May 2011 Blog Posts (27)

I-290 Draft Purpose and Need Comments are DUE TOMORROW, June 1st, 2011

Greetings, all.


Despite our having requested that members of the general public be allowed more than two weeks amidst a major traveling holiday, public comments reference the Draft Purpose and Need are due to the Illinois Department of Transportation tomorrow, June 1st – the IDOT…


Added by Rob on May 31, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

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Police questioning man in connection with alleged attempted child abduction

I'm not sure what the status is on this since it's a few days old, but I wanted to share anyway:


 Oak Park Police are questioning a man in connection with an alleged attempt to abduct a 10-year-old as she waited for a school bus at about 7:30 a.m., Thursday. The name of the man is not being released pending determination of any charges.

The alleged victim told Police she was waiting for the bus near the corner of Washington Boulevard…


Added by Becca on May 30, 2011 at 9:32am — No Comments

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Annual A Day in Our Village festival is June 5

If you haven't been to A Day in Our Village before, you should definitely check it out next weekend. We've gone a few times and have always enjoyed ourselves. It's a great way to get out and meet your fellow Oak Parkers and learn a thing or two along the way:

Scoville Park and Rehm Park are the places to be on Sun., June 5 when Oak Park's pre-eminent celebration of diversity and community involvement – A Day in…


Added by Becca on May 30, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation Hosts ‘Putt for Philanthropy’ at Day in Our Village

You might not be the next Tiger Woods—or even know which end of a putter is up.

No matter what your talent level, on Sunday, June 5, at the annual Day in Our Village at Oak Park’s Scoville Park, you’ll still be able to help the community cash in with your golfing skills.

There, the Oak Park-River Forest Community…


Added by Matt Baron on May 27, 2011 at 10:03am — No Comments

Vintage Tile Help

I am hoping someone on this site has had a similar issue and found a solution!


I have that classic 20s / 30s tile that so many homeowners in Oak Park have in my kitchen and bathroom.  The grout looks terrible, the tiles themselves appear dirty, and some are cracked and should ideally be replaced.  I have tried without much success to at least clean it up - I have not tried any harsh cleaners for fear of causing more damage.


Does anyone have any recommendations…


Added by Meg on May 24, 2011 at 12:54pm — 6 Comments

Building Community, One Hug At A Time - video

Here's a video of what transpired when I went out with one of my students and her friends to offer 'free hugs' to passersby at the entrance of Scoville Park from noon to 2:00 on May 1. It was an amazing experience for all of us.

Added by Kevin Reid on May 20, 2011 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

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Mysterious garbage bag in alley causes major freak out

When I came out of my garage this morning, I saw a black garbage bag sitting outside of our trash can in the alley. I wasn't sure how it got there and made a mental note to put it in the can when I returned. When I came back and picked up the bag, I noticed it seemed unusually heavy and a little too round-yet-lumpy to be filled with kitchen trash.



Added by Becca on May 20, 2011 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

My mother's blog, Trudel's Truth -- Started May 8, 1934

In 1933, my mother, Gertrude "Trudel" Adler, who was then 21 years old wrote in her diary,
 "There is no future for Jewish youth in Germany. I think I shall go to Palestine."  

But a relative in Chicago sent her papers and on May 8, 1934, she left her home in…

Added by Leonard Grossman on May 20, 2011 at 7:59am — 2 Comments

a place to call their own

Melody, Paige and Christopher are in their very own apartment. They became homeless on January 7, 2011. Four months wandering the streets by day, sleeping in a crowded shelter filled with 60 homeless men each night.

Trust me they did not enjoy themselves.

When I first saw Mel and the kids standing outside Grace episcopal Church in downtown Oak Park, IL. I was certain they would not… Continue

Added by Revolution MacInnes on May 20, 2011 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

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Bike lane added to Division Street

I was driving home from work today and noticed that Division Street now has bike lanes. I'm not sure when they were painted, but I think they're fairly recent. Has anyone else noticed new bike lanes in their neck of the woods?



Added by Becca on May 19, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Art Festival this weekend in the Arts District, Oak Park that is.

Bring Grandma and the kids... this is a family affair! 

Mr. D. w/his Magic and Illusion Show will have performances at 11:30 and 1:30.  He's bringing his magic truck and it looks like it will be a lot of fun.  Kids can also help paint a mural or have their face painted.  Brown Cow will be selling cold…


Added by Colleen Shannon on May 18, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

OPRF Community Foundation Director to Share Communityworks with Rotary Club

Sophia Lloyd, the executive director of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, May 25, at the Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest’s weekly luncheon.


Lloyd will share insights about the Communityworks campaign that is under…


Added by Matt Baron on May 18, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments

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Hidden gem: Prairie Bread Kitchen

For some reason, I often forget about the Prairie Bread Kitchen when we're thinking about where to go for lunch. I think part of it is the location and the other part is that I'm not a big sandwich eater. 


But whenever we do go there, I'm always reminded how truly delicious it is. The bread is always soft. The sandwiches are filling. The pound cake with the icing on the top makes my heart flutter. 


I usually use this blog to write about new restaurants and…


Added by Becca on May 17, 2011 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

steve and his new glasses

My fellow homeless compatriot Steve walked into the Forest Park, IL Friday night shelter in early January 2011. He had just lost his wife to cancer and all of his worldly possessions to the mortgage company that foreclosed on his home. Everything Steve and his wife had is gone. He has a huge pile of medical bills to pay for treatment trying to stop his wife from dying of cancer.



Added by Revolution MacInnes on May 17, 2011 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

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Get ready for Earth Fest on May 21

Just wanted to post a reminder for everyone about Earth Fest:

Community-wide Earth Fest set for Sat., May 21

Earth Fest 2011, a gathering of eco-friendly vendors, groups, children’s activities and live entertainment, is set for 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., May 21, at the Oak Park Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd.

In its inaugural year, Earth Fest drew more than 250 people and event organizers hope to double that number in 2011. More than 40…


Added by Becca on May 15, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Building Community, One Hug At A Time

I think Ken Trainor wrote a wonderful article about the 'free hugs' thing I did on May 1 - came out yesterday.,_one_hug_at_a_time

Added by Kevin Reid on May 12, 2011 at 1:28pm — 3 Comments

Important: Illinois Department of Transportation Public Meeting RE: I-290 (Eisenhower)

There is an important I-290 meeting on May 18th that you should attend, details of which are captioned at the bottom of this post.



Added by Rob on May 12, 2011 at 9:26am — 5 Comments

Interesting Play

I am in an interesting play Friday at 7:30 and Sunday the 22nd at 2.   It is part of Polarity Theatre's Dionysus Festival and is performed in nearby Bucktown at 1500 N. Bell.   Tickets are only $5 for our show or $10 for the full festival.  It is not a traditional staged reading, but more of a play with scripts.   It isn't air conditioned, so dress lightly if you come. More information can be found at   Here's a…


Added by Joyce Porter on May 12, 2011 at 9:18am — No Comments

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Munch restaurant opening next month

When it gets cold out, my Oak Park exploration activities tend to take a dip. So, I had no idea that construction was already underway in the old cafe Minou spot at 104 North Marion Street until I passed by yesterday. According to a story on Patch, the new place is called Munch. It sounds like they could be cooking up something inside from a decor perspective because I also came across this…


Added by Becca on May 11, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

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Restaurant Review: M. Hermann's

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about M. Hermann's, the new restaurant that just opened on Des Plains in Forest Park.



Added by Becca on May 11, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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