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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:


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

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…


Added by Becca on March 27, 2014 at 6:00pm — 3 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. …


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!…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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.…


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…


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

Support the 700 Bonnie Brae LemonAid Stand

Added by Becca on September 4, 2013 at 8:49pm — No Comments

New Coffee Shop Opening in Forest Park

This spot on the corner of Madison and Circle Ave seems to get a new tenant every year. It looks like the next business taking over the space will be a coffee shop brought to you by the folks behind Team Blonde.…


Added by Becca on September 2, 2013 at 9:47pm — 10 Comments

Pleasant Homes: A Tour of Oak Park Historic Interiors

I'm a big fan of home tours, so here's one that's coming up that I just wanted to pass along:

Tour Seven Private Architecturally Significant Homes

WHAT: On October 5th, the Pleasant Home Foundation will host a tour of seven unique homes in Oak Park, many open to the public for the first time. All homes are an easy walk from Pleasant Home; event tickets also include a complimentary tour of Pleasant Home. Proceeds will benefit the…


Added by Becca on September 1, 2013 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Restaurant Review: Madison Park Kitchen

It seems like every weekend, my husband and I complain about the lack of good breakfast options in the Oak Park area as we are schlepping to Nightwood or Milk & Honey. But last Saturday, we decided to give a new restaurant in Forest Park a try and I have to say that we were pleasantly surprised.

Madison Park Kitchen (or MPK) recently opened in the former Thyme & Honey location. I'm…


Added by Becca on August 28, 2013 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Oak Park Art League Community Yard Sale

Got some stuff around the house that you need to sell? Check out the Oak Park Art League Community Yard Sale:

Oak Park Art League Community Yard Sale

Saturday September 7,…


Added by Becca on August 14, 2013 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Blood Donors Receive a Free Quart of Oberweis Ice Cream on August 15

I recently received the following information from the Oak Park Library so I just wanted to pass it along:

Oak Park, IL – Give blood at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., from noon to 4 pm Thursday, Aug. 15. Collection will be managed by Heartland Blood Centers, an independent not-for-profit blood center serving 49 hospitals in a 12-county…


Added by Becca on August 4, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Free Day Gelato at Mancini's

I haven't had the gelato from Mancini's, but I've heard that it's pretty darn good. I guess I have an excuse to try it out now since they're offering it for free next weekend:

Mancini’s Pizza & Pasta Café, 1111 Lake Street, will hand out free gelato on Saturday, August 3rd from 2PM…


Added by Becca on July 24, 2013 at 6:01pm — 4 Comments

Edible Garden Tour on July 27

Support the Suger-Beet Co-Op and check out the Edible Garden Tour later this month. …


Added by Becca on July 7, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments

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