This Weekend Around Oak Park

Photo courtesy of David Wilson

No matter where you go on the internet, you can’t seem to escape the powerful grasp of the Netflix docuseries, “Making a Murderer.” New articles are coming out daily, even hourly, that cover everything from clamoring to free the defendant to whether or not one of the lawyers is married. I’m not kidding; Bustle reported this yesterday. You can find it here if you don’t believe me — “Is Dean Strang Single?”

While I found the docuseries profoundly interesting and regularly enter into discussions with friends, it eventually grows tiresome. There is plenty of fun to be had outside the internet (thank for stopping by) and talking about Netflix’s hottest feature. So, if you’re interested in being somewhere other than the living room, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what’s happening around town this weekend.

NFL Playoffs at FatDuck
Pizza and football have probably surpassed Bert and Ernie on the “best duos of all time” list by now but don’t quote me on that. If you are interested in some pie during the games, I recommend going to FatDuck, 7218 Madison St., Forest Park. Saturday specials include $3.50 Miller Lite and Coors Lite drafts, and Sunday specials include $5 pizzas and Bloody Mary’s.

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 artists Linda Abrams, Bobbi Meier and Gina Lee Robbins at Gallery PINK, listen to live music at Buzz Café, or check out live entertainment at Open Door Theater. For more information, visit the Oak Park Arts District website.

Getting fit despite the cold weather
January is a dreadful time to go for a jog around the neighborhood. It’s entirely up to you, of course, but Oak Park has a number of gyms to make working out a comfortable experience, depending on what you’re looking for and how much you want to pay. The PDOP Fitness Center, 21 Lake St., is featuring a $60 Groupon special this month. Furthermore, Orangetheory Fitness, The Barre Code, and Village Pilates provide a variety of options for anyone seeking to live up to New Year’s resolutions. For more information on gyms in the area, click here.

Discussion on positivity and mental health
Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., hosts Motivational Coach Tom Kens as he presents Staying Positive In a Negative World from 2-4 pm. on Sunday, Jan. 17.

Predict the Oscars contest starts now
Customers can complete by picking up, completing and depositing their completed ballots in the lobby of Lake Theater, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park, starting Friday, Jan. 15, and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 27. The Grand Prize Winner will receive free movies for two for an entire year at any Classic Cinemas location along with a gift card valued at $200. For more information, visit

Friday Night Ice
Ridgeland Common Ice Arena, 415 Lake St., is hosting Friday Night Ice from 8:30-10:30 p.m. for junior high students (grades 6-8). There will be music, food, giveaways, and more. The price is $10 (or $5 with a pass) and skate rentals are an additional $3.


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