So I recently went on a road trip and bought this from the Milwaukee Museum of Art gift shop. How fun! A little piece of Oak Park from Milwaukee. …Continue
After weeks of putting it off, I finally made my way to Native Foods in River Forest today. As a meat eater, it wasn't high on my list given that I knew it was a vegan restaurant and that's usually not my thing.
But, I'm happy to report that I had a perfectly enjoyable and satisfying meal there. I had a bowl of the Native Chili which also comes with cornbread. The chili had a nice flavor to it…Continue
Added by Becca on January 11, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Another fitness studio is on it's way to Oak Park according to a postcard I received in the mail today from Orange Theory Fitness. The postcard says they'll be opening at 7121 W. North Avenue (Harlem and North Ave) and touts their "affordable group personal training" and "heart-based interval training." They even claim members can "lose up to 8 pounds per week." Sounds like just…Continue
Added by Becca on January 10, 2015 at 9:28pm — No Comments
If you've resolved to get fit in 2015, it looks like there may be one more fitness option in Oak Park for you.
I've never heard of the Barre Code, but after checking out the website, I have to admit that I'm intrigued as they claim to be "the most efficient and results-driven women’s fitness program." Given that FFC is just down the street, it will be interesting to see if they make any changes to their class offering now that…Continue
From Allison Fluecke, the Lincoln Carnival Chair (sorry the spacing is a little wonky, my text editor is having an off day):
Oak Park’s Lincoln Elementary School is gearing up for its 66th annual Family Carnival. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015, between 11 am and 3 pm at Lincoln Elementary School, 1111 South Grove Avenue, Oak Park, IL.
Added by Becca on December 14, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Looking for something to do in December? Check out the annual housewalk to raise funds for or the Children's Clinic located at 320 Lake Street in Oak Park:
16th Annual Holiday Housewalk & Market
Thursday, December 4-Saturday, December 6
The Nineteenth Century Club…
Added by Becca on November 22, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
From the D97 website:
The Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF) is seeking ideas for innovative new programs that will support its steadfast commitment to learning and contribute to the success of District 97’s students both in and out of the classroom. The feedback the organization has collected in the past has helped it establish several free, curriculum-enriching programs that connect…
Added by Becca on November 20, 2014 at 8:44pm — No Comments
It looks like Holiday Camera has unfortunately fallen victim to the digital camera era. I commend them for sticking it out this long. Based on the sign in the window, it appears that a toy store will be taking their place.
Update: Apparently, they're not closing, but just adding a section where they will carry children's items. …
I'm willing to admit that even though I've lived in the Chicagoland area for almost 15 years, I have yet to eat at Harold's Chicken. But today I learned from @LocalBeet that there…Continue
I love this idea. If I wasn't a new mom who spends her free time napping, I'd totally snag one of these bags of books. Basically, the library has curated a collection of books based on the age of the reader and they come in a super cute tote bag.
Has anyone picked up a bag? What did you think of the selection of books?…Continue
Added by Becca on October 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
I'm a big fan of the cheese and cheese mongers at Marion Street Market, but it seems like the meals there have usually left me disappointed. So I'm excited to hear that they recently brought on a new chef who is adding some new dishes to the menu for the fall. Here's what we can look forward to from Chef Steve Chiapetti:
Now that I'm toting around our new addition to the family, suburban dining has become increasingly appealing to me. So my interest was piqued when @JoelShoe tweeted about a new restaurant by Paul Virant in Hinsdale called Vistro. The restaurant just opened a few weeks ago, and even during the week, they're pretty darn busy.
I have to admit that I was not…Continue
A few weeks ago, Brian Plain shared an update about a new butcher/seafood shop opening in DTOP called Carnivore.
Well, the wait is over and Carnivore is ready for your business. They aren't serving lunch yet, but you can stop by to pick up some meat or fish. …Continue
Now days, there's a festival for everything, so I'm sure you're not surprised to hear about the Big Guys Sausage Fest. I don't have any details, but this photo from @OakParkGirl on Twitter has the basics. You can also go to their website which gets extra points for describing the Roosevelt location as "Right across from da Jewels." Love it!…Continue
Added by Becca on August 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I tend to stick to restaurant and shopping recommendations here on Live Here Oak Park because that's the fun stuff, but for those of you who may be looking for an great eye doctor in the area, I wanted to recommend Leonard Hardesty in Downers Grove. He's just a 20 minute drive from Oak Park via 290 and then 88. He's thorough, attentive and an excellent doctor.
Interested? Dr. Hardesty is having a fun open house event on August 9 in case you want to learn…Continue
Added by Becca on August 6, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments
Announcement from the Village and the Oak Park police department:
Help sought identifying robbery suspects
July 16, 2014
Oak Park Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying as many as four men who may have been involved in an armed robbery Monday afternoon in the 200 block of Clinton Avenue.
The victim reported that at about 4:30 p.m. he was confronted as he exited the rear of his residence by two men who took his cell phone and wallet,…Continue
For those of you who eat out in Forest Park regularly, you'll be happy to know that there's a new restaurant coming to Madison Street, directly across from Francesca's. They have recently hung some mysterious banners on the front of the building, hinting at their arrival. I may be way off, but the logo makes me think it may be a Mexican restaurant. Any other guesses?…Continue
Every now and then people email me interesting tidbits to share with members of the Oak Park community.
I recently received a message from the folks at Movoto about an article they published ranking the 10 best small cities for education. While I've heard that Oak Park has good…