18 hours ago

Village of open porches, cluttered lawns

Our homes are not a retreat, a refuge, some moated castle. We dare to live in the open. We aren't hiding.  Read More...

    Village of open porches, cluttered lawns
    Our homes are not a retreat, a refuge, some moated castle. We dare to live in the open. We aren't hiding.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Firecakes are worth the wait

Local doughnut lovers have been waiting patiently since summer for Firecakes Donuts' opening day. Nestled in an unassuming storefront in The Emerson high-rise on the corner of North Boulevard and Maple Avenue, the day-old shop is already churning out small-batch, artisan doughnuts with ease. Read More...

    Firecakes are worth the wait
    Local doughnut lovers have been waiting patiently since summer for Firecakes Donuts' opening day. Nestled in an unassuming storefront in The Emerson high-rise on the corner of North Boulevard and Maple Avenue, the day-old shop is already churning out small-batch, artisan doughnuts with ease.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Carjackings jolt northeast Oak Park

A man was carjacked at gunpoint in the alley of the 700 block of North Harvey Avenue during the evening of Dec. 4 – it was the third such crime committed in northeast Oak Park in less than a week. Read More...

    Carjackings jolt northeast Oak Park
    A man was carjacked at gunpoint in the alley of the 700 block of North Harvey Avenue during the evening of Dec. 4 - it was the third such crime committed in northeast Oak Park in less than a week.
    http://www.oakpark.com

35 hours ago

Hoop Dreams

Thanking Marty Farmer, the sports editor at the Wednesday Journal, will never be enough. He welcomed me with open arms in February as a sports intern. For the past 10 months, I've gained valuable experience as a sports journalist for the Journal. Read More...

    Hoop Dreams
    Thanking Marty Farmer, the sports editor at the Wednesday Journal, will never be enough. He welcomed me with open arms in February as a sports intern. For the past 10 months, I've gained valuable experience as a sports journalist for the Journal.
    http://www.oakpark.com

36 hours ago

Huskies pull away late against LTHS

Over the years, there have been several competitive high school boys basketball games between Oak Park and River Forest and Lyons Township. The latest installment of the rivalry took place Friday, Dec. 8 in Oak Park, with the Huskies prevailing over the Lions 57-50. Read More...

    Huskies pull away late against LTHS
    Over the years, there have been several competitive high school boys basketball games between Oak Park and River Forest and Lyons Township. The latest installment of the rivalry took place Friday, Dec. 8 in Oak Park, with the Huskies prevailing over the Lions 57-50.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Oak Park police hold meeting on uptick in carjackings

A standing-room-only crowd packed the council chambers at Oak Park Village Hall Thursday night for a meeting with Oak Park police to address a series of carjackings that have taken place in the village over the last year. Read More...

    Oak Park police hold meeting on uptick in carjackings
    A standing-room-only crowd packed the council chambers at Oak Park Village Hall Thursday night for a meeting with Oak Park police to address a series of carjackings that have taken place in the village over the last year.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Blazers outlast OPRF in OT thriller

When local residents think of a high school girls basketball rivalry, the first matchup that likely comes to mind is Oak Park and River Forest vs. Fenwick. While it's true the annual showdown between the Huskies and Friars is intense, the former's rivalry with Trinity in River Forest is just as competitive and fun. Read More...

    Blazers outlast OPRF in OT thriller
    When local residents think of a high school girls basketball rivalry, the first matchup that likely comes to mind is Oak Park and River Forest vs. Fenwick. While it's true the annual showdown between the Huskies and Friars is intense, the former's rivalry with Trinity in River Forest is just as competitive and fun.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Firecakes are worth the wait

Local doughnut lovers have been waiting patiently since summer for Firecakes Donuts' opening day. Nestled in an unassuming storefront in The Emerson high-rise on the corner of North Boulevard and Maple Avenue, the day-old shop is already churning out small-batch, artisan doughnuts with ease. Read More...

    Firecakes are worth the wait
    Local doughnut lovers have been waiting patiently since summer for Firecakes Donuts' opening day. Nestled in an unassuming storefront in The Emerson high-rise on the corner of North Boulevard and Maple Avenue, the day-old shop is already churning out small-batch, artisan doughnuts with ease.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Lynn McClure, 89

Lynn "Carolyn" McClure, 89, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017. She was born on June 24, 1928. Read More...

    Lynn McClure, 89
    Lynn "Carolyn" McClure, 89, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017. She was born on June 24, 1928.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Home on landmark River Forest block awaits verdict

River Forest Historic Preservation Commission on Dec. 5 postponed a decision on whether to force a developer to delay demolition of a building on a block designated a local landmark. Read More...

    Home on landmark River Forest block awaits verdict
    River Forest Historic Preservation Commission on Dec. 5 postponed a decision on whether to force a developer to delay demolition of a building on a block designated a local landmark.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

D200 superintendent announces medical leave, license issue

Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt-Adams called an all-staff meeting on Dec. 6 to announce that she'll be going on medical leave for back surgery starting Jan. 8, 2018. At the same meeting, the superintendent announced that she still needs to complete a math proficiency test required in order for her to obtain an Illinois high school superintendent's license. Pruitt-Adams has until June 2018 to pass the math portion of the test. Read More...

    D200 superintendent announces medical leave, license issue
    Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt-Adams called an all-staff meeting on Dec. 6 to announce that she'll be going on medical leave for back surgery starting Jan. 8, 2018. At the same meeting, the superintendent announced that she still needs to complete a math proficiency test required in order for her to obtain an Illinois high school superintendent's license.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Cookies for Santa, and everyone else

The annual Winterfest and Cookie Walk in downtown Oak Park. Participants walk down Marion Street with blue cookie tins. Read More...

    Cookies for Santa, and everyone else
    The annual Winterfest and Cookie Walk in downtown Oak Park. Participants walk down Marion Street with blue cookie tins.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

'Metamorphoses' is a transformative show

Several weeks ago, I stopped by Oak Park and River Forest High School to visit the construction in progress of the large, round, raised pool that is such a pivotal part of the show Metamorphoses. Read More...

    'Metamorphoses' is a transformative show
    Several weeks ago, I stopped by Oak Park and River Forest High School to visit the construction in progress of the large, round, raised pool that is such a pivotal part of the show Metamorphoses.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Gerotranscendence in the last third of life

As I've written before, the last third of life gives us the opportunity to get closer to being the person we'd like to be.  Read More...

    Gerotranscendence in the last third of life
    As I've written before, the last third of life gives us the opportunity to get closer to being the person we'd like to be.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Gains reported in early childhood support

Four years after three taxing bodies in Oak Park pooled funding together to create the Early Childhood Collaboration, more young children are getting hearing and vision screenings. Read More...

    Gains reported in early childhood support
    Four years after three taxing bodies in Oak Park pooled funding together to create the Early Childhood Collaboration, more young children are getting hearing and vision screenings.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Opposition grows to overnight parking changes

Yes, Wednesday Journal, there has been opposition to the Chicago-style parking program. Read More...

    Opposition grows to overnight parking changes
    Yes, Wednesday Journal, there has been opposition to the Chicago-style parking program.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

The dire consequences of exploding cigarettes

The hobby shop was located on Westgate, a quaint street with Tudor-style storefronts that ran from Harlem Avenue to Marion Street, between Lake Street and North Boulevard. Read More...

    The dire consequences of exploding cigarettes
    The hobby shop was located on Westgate, a quaint street with Tudor-style storefronts that ran from Harlem Avenue to Marion Street, between Lake Street and North Boulevard.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

TCF workers worry after demolition plans leaked

On Nov. 27, developers approached the River Forest Board of Trustees with detailed plans for a new senior home at the intersection of Chicago and Harlem avenues, the location of a TCF Bank. Read More...

    TCF workers worry after demolition plans leaked
    On Nov. 27, developers approached the River Forest Board of Trustees with detailed plans for a new senior home at the intersection of Chicago and Harlem avenues, the location of a TCF Bank.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

All about teacher contracts

December is here. While the rest of us are intently, hopefully, even happily, turning toward the holidays, something very important is underway at two of our local public school districts.  Read More...

    All about teacher contracts
    December is here. While the rest of us are intently, hopefully, even happily, turning toward the holidays, something very important is underway at two of our local public school districts.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Berwyn resident robbed after traffic accident

A Berwyn man was beaten and robbed after a minor traffic accident near the intersection of Austin Boulevard and the Eisenhower Expressway about 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 3. Read More...

    Berwyn resident robbed after traffic accident
    A Berwyn man was beaten and robbed after a minor traffic accident near the intersection of Austin Boulevard and the Eisenhower Expressway about 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 3.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Lest we forget: Newtown is not old news

On Dec. 14, five years will have passed since 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adult staff members were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There was a public outcry followed the slaughter demanding action to prevent such an outrage from happening again. Read More...

    Lest we forget: Newtown is not old news
    On Dec. 14, five years will have passed since 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adult staff members were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There was a public outcry followed the slaughter demanding action to prevent such an outrage from happening again.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

A modest proposal for mitigating racism at OPRF

Studies indicate that the practice of academic tracking has the unintended consequence of segregating students by race. Replace tracking with other ways of organizing the student body.  Read More...

    A modest proposal for mitigating racism at OPRF
    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Print Audience members respond during the public comment portion of the Nov. 14 meeting at OPRF. | Photo by Paul Guyette Audience members respond during the public comment portion of the Nov. 14 meeting at OPRF, where David Stovall challenged whites to confront the school's climate of racism head-on.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Scandal and outrage over sexual harassment

The tragedy of predatory sexual misconduct has become politicized.  Read More...

    Scandal and outrage over sexual harassment
    The tragedy of predatory sexual misconduct has become politicized.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

'This feels different,' say OPRF Imagine members

As Oak Park and River Forest High School's Imagine OPRF work group finishes up the information-gathering and assessment phases to come up with long-term solutions for the high school's facility needs. Read More...

    'This feels different,' say OPRF Imagine members
    As Oak Park and River Forest High School's Imagine OPRF work group finishes up the information-gathering and assessment phases to come up with long-term solutions for the high school's facility needs.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Down, but not out, in Oak Park

Last Sunday, Michael Johnson, 47, and his fiancé, Cynthia Saack, 45, trekked over to one of the numerous Oak Park churches that, on any given night, serve as temporary shelters. Read More...

    Down, but not out, in Oak Park
    Last Sunday, Michael Johnson, 47, and his fiancé, Cynthia Saack, 45, trekked over to one of the numerous Oak Park churches that, on any given night, serve as temporary shelters.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Cook county sweetened beverage tax fizzles out

At midnight on Dec. 1, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage tax — which imposed a penny per ounce increased tax on the retail sale of sweetened beverages in the county — effectively ended. Read More...

    Cook county sweetened beverage tax fizzles out
    At midnight on Dec. 1, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage tax - which imposed a penny per ounce increased tax on the retail sale of sweetened beverages in the county - effectively ended.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

With new law, RF beekeepers take hives elsewhere

After more than 30 years beekeeping in River Forest, Bruce Faland moved his hive out of the village last week, following the passage of an ordinance that reigns in local beekeepers.  Read More...

    With new law, RF beekeepers take hives elsewhere
    After more than 30 years beekeeping in River Forest, Bruce Faland moved his hive out of the village last week, following the passage of an ordinance that reigns in local beekeepers.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Oak Park's first daughter of industrial music

In the early 1980s, Chicago was becoming an epicenter for a new genre of electronic music that experimented with unorthodox themes. Read More...

    Oak Park's first daughter of industrial music
    In the early 1980s, Chicago was becoming an epicenter for a new genre of electronic music that experimented with unorthodox themes.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Renovations make dentist visits friendlier for kids

'Dentist Meg" is a household name for the Lindstroms. Read More...

    Renovations make dentist visits friendlier for kids
    'Dentist Meg" is a household name for the Lindstroms.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Carjackings jolt northeast Oak Park

A man was carjacked at gunpoint in the alley of the 700 block of North Harvey Avenue during the evening of Dec. 4 – it was the third such crime committed in northeast Oak Park in less than a week. Read More...

    Carjackings jolt northeast Oak Park
    A man was carjacked at gunpoint in the alley of the 700 block of North Harvey Avenue during the evening of Dec. 4 - it was the third such crime committed in northeast Oak Park in less than a week.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Kids Mann up to help other kids

PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation) thanks the extraordinary students in the Mann School Student Council and the Junior Girl Scout Troop 45147 for taking action demonstrating compassion and helping others.  Read More...

    Kids Mann up to help other kids
    PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation) thanks the extraordinary students in the Mann School Student Council and the Junior Girl Scout Troop 45147 for taking action demonstrating compassion and helping others.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Why I couldn't trust Oak Park with my daughter's education

People loosely use the term "good schools and diversity" without looking into it or researching what that means. Read More...

    Why I couldn't trust Oak Park with my daughter's education
    People loosely use the term "good schools and diversity" without looking into it or researching what that means.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Fenwick advances expansion plan

Fenwick High School is making progress on a long-term redevelopment plan rolled out in 2015 to expand the campus and reorient its main building to face Madison Street. Read More...

    Fenwick advances expansion plan
    Fenwick High School is making progress on a long-term redevelopment plan rolled out in 2015 to expand the campus and reorient its main building to face Madison Street.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Davis faces two challengers in 7th District

Two idealistic young candidates with little money and scant name recognition outside of Oak Park have filed nominating petitions to oppose longtime Congressman Danny Davis (D-Chicago). Read More...

    Davis faces two challengers in 7th District
    Two idealistic young candidates with little money and scant name recognition outside of Oak Park have filed nominating petitions to oppose longtime Congressman Danny Davis (D-Chicago).
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Douglas Peterson, 75

Douglas "Doug" Peterson, 75, of River Forest, died on Nov. 24, 2017 at Loyola Hospital after a five-year battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Read More...

    Douglas Peterson, 75
    Douglas "Doug" Peterson, 75, of River Forest, died on Nov. 24, 2017 at Loyola Hospital after a five-year battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Edward Mullins, 87

Edward James Mullins died on Nov. 24, 2017 at his Westchester home, surrounded by his family after a long fight with cancer. A longtime resident of Oak Park, River Forest, and Anna Marie Island in Florida, he will be remembered for his intelligence, humor, and generosity.  Read More...

    Edward Mullins, 87
    Edward James Mullins died on Nov. 24, 2017 at his Westchester home, surrounded by his family after a long fight with cancer. A longtime resident of Oak Park, River Forest, and Anna Marie Island in Florida, he will be remembered for his intelligence, humor, and generosity.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Tom Broderick, 65

Tom Broderick, an Oak Park activist who worked tirelessly for social justice, took his own life on Nov. 25, 2017 after a period of declining health.  Read More...

    Tom Broderick, 65
    Tom Broderick, an Oak Park activist who worked tirelessly for social justice, took his own life on Nov. 25, 2017 after a period of declining health.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Making Divvy work

Oak Park's trustees were right last week to debate the future of the Divvy bike program in town. It was a healthy discussion with the right outcome: The program continues for 2018 but notice was given that marked and specific progress will need to occur for its long-term viability. Read More...

    Making Divvy work
    Oak Park's trustees were right last week to debate the future of the Divvy bike program in town. It was a healthy discussion with the right outcome: The program continues for 2018 but notice was given that marked and specific progress will need to occur for its long-term viability.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Honest talk on carjacking

What is scarier than a carjacking? And lately Oak Park and other close-in suburbs and city neighborhoods have been plagued by this cold and opportunistic crime.  Read More...

    Honest talk on carjacking
    What is scarier than a carjacking? And lately Oak Park and other close-in suburbs and city neighborhoods have been plagued by this cold and opportunistic crime.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Carol DeMarais, 74

Carol DeMarais (nee Billhartz), 74, died peacefully in her home, with family, on Nov. 22, 2017. Born on Aug. 27, 1943 in Breese, Illinois, she was the daughter of Edward and Clara (Kniepman) Billhartz. Read More...

    Carol DeMarais, 74
    Carol DeMarais (nee Billhartz), 74, died peacefully in her home, with family, on Nov. 22, 2017. Born on Aug. 27, 1943 in Breese, Illinois, she was the daughter of Edward and Clara (Kniepman) Billhartz.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Kenneth Watson, 79

Kenneth Wayne Watson, 79, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017 at home, surrounded by family in Cary, North Carolina. Born in Oak Park on Feb. 22, 1938, he was a graduate of OPRF High School. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he worked as an apprentice electrician and then at Brigance Chevrolet in Oak Park as a fleet sales manager for 10 years.  Read More...

    Kenneth Watson, 79
    Kenneth Wayne Watson, 79, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017 at home, surrounded by family in Cary, North Carolina. Born in Oak Park on Feb. 22, 1938, he was a graduate of OPRF High School. After serving in the U.S.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Jayne Mathias, 98

Jayne Mathias (Tyrrell), 98, of Chicago and formerly of Oak Park, died peacefully on Nov. 25, 2017. Born on Sept. 23, 1919 to Alice and Gordon Tyrell, she had a career in modeling and advertising in Chicago and later found success as a real estate agent in Oak Park, where she raised her five children. Read More...

    Jayne Mathias, 98
    Jayne Mathias (Tyrrell), 98, of Chicago and formerly of Oak Park, died peacefully on Nov. 25, 2017. Born on Sept. 23, 1919 to Alice and Gordon Tyrell, she had a career in modeling and advertising in Chicago and later found success as a real estate agent in Oak Park, where she raised her five children.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Albert George, 75

Albert S. "Sunny" George, 75, of River Forest, died on Nov. 29, 2017. Born on Sept. 6, 1942, he attended elementary and junior high school in River Forest, graduated from OPRF High School in 1960, was a Duke graduate, and matriculated at Kent College of Law in Chicago.  Read More...

    Albert George, 75
    Albert S. "Sunny" George, 75, of River Forest, died on Nov. 29, 2017. Born on Sept. 6, 1942, he attended elementary and junior high school in River Forest, graduated from OPRF High School in 1960, was a Duke graduate, and matriculated at Kent College of Law in Chicago.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Bargain shopping

As Oak Park property taxes continue to climb and housing prices rebound post-recession, some segments of the home-buying population are looking elsewhere for homes that offer more value.  Read More...

    Bargain shopping
    As Oak Park property taxes continue to climb and housing prices rebound post-recession, some segments of the home-buying population are looking elsewhere for homes that offer more value.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Village of open porches, cluttered lawns

Charlie Meyerson, who moderated the first two Wednesday Journal Conversations at Dominican University this fall, astutely notes that both of his interviewees, David Axelrod and Peter Sagal, fixed on "frontage" in defining what they like and value about living in Oak Park.  Read More...

    Village of open porches, cluttered lawns
    Charlie Meyerson, who moderated the first two Wednesday Journal Conversations at Dominican University this fall, astutely notes that both of his interviewees, David Axelrod and Peter Sagal, fixed on "frontage" in defining what they like and value about living in Oak Park.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

A Collaboration that works

It is often said, usually just before nothing is done, that the best investment our society can make in its future is in early childhood programs. Support and improve day care, intervene compassionately with families at risk, advocate and celebrate the people doing this hard and good work, consistently gather data to prove efforts actually work. Read More...

    A Collaboration that works
    It is often said, usually just before nothing is done, that the best investment our society can make in its future is in early childhood programs. Support and improve day care, intervene compassionately with families at risk, advocate and celebrate the people doing this hard and good work, consistently gather data to prove efforts actually work.
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

Chicago man killed in 'gang assassination' in River Forest

A 23-year-old Chicago man named Steven Ward, who police say is a documented gang member, was shot dead Saturday night while the SUV he was driving was stopped at a red light at the intersection of North and Harlem avenues in River Forest, according to police. Read More...

    Chicago man killed in 'gang assassination' in River Forest
    A 23-year-old Chicago man named Steven Ward, who police say is a documented gang member, was shot dead Saturday night while the SUV he was driving was stopped at a red light at the intersection of North and Harlem avenues in River Forest, according to police.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Dec 03

Shop hopping

Pedestrians walk to different stores last Saturday, on Marion Street during Small Business Saturday in downtown Oak Park.  Read More...

    Shop hopping
    Pedestrians walk to different stores last Saturday, on Marion Street during Small Business Saturday in downtown Oak Park.
    http://www.oakpark.com

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