opening on Marion Street soon. Greenline Wheels will open on Saturday, July 3 at 10 a.m.

Here's what it says on their website:

Located just steps from the CTA Green Line stop at Harlem in downtown Oak Park, Greenline Wheels offers no-emission, eco-friendly transportation…

Added by Becca on May 11, 2010 at 6:09pm — 6 Comments

Anyone have an Apple iPad?

I'm curious about how nice reading eBooks on the iPad is. I know that Kindle and Nook and Sony readers have digital ink and are great, but I would rather have a reader/browser/computer.
I sure like my Toshiba Tablet PC. For teachers they are great.

Added by Brent Jones on May 10, 2010 at 5:17pm — 2 Comments

And you thought your Monday was bad...

Snapped this photo walking to the Ridgeland station this morning. I would hate to be the guy calling this one in. "Uh, I am running a little late with the delivery, Boss..." The bridge has the height sign on it for a reason. This is probably the third time I have seen this happen at the Ridgeland stop since living in Oak Park.…


Added by Russ M on May 10, 2010 at 9:57am — 6 Comments

Oak Park D97 in the Tribune Today

The Chicago Tribune ran a story today about school funding and the trend of school districts increasingly turning to parents to help fill the gap in budgets. The story used Oak Park's D97 as an example a few times in the story and quoted a number of PTO officers from around the district.


Chicago-area schools turn to parents for help raising money

Guidelines adopted to guard against disparity in classroom

Hundreds of Oak Park parents cried… Continue

Added by Jassen Strokosch on May 10, 2010 at 9:54am — 5 Comments

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