June 2011 Blog Posts (20)

M Hermanns changed to DK Bottega.


Hey all,

I was driving past the corner of Desplaines and Randolph in Forest Park the other day.  The new restaurant at the corner called M Hermanns looks like it has changed its' name to DK Bottega.  Does anyone have any insight on this?  Did they change the restaurant at all?  Curious.

Added by Charlie Hambrook on June 30, 2011 at 7:15pm — 2 Comments

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Restaurant Review: Louie's Grill

A few days ago, a friend of mine who lives in Forest Park suggested that we meet at Louie's Grill on Madison Street. I'd walked past the old Louie's plenty of time an never even gave it as much as a second look. But I had noticed they'd been renovating the old spot so I was curious about giving them a try.


I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I don't remember what it looked like before…


Added by Becca on June 29, 2011 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

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Crumbs Bake Shop coming to Oak Park?

When we went out to the Mid-Week Market I noticed that the storefront between Mancini's and Five Guys (I think that's the location) had a permit in the window that said the space was being built out for a restaurant. I don't recall reading about any new restaurants on Lake Street other than the place going into the Cosi spot, so I'm curious about what it might be.


In other food…


Added by Becca on June 29, 2011 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

NE Corner of Oak Park

Good Morning,

thanks for taking the time to read this. My wife and I currently live on Austin, near Augusta, and we are looking at buying a house on LeMoyne Parkway near Austin. Other than requiring basic urban street smarts related to retaining your property(not leaving your bike/lawn mower/snow blower outisde), which pertains to all of Oak Park, I was wondering what other peoples impressions of the area are? We have walked the neighborhood a number of times and find it to be pretty… Continue

Added by Matt Clarke on June 28, 2011 at 7:53am — 4 Comments

BEST VACUUM, 148 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Stopped by the Chamber ribbon cutting for the opening of Best Vacuum today.  Happy to have a local place to purchase or service vacuums as well as buy Miele washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc..


Added by SaraFaust on June 24, 2011 at 1:45pm — 2 Comments

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A second look at the Gem boutique

A few weeks ago, I posted a message about a boutique on Marion Street called Gem. At the time, I had not had an opportunity to go inside, but it looked promising.


Well last Thursday night (plug for Thursday Night Out), I decided to go inside to check Gem out and I was pleasantly surprised. I assumed they were a jewelry store based on the name, but it turns out I was only half right. They also have a selection of…


Added by Becca on June 21, 2011 at 10:31pm — No Comments

15 Emerging Leaders Present Proposals to Strengthen Oak Park, River Forest

Expanding and decreasing—perhaps better than any other word pairing, this captures the essence of project proposals set forth recently by the second graduating class of the Community Leadership Program.


Expand the coordination and potential impact of non-profit organizations…reduce the “expectation gap” between whites and minorities at the high school level…take a significant bite out of the growing obesity problem among children.


On Friday, June 17, those…


Added by Matt Baron on June 21, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments

Call for Artists - Art al Fresco - Now on Weekends Too!

Visit Oak Park would like to extend an invitation to local artists to apply for a unique opportunity to share their work with art lovers at ART al FRESCO!

During Downtown Oak Park’s Thursday Night Out program, the Oak Park Visitors Center will provide space for up to 4 artists to display and to sell their work in front of the Center at 1010 Lake St, Oak Park, IL.  

Thursday Night Out attracts local residents and out of town visitors to the fabulous restaurants and businesses… Continue

Added by Jessica Roble-Cinelli on June 20, 2011 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Share your views on liquor laws

I notice that you have all offered suggestions regarding liquor laws.  If you wish to share these with the Liquor Control Review Board, please send an email with your suggestions to clerk@oak-park.us.  I will make sure that the LCRB gets your email.


Teresa Powell

Village Clerk

Added by Teresa Powell on June 19, 2011 at 9:26pm — 1 Comment

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Oak Park restaurant for sale

From time to time, I like to read Craiglist to see if there's anything interesting related to business for sale. There's always a bit of mystery though because it never says exactly which establishment they're referring to. So here's the most recent "business for sale" ad I discovered. Anyone want to take a guess:

ready to start your own business we have perfect space for you we are located…


Added by Becca on June 19, 2011 at 9:19pm — 7 Comments

Liquor Control Review Board seeks input on ordinance revisions

The Oak Park Liquor Control Review Board (LCRB) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 12, at 7:30 in Council Chambers at Village Hall (123 Madison Street) to seek input from residents and business owners regarding changes to the Oak Park Liquor Ordinance. Topics to be considered are listed below. Shall the Village:

  1. Move alcohol service time to 9:00 am for brunch service on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
  2. Allow option of early closing time for full kitchen service…

Added by Teresa Powell on June 16, 2011 at 4:13pm — 6 Comments

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It's prom time at Oak Park Arms

Since it's prom time, I thought I'd share the following announcement from the Oak Park Arms retirement community:

It’s Senior Prom time. Every weekend sees restaurants and event venues filled with high school seniors dressing up to the nines and enjoying this most special event. Well, it’s not all high school seniors ...

A different group of seniors will be “cuttin’ a rug” at the Seniors’ Senior Prom titled, “Evening Soiree,” from 6 - 9 p.m. Friday, June 17, at…


Added by Becca on June 15, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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Don't forget about the Forest Park farmers' market

Last year, Forest Park started a bi-weekly, Friday night farmer's market. We were able to attend several times and enjoyed the treats that we bought. I was a little worried they would not be doing it again since I had not read any announcements. 


Two big changes for this year are the location and the fact that it occurs every week. The first market took place last Friday. Here's some more information:

Madison St. & Van Buren St.

7824 Madison Street,…


Added by Becca on June 15, 2011 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

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New restaurant coming to Roosevelt Road

I've been following the Facebook updates for a new restaurant opening on Roosevelt Road called Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits because I'm always excited by the prospect of a new dining option. Here's how they…


Added by Becca on June 14, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Opportunity for some money and an interesting experience


I am in a scene being shot for a low budget independent film next Wed. from ca. 10 -2.  The film makers are from Atlanta and are looking for a house to film in for the scene.   It's a quiet tea and cookies in the… Continue

Added by Joyce Porter on June 11, 2011 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

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Gourmet marshmallows: Yummy score at the Mid-Week Market

We finally made it out to the Oak Park Mid-Week Market tonight. There wasn't a huge crowd, but we did make one very exciting discovery -- artisan marshmallows from 240sweet.


I enjoyed a salty caramel toasted marshmallow and bought three bags for the road. This was their only visit to the market so I'm glad we caught them. The moral of my story is that you never know what you'll find so please help support Mid-Week Market…


Added by Becca on June 8, 2011 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

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Neighbor appreciation gift makes me smile

We live near Hatch Elementary School and every year around this time, we get a sweet gift from the students in one of the classes at the school. The first year we moved here it was a loaf of bread and signed note from the students thanking us for being nice neighbors. A few years later, we got a construction paper card with drawings from the kids. I took it to work to brighten up my office.


Today, I came home to discover our toilet had been overflowing all day while we were…


Added by Becca on June 8, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Inspired by Anonymous Donor, More than 200 Help Putt-Putt $2,000 into Communityworks Fund

A $1,000 contribution to the Communityworks Endowment Fund turned into $2,000 on Sunday, thanks to more than 200 people who took part in the “Putting for Philanthropy” challenge at A Day in Our Village.


Even more remarkable, the 100-percent return on investment is simply par for the course.


Heading into the 38th year of the community event at Scoville Park, an anonymous donor pledged to give up to $1,000 to the Communityworks Endowment Fund. The…


Added by Matt Baron on June 8, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Friends of the River Forest Library Book Sale Returns June 24-26

The Friends of the River Forest Library Book Sale will return this June 24-26, at Roosevelt Middle School adjacent to the River Forest Library. Book donations will be accepted from June 9th through the 23rd at Roosevelt School, 7560 Oak Avenue. The FOL Sale is a fantastic fundraiser which regularly draws area book lovers and book dealers alike. Drop in on Friday, June 24 from 5-9 pm, with a $5 entry fee to see the best selection! The sale continues on Saturday, June 25 from 9:30 am-4 pm. On… Continue

Added by Hadley Ford on June 2, 2011 at 7:53pm — No Comments

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Mid-Week summer market starts today

Last year, the village started a mid-week summer market. I went several times and thought it was a nice addition to my weekday schedule.  The market kicks off the new season tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.  at Lake and Harlem in the parking lot. Here's what's in store:

  • Chef Demo with Caroline…

Added by Becca on June 1, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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