All Blog Posts Tagged 'Oak' (53)

Sept. 30 Deadline: Now’s the Time to Participate in a Unique Fund-Matching Opportunity

There’s nothing quite like a deadline to inspire action—so the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is urging members of the community to note that Friday, Sept. 30 is the deadline for a unique fundraising opportunity.

It’s the Communityworks endowment fund, which in turn will help numerous non-profit organizations throughout Oak Park and River Forest that have a profound impact on a variety of citizens’ quality of life.

Currently, funding focus is on the success…


Added by Matt Baron on August 4, 2011 at 4:37pm — 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

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

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

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

Call for Artists - Art al Fresco!

Visit Oak Park, the Visitors Bureau representing 21 communities in West Cook County, 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 al Fresco 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 Visitors Center at 1010 Lake Street, in Oak Park,…


Added by Jessica Roble-Cinelli on May 9, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

Sugar Fixé has its grand opening on Saturday 4/30!

Sugar Fixé Patisserie (119 N. Marion, Oak Park, IL 60301) will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, April 30, during Downtown Oak Park’s Spring into Summer event.  This grand opening follows the official…


Added by Downtown Oak Park on April 26, 2011 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

It's A Wonderful PR Opportunity: Oak Park Bank Wins Our Hearts, Then Business, WIth Screening

Last Saturday, It's A Wonderful Life played at the Lake Theater in downtown Oak Park.

Sponsored by Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest, which is situated directly across the street from the elegant theater, it was a free screening.



Added by Matt Baron on December 19, 2010 at 1:53am — No 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

"Beauty in the Bra" on display in Oak Park and Forest Park

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, beautifully designed and hand-decorated bras representing mythological goddesses are enhancing store windows along Madison Street in Forest Park and select stores in Oak Park throughout October. The bras, created by students in Dominican University’s apparel design and merchandising department, have been designed to celebrate powerful attributes of Roman and Greek goddesses, including Athena (wisdom and strength), Aphrodite (love and beauty),… Continue

Added by Dominican University on October 7, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Chicago Air Show

I went to the Air Show on Saturday. The Air Show has always symbolized a great summer in Chicago. I really think it is one of the best event of the summer. Anyway, I got a few great shots I wanted to share.

If you have never been, definitely put it on your list of things to do in Chicago. Seeing the jets buzzing 100 feet off Lake Michigan and skimming the tops of the buildings on LSD is a sight to behold. The roar of the engines gives you goosebumps.…


Added by Russ M on August 15, 2010 at 9:48pm — 1 Comment

Today's "Chicago" Groupon

Is for Marion Street Cheese Market! And you can buy two...

Great deal.

Added by Sandy Novack-Gottshall on July 28, 2010 at 7:17am — 6 Comments

Let Divine Consign Help You Get Your Basement Back Together!




We just brought in a ton of new/almost new furniture! All price points - just for you! In addition to our already ridiculously low prices on really cool stuff...


Added by Divine Consign on July 27, 2010 at 4:59pm — 1 Comment

Oak Park Bike Race

The Village should host a full on road bike race. I think it would be a great way to promote the village. As I was on a walk today, I was thinking it would be cool if there were a bike race in a criterion format through our Oak Park neighborhoods. Our tree lined street and beautiful architecture would make a good back drop for such a race. I can imagine a lot of people lining the streets with picnic baskets to watch the racers as the go by.

A criterium is a short road race on a… Continue

Added by Russ M on July 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Photos from today's 4th of July Parade

Just wanted to wish everyone Happy Fourth of July! Here are some pictures I took of this years parade for those that couldn't make it.

Find more photos like this on Live Here Oak… Continue

Added by Russ M on July 4, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Oak Park Eat Up

Time for us die hard foodies to unite and have an Oak Part Eat Up. The idea is simple. We will meet at a Oak Park restaurant for some good food, convo, and of course a little alcohol. All we have to do is pick a restaurant, so give me a some suggestions. The only rule is that we should patronize an OP/FP/RF establishment.

I am proposing the following date & time:… Continue

Added by Russ M on June 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 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

Look... Up in the sky... Is it a bird? a plane? ....

I was in the parking lot near Petco in River Forest and was late for lunch at the Blue Max with my daughter and her mother and her aunt, who was visiting from England, when I saw something to the east in the sky over Oak Park so I stopped to take some pictures which will appear somewhere either in this blog or elsewhere in "Live Here" when I figure out how to upload them.

When I got to Blue Max my phone was ringing. I figured it was my daughter wanting to know where I was. I couldn't… Continue

Added by Leonard Grossman on May 4, 2010 at 10:15pm — 6 Comments

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