Are you feeling happy today? If not, I have a few reasons why you should be- there’s still time to visit the Farmers’ Market for autumn essentials (only two Saturdays left), the Village is making it extremely easy to register to vote (click here to learn how), Oak Park has not made the list of American towns with a clown sighting, and the baseball team that plays out of Chicago’s north side is one win away from a trip to the World Series, a feat they have not accomplished since 1945.
So… Put on a pot of coffee, kick up your feet, and smile. It’s a beautiful fall weekend in Oak Park.
Forest Park’s Zombie Pub Crawl
Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight
One of television’s most talked about shows, The Walking Dead, returns for its seventh season on Sunday night, so why not live out a day in the life of a walker yourself? Registration will take place at Healy’s Westside, 7321 Madison St. The after party will take place at Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St., where you’re sure to meet a fellow zombie enthusiast and exchange numbers, or limbs, or whatever it is that zombies swap when they date. For more information or to purchase the $10 tickets, visit zombie.pub.
Oak Park Farmers’ Market
Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Look no further than the Oak Park Farmers’ Market to pick up everything you need for the house. Items for sale include locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread, and doughnuts. Cash is the preferred method of payment but credit and debit are available depending on the vendor. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street.
Where to Watch the NLCS
Game 6 – Saturday at 7 p.m. Game 7 (if necessary) – Sunday at 7 p.m.
Chicago Cubs fans are feeling optimistic about the opportunity to watch the North Siders get a chance to punch their ticket to the World Series. However, if you are ticketless to the game, the next best thing is going to a local bar to watch with like-minded people. We recommend these two bars as the best places to go-
Avenue Ale House – 825 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
Menu items include fish tacos amongst other finger food items that each cost $5. Drink specials include $4 “you call it” shots during all innings of the game, $4 drafts, $5 Beer n’ Bourbon, Bloodies, Bellinis, and Mimosas, and $12 domestic buckets. The bar also has several televisions that will make it easy to watch the action no matter where you’re seated.
Sláinte – 7505 W. Madison St., Forest Park
Sláinte has some of the best prices in the area. The bar will feature $2.75 domestic bottles, $10 domestic buckets, $4 bomb shots, $5 Bloodies, and $5 burger with fries. I highly recommend this place if you are trying to enjoy October baseball on a budget. It’s an added bonus if you appreciate the ambiance of a traditional Irish pub. Cheers, or should I say “Sláinte,” the Gaelic translation for “To good health.”
“Don’t Mess With the Devil” at Madison Street Theatre
Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Sunday at 3 p.m.
Enjoying live theater is always an entertaining way to spend an afternoon or evening. This weekend, the popular Czech fairytale “Don’t Mess With the Devil” will come to life at Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. According to Theatre Bohemia, this play follows a greedy stepmother who has a devious plan to take over a mill owned by a widow. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit divadlobohemiachicago.com.
Frank Lloyd Wright Races
Sunday starting at 8 a.m.
Bring your racing and running season to a close in historic Oak Park with the flat, fast, and scenic route of the 2016 Frank Lloyd Wright Races. All events start just east of Oak Park River Forest High School at Scoville and Ontario Streets, and finish on Scoville in front of the school. The course for the 10K passes by eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Home and Studio. The 5K Walk/Run begins at 8 a.m., the 10K Run at 8:45 a.m., and the Youth Mile at 9 a.m. For more information and to register visit the Park District of Oak Park website. Registration closes Friday at 11:59 p.m.
Downtown Oak Park is home to several small business owners that depend on support from the community. With nice weather promised throughout the weekend, it might be nice to take the family (or a date, a friend, yourself) to stop in a few local shops. Think of it as an opportunity to meet new neighbors and help the local economy.