This Weekend Around Oak Park

July 20-22

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Wedding season is in full force and I’m still grinning a week later after watching my best friend marry the love of his life after 12 and a half years (they are high school sweethearts).

The ceremony took place last Saturday at a parish in Park Ridge and the reception was held at Loews Hotel in Rosemont. I pleaded my case to have the festivities in Oak Park because there are so many incredible ways to have a wedding here (tap/click to find out more). Alas, the best man only has so much say, and the bride and groom wanted to have the event closer to the airport for all of the out-of-town guests.

But that’s Katy and Steve’s (bride & groom) style. They always think of others before themselves and it is part of the reason why their relationship is so incredibly strong. I tried to capture how much I admire this in them during my speech, but sitting at my desk to write out my thoughts is one thing. It’s an entirely different animal when I’m holding a microphone in front of a large group of strangers after spending the afternoon drinking on a trolley #WeddingPartyLife.

That’s why I kept it in the moment, spoke from the heart, and infer that I got my message across. It’s the same philosophy I embrace to construct these weekend editorial pieces. I’m doing this because it’s important to check in with our trustworthy AOP readers, give you a little insight into my life, and of course, enlighten you on what’s happening in and around Oak Park, as well as the surrounding communities of River Forest and Forest Park.

Forest Park Music Fest
Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. Noon-11 p.m., Sun. Noon-10 p.m.
The 2018 Forest Park Music Fest will take place on Madison Street, spanning the area between Desplaines and Circle Avenues. There will be two bumping stages filled with some of Chicagoland’s best artists. In addition to the music, there will be two beer gardens, food from some of the neighborhood’s top vendors, carnival games, arts and crafts, sidewalk sale, gallery, and specialty items. It’s going to be a great time here all weekend. Admission is $5.

Shop Outdoor Sale
Head to Downtown Oak Park and the Hemingway District all weekend to enjoy end-of-season sales from about 30 different local businesses. Tables and racks will be set out on the sidewalks, and live music will provide some ambiance. To say “thank you” for supporting the local economy, participate in Sip & Shop Bingo for a chance at huge prizes and enjoy free rickshaw rides between Oak Park Ave. and Marion St. on Saturday.

4th Annual Hemingway 8K Running of the Bulls
From Visit Oak Park: The 4th Annual Hemingway 8K Running of the Bulls (4.97 miles) race event will commence at 7:45 a.m. Saturday adjacent to Scoville Park. This family-friendly community event brings out hundreds to participate in the Running of the Bulls 8K race. The race is a flat, fast 8K-race course featuring the Hemingway District area, historical homes, and Scoville Park. The foundation sponsors a post-race event for kids as well. The race supports both the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry and the EHFOP.

Live Jazz at Eastgate Café
Enjoy the soothing sounds of Erick Hendricks and Friends, a jazz outfit that provides the perfect backdrop while you’re enjoying some coffee and relaxing after a long week at work. Hendricks will be playing on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Eastgate is located at 102 Harrison Street in the Oak Park Arts District.

Farmers’ Market
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items for sale include locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread, and doughnuts. Cash is the preferred method of payment but credit and debit are available depending on the vendor. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, Oak Park.

Sculpture Walk
The Sculpture Walk is a summertime staple in Oak Park that you can enjoy at any hour of the day. The Sculpture Walk is a free, self-guided tour of various art pieces located on Oak Park Avenue between Lexington and Van Buren. Visitors are welcome to download a free app called Otocast to access information about the sculptures and hear descriptions of the work dictated by the artists themselves.

Summer Concert Series
Enjoy free concerts on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. throughout the summer at Scoville Park, 800 W. Lake Street. This week, local Oak Park folk musician Robert Rolfe Fedderson will be taking the stage. Bring out your blankets, lawn chairs, and anything else you need to enjoy live music in the park.

If you have events planned that you would like to be included in articles like this, please email your event info to aroundoakpark@gmail.com so we can get the word out!

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