October 2010 Blog Posts (31)

Art Dealer

I have a couple of pieces that I would like appraised and maybe sell. Can anyone recommend a reputable art dealer in the area?



Added by Ana Rios on October 29, 2010 at 2:34pm — 6 Comments

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Final 2010 Electronics Recycling Day this Saturday

For those of you who still have televisions with knobs on them, dot matrix printers, big ol' brick cell phones and computer monitors with green screens lying around in the basement, you have one more chance this year to turn in your electronic antiques this Saturday:

The last opportunity to safely recycle old electronics and related items this year in Oak Park will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. Acceptable items include computers,… Continue

Added by Becca on October 28, 2010 at 10:36pm — No Comments

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The Village Wants Your Suggestions for Growing Revenue and Cutting Costs

Today's Oak Park e-mail alert had an interesting item about a request for suggestions to reduce costs and/or enhance revenue in the Village. And while I want to encourage people to submit their ideas through the channels outlined below, I'm curious to know if anyone has any thoughts" they'd like to share about how the Village can cut costs or increase revenue?

Here's the info from the e-mail alert:

Residents invited to submit budget recommendations online

Oak Park…

Added by Becca on October 28, 2010 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

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Last Oak Park Farmers' Market of the Year

It's official. Summer is already becoming a distant memory. Here's a note I received about this Saturday's Farmers' Market:

The Oak Park Farmers’ Market final day of the season is this Saturday, October 30th.

The long-held tradition of free stone soup is scheduled, with the help of market vendors who contributed the fresh ingredients for a vegetarian soup featuring squash, potatoes, onions, turnips, herbs and other vegetables.

Local restaurant Maya del Sol…

Added by Becca on October 28, 2010 at 10:27pm — 6 Comments

Bumper Sticker Beware

Hi Oak Parkers,

Something mortifying yet hilarious happened to me recently in Oak Park and I thought this might be a fun place to share it.

I park my van in the parking lot near Harlem and Lake (the one for the Gap and Pier 1) to go to the gym for a bit. I'm in the gym for about an hour-my limit-and I head out. As I'm heading across the street toward the lot, I decide to cut through the metered lot to head to my car and I can see at least three or so people standing behind… Continue

Added by Kandice Kidd on October 28, 2010 at 3:10pm — 2 Comments

DC Sanity Rally

Just found out that there are a few open seats on the bus to the rally. Anyone that would like to go should either contact Kurt or Pat Schmitz today or tomorrow morning. We leave Friday night and return Saturday after the rally. They can be reached at redditbus@gmail.com. Bunch of nice people from what I can see.

Added by Ilona Mestril on October 28, 2010 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Urgent news: Attempted luring of child on Forest Avenue

After school on Wednesday, October 27, an unknown adult approached a Holmes School student walking home alone after school and tried to lure her into going with him. Apparently, he asked her if she would like to see some animals that he had. This happened on Forest Avenue between Chicago and Ontario.

(Thankfully, the child did NOT go with the stranger.) At this time, it is not known if there is any connection between this and the child luring attempt in River Forest which was… Continue

Added by Carollina Song on October 27, 2010 at 10:35pm — No Comments

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Weather Warning for Tuesday and Wednesday

Hey everyone, the Village sent out an e-mail alert with the following info. I hope everyone stays safe and dry tomorrow. If you have any updates about the storm (road closings, flooding, etc.) please post below. Thanks.

High winds are expected in the Oak Park area from 7 a.m. Tues., Oct. 26 through 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 27.

- Call 911 immediately if you see downed trees or power lines

- Secure any outdoor belongings

- Clear sewer drains in front of your house in case… Continue

Added by Becca on October 25, 2010 at 10:57pm — 3 Comments

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Oak Park's Olive & Well

I try to shop locally whenever I can and one of my favorite stores in downtown Oak Park is Olive & Well. We did some shopping there over the weekend and it reminded me that I wanted to write a blog post to share my experience.

If you haven't been to Olive & Well before, the store sells fancy olive oils and flavored balsamic vinegars. One of the things I really appreciate about the store is that it brings something unique to Oak Park. If I want apple or pomegranate balsamic… Continue

Added by Becca on October 25, 2010 at 10:53pm — 9 Comments

Mercury Disclosure Question on November Ballot for OP

I went to vote early today, and I was surprised to find on the ballot a special question for Oak Park related to disclosing the amount of mercury in certain vaccines.

Specifically, the referendum asks (via Patch):

Shall the Village of Oak Park require those who inject vaccines, in the Village of Oak Park, to give the vaccine recipients, their parents or guardians the vaccine manufacturer's specific package inserts of the vaccines they will receive, and to inform them… Continue

Added by Emily Culbertson on October 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Say No to the Continuous Campaign

Vote No to the Continuous Campaign

As a result of the 24 hour news cycle, the instantaneous news appearing on our screens at all hours of the day, our elected officials are already in a continuous election campaign. We are bombarded with factoids, screaming heads, blaring headlines. Before one election is over it seems we are virtually slogging through the next. However we usually get a breather before the actual campaign starts.

Now, the Illinois Legislature seeks to make… Continue

Added by Leonard Grossman on October 24, 2010 at 8:59pm — No Comments

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Whole Foods Robbed

Not sure if everyone saw this story in the Wednesday Journal about the robbery at the River Forest Whole Foods:

A man stole several thousand dollars from Whole Foods in River Forest on Thursday night, pistol-whipping the store's manager, who was transferring money from cash registers to the safe.

There as also a story on Oak Park-River Forest… Continue

Added by Becca on October 22, 2010 at 11:11pm — 5 Comments

Competition Heats Up in Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gloor Realty `Halloween Decoration Declaration’ Contest

As Halloween looms, so does the prospect of winning a $100 restaurant gift certificate through a Halloween decoration contest sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gloor Realty.

As of Oct. 21, the competition had heated up, with a home on the 1000 block of South Kenilworth in Oak Park taking the early lead.

Through Oct. 31, you can compete in the inaugural `Halloween Decoration Declaration’ Contest by submitting a photograph showing frightful, fun or… Continue

Added by Matt Baron on October 21, 2010 at 2:01pm — No Comments

"Betrayal" is the Reader's pick of the week for theater

If you get the Chicago Reader's emails scroll down to theater and you will see Oak Park Festival Theatre's production of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" as their number one pick of the week. I saw it (disclaimer - I am on the board) and I can tell you it is excellent. It is a thought provoking drama about relationships in an intimate setting. The actors are outstanding.

3 tips: 1. Don't show up at Austin Gardens as someone did the other night. It's at the Performance Center at 1010… Continue

Added by Joyce Porter on October 20, 2010 at 3:13am — No Comments

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Oak Park Diversion: Milk & Honey Cafe

Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows that I have a thing for brunch and often end up eating in the city. One of my favorite places is Milk & Honey in Wicker Park. It's actually an easy drive from Oak Park since it's a straight shot along Division.

Milk & Honey Cafe

Milk & Honey is a great place for both breakfast and lunch. The lines can get a little long, so for breakfast, the trick is to go before 9:30… Continue

Added by Becca on October 18, 2010 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

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Sending Photos From Your Phone to Live Here Oak Park

If you're walking down the street in Oak Park and see something interesting, it's now easy as pie to snap a photo with your phone and send it to Live Here Oak Park:

-Go to "My Page" at the top menu bar

-Look on the right side for "settings"

-Select "settings" and scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says "mobile uploads"

-Add your personal Live Here Oak Park e-mail address to your saved e-mail addresses on your phone

And that's it. When you're out… Continue

Added by Becca on October 17, 2010 at 10:25pm — No Comments

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New Spa Coming to Lake Street

I've always felt that Oak Park needed a nice spa and now it looks like I might get my wish. The Spa O is opening on 703 Lake Street in the old Cartridge World location. This will be their fifth Chicagoland location.

The spa's services range for manicures to massages. And based on the photos on their website, it looks like it will be a pretty nice place. Apparently,… Continue

Added by Becca on October 17, 2010 at 7:54pm — 7 Comments

Brooks cites Chicago Trib in Support of Kirk, Misses point.

Brooks cites Chicago Trib in Support of Kirk, Misses point.

In his column in Friday's NYTimes, David Brooks tries to shore up the credentials of Mark Kirk, Republican candidate for the Senate in Illinos. It shows how far Brooks has fallen that he relies on an editorial from the Chicago Tribune in support of his position. It isn't surprising that the Trib supports a Republican. [In fairness, the Trib did endorse, Obama]

Actually, the first two paragraphs of the Trib… Continue

Added by Leonard Grossman on October 17, 2010 at 11:45am — 3 Comments

Last weekend of the season for Hole In the Wall Custard

In case you haven't heard, it's the last weekend for Hole in the Wall Custard before they close for the season (either Sunday or sometime next week, depending on weather and stock). Enjoying a yummy brownie bottom with raspberry topping now.

Added by cac on October 14, 2010 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments

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Oak Park Neighborhood Named Among the Nation's Top Ten

Earlier this year, Oak Park was again named as one of the top towns for the rich and single. Now, we have another feather to add to our cap as the American Planning Association names the Wright Historic District one of the nations top 10 great neighborhoods. Here are the details from the Village press release:

Oak Park's Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture Historic District has been designated one of country's 10 Great Neighborhoods by the American Planning… Continue

Added by Becca on October 13, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

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