Spring is the season when we celebrate everything new. With this in mind, we created a brand new Instagram account to share photos of our communities with the world. Therefore, if you have anything on your phone or feel inspired to snap some pics over the weekend, send them directly to us and we will credit you for the photo: @AroundOakPark. Our goal in creating the account is to inspire a network of Oak Parkers that love this place as much as we do. Let’s share our landmarks, parks, art, streets, downtown, Hemingway District, Arts District, (you get the idea).
Now that I’ve updated you about the whole Instagram news, check out what’s happening around town Friday through Sunday.
Easter weekend brunch at Hemingway’s Bistro
Lots of people like to have brunch over Easter weekend. We recommend checking out Hemingway’s Bistro, 211 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. This French restaurant encompasses everything we love about brunch: cocktails, poached eggs, waffles, assorted bakery goods, and fish (to name a few menu items). Hemingway’s Bistro is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bar Spotlight – Sláinte on Madison St.
Sláinte, 7505 Madison St., Forest Park, has some of the best prices of any bar in the area. We highly recommend this place if you are trying to enjoy the March Madness games over the weekend without hurting your wallet. It’s an added bonus if you appreciate the ambiance of a traditional Irish pub. Cheers, or should I say “Sláinte,” meaning “To good health.”
“Art Start” Annual Spring Show
Students from Oak Park District 97 will have their artwork on display at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The “Art Start” Annual Spring Show gives elementary students the chance to get noticed since they are still a bit young and developing their skills before getting a show of their own at Gallery PINK. There is no cost to view the “Art Start” show and Village Hall is open to the public.
Prophets of the Elk at Buzz Café
If you’re in the mood for some live music and organic food, head to Buzz Café, 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park, to see Prophets of the Elk. The band will be playing Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Buzz Café is a BYOB establishment in case the week has been especially tough on you. We all know that feeling and for what it’s worth, I wouldn’t judge you.
Saturday Fun Run
There will be two “Best Foot Forward” Saturday morning fun runs: 6 miles at 7:30 a.m., or 3 miles at 8 a.m. The group will meet at Panera Bread, 7349 Lake St in River Forest. These fun runs are open to runners of all ages, experience, and ability level.
Downtown Oak Park is home to several small business owners that depend on support from the community. With nice weather promised throughout the weekend, it might be nice to take the family (or a date, a friend, yourself) to stop in a few local shops. Think of it as an opportunity to meet new neighbors and help the local economy. For more information, read the conversation we had with resident Blagica Bottigliero: #ShopSmallOakPark
Gallery PINK’s “Material Obsession” exhibit
New work by artists Gina Lee Robbins, Bobbi Meier, and Linda Abrams will be featuring their work at Gallery PINK, 149 Harrison St., Oak Park. Stop by over the weekend to see original, authentic work from talented artists. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call 708-524-2231 for more information.