This Weekend Around Oak Park


We’re only one day into the annual NCAA college basketball tournament and my bracket has more red marks than Honey Boo Boo’s third-grade math test. In a move that can only be described as birdbrained, I picked Iowa State to dance their way to the Final Four. Much to my dismay, the Cyclones came out with two left feet and fell face-first after losing in the first round.

If you empathize with my situation, I submit that we have two choices- be upset or focus our attention on other things. Luckily for us, there is a lot to do this weekend. Oh, did you know that today is the first day of spring? My bracket may be in rough shape, but I take comfort in knowing we’ve officially entered the season of new life.

World premier comedic play, “Woodchuck Justice”
Oak Park Festival Theater and the Oak Park Housing Center have joined forces to present the world premier of “Woodchuck Justice.” The comedy is inspired by America’s first death-row exoneration, which is granted after the alleged murder victim strolls back into town. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the Grace Episcopal Church, located at 924 Lake Street in Oak Park. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

March Madness at Lake Street Kitchen + Bar
Although I wasn’t happy with my first round picks, it is still early in the tournament and no one should be out of the running for winning their pool just yet. If you’re looking for a place to watch the games, I suggest Lake Street Kitchen + Bar.

Management has set up additional televisions and they have the following deals this weekend: $2 off Tequila Flights, $7.50 Lime Margaritas and half off “Bar Bites” and $2 Oysters between 2-5 p.m. Lake Street Kitchen + Bar is located at 1101 Lake St. in Oak Park.

Nikki Hill comes to FitzGerald’s for a benefit concert
North Carolina rock & soul artist Nikki Hill is playing a concert to benefit the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry on Saturday, March 21 at FitzGerald’s. For more information, read the full article here.

“Springing from Winter” at Madison Street Theatre
The professional dance and music collaboration, “Springing from Winter,” comes to Madison Street Theatre this weekend. The Bowtime Quintet will be playing music from their most recent albums inspired by winter and spring. The music expertly captures the transition of the seasons by escalating from somber to cheerful tones. Showtimes are Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. The theatre is located at 1010 Madison Street in Oak Park. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Gallery PINK’s new exhibit, “Progressive Maneuvers”
Susan Frankel is the newest artist to be featured at Gallery PINK with her exhibit, “Progressive Maneuvers.” The show opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20, and the artist reception will take place between 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. The full article can be read here.


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