This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Snapchat has slowly become my favorite social media app to use, which led me to think about all of these websites/apps and how they’ve evolved over time. For me, it all started with MySpace. Do you remember how offended your friends got if you moved them down a peg in your “top friends” list? That was a recipe for drama, and I always thought the point of social media was to connect with people, not disappoint them.

Second came Facebook, and this was my favorite social network for years because I felt like it was the college experience online (which was the original point, right?). But then the baby boomer generation started to get profiles and all of the sudden I felt like I was no longer at a college rager, but a graduation party; which is still fun, don’t get me wrong. But we all know you can’t get as weird as you’d like to when family is present. There’s just too much pressure to act normal, and traditional behavior is boring.

Third came Twitter, which I am still very active and enjoy more than Facebook. But over the past couple months I found myself using Snapchat more than any of the aforementioned social networks. While Twitter, Facebook and MySpace are all still great (maybe not MySpace; sorry Tom), I have too much fun making and viewing stories on Snapchat. So, if you are out and about this weekend, upload some stories. The Hemingway District Block Party and Forest Park Music Fest are both happening this weekend and both offer great opportunities to show your out-of-town friends how much fun there is to be had in the communities of Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park.

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Hemingway District Block Party
It has been over ten years since Oak Park had a formal summer party. You all remember May Madness, right? Well, the block party has finally returned to OPRF and it’s taking place this weekend on Oak Park Ave. between Lake St. and North Blvd.

Friday, July 17
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — sidewalk sale
4 to 10 p.m. — festival stage/entertainment

Saturday, July 18
8 to 9:30 a.m. — “Running of the Bulls” 8K race
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Kids’ RB event in Scoville Park
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — sidewalk sale
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — festival stage/entertainment

Sunday, July 19
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – sidewalk sale

Free tours of Wright Home & Studio
The Oak Park Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (951 Chicago Ave.) will offer free tours on Friday, July 17, from 5-8 p.m. Admittance will be a first-come, first serve basis and the event is appropriate for all ages. Refreshments will be served and there will also be a “photo op” featuring a cardboard cutout of Frank Lloyd Wright. For more information, read the full article here.

Dooley Brother Concert at River Forest Public Library
The Dooley Brothers will play a show on the front lawn of the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Chicago’s finest blend of folk, jazz, swing, Irish, and Calypso music have been entertaining the area for over three decades. For more information about the band, visit http://www.dooleybrothers.com/.

Third Friday Gallery Walk
The Oak Park Arts District presents July’s Third Friday Gallery Walk from 6-10 p.m. on Friday. Enjoy dinner and some art on Harrison St. between Ridgeland and Austin. Visitors will have an opportunity to walk through the galleries, meet the artists and ask them any questions. For more information, visit http://oakparkartsdistrict.com/street-events/third-fridays/.

Keeping active – Capture the Flag at Scoville Park
Looking for a fun way to keep the body moving this summer? All ages are welcome to play Capture the Flag in Scoville Park on Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park.

Forest Park Music Fest
There will be two stages on Madison St. between Des Plaines and Circle Ave. to accommodate the 2015 Forest Park Music Fest. Bands performing include 16 Candles, Mike & Joe, Too White Crew, and 7th Heaven. There will be two beer gardens, food and drinks from local vendors, and more.

Friday, July 17
5 to 8 p.m. – 16 Candles, Too White Crew, Sealed With a Kiss, Goodbye Hero

Saturday, July 18
noon to 8 p.m. – Blooze Brothers, Wedding Banned, Infinity, Kashmir, The Hat Guys, Semple, Fletcher Rockwell, and more.

Sunday, July 19
noon to 8 p.m.7th Heaven, Mike & Joe, Catfight, Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press, Hot Sauce Committee, and more.

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