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16th Annual Holiday Housewalk & Market

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…

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Added by Becca on November 22, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Oak Park Education Foundation Seeking Ideas for New Programs

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…

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Added by Becca on November 20, 2014 at 8:44pm — No Comments

The Little Gem Cafe is Coming to Oak Park

Added by Becca on October 29, 2014 at 9:35pm — 1 Comment

New Store Going into Holiday Camera Space

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. …

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Added by Becca on October 26, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Popular Fried Chicken Restaurant Coming to North Avenue

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…

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Added by Becca on October 25, 2014 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Bags of Books To-Go at Oak Park Libraries

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?…

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Added by Becca on October 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Falafill Has Left the Building

Added by Becca on September 15, 2014 at 10:29pm — 9 Comments

New Chef Means New Dishes at Marion Street Market

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: 

  • Carrot Curry Soup – fresh crab salad, onion sprouts ($7)
  • Mussel Pot – hard apple cider, fried potato…
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Added by Becca on September 10, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Oak Park Detour: Vistro Restaurant in Hinsdale

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…

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Added by Becca on September 9, 2014 at 9:52pm — 2 Comments

Meat Lovers Rejoice, Carnivore is Open

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. …

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Added by Becca on August 30, 2014 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Sausage Fest, Anyone?

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!…

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Added by Becca on August 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Eye Doctor Reccomendation

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…

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Added by Becca on August 6, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments

Help Sought Identifying Robbery Suspects

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,…

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Added by Becca on July 16, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Mysterious Restaurant Coming to Madison Street

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?…

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Added by Becca on July 8, 2014 at 3:32am — 8 Comments

Website Ranks Oak Park Among the Best Small Cities For Education

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…

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Added by Becca on June 27, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

New Tenant Coming to Harlem Avenue

I was driving down Harlem today and noticed a sign in the window of the former Caribou location Homemade Pizza Company for a restaurant called the Slice Factory.

In general, I'm all for any business that is willing to invest in our community, so I'm glad they're going to be going into the vacant coffee shop space. It looks like they already have several locations in…

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Added by Becca on June 23, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

New Grocery Chain May Be Coming to River Forest

I've been anxiously awaiting an update on the rumors that Mariano's will be coming to North Avenue, but in the meantime, it looks like another grocery store will be coming to the neighborhood.

Matt Baron from Inside Edge PR…

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Added by Becca on June 20, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

A Visit to Refind in Forest Park

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I recently wandered into Refind at 7511 Madison Street in Forest Park and I was pleasantly surprised. If you haven't been there yet, definitely check them out. They have a cool mix of vintage and new stuff that you probably won't see anywhere else in the area.

Has anyone else been? What did you think?…

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Added by Becca on June 10, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Oak Park Food Truck Rally

Last year, Pilgrim Congregational Church hosted Oak Park's first Food Truck Rally. The turnout was so strong that most of the trucks ran out of food and many Oak Parkers went home hungry and…

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Added by Becca on May 28, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Red Mango is Now Open

Red Mango on Lake Street is now open, just in time for summer. I've never been before, but it looks similar to Pinkberry, so I'm looking forward to checking them out. Here's the ad they ran in the Wednesday Journal.…

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Added by Becca on May 23, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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