This Weekend Around Oak Park


I feel like transitions are “in” right now. A lot of people call it quits with their partners this time of year, so there’s an influx of activity on dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, or OK Cupid. Maybe they’re even using those apps while wearing transition sunglasses. The Bulls fired head coach Tom Thibodeau and replaced him with former sharpshooter Fred Hoiberg. Even former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner felt like something had to change so he has become she, Caitlyn Jenner.

My word, people. Does anything ever stay the same anymore?

If constant fear of change is something that stresses you out, rest assured that one of the year’s most wholesome and timeless traditions, A Day in Our Village, returns this weekend. Furthermore, the Blackhawks continue their quest for the Cup if you’re a sports fan, and the Sculpture Walk returns for its fourth year if you are an art fan. Enjoy your weekend and simply embrace the fact that change is inevitable. Olympic athletes want to switch genders sometimes and you’re just going to have to be okay with it.

A Day in Our Village
The 40+ year tradition continues on Sunday at Scoville Park and Rehm Park. There will be a free shuttle service to make transferring between the two as easy as possible. This is the first time the village is opening the event to surrounding communities and they expect 25,000+ to make their way through the tents. For more information, read the full article here.

Because it’s the Cup – Where will you be?
Game 2 is Saturday at 6:15 p.m. Can you imagine if the Hawks are able to take the first two games on the road? If they are able to pull it off, where do you want to be? The Lightning implemented restrictions on buying a ticket without a Florida billing zip code, so we recommend the following bars to watch the game with like-minded fans:

  • Doc Ryan’s – 7432 W. Madison St., Forest Park
  • Bar Louie – 1122 Lake St., Oak Park
  • Avenue Ale House – 825 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
  • Lake St. Kitchen & Bar – 1101 Lake St., Oak Park

Sculpture Walk
Sculpture Walk returns for its fourth year with the exhibit opening Sunday. There will be 12 pieces of art spread out across a pedestrian path on Chicago Ave. between Austin and Ridgeland. The sculptures will be on display until Sept. 7, so you have plenty of time to check it out if you plan on attending A Day in Our Village Sunday. Maybe you can do both??? For more information, read the full article here.

Oak Park Farmers Market on Saturday
If you haven’t gotten a chance to visit the Oak Park Farmers Market yet, Saturday is a great day for it. The weather calls for high 60’s to low 70’s, with almost no chance of precipitation. Visit the Pilgrim Church parking lot, located at 460 Lake St., from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to browse homemade doughnuts, fresh produce, and more.

Artist Jim Krysan’s “Sidewalk Secrets”
The Forest Park National Bank, located at 7438 W. Madison St. in Forest Park, will have Krysan’s “Sidewalk Secrets” exhibit on display throughout the weekend. The art will be displayed through the end of the month.


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