14 hours ago

All that jazz ... and swing

To see some of the best jazz musicians in the state, fork over a cover charge, two-drink minimum and steep Chicago parking fees, right?  Read More...

    All that jazz ... and swing
    To see some of the best jazz musicians in the state, fork over a cover charge, two-drink minimum and steep Chicago parking fees, right?
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

Film is anti-Semitic propaganda

We the undersigned are very concerned that on April 25, the Lake Theatre will host a virulently anti-Semitic film: "The Occupation of the American Mind," a film replete with well-worn anti-Semitic canards, which have for centuries been used against Jews and more recently the only Jewish state.  Read More...

    Film is anti-Semitic propaganda
    We the undersigned are very concerned that on April 25, the Lake Theatre will host a virulently anti-Semitic film: "The Occupation of the American Mind," a film replete with well-worn anti-Semitic canards, which have for centuries been used against Jews and more recently the only Jewish state.
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

Statement of conscience

We want to publicly thank Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) for joining five other representatives who are courageous enough to urge Gaza protestors to carry out their right to assemble nonviolently while calling on members of the Israeli Defense Forces to "exercise utmost restraint in the use of deadly force and to fully comply with international law."  Read More...

    Statement of conscience
    We want to publicly thank Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) for joining five other representatives who are courageous enough to urge Gaza protestors to carry out their right to assemble nonviolently while calling on members of the Israeli Defense Forces to "exercise utmost restraint in the use of deadly force and to fully comply with international law."
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

Resistance is a balm, not a cure

First the good news. Even the Democrats might be able to win the House in 2018, and Oprah's a lock for 2020. The sit-com Trump Presidency looks to have a short run. Think My Mother The Car. Read More...

    Resistance is a balm, not a cure
    First the good news. Even the Democrats might be able to win the House in 2018, and Oprah's a lock for 2020. The sit-com Trump Presidency looks to have a short run. Think My Mother The Car.
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

The heart of who we are

Perhaps, like me, you always make it to the District 97 Ethnic Fest. Or perhaps you're new to town or have never had a reason to venture out on the first Saturday in May to hear, see, taste or experience something new, different, exciting and cross-cultural.  Read More...

    The heart of who we are
    Perhaps, like me, you always make it to the District 97 Ethnic Fest. Or perhaps you're new to town or have never had a reason to venture out on the first Saturday in May to hear, see, taste or experience something new, different, exciting and cross-cultural.
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

An angel at Buzz Cafe

Ten years ago, my family reluctantly decided to kiss Detroit goodbye and move to Chicagoland for a job opportunity we couldn't turn down.  Read More...

    An angel at Buzz Cafe
    Ten years ago, my family reluctantly decided to kiss Detroit goodbye and move to Chicagoland for a job opportunity we couldn't turn down.
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

Entertaining ... and a good cause

Ever been surprised by seeing everyday people, sometimes people you know, showing musical talent you didn't know they had? How about talent that isn't just your casual, sit-around-at-the-party, group-singing sort? The sort that makes you say, "Geez. These people are really good!" Read More...

    Entertaining ... and a good cause
    Ever been surprised by seeing everyday people, sometimes people you know, showing musical talent you didn't know they had? How about talent that isn't just your casual, sit-around-at-the-party, group-singing sort? The sort that makes you say, "Geez. These people are really good!"
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

The importance of hearing both sides

We are honored and delighted to be partnering with the Palestinian Film Festival to bring the film, The Occupation of the American Mind to the Lake Theatre. Read More...

    The importance of hearing both sides
    We are honored and delighted to be partnering with the Palestinian Film Festival to bring the film, The Occupation of the American Mind to the Lake Theatre.
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

Thanks, Coach

We have lived in Oak Park for 29 years. Each of our three children attended Oak Park schools, including one who played baseball for Chris Ledbetter.  Read More...

    Thanks, Coach
    We have lived in Oak Park for 29 years. Each of our three children attended Oak Park schools, including one who played baseball for Chris Ledbetter.
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

A carbon fee system would put us on the right path

With another Earth Day past, we find our environment and our society facing considerable risk from climate change. Read More...

    A carbon fee system would put us on the right path
    With another Earth Day past, we find our environment and our society facing considerable risk from climate change.
    http://www.oakpark.com

15 hours ago

Austin residents invited to take part in quality-of-life plan

Over the next several days, Austin Coming Together and LISC Chicago will be holding the last set of community meetings in a year-long process to develop the improvement plan.

    Austin residents invited to take part in quality-of-life plan
    Over the next several days, Austin Coming Together and LISC Chicago will be holding the last set of community meetings in a year-long process to develop the improvement plan.
    http://austintalks.org

16 hours ago

Village asks court to toss Keystone Montessori lawsuit

The village of River Forest recently filed a motion to throw out a lawsuit by a nonprofit private school, contending Keystone Montessori School's complaint is untimely and that the school entered a voluntary, binding and rational agreement with the village to pay property taxes in November 1998.  Read More...

    Village asks court to toss Keystone Montessori lawsuit
    The village of River Forest recently filed a motion to throw out a lawsuit by a nonprofit private school, contending Keystone Montessori School's complaint is untimely and that the school entered a voluntary, binding and rational agreement with the village to pay property taxes in November 1998.
    http://www.oakpark.com

16 hours ago

Dominican students come out of shadows, into the light

More than a year into the presidency of Donald Trump, undocumented students at Dominican University in River Forest are still grappling with the fear of deportation. Some of those undocumented students confronted that fear head-on during an April 17 rally held inside the university's social hall.  Read More...

    Dominican students come out of shadows, into the light
    More than a year into the presidency of Donald Trump, undocumented students at Dominican University in River Forest are still grappling with the fear of deportation. Some of those undocumented students confronted that fear head-on during an April 17 rally held inside the university's social hall.
    http://www.oakpark.com

16 hours ago

River Forest Park District releases strategic plan draft

The River Forest Park District Board of Commissioners earlier this month voted unanimously to release the first draft of its strategic plan for the next three years. Read More...

    River Forest Park District releases strategic plan draft
    The River Forest Park District Board of Commissioners earlier this month voted unanimously to release the first draft of its strategic plan for the next three years.
    http://www.oakpark.com

16 hours ago

Is OPRF's south end obsolete?

At an April 16 community engagement session, the Imagine OPRF work group revealed a series of preliminary long-term facilities plans for Oak Park and River Forest High School — the most significant of which called for knocking down and rebuilding the south end of the high school, where most of the gym classes, athletics and extracurricular activities take place.  Read More...

    Is OPRF's south end obsolete?
    At an April 16 community engagement session, the Imagine OPRF work group revealed a series of preliminary long-term facilities plans for Oak Park and River Forest High School - the most significant of which called for knocking down and rebuilding the south end of the high school, where most of the gym classes, athletics and extracurricular activities take place.
    http://www.oakpark.com

16 hours ago

Developers reveal plans for North Ave. Sears site

During 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro's regular community meeting, held April 18 in Chicago's Montclare neighborhood, residents got their first look at some possible plans that developers are considering for the site of the shuttered Sears, located at the intersection of North and Harlem Avenues.  Read More...

    Developers reveal plans for North Ave. Sears site
    During 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro's regular community meeting, held April 18 in Chicago's Montclare neighborhood, residents got their first look at some possible plans that developers are considering for the site of the shuttered Sears, located at the intersection of North and Harlem Avenues.
    http://www.oakpark.com

16 hours ago

Questionable residency cases rising at OPRF

A recent presentation to the Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Board of Education by OPRF Principal Nathaniel Rouse revealed that 245 people were prohibited from enrolling at the high school during the 2017-18 school year after residency checks found that they did not live in the school district.  Read More...

    Questionable residency cases rising at OPRF
    A recent presentation to the Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Board of Education by OPRF Principal Nathaniel Rouse revealed that 245 people were prohibited from enrolling at the high school during the 2017-18 school year after residency checks found that they did not live in the school district.
    http://www.oakpark.com

16 hours ago

Earth Day 2018

Children take a seat in a police cruiser and play with the sirens and lights on Saturday, April 21, during the 9th annual Fest at the Village of Oak Park Public Works building on South Boulevard. Read More...

    Earth Day 2018
    Children take a seat in a police cruiser and play with the sirens and lights on Saturday, April 21, during the 9th annual Fest at the Village of Oak Park Public Works building on South Boulevard.
    http://www.oakpark.com

17 hours ago

Madison St. 'bend' dead, but plan inches ahead

While plans to bend Madison Street to create a larger development site at Oak Park Avenue are likely dead, plans to bring a grocery store and condominiums to the village-owned site are nearing 100 percent, Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb said in an interview. Read More...

    Madison St. 'bend' dead, but plan inches ahead
    While plans to bend Madison Street to create a larger development site at Oak Park Avenue are likely dead, plans to bring a grocery store and condominiums to the village-owned site are nearing 100 percent, Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb said in an interview.
    http://www.oakpark.com

17 hours ago

Third teen arrested for April 14 carjacking

A male juvenile from Chicago was arrested in the 4700 block of Gladys in Chicago, at 5:01 p.m. on April 16, and charged with an armed carjacking that occurred on April 14 in the 900 block of South Elmwood in Oak Park. Read More...

    Third teen arrested for April 14 carjacking
    A male juvenile from Chicago was arrested in the 4700 block of Gladys in Chicago, at 5:01 p.m. on April 16, and charged with an armed carjacking that occurred on April 14 in the 900 block of South Elmwood in Oak Park.
    http://www.oakpark.com

17 hours ago

Developers reveal plans for North Ave. Sears site

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    Developers reveal plans for North Ave. Sears site
    During 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro's regular community meeting During 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro's regular community meeting, residents got their first look at some possible plans that developers are considering for the site of the shuttered Sears.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

17 hours ago

Austin library focuses on engaging teens

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    Austin library focuses on engaging teens
    Two months after Austin Branch Library, 5615 W. Race Ave., reopened after months of renovations, the Chicago Public Library's board of directors held its April meeting inside of the branch's auditorium.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

17 hours ago

Austin school poised to open renovated auditorium

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    Austin school poised to open renovated auditorium
    Community members, educators, elected officials and local civic leaders gathered at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Central Avenue on April 19 to break ground on a new 1,000-seat auditorium inside of Catalyst Circle Rock, 5608 W. Washington Blvd. After a $4 million restoration, the Austin school's auditorium, will feature a proscenium, a main floor, mezzanine and balcony.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

17 hours ago

More than coffee brews at Austin native's caf?

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    More than coffee brews at Austin native's caf?
    After a year in business, Austin native Reesheda Graham-Washington's L!VE Cafe, located in nearby Oak Park, is not only profitable.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

17 hours ago

My tale of automotive woe

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    My tale of automotive woe
    I finally got my SUV to pass the emissions test. But it cost me almost $2,000 to do so. Why such a tremendous amount?
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

17 hours ago

Part of North Ave. could be named after Harriet Tubman

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    Part of North Ave. could be named after Harriet Tubman
    State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (8th) filed a resolution in the House on April 20 that would designate a section of North Avenue in Austin - as the "Harriet Tubman Memorial Avenue."
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

18 hours ago

Another view on Mohr

I am offering another view in contrast to the recently published (and older) comments relating to problems with the H.J. Mohr and Sons business in south Oak Park. Read More...

    Another view on Mohr
    I am offering another view in contrast to the recently published (and older) comments relating to problems with the H.J. Mohr and Sons business in south Oak Park.
    http://www.oakpark.com

18 hours ago

Helping us believe again

A lovely day for a rally, blue skies, temps climbing into the 50s, everything's coming up roses (well, eventually), the weather tipping us, perhaps, finally, into spring itself, and our kids letting it be known they're not going away, tipping us, perhaps, finally, into change itself. Rallying our flagging spirits. Read More...

    Helping us believe again
    A lovely day for a rally, blue skies, temps climbing into the 50s, everything's coming up roses (well, eventually), the weather tipping us, perhaps, finally, into spring itself, and our kids letting it be known they're not going away, tipping us, perhaps, finally, into change itself. Rallying our flagging spirits.
    http://www.oakpark.com

18 hours ago

'A civil and moral tragedy'

A 24-year-old Oak Park man, whose family members say he was unlawfully arrested and detained twice by the Chicago Police Department in 2016, died on April 18, after spending more than a year and a half on life support resulting from an attempted suicide in Cook County Jail. Read More...

    'A civil and moral tragedy'
    A 24-year-old Oak Park man, whose family members say he was unlawfully arrested and detained twice by the Chicago Police Department in 2016, died on April 18, after spending more than a year and a half on life support resulting from an attempted suicide in Cook County Jail.
    http://www.oakpark.com

18 hours ago

'Hamilton' and gun protests

'Welcome to the Revolution!" Cameron Kasky of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida welcomed the crowd in Washington, DC for the March for Our Lives on March 14.  Read More...

    'Hamilton' and gun protests
    'Welcome to the Revolution!" Cameron Kasky of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida welcomed the crowd in Washington, DC for the March for Our Lives on March 14.
    http://www.oakpark.com

19 hours ago

Margaret Nichols, 100

Margaret E. Nichols (nee McCall), a former longtime Oak Park resident, died peacefully at age 100 on April 16, 2018. Read More...

    Margaret Nichols, 100
    Margaret E. Nichols (nee McCall), a former longtime Oak Park resident, died peacefully at age 100 on April 16, 2018.
    http://www.oakpark.com

19 hours ago

'Tales' housewalk highlights homes of the 1920s

On Sunday, May 6 the Oak Park River Forest Historical Society holds its 15th annual housewalk, the Tales our Houses Tell.  Read More...

    'Tales' housewalk highlights homes of the 1920s
    On Sunday, May 6 the Oak Park River Forest Historical Society holds its 15th annual housewalk, the Tales our Houses Tell.
    http://www.oakpark.com

19 hours ago

Sports roundup: Friars net PepsiCo Showdown title

Senior captain Lauren Miller scored her first goal of the season and Shannon Ehrhardt added a pair of goals to power Fenwick past Crystal Lake Central 3-1 in the Navy Bracket championship game of the PepsiCo Showdown on Sunday. Read More...

    Sports roundup: Friars net PepsiCo Showdown title
    Senior captain Lauren Miller scored her first goal of the season and Shannon Ehrhardt added a pair of goals to power Fenwick past Crystal Lake Central 3-1 in the Navy Bracket championship game of the PepsiCo Showdown on Sunday.
    http://www.oakpark.com

19 hours ago

William Darley, 89

William Joseph Darley, 89, of River Forest and Williams Bay, Wisconsin, died at home on April 17, 2018 surrounded by his family.  Read More...

    William Darley, 89
    William Joseph Darley, 89, of River Forest and Williams Bay, Wisconsin, died at home on April 17, 2018 surrounded by his family.
    http://www.oakpark.com

19 hours ago

Madison's future

Major development projects are seldom simple. And so it is with the extended effort by Oak Park village officials to plant something more substantive on land it owns at Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue. Read More...

    Madison's future
    Major development projects are seldom simple. And so it is with the extended effort by Oak Park village officials to plant something more substantive on land it owns at Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue.
    http://www.oakpark.com

19 hours ago

Michael McDonnell, 76

Michael E. McDonnell, 76, of River Forest, died on April 17, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born in Davenport, Iowa, he was in the first graduating class of Assumption High School where he was captain of the football team. Read More...

    Michael McDonnell, 76
    Michael E. McDonnell, 76, of River Forest, died on April 17, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born in Davenport, Iowa, he was in the first graduating class of Assumption High School where he was captain of the football team.
    http://www.oakpark.com

19 hours ago

Welcome, Moms

With nary a NIMBY's cry, construction has begun on an 18-unit apartment project on Chicago Avenue designed exclusively for low-income women with young children. Read More...

    Welcome, Moms
    With nary a NIMBY's cry, construction has begun on an 18-unit apartment project on Chicago Avenue designed exclusively for low-income women with young children.
    http://www.oakpark.com

20 hours ago

Huskies swept by LTHS

Entering this season, the OPRF and Lyons Township High School baseball teams were regarded as the top two teams in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division. Read More...

    Huskies swept by LTHS
    Entering this season, the OPRF and Lyons Township High School baseball teams were regarded as the top two teams in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division.
    http://www.oakpark.com

38 hours ago

A musical walk down memory lane

In his new book – it's a journal, actually – The Mixtape of My Life local author and journalist Robert K. Elder encourages readers to think back to the music that helped shape their lives. Read More...

    A musical walk down memory lane
    In his new book - it's a journal, actually - The Mixtape of My Life local author and journalist Robert K. Elder encourages readers to think back to the music that helped shape their lives.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Be a part of one of the biggest events of 2018

The West Side Historical Society - in partnership with Ald. Jason Ervin, AustinTalks and other partners - will host this year's Juneteenth festival and parade for peace June 22-24 in Garfield Park. Vendors are invited to contact organizers; VIP passes are also available.

    Be a part of one of the biggest events of 2018
    The West Side Historical Society - in partnership with Ald. Jason Ervin, AustinTalks and other partners - will host this year's Juneteenth festival and parade for peace June 22-24 in Garfield Park. Vendors are invited to contact organizers; VIP passes are also available.
    http://austintalks.org

4 days ago

Oak Park students confront Columbine

Julian students demonstrate against gun violence in Scoville Park Read More...

    Oak Park students confront Columbine
    Julian students demonstrate against gun violence in Scoville Park
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Man attacked, robbed on Washington Blvd.

An Oak Park man was beaten and robbed in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard sometime around 9:15 p.m. on April 19. Read More...

    Man attacked, robbed on Washington Blvd.
    An Oak Park man was beaten and robbed in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard sometime around 9:15 p.m. on April 19.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Three fires in three weeks in Oak Park

April has been a busy month for the Oak Park Fire Department, extinguishing fires in three multi-unit buildings over the last three weeks – one of which resulted in a death.  Read More...

    Three fires in three weeks in Oak Park
    April has been a busy month for the Oak Park Fire Department, extinguishing fires in three multi-unit buildings over the last three weeks - one of which resulted in a death.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Don’t miss family night on Friday

Doors open at 4 p.m. April 20 at the Austin Community Family Center, 501 N. Central Ave. Other groups sponsoring the free event - open to all in Austin - include BUILD, Communities Partnering 4Peace, Westside Health Authority and the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.

    Don't miss family night on Friday
    Doors open at 4 p.m. April 20 at the Austin Community Family Center, 501 N. Central Ave. Other groups sponsoring the free event - open to all in Austin - include BUILD, Communities Partnering 4Peace, Westside Health Authority and the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.
    http://austintalks.org

5 days ago

Takara moving to Forest Park

Takara Beathea-Gudell will be moving her Oak Park-based clothing and accessories store to Forest Park in mid-June, a move inspired, in part, by her desire to find better dance partners.    Read More...

    Takara moving to Forest Park
    Takara Beathea-Gudell will be moving her Oak Park-based clothing and accessories store to Forest Park in mid-June, a move inspired, in part, by her desire to find better dance partners.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Malnati steps down at Fenwick

Looking ahead to next season, the Fenwick High School boys basketball team returns a lot of talented players, notably nationally-ranked guard DJ Steward and prolific playmaker Damari Nixon. Read More...

    Malnati steps down at Fenwick
    Looking ahead to next season, the Fenwick High School boys basketball team returns a lot of talented players, notably nationally-ranked guard DJ Steward and prolific playmaker Damari Nixon.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Small apartment fire on Lombard Avenue

Smoke was billowing from two units on the third floor of an apartment building at 423 S. Lombard Ave., as of 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Read More...

    Small apartment fire on Lombard Avenue
    Smoke was billowing from two units on the third floor of an apartment building at 423 S. Lombard Ave., as of 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

Jeff Mauro, Sandwich King, next WJ Conversation, May 15

Jeff Mauro, born, raised and returned to River Forest, found his passion in creating sandwiches in a deli he launched after college with his cousin. But he found fame on TV, again with sandwiches as the Food Network's "Sandwich King." Read More...

    Jeff Mauro, Sandwich King, next WJ Conversation, May 15
    Jeff Mauro, born, raised and returned to River Forest, found his passion in creating sandwiches in a deli he launched after college with his cousin. But he found fame on TV, again with sandwiches as the Food Network's "Sandwich King."
    http://www.oakpark.com

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