Welcome to 2016’s one and only “Friday the 13th.” We had to stomach through three of these things last year, which is a worst case scenario for those who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia, an irrational fear of Friday the 13th. If you’re anything like me, I’m more afraid of how to pronounce a nine syllable word without sounding like an idiot. So, if superstitious dates mean nothing to you, and I certainly hope this is the case, we’ve provided a list of activities and events taking place in the community over the weekend. See you around, Oak Park.
Restaurant Suggestion 1 of 2 – Citrine Café
One of the Village’s newest eateries, Citrine Café, is a Mediterranean restaurant perfect for small plates and wine. Located at 100 S. Oak Park Avenue, Citrine is in a prime location to take a date on a walk around beautiful Oak Park following a meal. To view the menu or make a reservation, visit CitrineCafe.com.
Art Gallery Clearance Sale
Gallery PINK, 149 Harrison Street, is hosting a art clearance sale Friday through Sunday. Stop in any time over the weekend to shop Haitian, African and American Fine and Folk artwork that will be discounted 40-50%. The gallery is open from Noon to 5 p.m.
Early Music Chorale Festival
Oak Park Concert Chorale Director Paul Lindblad will host a two-part Early Music Choral Fest for singers who are interested in the experience of singing madrigals, canons, and other early choral music. This event will take place on Saturday, May 14 and be broken out into two sessions. Session 1 is from 10 a.m. to Noon and the second is from 1:30 -3:30 p.m. A short public performance will take place at the end of the two sessions. This workshop will take place in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street.
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 on the topic, read the conversation we had with resident Blagica Bottigliero.
Restaurant Suggestion 2 of 2 – PERi PERi
South African-based chain Nando’s PERi-PERi is entering its third weekend in Oak Park, and it’s a must if you haven’t had the chance to try it yet. PERi-PERi, also known as African Bird’s Eye Chili, is one of the popular spices used in the restaurant’s dishes. CEO Burton Heiss, explains: “We marinate our chicken in PERi-PERi for at least 24 hours, so the flavor goes right through to the bone.” From there, the chicken is flame-grilled and basted with PERi-PERi sauce. Give Nando’s South African-styled cuisine a try this weekend at 1138 W. Lake Street. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.