This Weekend Around Oak Park

June 21-23: Summer solstice means that we have officially moved past spring and entered summer. Maybe celebrating the longest day of the year will finally bring warmer weather.

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Fit4Mom Oak Park-River Forest is gaining traction with local moms. The fitness group will be celebrating the end of their opening week on Saturday morning, and encourage anyone interested to attend.

Today is summer solstice. That’s why I’m confident that warmer weather is finally on its way. Spring lasted a little longer than we would’ve liked, but okay. That’s fine. Just end it now. So help me God, let us enjoy the best season of the year, and let it happen right now.

We were all thinking it, so thank you for letting me get that out of the way. Now, the reason why you clicked on this article…

The communities of Oak Park and River Forest will be buzzing with activity the next couple days and if you are looking for ideas on how to spend your time, you’ve come to the right place. Weather be damned, here’s a look at some of this weekend’s activities so we can celebrate the official start to summer in style.


Fit4Mom Oak Park-River Forest

Fit4Mom Oak Park-River Forest is a welcoming fitness community that invites mothers to bring their little ones with while working out. The group will conclude their opening week Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Keystone Park, located at Lake and Keystone in River Forest. Group organizer Kate Powlus told us that she anticipates over 70 moms to show up but there is room for more. Fathers are also welcome to attend.

From the website: Our goal is to help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit by offering fitness classes for every stage of motherhood along with social events and activities to help foster friendships, love and unending support for the Mamas of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Riverside, Berwyn, and beyond.

If you need to get in touch with Powlus to confirm logistics of the event, she can be reached at 209-493-8171.

Patio Season from Participating Restaurants & Bars

As I mentioned in the introduction, I’m going to enjoy my summer, weather be damned. Luckily for us, there are plenty of restaurants and bars that offer patios in Oak Park. Some of our favorites include Poor Phil’s, Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, and Avenue Ale House. If you are looking to dine out or grab casual drinks, read all about Patio Season in Oak Park.

Scoville Park’s Summer Concert Series

This weekend, the Scoville Park Summer Concert Series will feature Sons of Chicago beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

The Oak Park-based group plays hard-hitting blues, soul, and rock that will transform you back in time. This is a family-friendly event and completely free! Make sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets with you as those are not provided.

Scoville Park is located at 800 Lake Street in Oak Park.

Sizzling Summer Sidewalk Soiree

Visit Harrison Street between Austin and Ridgeland on Saturday for the Oak Park Arts District summer soiree. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. participating businesses in the Arts District will open their respective doors to shop, drink, and enjoy the longest days of the year. Weather permitting, the social gathering may be moved indoors to the participating local businesses.

Oak Park Farmers’ Market

The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is now in its 44th annual year. 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.

Pajama Pizza Party at Wonder Works

Wonder Works Children’s Museum is hosting a pajama pizza party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21. This event is $5 for members or $10 for non-members.

Pizza and snacks will be served throughout the evening. Giant games available and now will be guided by enthusiastic volunteers, according to event organizers.

Wonder Works is located at 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park.

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