This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Scoville Park. Photo Credit: woodshomeimprovements.com

I spent every night this week watching sports and as I write this article I’m thinking to myself, “I need to get outside and do something different.” It brings me some comfort knowing I am probably not the only one that did this. The Blackhawks would play one night and LeBron was whining and throwing himself into a camera guy the next. I couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement of it all.

At the same time, I really want to enjoy my summer. But I won’t feel like I am free to do so until the hockey and basketball seasons are over. This is why I ask our beloved Hawks to win the next two so we can party at the parade and bask in victory for the entire summer. As for LeBron, I could enjoy my summer if you just stop whining. You’re a 6’8″ giant with an amazing talent and millions of dollars. Nobody wants to see you complain.

German Fest Forest Park
Enjoy authentic German food & drink, live music, and entertainment at German Fest Forest Park on Friday from 2-11 p.m. and Saturday from noon-11 p.m. The festival will be held at the Picnic Grove, 7824 Madison St., Forest Park. There will be a bounce house, cotton candy, face painting, and more to make the event family friendly.

Festival Theatre’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Festival Theatre will host a free performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Friday at 8 p.m. in Austin Gardens Park, located at 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Now in its 41st season, Oak Park Festival Theatre is the Midwest’s oldest professional outdoor classical theatre. For more information, visit oakparkfestival.com.

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Where to watch Game 5 of the Stanley Cup
I almost had a heart attack watching the final 90 seconds of Game 4, but the defense and Crawford held it together to seal the Lightning’s fate. As the series is now tied at two games a piece, we move to a pivotal Game 5 on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Tampa Bay. We recommend the following bars to get rowdy with fellow Hawks fans:

  • FatDuck Tavern & Grill – 7218 Madison St., Forest Park
  • Kinderhook Tap – 800 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
  • Avenue Ale House – 825 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
  • Doc Ryan’s – 7432 W. Madison St., Forest Park

Oak Park Art League Bake Sale
There will be a bake sale to benefit the Oak Park Art League on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oak Park Farmers Market, taking place at 460 Lake St., Oak Park. Items for sale include cupcakes, muffins, icing shots, and more.

Second weekend of Sculpture Walk
Sculpture Walk is open to the public all weekend long. Enjoy artwork from various sculptors along the pedestrian path on Chicago Ave. between Austin and Ridgeland. For more information, read the full article here.

Oak Park Writers Group Open Mic
The Oak Park Writers Group will have an open mic night on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at Eastgate Café, 102 Harrison St., Oak Park. All are welcome to attend. This event is held the second Sunday of each month.

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