This Weekend Around Oak Park

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It must be Groundhog Day if the Patriots are in the Super Bowl again. Let me ask this… If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow does that mean that Emperor Belichick and Lord Brady will win yet again? That’s right, I compared the New England Patriots to the Evil Empire from Star Wars because that’s what it’s starting to feel like.

Year after year this team finds themselves at pro football’s most prestigious stage and it doesn’t matter who they step over or what underhanded ways the pair take to get there. They are an evil organization that is not affected by age (Brady is 40 & I think Belichick has been around for centuries) or morals (DeflateGate, Spygate, etc.) and they must be destroyed. *EXHALES*

If you are not as bothered by the New England Patriots as I so clearly am, you might want to turn your attention to other matters, like what to do this weekend. We have some ideas.

Opening Weekend for Oak Park Theater Month
Welcome to the first ever Oak Park Theater Month, an event created to excite tourists and locals alike about the active theater community in Oak Park. Six separate venues will take part in the four-week affair. For a full list of shows and schedules, check out our Quick Guide to Oak Park Theater Month.

Live Music at Eastgate Café – Hope Rose
Singer/Songwriter Hope Rose will be performing live at Eastgate Café on Friday at 7 p.m. A Forest Park native, Rose has been playing at local venues for about two years. She has been writing original music since 2013 and recently recorded a three-song sampler at Uptown Records. Eastgate Café is located at 102 Harrison Street, Oak Park.

Saturday Morning Fun Runs
The Oak Park Runners Club is a group that varies by age, gender, and fitness level who share one thing in common- they like running. On Saturday they are coordinating two Fun Runs at 7 and 7:30 a.m. This event is free and open to anyone who wants to release some endorphins first thing in the morning. Both Fun Runs will begin at the Oak Park-River Forest High School soccer field/track complex on Lake Street and East Avenue. If you enjoy the run, make it a weekly routine as the group meets every Saturday.

Where to Watch Super Bowl LII
No matter who ends up playing in the last game of the NFL season, it’s always fun to get together with family and friends for the unofficial holiday. If you’re still looking for a plan, check out our 5 Options for the Super Bowl.

Foodie Fest
Modeled after various “restaurant week” promotions that take place throughout the country, Foodie Fest features prix fixe menus, each with three items or courses. These meals are priced at $10, $20 or $30 depending on the restaurant. For a list of participating businesses, visit the OPRF Chamber of Commerce website.

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