Last night the team got together for Pints & Popcorn at Poor Phil’s because you never know what kind of surprises await you at happy hour. Afterward, we marched north up Marion to Lake Street Kitchen + Bar where the one and only special of the day was a beer I never heard of called Around The Bend Vera Pistachio Cream Ale. I tried it, of course, and I talked about it the rest of the night to the point where my girlfriend, a lovely & patient woman, forcefully told me to “shut up!”
Whatever. I’m not sorry in the least for expressing how I much I enjoyed it. I normally have a standard domestic light beer at such occasions and to stumble upon this easy-drinking glass of flavor was the best surprise of all. Now that you’re in the mood to try Vera yourself, here’s a look at what else you can do around town with a pistachio buzz on this spooky season weekend before Halloween.
Hemingway District Halloween Parade
The annual parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning starting at Pleasant & Oak Park Avenue. Dress your young ones in their costumes and stick around after the parade for trick-or-treating from participating members of the Hemingway District Business Association. The forecast calls for partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 40’s.
Hal-LOU-Ween at Bar Louie
If you are looking for a Halloween party in Downtown Oak Park, head to Bar Louie on Saturday where they are pulling out all the stops. Costume contest. Drink specials. Experimental drink concoctions. Mad scientist theme. It’s all going down on Saturday during business hours (10 a.m. to 2 a.m.) so stop in whenever you feel like getting in the spirit.
Last Farmers’ Market of the Season
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is open for the last time this season on 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.
Paint Party at Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s is hosting a painting party on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. while music from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Rocky Horror Picture Show plays throughout the brewpub. Being so close to Halloween, the staff encourages you to dress up and paint whatever you feel inspired to create for spooky season. Hamburger Mary’s is located at 155 S. Oak Park Avenue.
Barbara Ballinger Lecture: Poet José Olivarez
From the Oak Park Public Library: Join us and poet, educator, and artist José Olivarez as we recognize former head librarian Ms. Ballinger and her many years of dedicated service to the library and to Oak Park. Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, co-author of the book of poems “Home Court,” and co-host of the poetry podcast, “The Poetry Gods.” This event takes place on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Main Library Veteran’s Room, 834 Lake Street.
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