This Weekend Around Oak Park

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The holiday season is here and that means shoppers are out and Christmas music is all over the radio. I, for one, am a sucker for any reason to be in good spirits so I enjoy this time of year. However, an abundance of anything can be annoying. For example, the same three songs on the radio playing over and over again or waiting in the fifth checkout line of the day when buying gifts for loved ones.

That’s why we put together an eclectic group of ideas of what to do this weekend so you can mix and match, keeping your weekend fun and stress-free. See a movie, take part in an arts & crafts workshop, or maybe take a tour at FLW Home & Studio. Everything you need to know about what’s happening in OPRF is listed right here.

Free showing of “A Christmas Story” at Lake Theatre
Jean Shepherd’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Story,” will be shown at Lake Theatre Saturday at 10 a.m. Prior to the show, Community Bank will be accepting donated gifts on behalf of Bethel New Life’s Christmas Child program. Attendees are asked to donate new and unopened baby or toddler gifts such as diapers, clothing and toys to benefit low-income families on Chicago’s Westside.

Pick up a Christmas Tree right here in Oak Park
New Era Christmas Tree Lot is located at 1117 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. The lot has serviced the community since 1987. “We have had the privilege of supplying the Oak Park/River Forest community with only the highest-quality Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir Christmas trees,” according to Sandhill Trees website. “We also carry a great selection of wreaths, garland, and tree stands. Local delivery is available for a fee.”

17th Annual Holiday Housewalk
All are invited to enjoy an exciting holiday experience on Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Tour gorgeous homes decorated for the holidays, shop an artisan market for unique gifts, enjoy music, delicious food and fun with friends. All proceeds will benefit the Infant Welfare Society Children’s Clinic. Click here for tickets.

Last workshop of the season at Expressions Graphics
Expressions Graphics, 29 Harrison St., Oak Park, will host its last two “Spotlighting Printmaking Workshops” of the season on Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The theme of these workshops is Maria Garcia’s Calendar Class/Sponge Block Printing. This workshop gives students a chance to decorate your workspace or gift a unique monochromatic work of art. Attendees will develop their own calendar utilizing the approachable technique of sponge block printing. The workshops cost $30 and you must be at least 13-years-old to participate.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at DTS Shoes
DTS Shoes is opening its second location in Oak Park. The business, located at 1117 Lake St., is inviting the public to the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit the OPRF Chamber of Commerce website.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio Open House
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is inviting the neighborhood to celebrate the holidays at the FLW Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open house includes a complimentary tour, cookies, and hot chocolate. Also, there will be a 15% discount on everything in the Museum Shop and the studio will include free gift wrapping if you decide to purchase anything. This event is free and no reservation is required.

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