This Weekend Around Oak Park

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It’s April Fool’s Day, the day where we all lose, no matter what. Everybody is on guard, constantly looking over their shoulders. “What’s going to happen to me? When is it going to happen?” If no playful pranks happen to you by mid-afternoon, you start to question whether or not you are liked by your peers. “Betty in accounting had her calculator stolen AND they moved her lunch from the fridge to the freezer. Everybody must really love Betty.” Get pranked and you have to deal with the fallout. Don’t get pranked and realize nobody likes you.

From a bigger picture perspective, at least we are encouraged to celebrate April Fool’s Day. China has banned the holiday this year. The country’s news service released a statement: “Today is the West’s so-called ‘April Fools’. [The day] does not conform with our nation’s cultural traditions, nor does it conform with the core values of socialism. Don’t believe rumors, don’t create rumors.” I get why they might not like it, as explained in the first paragraph of this post, but banning seems a bit harsh.

Odds are you will spend the day rearranging your desk and hearing “April Fools!!!” from across the room on several occasions. But one thing that you can count on is a list of suggestions from us on how to make the most of the weekend Around Oak Park.

Citrine Café is open for business
The Village’s newest eatery, Citrine Café, is open to the public. Located at 100 S. Oak Park Ave., Citrine is a Mediterranean restaurant perfect for small plates and wine. Be the first in your group of friends to talk about Oak Park’s newest spot or impress a date. To view the menu or make a reservation visit CitrineCafe.com.

Concordia University’s spring concert
The University Band of Concordia University Chicago will perform its spring concert Friday, April 1. Admission is free, and the concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Lord on the University’s River Forest campus. Selections for the evening will include music from the Star Wars movies by John Williams, “The Symphonic Gershwin” arranged by Warren Barker and “Americans We March” by Henry Fillmore. “Angels in the Architecture” by Frank Ticheli will feature soprano Katrina Jurica, and “Rhapsody for Euphonium” by James Curnow will feature Bruce Nelson as euphonium soloist.

Enjoy Oak Park
Spring has sprung and everybody is anxious to stretch their legs after months of being cooped up inside. Take a stroll around Downtown Oak Park, check out the Frank Lloyd Wright homes, or go to one of the parks. We recently reported how Oak Park has seen an increase in tourism over the past couple years due to our hardworking small business owners and beautiful scenary. To learn more about the topic, read Oak Park Sees an Increase in Tourism.

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.

“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 in Oak Park the opportunity to share their creativity with the community. There is no cost to view the “Art Start” show and Village Hall is open to the public. The show will be displayed throughout the month.

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