This Weekend Around Oak Park


Over the past few days, you might have seen some variation of this Justin Timberlake meme that makes me laugh every single time:

Well, Justin. Your prophecy has been fulfilled, as it is every year. It is officially May and I can think of no better spot in the week than a Friday to kick off the month. Some fun facts and significant dates in May…

Holidays include Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and the official start to summer, Memorial Day. May is also National Barbecue Month, National Hamburger Month and National Blood Pressure Month. Are you kidding me? It’s like they’re telling us, “Hey! It’s finally nice outside. Get out, grill up a bunch of food and enjoy yourselves. By the way, keep an eye on that blood pressure.” Whoever makes calendars are probably the same people who make beer commercials. Drink this beer! Awesome things will happen! Party, party, party!!! (Please drink responsibly).

Here’s what’s happening this weekend. And no, we still don’t have May Madness, but there are talks of something better to come later this summer. Click here to read more of what I’m talking about.

School of Rock Oak Park presents folk rock & The Jack White Experience
School of Rock Oak Park will put on two shows this weekend featuring folk rock in one act and their “Jack White Experience” in a second act. Performances will take place at FitzGerald’s from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance. Fitzgerald’s is located at 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn.

Village Pilates Open House on Saturday
Village Pilates Studio, located at 411 Marengo in Forest Park, is celebrating International Pilates Day on Saturday, May 2, with an Open House. Stop in between noon to 2 p.m. for live demos, free half hour classes, posture assessments, discounts, raffles, and more. Visit to reserve a spot.

Big weekend for sports bars
The Blackhawks begin their second round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Saturday features the long awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Lastly, the Kentucky Derby also takes place on Saturday. If you want to get in on any of this action, we recommend Avenue Ale House, Kinderhook Tap, Poor Phil’s, and Bar Louie Oak Park. Any one of these four venues will provide a great environment for the events.

26th Annual Plant Sale at Oak Park Conservatory
The annual plant sale will take place on Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for FOPCON members only. The sale will open to the public on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. There will be vegetables, herbs, flowers and more. The Oak Park Conservatory is located at 615 Garfield St. in Oak Park.

Gallery PINK’s “Progressive Maneuvers” exhibit
“Progressive Maneuvers” by artist Susan Frankel will be in the gallery until May 16. Gallery PINK is located at 149 Harrison St. in Oak Park. For more information about the artist and exhibit, read the full article here.

Bravo! presents “Mary Poppins” at Brooks Middle School
Performances take place on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. There is an additional event, “Picnic with Poppins” taking place on Sunday. Tickets for the picnic are $15 for kids and $18 for adults. Tickets for the show itself are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School is located at 325 S. Kenilworth Ave. in Oak Park.


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