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A Trip to Pete's Fresh Market

After reading all the hubbub about Pete's Fresh Market, I was finally able to pay them a visit. As a reluctant customer of the former Dominick's, I have to say that Pete's is certainly a welcome addition to the east side of Oak Park.

During our visit, we focused our efforts on the hot bar, since we normally go to Whole Foods when we're looking for a quick meal out. 

Pete's seems to have a wide selection of food choices with something for everyone. I ordered sweet…


Added by Becca on September 12, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Q BBQ Is Hiring

Added by Becca on August 18, 2015 at 9:28pm — No Comments

A Trip to The Sugar Beet Co-Op

I'm willing to say that when I first heard about The Sugar Beet Co-Op, I didn't really know what to think of it. It sounded like a nice idea, but the cynic in me wondered if it would have nothing more than a few nice-to-have food items that I wouldn't normally buy. 

Today, we decided to venture to 812 Madison Street to check out the store and I'm willing to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. It was like a mini Whole Foods with a nice selection of locally sourced products to…


Added by Becca on August 9, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Gala-Tec is Open For Business

When I learned that Mac Specialists was closing, I have to admit that I was disappointed that we would be loosing an alternative to the craziness known as the Genius Bar at the local Apple stores.

Fortunately, it looks like we now have a suitable replacement. Gala-Tec, a family-owned business, held their grand opening this weekend and they are now open at 803 Lake Street.  …


Added by Becca on August 9, 2015 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Nail Salon Coming to Northeast Oak Park

While I'm not thrilled to be getting another nail salon at Ridgeland and Chicago, it's better than the vacant storefront that has been sitting there forever. …


Added by Becca on July 29, 2015 at 11:10pm — 1 Comment

I Survived Orangetheory Fitness

As someone who is a creature of habit when it comes to my exercise routine, I'm not one to jump on every new fitness craze. I tried a barre class a few months ago, hoping to start shedding my post-baby lump but haven't been back because it wasn't quite the high-energy sweatfest that I typically enjoy.

This week, I decided to give Orangetheory Fitness on North Avenue a try. I had visited the location…


Added by Becca on July 18, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Police Station Lobby Open for Transactions

Buying something from Craigslist? Use the police department lobby to stay safe: 

Oak Park Police officials are encouraging residents to make use of the department’s lobby, which is open, well-lit and staffed 24 hours a day, for transactions organized on internet forums such as Craigslist. More details are posted at…


Added by Becca on June 27, 2015 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Nail Salon Coming to Marion Street

I wasn't able to find any more details, but it looks like we're getting a new nail salon. 

Added by Becca on June 27, 2015 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Home Decor and 'Design Collective' Coming to Lake Street

This week, I was attending an event where happened to learn about a new business coming to Oak Park called Alley Cat Decor and Design. From what I can tell, they're a home decor store with a DIY twist. Here's what the website says:

Alley Cat Decor and Design Collective is the ultimate resource for DIY homeowners and anyone looking to beautify their living space. The …


Added by Becca on June 2, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Making the Most of North Avenue

We live in the northern portion of Oak Park and for some reason, I've never really paid much attention the businesses on North Avenue (aside from the Burger Boss and IHOP). But recently, it's come to my attention that there are a number of businesses that are within walking distance of my house that are worth checking out.

Serelli's Finer Foods

This little store makes me feel like I'm in…


Added by Becca on May 27, 2015 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Outdoor Flea Market this Sunday

I have very little information about this event, but the photos look cool and it sounds interesting. So here's what I know:

Studio 8 is holding its first outdoor flea market this Sunday. It will be located at 1125 Garfield in Oak Park. They will be "We will be rocking vintage & funkified objects from 10am - 5pm" and there are still a few spots for interested vendors.…


Added by Becca on May 20, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

District 97 Seeking Members for Facilities Advisory Committee

From D97: 

District 97 is seeking dedicated individuals from the community who are interested in taking an active role in shaping the future of our schools by applying to serve in a voluntary capacity on our Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC).

FAC, which meets on a monthly basis during the school year, is comprised of members who have a wide array of interests and areas of expertise (architecture, engineering, energy efficiency, maintenance,…


Added by Becca on April 19, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Announcements regarding principal positions at Hatch and Brooks

I'm a little late with these announcements, but wanted to post them anyway:

Hatch Elementary School

During its meeting this evening, the District 97 Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Sarah Mendez as the principal of William Hatch Elementary School. Mendez will be replacing Sheila Carter, who is retiring at the end of the school year. She will start at Hatch on July 1, 2015. …


Added by Becca on April 19, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Fleet Feet is Open for Business

Attention runners (and aspiring runners who just need the right gear), Fleet Feet Oak Park is officially open!

I walked past the store on Saturday and it was already buzzing with customers. They seem to have a number of events throughout the year at their other locations, so hopefully the same will be true for the Oak Park store. …


Added by Becca on April 12, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

Lost Dog Poster in Northeast Oak Park

Added by Becca on April 4, 2015 at 8:24pm — No Comments

ShareASpot Connects Residents with Unused Parking Spaces

If you've been in Oak Park long enough there are two topics that you will constantly hear people grumbling about -- parking and taxes. Unfortunately, I don't have a solution to the tax issue, but here's some information about a new business that may help solve some residential parking woes:

Chicago suburb residents are perpetually on the lookout for a reliable parking spot, while many homeowners have an empty driveway, or unused space. A new Forest Park based company,…


Added by Becca on April 2, 2015 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Restaurant Review: Felony Franks

If you haven't heard of Felony Frank's, it's a new hot dog spot on North Avenue that hit a few rough patches in Chicago before it found it's way to Oak Park. Their mission is bigger than just getting food into your belly. The restaurant's website provides the following description: 

A community-driven, socially responsible concept restaurant with two missions:

1. To deliver the best tasting hot dog in Chicago and other top quality fast food that we…


Added by Becca on March 13, 2015 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

National Pancake Day at IHOP Tomorrow

March 3 is National Pancake Day at IHOP. So what does that mean? 

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised nearly 16 million to…


Added by Becca on March 2, 2015 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Harlem Bus Service Hearing

For all you Harlem bus riders:

A public hearing has been scheduled to discuss a proposed restructuring of service on Route 307 Harlem Avenue, which operates between Elmwood Park and Summit. The plan includes later evening service and more frequent service on certain sections of the route.…


Added by Becca on February 19, 2015 at 8:03pm — No Comments

You Can Now Take the Green Line to McCormick Place

I didn't even know this was in the works, but apparently a new Green Line stop has opened near McCormick Place. Just in time for the Auto Show. Good news for Oak Parkers! Read more on the…


Added by Becca on February 8, 2015 at 5:52pm — No Comments

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