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:
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…Continue
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. …Continue
Added by Becca on August 30, 2014 at 7:35pm — No Comments
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!…Continue
Added by Becca on August 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Becca on August 6, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments
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,…Continue
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?…Continue
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…
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…Continue
Added by Becca on June 23, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
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?…Continue
Added by Becca on June 10, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Becca on May 23, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
The Parenthesis Kitchen Walk is hands-down one of my favorite Oak Park events of the year. Although the tickets can be a little pricey, it's for a good cause. But if you're wondering how you can score a free ticket, here's how:
KITCHEN WALK 2014
Volunteers are still needed!
Would you like to attend the Kitchen Walk for free? It's easy! And it's fun! You can volunteer for a 3…
Added by Becca on April 2, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Okay, so I know North Riverside Mall isn't in Oak Park, but if you're a Chick-Fil-A fan, making the short drive down Cermak is nothing so I just wanted to share the news. The North Riverside Mall Chick-Fil-A…Continue
One of my Twitter friends recently received a postcard with this sad announcement from Penzy's Spices. Hopefully, they will find a new home someplace near Oak Park, as they are one of my favorite local stores. …Continue
In case you haven't been to the new coffee shop on Madison Street in Forest Park called Counter Coffee, you now have a good excuse to check them out. Starting today, they will be serving doughnuts from Glazed and Infused on Saturdays and Sundays. If you decided to swing by, be sure to report back to let us know what you think!…Continue
I recently received this story from the Animal Care League and I had to share it because I'm a sucker for a touching animal story (make sure you scroll to the bottom for the video and donation link):
I received this from Allison Fluecke, the Carnival Chair so I just wanted to pass it along:
Oak Park’s Lincoln Elementary School is gearing up for its 65th annual Family Carnival. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, between 11 am and 3 pm at Lincoln Elementary School, 1111 South Grove Avenue, Oak Park,…
Added by Becca on January 5, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments