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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…

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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 — 1 Comment

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 …

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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…

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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.…

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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,…

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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. …

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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. …

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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,…

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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…

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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

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