This Weekend Around Oak Park

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For the second consecutive month, the thirteenth falls on a Friday. That means the superstitious types are avoiding black cats, mirrors and cracks in the pavement. If I had to guess, the overly cautious ones are hiding indoors to dodge the bad juju altogether. Given that temperatures are in the 60’s today, I hope they at least open a window to let some fresh air in. Oh, wait. There might be a face in the window; best to keep the blinds shut.

I enjoy stories like the legend of “Friday the Thirteenth” as much as the next one, but I don’t let it get in the way of my day. If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you won’t either. On the contrary, you probably came here to get some ideas on what to do this weekend. My first suggestion-

Go outside! Have you seen what the weather will be like all weekend? Throw a Frisbee around. Take your dog for a longer walk. Take your cat for a walk if you don’t have a dog. Just get out there and enjoy the warmer air.


Did you see that “Local Pollen Alert?” Yeah, I don’t care either.

In addition to the weather, here are some events taking place in the neighborhood this weekend:

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at an Irish pub
With St. Paddy’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, you can bet that the Irish pubs will be packed this weekend to observe the holiday. If you’re feeling festive, take a look at:

Sláinte – 7505 Madison St. Forest Park
Friday specials include $4 SoCo lime shots, $4 red headed slut shots and $6 Italian beef with fries. Saturday specials include $4 baby Guinness shots, $4 red headed slut shots and $10 large one-topping pizzas.

Doc Ryan’s – 7432 Madison St. Forest Park
Friday specials include $4 Jameson/Fireball/Bombs, $4.50 craft pints, and $5 gyro with fries or coleslaw. Saturday specials include $5 Red Bull with vodka, $4.50 craft pints, and $5 reubens.

If you’re looking for a different Irish spot, you can never go wrong with Shanahan’s, O’Sullivan’s, Healy’s Westside, or Molly Malone’s.

Musical at Open Door Theater – “A Year with Frog & Toad”
The Open Door Repertory Company presents the Tony-nominated musical playing Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. Tickets are between $10-$16 and can be purchased at the Open Door Theater, located at 902 S. Ridgeland Avenue in Oak Park.

Last opportunity to see “Event Horizon” exhibit
This is the last weekend to view Artist in Residence Jamie Cooper’s “Event Horizon” exhibit at Gallery PINK, located at 149 Harrison Street in Oak Park. For more information, read the full article here.

Best Foot Forward Saturday Fun Run
The Best Foot Forward Women’s Running Group will coordinate a fun run on Saturday, March 14. The group will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. (6 mile run) and 8 a.m. (3 mile run) at the Panera Bread located at 7349 Lake Street in River Forest.

St. Patrick’s Tasting at Whole Foods Market
The meats market at the River Forest Whole Foods will offer Irish culinary classics such as corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and more. The tasting will take place between 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Whole Foods is located at 7245 Lake St. in River Forest.

Sixth Annual Smartypants Trivia Night
The Oak Park Public Library will host its sixth annual Smartypants Trivia Night on Saturday, March 14 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is $50 per person and includes two drink tickets. Proceeds from the event will benefit the “Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Fund.” For more information, visit


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