This Weekend Around Oak Park

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It’s an exciting weekend for Chicago-area baseball fans. The Cubs visit the White Sox at The Cell for three games and both teams have been hot as of late. The North Siders have won seven straight and their playoff spot has never looked more promising. The Sox have a steeper hill to climb to ensure a Wild Card berth, but the South Siders are riding momentum from a three-game sweep of a talented Angels team.

If you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets to one of the games or you simply don’t care about baseball (thanks for bearing through the first paragraph), there is plenty happening right here in Oak Park. Do you like micro brews and food? We’ve got an event you should attend. Do you fancy yourself an art enthusiast? Well, Oak Park is always a great place to appreciate art, but especially Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Oak Park Micro Brew & Food Review
Downtown Oak Park will be overrun with over 70 breweries showcasing their best craft beers at the Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review, which has been given the title of the largest, zero-waste, craft beer festival in the Midwest. The event takes place Saturday from 2-7 p.m. so if you’re trying to sample all 70, that’s 14 beers per hour (please do not attempt). In addition to the breweries, there will also be live music, food vendors, and more. For more information, read the full article here.

41st Annual Oak Park Ave. Arts Show
The American Society of Artists will host the 41st Annual Oak Park Ave-Lake Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will take place in Scoville Park, in the heart of Oak Park’s shopping district. “Exhibitors from far and near will fill the beautiful recently re-landscaped park with work they themselves have created,” said an ASOA community contributor.

Pleasant Home Foundation Presents 3rd Annual Silent Movies on the Porch
The Pleasant Home Foundation is hosting its 3rd annual film festival of silent movies on the porch of the Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park. Every Friday night in August, Pleasant Home will feature a silent film accompanied by live pianist Thomas Holmes. This week Charlie Chaplin takes the screen with “The Champion,” “Behind the Screen,” and “The Immigrant.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at 8:15 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 is encouraged for all who attend.

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.

Oak Park Festival Theatre presents “Two Gentlemen of Verona”
“Two Gentlemen of Verona” is set in the over-the-top, youth-centric 1980’s world of John Hughes and offers everything you could want in a romantic comedy: moony and misguided guys, smart and resourceful gals, a road trip, a funny bit with a dog and, of course, plenty of cross-dressing. Shakespeare’s classic is performed outdoors through August 22. Show times: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. $27-Seniors, $22-Adults, $15-Students, Children under 12 & dogs are free.

Oak Park Runners Club Saturday Morning Run
The Oak Park Runners Club will meet at the intersection of Home & Madison on Saturday at 7 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.

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