This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Bar Louie Oak Park was slammed last night. When I first arrived, there was a steady line of people waiting to get seated but nobody wanted to leave their tables, and I don’t blame them. The restaurant was serving $2 martinis, $1.25 beers and $1 burgers.

Like a kid in the checkout line at Toys ‘R Us, I had no patience so I headed to the bar. I spent about three hours there, met some new friends, tried several martinis and left with my bank account in good health. Despite an overwhelming crowd, the wait staff was on fleek, serving every person in a timely manner and producing martinis with the efficiency of an automotive plant assembly line. Godspeed to my awesome bartender Fatima and her co-workers as they go into battle again tonight.

People are coming in from all parts of Chicagoland to enjoy businesses in the village like Bar Louie, so let’s make our guests feel at home this weekend.

Pedal Oak Park guided bike tour
The Pedal Oak Park Tour is a bicycle tour operating Friday through Sunday between 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bring your bike to Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., to enjoy a scenic ride through the village’s historic neighborhoods. Landmarks on the tour include over 20 structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Admission is $30 for FLWTrust members; $35 for non-members.

There Goes the Neighbor Hood – OPRF Gangster Tour
John Binder, author of “The Chicago Outfit,” will lead tours at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The bus tour follows the homes of former mob bosses such as Sam Giancana and Jack “Machine Gun” McGurn. For more information on how to get tickets, read the full article here.

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 Runners Club Saturday Morning Run
The Oak Park Runners Club will meet at the intersection of Home & Madison on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. To read more about why it’s great to be a runner in Oak Park, read what resident Jung Kim has to say on the subject.

Oak Park Farmers Market
The Oak Park Farmers Market is in its 40th year and it’s all thanks to the support from the community. Shoppers are welcome Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pilgrim Church Parking lot, located at 460 Lake St. For more information, read the full article here.

Patriotic Pops Concert & Ice Cream Social
The Concordia University Band will be performing its ninth annual Patriotic Pops & Ice Cream Social on Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Addison Hall lawn on campus. The concert is free and in the case of rain, the show will be moved to the Werner Auditorium. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome at the event.

Walking tour of Oak Park’s vintage apartments
Mike Stewart, Marketing Director of Oak Park Regional Housing Center, will lead a walking tour of Oak Park’s vintage apartments on Saturday from 10-11:15 a.m. You can register by calling Debby Praiser at 708-697-6915. The tour will begin at Buzz Café, 905 S. Lombard Ave.

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