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Prairie Bread Kitchen Now Has Pizza

The sign speaks for itself. Pizza is now available at Prairie Bread Kitchen. They bake it on the premises. …

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Added by Becca on June 10, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Cycling Studio Coming to Downtown Oak Park ... I think

So, I don't have any details other than what I've been able to glean from looking into the window and some random Facebook chatter, but it looks like Oak Park will be getting a cycling studio on Marion Street just next to the Dailey Method. From what I can see, they've done a nice job with the interior renovations. I hope they are planning to open soon!

If anyone else has additional information, please feel free to share. …

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Added by Becca on June 9, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Serenitea Is Adding Cookware and Other Goodies

The little tea shop just off of Marion Street, Serenitea, is expanding. I'll definitely have to check out the new space when it opens. It's nice to see an Oak Park business growing! …

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Added by Becca on June 9, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Oak Park Police Investigating First Shooting Incident of 2016

There's been a bit of chatter about a shooting that occurred this weekend in Oak Park. Here's the press release that the village sent out today:

Police investigating first shooting incident of 2016



June 2, 2016 – The Oak Park Police Department is investigating the first shooting in the Village this year in what officials are calling an isolated incident not involving any Oak Park residents.

The shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m., Sat.,…

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Added by Becca on June 1, 2016 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Kitchfix Meals Now Available at Fleet Feet

If you're looking for an alternative to your usual take out options, you may want to check out a popular meal service called Kitchfix that has added Fleet Feet to it's roster of pick-up locations.

Kitchfix describes itself as "the solution for when you’re too busy to make a meal, in need of a healthy option, craving something scrumptious, or all of the above. Enjoy foods that are chef-crafted, made from scratch, sourced as locally as possible, approved by our in-house…

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Added by Becca on April 15, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Restaurant Review: Q-BBQ

The wait is finally over. Q-BBQ has finally opened its doors on Marion Street. I know that going to a restaurant the day it opens is usually asking to be disappointed, but we've been waiting so long for this place to open that we decided to risk it.

Our current go-to spot for barbecue is Piggyback Tavern. So we went to Q-BBQ wondering if we'd soon have an Oak Park replacement. 

I ordered pulled pork, chicken and turkey sliders with a side of mac and cheese (or…

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Added by Becca on April 13, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

The Upside of Oak Park's Building Boom

With a number of new condo and apartment buildings in the works, I've noticed there's been a good amount of chatter among Oak Parkers about the downside of more density in downtown Oak Park. But, I have to say that I don't really don't see what all the fuss is about.

My main reference point is Evanston. Having lived there while I was in graduate school before the town's building boom, I can honestly say that today, downtown Evanston is even better than it was before. Granted,…

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Added by Becca on April 2, 2016 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Did You Know that Amazon Prime Now Delivers Fresh Groceries to Oak Park

I fully recognize that what I'm about to share may make it sound like I've been living under a rock since this news may be completely old news to everyone else. But, just in case it's not, did you know that Amazon Prime Now delivers groceries to Oak Park? 

For me, this is major news. I've been using Peapod consistently for probably about eight years, but lately, I've found myself frustrated by incomplete orders and damaged products. While I haven't fully investigated Amazon…

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Added by Becca on March 26, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Threading Spa Opens in Oak Park

I've only tried eye brow threading once, but now that we have a new spa in Oak Park that offers this service, I might do it more often.

Anna Threading Spa is now open on North Boulevard. …

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Added by Becca on March 26, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Area Vietnamese Restaurant Relocating to Oak Park

For a while, it seemed like we were always hearing about Oak Park businesses moving to Forest Park. Now, a Madison Street restaurant is bucking that trend: 

Former Forest Park Restaurant Saigon Pho & Café Announces Plans to Relocate to Oak Park



OAK PARK, IL - The Oak Park Economic Development Corporation (OPEDC) is pleased to announce Saigon Pho & Café’s relocation to 726 Lake St., making it the first Vietnamese restaurant in Oak Park. The…

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Added by Becca on March 25, 2016 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Oak Park Detour: Forno Rosso Restaurant

If you've been reading LHOP long enough, you probably know that I get pretty cranky when it comes to the topic of pizza in Oak 

Park. Being an East Coaster who grew up on New York style pizza, I've yet to find a pizza that truly makes my heart sing. We typically resort to Edwardo's on North…

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Added by Becca on February 7, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Nando's Peri Peri Opening in April

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Nando's Peri Perio on Lake Street should be opening in April. This cannot happen soon enough.

Nando's took possession of the property in December 2015 and is aiming for an April opening. The restaurant will offer 160 seats, with 24 of those on an outdoor patio on Lake Street, Bagherpour…

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Added by Becca on February 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Marion Street Market Renovations Underway

I didn't even realize Marion Street Market was under renovation until I received the following email announcement:

Walking inside the new Marion Street Market will be an eye-opening experience with reclaimed wood flooring, rustic tabletops and contemporary details. An upgraded ventilation system and gas utilities will open up the creative menu offerings and expand the palette of ingredients and cooking techniques. Diners can continue to enjoy Marion Street Market's…

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Added by Becca on January 20, 2016 at 10:06pm — 3 Comments

A Hidden Gem: Trailside Museum of Natural History

Now that I'm the proud parent of a toddler with what seems like infinite levels of energy and curiosity, we've started to get out and explore more of the kid-friendly activities in the Oak Park area. I recently learned about the Trailside Museum of Natural History on Thatcher in River Forest and I have to say it was a very pleasant surprise. I knew the museum existed, but for some reason it never…

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Added by Becca on January 11, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Another New Restaurant Coming to Lake Street

I'm light on details here, but a new restaurant called "Romaine" is coming to Lake Street in the former sandwich shop spot. I'm curious if it is just a re-concepting by the new owners? We will soon see.



Shoutout to trustee Bob Tucker for the photo. …

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Added by Becca on January 3, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Green Home Experts Closing South Boulevard Location

If you haven't heard the news, Green Home Experts is closing its doors on South Boulevard. While it's certainly a loss for Oak Park, I wish Maria the best as it looks like she has big plans in store for her business. Here's an excerpt from the post on the Green Home Experts website:

On January 31, 2016 Green Home Experts will end its retail operations and continue in business serving commercial and wholesale distribution customers. For eight wonderful, rewarding,…

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Added by Becca on December 20, 2015 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Oak Park child care worker charged with aggravated battery

The Oak Park police department has issued the press release below. As a parent, reading news like this is never easy:

 

Dec. 5, 2015 – A child care worker was charged today with one count of Aggravated Battery of a Child in connection with an injury sustained Wednesday by an eight-month old in her care at Oak Park Montessori, 937 Garfield St.

 

Karelia Michelle Montenegro, 35, of the 1300 block of south 50th Avenue in…

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Added by Becca on December 5, 2015 at 11:12pm — No Comments

CrossFit Gym Coming to Oak Park

I just noticed last week that there's a new gym opening up on Harrison Street called Crossfit Spero. Judging from their website, it looks like they've started offering introductory classes. 

Is anyone planning to check them out? It's nice to see a fitness facility on Harrison. I think it will be a great addition to the neighborhood.…

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Added by Becca on November 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Nutshell Mail Has Been Discontinued

Hello everyone. I know that many of you may have been receiving news about Live Here Oak Park on a daily basis via the handy Nutshell Mail feature. Unfortunately, it appears that it is no longer working. If you are still receiving blank emails, please click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of the email. 

If you're looking for an alternative, check out the subscription option son the right-hand side of the homepage. You can receive a daily email with a link to the recent blog posts,…

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Added by Becca on November 14, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Native Foods Closing

As a result of my posting on Facebook about the closing of Aripo's, I learned from another resident that Native Foods in River Forest is also closing. While I only visited them a few times because I'm a meat eater, it's always disappointing to hear that we're losing a healthy eating option. I wonder what went wrong considering they just opened last year. Does anyone have…

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Added by Becca on November 13, 2015 at 8:37pm — 6 Comments

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