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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…


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…


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…


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…


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. …


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,…


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…


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.…


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,…


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…


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

Aripo's Says Goodbye to Oak Park

Today, I saw the sad news on Facebook that Aripo's on Marion Street will be closing its doors later this month. I remember when they first opened and how friendly the owners were. I even hosted one of our first Live Here Oak Park meetups there. They will be missed. …


Added by Becca on November 13, 2015 at 5:57pm — 5 Comments

Spotted in Oak Park: Google Street View Car

I had never see a Google Street View car out in the wild until this weekend. The car in this photo was parked on Marion Street.…


Added by Becca on October 26, 2015 at 8:09pm — 5 Comments

Connolly's Pub Opening Soon

Thanks to Trustee Bob Tucker for sharing this picture of the facade of Connelly's Pub on South Blvd. They're due to open in just a few weeks.…


Added by Becca on October 24, 2015 at 10:24pm — 2 Comments

Bellissima Opera is Seeking Craft Project Participants

Just passing this along:


Please consider joining Bellissima Opera for a Wonderful Craft Project!!! Read the details below. If interested:



Added by Becca on October 10, 2015 at 8:56pm — No Comments

A Trip to Pete's Fresh Market

After reading all the hubbub about Pete's Fresh Market, I was finally able to pay them a visit. As a reluctant customer of the former Dominick's, I have to say that Pete's is certainly a welcome addition to the east side of Oak Park.

During our visit, we focused our efforts on the hot bar, since we normally go to Whole Foods when we're looking for a quick meal out. 

Pete's seems to have a wide selection of food choices with something for everyone. I ordered sweet…


Added by Becca on September 12, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Q BBQ Is Hiring

Added by Becca on August 18, 2015 at 9:28pm — No Comments

A Trip to The Sugar Beet Co-Op

I'm willing to say that when I first heard about The Sugar Beet Co-Op, I didn't really know what to think of it. It sounded like a nice idea, but the cynic in me wondered if it would have nothing more than a few nice-to-have food items that I wouldn't normally buy. 

Today, we decided to venture to 812 Madison Street to check out the store and I'm willing to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. It was like a mini Whole Foods with a nice selection of locally sourced products to…


Added by Becca on August 9, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Gala-Tec is Open For Business

When I learned that Mac Specialists was closing, I have to admit that I was disappointed that we would be loosing an alternative to the craziness known as the Genius Bar at the local Apple stores.

Fortunately, it looks like we now have a suitable replacement. Gala-Tec, a family-owned business, held their grand opening this weekend and they are now open at 803 Lake Street.  …


Added by Becca on August 9, 2015 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Nail Salon Coming to Northeast Oak Park

While I'm not thrilled to be getting another nail salon at Ridgeland and Chicago, it's better than the vacant storefront that has been sitting there forever. …


Added by Becca on July 29, 2015 at 11:10pm — 1 Comment

I Survived Orangetheory Fitness

As someone who is a creature of habit when it comes to my exercise routine, I'm not one to jump on every new fitness craze. I tried a barre class a few months ago, hoping to start shedding my post-baby lump but haven't been back because it wasn't quite the high-energy sweatfest that I typically enjoy.

This week, I decided to give Orangetheory Fitness on North Avenue a try. I had visited the location…


Added by Becca on July 18, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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