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Blaze Pizza Coming to Harlem and Cermak

So this isn't quite Oak Park, but it's close enough to catch my interest. Blaze Pizza will be opening at the Berwyn Gateway Shopping Center later this month. From what I can tell, it's essentially the Chipotle of pizza. I like Chipotle. I like pizza. I think I may be sold already. Here's what their website says:

Fresh, made-from-scratch dough. Healthful, artisanal ingredients on the assembly line. Inventive…

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Added by Becca on August 3, 2016 at 6:57pm — 3 Comments

Spilt Mike Bakery Coming to Oak Park in August

I'm very excited about this!

Former Pastry Chef from Hoosier Mama Pie Company to Open Bakery in Oak Park…

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Added by Becca on July 26, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

New Brunch Option in Oak Park

For those of you who like to enjoy Sunday brunch, you can now add another restaurant to your list. Citrine on Oak Park Avenue is serving brunch from 10:30 to 2:00 now. I'd love to give it a try, but for parents with toddlers, by 10:30 we're almost ready for lunch!…

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Added by Becca on July 17, 2016 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Cycling Studio on Marion Street Now Open

It looks like the Dailey Method's cycling studio is now open and accepting class registrations. I love the fact that I don't have to arrive 30 minutes early if I want to get a spot in class (don't worry, FFC, I still love you) so I'll definitely be checking them out! …

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Added by Becca on July 9, 2016 at 11:59am — No Comments

Madison Street Gas Station Shooting

From the Village police department:

Man sustains multiple gunshot wounds in gas station parking lot



July 6, 2016 - Oak Park Police are investigating a shooting early Monday morning that sent a 20-year-old Chicago man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.



The incident occurred at approximately 1:42 a.m. in the parking lot of the Shell Gas Station at 401 W. Madison St. Emergency response officials reported the victim’s…

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Added by Becca on July 6, 2016 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Sports Apparel Store Coming to River Forest

I spotted this in the storefront where Tilly's used to be (next to Whole Foods) in River Forest. So much for my dream that Whole Foods will one day expand. But it's better than a vacant storefront! …

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Added by Becca on July 3, 2016 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Prairie Bread Kitchen Now Has Pizza

The sign speaks for itself. Pizza is now available at Prairie Bread Kitchen. They bake it on the premises. …

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Added by Becca on June 10, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Cycling Studio Coming to Downtown Oak Park ... I think

So, I don't have any details other than what I've been able to glean from looking into the window and some random Facebook chatter, but it looks like Oak Park will be getting a cycling studio on Marion Street just next to the Dailey Method. From what I can see, they've done a nice job with the interior renovations. I hope they are planning to open soon!

If anyone else has additional information, please feel free to share. …

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Added by Becca on June 9, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Serenitea Is Adding Cookware and Other Goodies

The little tea shop just off of Marion Street, Serenitea, is expanding. I'll definitely have to check out the new space when it opens. It's nice to see an Oak Park business growing! …

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Added by Becca on June 9, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Oak Park Police Investigating First Shooting Incident of 2016

There's been a bit of chatter about a shooting that occurred this weekend in Oak Park. Here's the press release that the village sent out today:

Police investigating first shooting incident of 2016



June 2, 2016 – The Oak Park Police Department is investigating the first shooting in the Village this year in what officials are calling an isolated incident not involving any Oak Park residents.

The shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m., Sat.,…

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Added by Becca on June 1, 2016 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Kitchfix Meals Now Available at Fleet Feet

If you're looking for an alternative to your usual take out options, you may want to check out a popular meal service called Kitchfix that has added Fleet Feet to it's roster of pick-up locations.

Kitchfix describes itself as "the solution for when you’re too busy to make a meal, in need of a healthy option, craving something scrumptious, or all of the above. Enjoy foods that are chef-crafted, made from scratch, sourced as locally as possible, approved by our in-house…

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Added by Becca on April 15, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Restaurant Review: Q-BBQ

The wait is finally over. Q-BBQ has finally opened its doors on Marion Street. I know that going to a restaurant the day it opens is usually asking to be disappointed, but we've been waiting so long for this place to open that we decided to risk it.

Our current go-to spot for barbecue is Piggyback Tavern. So we went to Q-BBQ wondering if we'd soon have an Oak Park replacement. 

I ordered pulled pork, chicken and turkey sliders with a side of mac and cheese (or…

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Added by Becca on April 13, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

The Upside of Oak Park's Building Boom

With a number of new condo and apartment buildings in the works, I've noticed there's been a good amount of chatter among Oak Parkers about the downside of more density in downtown Oak Park. But, I have to say that I don't really don't see what all the fuss is about.

My main reference point is Evanston. Having lived there while I was in graduate school before the town's building boom, I can honestly say that today, downtown Evanston is even better than it was before. Granted,…

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Added by Becca on April 2, 2016 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Did You Know that Amazon Prime Now Delivers Fresh Groceries to Oak Park

I fully recognize that what I'm about to share may make it sound like I've been living under a rock since this news may be completely old news to everyone else. But, just in case it's not, did you know that Amazon Prime Now delivers groceries to Oak Park? 

For me, this is major news. I've been using Peapod consistently for probably about eight years, but lately, I've found myself frustrated by incomplete orders and damaged products. While I haven't fully investigated Amazon…

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Added by Becca on March 26, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Threading Spa Opens in Oak Park

I've only tried eye brow threading once, but now that we have a new spa in Oak Park that offers this service, I might do it more often.

Anna Threading Spa is now open on North Boulevard. …

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Added by Becca on March 26, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Area Vietnamese Restaurant Relocating to Oak Park

For a while, it seemed like we were always hearing about Oak Park businesses moving to Forest Park. Now, a Madison Street restaurant is bucking that trend: 

Former Forest Park Restaurant Saigon Pho & Café Announces Plans to Relocate to Oak Park



OAK PARK, IL - The Oak Park Economic Development Corporation (OPEDC) is pleased to announce Saigon Pho & Café’s relocation to 726 Lake St., making it the first Vietnamese restaurant in Oak Park. The…

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Added by Becca on March 25, 2016 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Oak Park Detour: Forno Rosso Restaurant

If you've been reading LHOP long enough, you probably know that I get pretty cranky when it comes to the topic of pizza in Oak 

Park. Being an East Coaster who grew up on New York style pizza, I've yet to find a pizza that truly makes my heart sing. We typically resort to Edwardo's on North…

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Added by Becca on February 7, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Nando's Peri Peri Opening in April

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Nando's Peri Perio on Lake Street should be opening in April. This cannot happen soon enough.

Nando's took possession of the property in December 2015 and is aiming for an April opening. The restaurant will offer 160 seats, with 24 of those on an outdoor patio on Lake Street, Bagherpour…

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Added by Becca on February 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Marion Street Market Renovations Underway

I didn't even realize Marion Street Market was under renovation until I received the following email announcement:

Walking inside the new Marion Street Market will be an eye-opening experience with reclaimed wood flooring, rustic tabletops and contemporary details. An upgraded ventilation system and gas utilities will open up the creative menu offerings and expand the palette of ingredients and cooking techniques. Diners can continue to enjoy Marion Street Market's…

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Added by Becca on January 20, 2016 at 10:06pm — 3 Comments

A Hidden Gem: Trailside Museum of Natural History

Now that I'm the proud parent of a toddler with what seems like infinite levels of energy and curiosity, we've started to get out and explore more of the kid-friendly activities in the Oak Park area. I recently learned about the Trailside Museum of Natural History on Thatcher in River Forest and I have to say it was a very pleasant surprise. I knew the museum existed, but for some reason it never…

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Added by Becca on January 11, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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