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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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

Two Events Where You Can Buy Crafty Stuff

Two interesting events for buying and selling crafty stuff appeared in Mom Mail recently:

Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion is inviting artists and hand-crafters from around the area to participate in an Artisan’s Market on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Artisan’s Market is open to all artists, and you need not be a member of Oak Park Temple to exhibit and sell your works. The event is free…

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Added by Becca on February 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Huskie Booster Ball Fundraiser Set for March 21

From Jim Heininger of the Huskie Booster Club: 

The Huskie Booster Club will hold its annual Booster Ball, hoping to raise $50,000 plus to support student academics, activities, arts and athletics at Oak Park and River Forest High School,…

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Added by Becca on February 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

A little piece of Oak Park

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. …

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Added by Becca on January 12, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Restaurant Review: Native Foods

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…

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Added by Becca on January 11, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Another Fitness Studio is Coming Soon to Oak Park

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…

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Added by Becca on January 10, 2015 at 9:28pm — No Comments

The Barre Code Coming to Lake Street

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…

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Added by Becca on January 1, 2015 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Make Tracks to Join the Fun at Lincoln School’s 66th Annual Carnival

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.

Families,…

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Added by Becca on December 14, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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

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