This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Even if you are a White Sox fan, it’s hard not to get swept up in the Cubs playoff run. The atmosphere here has been electric and that will only continue to increase as they get deeper into the postseason. I realize that not everybody is a baseball fan and Oak Park is proud of being its own village, separated from the city’s borders, but to those people who are holding out, I say “come on!”

It is seldom to come across so many people in the same geographical area all finding common ground for one reason. So, if you’ve been holding out on jumping on the Cubs train, I urge you to punch your ticket now. It’s going to be a cheerful weekend in the village and that’s thanks in part to the Cubs, live shows, art, tours, and more happening in OPRF over the next three days. Details below.

COMEDY PLEX at Dragon Lounge
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Six of Chicago’s best comedic acts are coming to Sushi House’s Dragon Lounge, 1107 Lake St., Oak Park, for an evening of stand-up, musical and improv comedy. Two shows will take place on Friday and Saturday, both starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. You may also reserve a table for dinner before or after the show by calling the Sushi House at 708-660-8899.

OPRF’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors”
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m.
It’s your last chance to see OPRF High School’s fall musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.” LSOH is a musical black comedy about a flower shop assistant who discovers an unusual plant which feeds only on human flesh. Tickets are $10 for adults/$8 for students at the door.

Chicago Cubs – Best bars to watch the NLCS
Game 1 is Saturday at 7:07 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday at 7:07 p.m.
Want to know a couple fun facts about the Cubs playoff run this year? The Cardinals have never beaten the North Siders in a playoff series before. Granted, this was their first time ever meeting in the playoffs, but it feels good to say that. Second, every divisional series matchup needed a decisive fifth game with the exception of the Cubs/Cards series; the Cubs were able to win in just four games. With so much excitement around the playoff push, we recommend the following four bars to “root, root, root for the Cubbies.”

OPRF Gangster Tour – There Goes the Neighborhood
Sunday at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

There Goes the Neighborhood, a popular gangster tour led by mob historian and author of “The Chicago Outfit” John Binder, returns on Sunday. The tour highlights 15 homes in Oak Park and River Forest that were previously owned by crime bosses such as Anthony “Tough Tony” Capezio, Sam Giancana, Jack “Machine Gun” McGurn, Tony Accardo, and Paul Ricca. The tour departs from (and returns to) the Oak Park Visitor Center at 1010 Lake Street.

Third Friday Gallery Walk
It’s the third Friday of the month and that means the Oak Park Arts District will host the Third Friday Gallery Walk from 6-10 p.m. on Harrison St. Head to Bead in Hand for a jewelry design studio, view the work of Janice Elkin at Gallery PINK, listen to live music at Buzz Café, or check out Intuit Dance for an informal showing of the studio’s newest concept, Dance Jam. For more information, visit the Oak Park Arts District website.

Oak Park Farmers’ Market
Three Saturdays remain to take advantage of the Oak Park Farmers’ Market. It will be held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the market and its produce, goods, and services, click here.

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