One of the greatest things about living in Oak Park is that it’s never boring. When I looked at the calendar to see what was most newsworthy to put on this week’s list, the article practically wrote itself. So, if you haven’t heard details about the festivals, tours, and concerts, amongst other activities, never fear. You’re in the right place to find out the where/what/when of the events taking place Friday through Sunday in beautiful Oak Park.
Third Friday Gallery Walk
Friday, May 20, from 6 to 10 p.m.
It’s the third Friday of the month and that means the Oak Park Arts District will host the Third Friday Gallery Walk on Harrison Street. Consider this Third Friday Gallery Walk as the official kick off to the Oak Park Art’s District street festival, What’s Blooming on Harrison. Head to Bead in Hand for a jewelry design studio, view the work of artists Linda Abrams, Bobbi Meier and Gina Lee Robbins at Gallery PINK, listen to live music at Buzz Café, or check out live entertainment at Open Door Theater. For more information, visit the Oak Park Arts District website.
18th Annual Oak Park Arts District Spring Festival
Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you enjoy art, live music, and food & drinks, you might want to check out the 18th Annual Oak Park Arts District Spring Festival, What’s Blooming on Harrison. Hesitant on whether or not it will be a good time? Check out this promotional video:
Opening Weekend for the Oak Park Farmers Market
Saturday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Oak Park Farmers Market will begin its 41st annual year on Saturday, May 21 at 7 a.m. in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, located at 460 Lake St. 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.
42nd Annual Wright Plus Housewalk
Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 42nd Annual Wright Plus Housewalk will feature a rare glimpse into eight private homes and buildings in Oak Park and River Forest designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other pioneering architects during the turn of the century. The 2016 theme is Wright and the Prairie School, showcasing architecture that rejected historical revivalism and instead looked to erect buildings more suitable for the contemporary American lifestyle. Tickets are $110 for non-members and $95 for members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust; these can be purchased in advance at FLW Trust.
OPRF Gangster Tour – There Goes the Neighborhood
Sunday, May 22, at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
There Goes the Neighborhood, a popular gangster tour led by mob historian and author of “The Chicago Outfit” John Binder, returns on Sunday. The tour highlights 15 homes in Oak Park and River Forest that were previously owned by crime bosses such as Anthony “Tough Tony” Capezio, Sam Giancana, Jack “Machine Gun” McGurn, Tony Accardo, and Paul Ricca. The tour departs from (and returns to) the Oak Park Visitor Center at 1010 Lake Street. Tickets are $30.
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest: “Maestro’s Treat”
Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m.
Founded in 1931, The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest is one of the nation’s oldest community orchestras. This Sunday, the symphony is hosting a special concert featuring soloist Chris Martin. “Maestro’s Treat” will be held at Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division Street in River Forest. Doors will open at 3 p.m. with the show starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online.