Becca's Blog – March 2010 Archive (31)

Mid-week Market Still on the Table

The Wednesday Journal ran a story last week about the mid-week farmer's market that bubbled up a few months ago during a board meeting. Well, according to the article, it seems like the market might serve an alternative for residents who typically venture to Forest Park to have some fun:

Oak Park gets props for its…

Added by Becca on March 29, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Bikes Banned in Oak Park?

I was looking through some of my news feeds and came across several posts claiming that bicyclists are being pulled over and fined in Oak Park. I'm fairly certain that there's some bad information out there because the comments don't seem to make sense given how bike-friendly the Village is. Has anyone heard anything about this?

Here's the comment that started the… Continue

Added by Becca on March 29, 2010 at 7:30pm — 16 Comments

What Are Your Earth Hour Plans?

As many of you know, Earth Hour takes place on Saturday, March 27. Here's some info the Village sent out in their latest e-mail update:

Earth Hour is Saturday Oak Parkers are invited to turn off their lights for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m., Sat., March 27, to stand up, take responsibility for and get involved in working toward a sustainable future. When Earth Hour was launched in 2007, 2.2 million people took part in Sydney, Australia. Last…

Added by Becca on March 26, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Chicago Eats Features Buzz Cafe in Video

I haven't been to Buzz Cafe in years, but I know it's a favorite for plenty people in Oak Park. I hope to get back there one of these days because I've been told that they make a mean hamburger. But in the meantime, here's great video from Chicago Eats about the south Oak Park spot.

Any Buzz regulars out there? What's your favorite thing on the menu? Buzz Cafe in Oak Park from…


Added by Becca on March 24, 2010 at 7:26pm — 3 Comments

Nifty Website Tracks Our Census Participation Rates: Let's Go, Oak Park!

Today, when I was driving home from work, I heard a segment on NPR about this "Take 10 Map" on the Census website that allows folks to track the census mail-in participation rates in an effort to spur a little bit of friendly, census-related competition among communities.

The map is updated each day so the results are pretty close to real-time. So how's Oak Park doing so far? As of this evening, the… Continue

Added by Becca on March 24, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Yikes! I-290 Resurfacing About to Begin

The Village included the following message in the latest e-update:

Oak Parkers who use the Eisenhower I-290 expressway may want to start considering alternate routes or public transit as the Illinois Department of Transportation prepares to resurface 14 miles of the highway in Cook County between I-88 and the I-90/94 Circle Interchange. The project includes milling and resurfacing the driving surface, shoulders and all exit and…

Added by Becca on March 23, 2010 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

One Resident's Perspective on the OPRF Lawsuit Against the Village

A few days ago, I received an e-mail from an Oak Park resident who was interested in providing an alternative perspective regarding the lawsuit the Oak Park River Forest High School has filed against the Village. While she does wish to remain to anonymous, she asked if I could share her perspective:

....I mentioned a few days ago that there is some interesting background information regarding the current situation with OPRF high school. As you know,…

Added by Becca on March 23, 2010 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

Get a Free Ice Cream Cone at the Oak Park Ben & Jerry's on 3/23

Oak Park blogger Carrie Kirby (a.k.a Frugalista) announced that March 23 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's and Oak Park is one of only three locations in the Chicagoland area participating in the event. You can get the full scoop (pun intended) on her blog.

The… Continue

Added by Becca on March 22, 2010 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment

Artists Sought to Help Dress Up Oak Park Railroad Retaining Walls

Alright all you artists out there, here's your chance to help make Oak Park beautiful:

Oak Park artists are being sought to transform the railroad retaining walls along the Green Line corridor from dull, blank concrete into canvases that promote creative expression and provide an enriching visual experience for residents and visitors alike. Called the Community Mini-Mural Project, the first phase of the program will select eight artists to paint…

Added by Becca on March 22, 2010 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments

Oak Park Brown Elephant Featured on Chicago Now Blog

I'm ashamed to say that I've lived in Oak Park for nearly four years and I've yet to venture to the Brown Elephant on Harrison Street. Based on this blog post on Chicago Now, it sounds like I'm missing out. Here's an excerpt from what they had to say:

If you need a cheap place to sit and fast, go to the…

Added by Becca on March 22, 2010 at 8:18pm — 4 Comments

Oak Park Benetton Store Closing

Oak Park Benetton Store I was on my way to Five Guys this afternoon and noticed the Benetton store on Lake Street had a "Retail Space for Lease" sign in the window. I decided to stop inside to see what else I could find out. The saleswoman was busy helping a customer, so I didn't ask too many questions but she did say that after 20 years in Oak Park, they would be closing.

I've always felt like the store was a little too cramped and cluttered to deliver a pleasant shopping experience, but it… Continue

Added by Becca on March 21, 2010 at 1:51pm — 7 Comments

Oak Park Makes Chicago Magazine's "20 Great Towns and Neighborhoods" List

The April issue of Chicago Magazine includes an article featuring "20 Great Towns and Neighborhoods" in the area. It includes both a mix of the usual suspects (that means you Roscoe Village and Lakewood Balmoral) but also some lesser known areas like Edison Park and Marrynook.

The article also includes ten suburban locations including Wilmette, Glenview, Tinley Park and ... much to my surprise, Oak Park.

I… Continue

Added by Becca on March 20, 2010 at 12:57am — 2 Comments

The Latest News on Noodles & Co and Peterson's Ice Cream

Short blog post here.

Noodles & Company will be opening in the old Pompei space on Harlem in May.

The newly remodeled Peterson's Ice Cream on Chicago Avenue will re-open the first week of may.

Yay! Noodles and ice cream coming… Continue

Added by Becca on March 19, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Temporary Boutique Opens on Oak Park Avenue

Last night, we decided to walk to downtown Oak Park so we could enjoy the almost-spring-like weather. As my husband made his way to Oberweis for a milkshake, I noticed a new boutique just south of Lake Street and next door to Chameleon called Sanem's. Judging by what I saw, it looks like they have some cute stuff. And according to the sign on their door, they are also hosting a truck show this month.…


Added by Becca on March 19, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Fitness Formula Fee Increase Leads to Lawsuit

Several months ago, we had a discussion about the one-time fee charged by the Fitness Formula health club at the beginning of the year.

Well, apparently the issue has resulted in a lawsuit according to the Oak Leaves:

The Wendorfs objected to the payment, but weren't allowed to end…

Added by Becca on March 17, 2010 at 7:41pm — 11 Comments

Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles (Hopefully) Coming to Oak Park This Spring

If you've been driving down Madison Street for the last few months, you may have noticed a storefront under construction with a jaunty chicken standing next to a waffle in the window.

Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles And if you've been to Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles on the South Side, your mouth has probably been watering ever since you first realized you wouldn't have to trek to Bronzeville for your chicken and waffles fix.

The restaurant was originally supposed to open in the winter… Continue

Added by Becca on March 17, 2010 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Potbelly Sandwich Works Coming to Oak Park

Back when Pompei closed, many of expressed our wishes for a Potbelly Sandwich Works to fill the empty space. While Potbelly will not be occupying the old Pompei space (Noodles & Company will), member Rich tells us that Potbelly will be coming to Oak… Continue

Added by Becca on March 15, 2010 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

You Can Help Make Live Here Oak Park Even More Awesome

We all like to know what's going on around in the Oak Park area. While I try to keep my ear to the ground and my eyes open, I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm not catching everything. That's where I need help from all of you!

If you're talking to your neighbors and you hear something interesting that's happening around town, come on over to Live Here Oak Park and share the news.

If you find yourself walking past a storefront and notice some… Continue

Added by Becca on March 15, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Noodles & Company Coming to River Forest

We've been speculating for weeks about what would be going into the new Pompei space ever since the restaurant's sudden closure. The plot started to thicken recently as folks like RussM noticed construction had started in the location (check out his… Continue

Added by Becca on March 14, 2010 at 11:08pm — 10 Comments

It's Parenthesis Kitchen Walk Time!

If you're an HGTV nut like me, the annual Parenthesis Kitchen Walk is probably your kind of event. This year's walk takes place April 24:

For 24 years, the Parenthesis Kitchen Walk has been a much anticipated highlight of spring in Oak Park and River Forest. The annual fundraiser showcases 10 stunning kitchens, all renovated in the prior year. A committee of professional designers…

Added by Becca on March 14, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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