All Blog Posts Tagged 'Park' (47)


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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.



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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


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"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


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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.…



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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!

OMG! WE CAN'T BELIEVE HOW IT RAINED!



WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT OUR FRIENDS WITH FLOODED BASEMENTS. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU!



WE WANT TO HELP!



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...



COME IN AND TELL US YOU WERE FLOODED AND WE WILL TAKE AN ADDITIONAL 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE AND FREE DELIVERY FOR ALL PURCHASES OVER… Continue

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


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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


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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


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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

Elite Tire and Auto - More than just tires.

Hmmm. Noticed my headlight was out last night. Dropped in to see Rod at Elite Tire and Auto on Harlem, two doors south of the Dunkin' Donuts in Forest Park this morning. The bulb is hard to find but he had it in stock and he had it done in half an hour, even though there were several cars being worked on in the bays.



Elite got bumped by Pep Boys, who moved into their old shop. So they built their own place next store, working from a truck during construction. I have to say it took… Continue

Added by Leonard Grossman on June 2, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments


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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.…



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


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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.



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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

Boundary Crosser

Half a dozen years ago I moved from a home on Augusta into an apartment in the Harrison Arts District. Every day I would pass Columbus Park, but neighbors warned me against going there. One Saturday I decided I needed a walk and I didn't want to walk in straight lines. So I walked across Austin into the park. It was full of cheering soccer fans but there were also quiet trails and water features, brilliantly designed a century ago by Jens Jensen to give the illusion that one was far away in the… Continue

Added by Leonard Grossman on April 10, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment


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Betty Loren-Maltese Working in Oak Park

Looks like the infamous Betty Loren-Maltese is now a hostess at Salerno's Pizza on Roosevelt. If you recall, she is the former town president of Cicero and was sent to the slammer for bilking the town out of $12 million a couple of years ago in a Soprano like corruption case.



I haven't been to Salerno's in a while, but now I may just have to stop in just… Continue

Added by Russ M on April 8, 2010 at 10:31am — 7 Comments


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Flying Saucer Restaurant

It is a small world. One of my favorite off the beaten path restaurants is a little hipster joint in by Humboldt Park called Flying Saucer. I love this place because it is quirky, unassuming, the pancakes are some of the best in the city, and they serve grits. Not too mention, the prices are pretty cheap too! For all you health nuts, they have a lot of organic foo-foo ingredients too!



I usually go there on Saturdays to… Continue

Added by Russ M on March 27, 2010 at 11:50am — 3 Comments


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Oak Park and the Vex Robotics Club are Featured on ABC 7

Channel 7 News, with Judy Hsu reporting, did a nice story this morning on Oak Park Educations Foundation's Vex Robotics program. This is a wonderful program and it was nice to see it get some publicity.



From the online story:



For an entire school year, 80 students in the district work in teams of four. From the wheels to the arms, functionality to mobility, the kids design the robots starting from a generic kit. The rest is up to their imagination.



Much like…
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Added by Jassen Strokosch on March 15, 2010 at 11:49am — 1 Comment


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Construction Begins on Old Pompei Spot

I just happen to be walking by the shuttered Pompei store front the other day and noticed some major renovation work underway. I didn't see any hints regarding what company is taking over the spot, but the permit in the window indicated a new restaurant.



Has anyone gotten the scoop on what is going in the space? Sorry for the crappy photo, but I only had my iPhone and it was dark and… Continue

Added by Russ M on March 14, 2010 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments


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Village Manager Has Strong Words for ORPF in Op-Ed

By now, most of you know that Oak Park River Forest School District 200 has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Oak Park. The lawsuit is related to a dispute over the amount of TIF money that the Village should be paying D200 (and ultimately D97 as well).



While there will be a lot of debate in the coming months about the lawsuit, I am curious what you think… Continue

Added by Jassen Strokosch on March 4, 2010 at 9:26pm — 7 Comments


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Oh No! Lido's Closing

It looks like Lido's will be shutting the doors this week according to the Wednesday Journal. If you remember, we discussed this in October after a LiveHere member saw a Craigslist advertisement showing that they were for sale.



The recession has not been kind to small businesses in Oak… Continue

Added by Russ M on January 5, 2010 at 10:26am — 3 Comments

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