This Weekend Around Oak Park

Photo Credit: courtesy of On Wisconsin Magazine

You might know a guy who has a lake house in Wisconsin. Or maybe you know a guy who knows another guy with a summer home in Michigan. Maybe you own one lake house and one summer house (what’s the difference, anyway?) yourself because you’re rolling in the dough or won the lottery. While going away for the weekend is a great idea in the summer months, hold off this time around.

After grabbing a bite at FatDuck in Forest Park last night, I saw plenty of people strutting down Madison, enjoying the outdoors and neighbors catching up with each other. I may have seen some police officers questioning a guy about something minor, but that’s neither here nor there. The community is coming alive and now is the time to be here and enjoy it.

As we do every Friday, we’ve compiled a list of things happening in the area this weekend. After you give it a glance, you’ll see that kicking it with your neighbors in the community is more fun than riding jet skis on the lake of your millionaire friend’s lake house (summer house?).

Lastly, don’t forget to wish your Pops a “Happy Father’s Day” on Sunday.

5th Annual OK BBQ
Opportunity Knocks will host the 5th Annual OK BBQ Block Party on Saturday from 2-10 p.m. There will be live music, food & beverages, kid’s entertainment, and more. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the entrance, located at the corner of Madison & Elgin. For more information, read the full article here.

Third Friday Gallery Walk
The Oak Park Arts District Third Friday Gallery Walk will take place Friday from 6-10 p.m. on Harrison St. between Ridgeland and Austin. There will be dinner options, an opportunity to meet the artists and the guided tour to see the works of art on display. For more information, visit

Father’s Day Festivities – What to do on Sunday
Summer Concert Series at Scoville Park – The Out of Favor Boys is a five-piece blues group from Michigan. They will be playing this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Scoville Park as a part of the Park District’s Summer Concert Series. For more information on the band, visit their web page here.

Father’s Day Walk – Families are encouraged to gather at the Trailside Museum of Natural History, located at 738 Thatcher Avenue in River Forest, on Sunday at 1 p.m. to enjoy a guided walk by the pond and through the woods. Call 708-366-6530 to register.

Father’s Day Jazz & Comedy Show – Madison Street Theatre, located at 1010 Madison St., will host a jazz and comedy show on Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 at the door.

Free performance by Cecilia (Cece) Otto, Vaudeville singer
Cece Otto is traveling across the country on the Lincoln Highway, and she will be at Belmont Village, located at 1035 Madison St., Oak Park, Friday at 1 p.m. for a free performance. As an artistic journeywoman, Otto is a very unique and talented performer with a love of history. We recently sat down with her and encourage you to read the interview here.

The League of Improv Heroes
The Open Door Repertory Company, located at 902 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park, will host the League of Improv Heroes Friday at 8 p.m. Groups from Second City and the ladies from “The Spew” will be performing. Tickets are $15.


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