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Help Sought Identifying Robbery Suspects

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,…

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Added by Becca on July 16, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Mysterious Restaurant Coming to Madison Street

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?…

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Added by Becca on July 8, 2014 at 3:32am — 6 Comments

Website Ranks Oak Park Among the Best Small Cities For Education

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…

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Added by Becca on June 27, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

New Tenant Coming to Harlem Avenue

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…

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Added by Becca on June 23, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

New Grocery Chain May Be Coming to River Forest

I've been anxiously awaiting an update on the rumors that Mariano's will be coming to North Avenue, but in the meantime, it looks like another grocery store will be coming to the neighborhood.

Matt Baron from Inside Edge PR…

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Added by Becca on June 20, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

A Visit to Refind in Forest Park

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?…

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Added by Becca on June 10, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Oak Park Food Truck Rally

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…

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Added by Becca on May 28, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Red Mango is Now Open

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.…

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Added by Becca on May 23, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Get a Free Ticket to the Parenthesis Kitchen Walk

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…

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Added by Becca on April 2, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Chick-Fil-A Now Open at North Riverside Mall

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…

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Added by Becca on March 27, 2014 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Penzy's Spices Closing Oak Park Store

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. …

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Added by Becca on March 18, 2014 at 7:22pm — 2 Comments

Glazed and Infused Doughnuts Coming to a Coffee Shop Near You

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!…

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Added by Becca on January 25, 2014 at 8:44am — 4 Comments

Abandoned Dog Nurses Kittens in Need of Milk at the Animal Care League

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):

Meet Theresa – A Whopping 8 Pounds of Determination and Inspiration:

On a…

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Added by Becca on January 16, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

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

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,…

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Added by Becca on January 5, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Restaurant Review: Eyrie

We've been walking past Eyrie on Oak Park Avenue, the restaurant run by students at Robert Morris College, but due to the fact that it was only open during lunch and one weekend a month we could never work it into our schedule. But that changed recently thanks to a change in their hours which now include dinner every Friday and Saturday night.

I'm guessing that most people don't know about the change yet as there was…

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Added by Becca on October 24, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Restaurant Review: Amelia's Good Food and Drink

I've been hearing about Amelia's in Forest Park for a while and we finally got around to checking it out for ourselves a few days ago.

Overall, I thought the food was above average. I had salmon with some sort of ragu on the side and my husband had jambalaya. The portions were sizable and the prices were reasonable. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the atmosphere as it's basically a bar with a seating area off to the…

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Added by Becca on October 13, 2013 at 11:05am — 1 Comment

1st Annual “Barktoberfest” - Animal Care League Howls With Pride



Support the Animal Care League this month at their first Barktoberfest fundraiser:

Animal Care League believes birthdays and anniversaries are great times to explore, venture out, or make over. Still basking in our 40th Birthday Celebration, we’re inspired by our milestone and launching a new fall fundraising event: 1st Annual Barktoberfest. Blending the fun and festivities…

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Added by Becca on October 5, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Free "Ghostbusters" Showing at the Lake Theatre

Just in time for Halloween, the Lake Street Theater has as special treat for all you children of the 80s out there:

Get in the Halloween spirit early this year with a special screening of the iconic 1984 comedy “Ghostbusters” [PG] at the Lake Theatre, located at 1022 Lake Street in downtown Oak Park, on Saturday, October 19, at 10AM. Sponsored by Downtown Oak Park,…

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Added by Becca on September 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Defiant Comics Now Open in Forest Park

I took this photo a few weeks ago, but according to their Facebook page, Defiant Comics is now open for business on Madison Street in Forest Park.…

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Added by Becca on September 15, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments

International Film Festival Returns to Oak Park

For all you movie buffs out there ...



On Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., filmmaker and Columbia College adjunct professor Stan West hosts the ninth Oak Park International Film Festival program including screenings and panel discussions at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake…

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Added by Becca on September 12, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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