This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Scoville Park. Photo Credit: woodshomeimprovements.com

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, a time to recognize and be thankful for the person who brought you into the world. While we all have unique relationships with our parents, one trait every person shares is that we wouldn’t be here without the help of a truly special person. Advances in modern medicine may one day make this statement untrue, but for now, we pay our respects by going out to eat, buying cards, offering to do the housework, and impressing Mom with a few fun ideas on how to spend the weekend.

#ShopSmallOakPark
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 Mom out to see a few local charming shops.

3 Suggestions for Mother’s Day Brunch in Oak Park
The Carleton of Oak Park, 1110 Pleasant St. – This is the place to go if you really want to go “all out” for Mom this year. This traditional Mother’s Day brunch will be served in the Grand Ballroom from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $37.95 per adult and $14.95 for children ages 5-12. Reservations are required by calling 708-848-4250.

Maya del Sol, 144 S. Oak Park Ave. – Nobody blends Latin and American cuisine quite like this restaurant. Enjoy a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at $29 per adult, $14 per child ages 4-12; young ones 3 and under are admitted free. Reservations are required by calling 708-358-9800.

Buzz Café, 905 S. Lombard Ave. – Highlights include the Nutella and Cream French Toast Thick-cut Brioche dipped in vanilla batter, stuffed with chocolate hazelnut cream cheese, drizzled with chocolate sauce then topped with fresh whipped cream and fresh strawberries. No reservation required.

Mother’s Day Gift-Making Workshop
Bead in Hand, 145 W. Harrison Street, is hosting classes from 1-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. In the workshop, participants of all ages will be taught how to make a bird’s nest or peapod pendant as a handmade gift for Mom this Mother’s Day. Call 708-848-1761 for more information.

Saturday Fun Run
There will be two “Best Foot Forward” Saturday morning fun runs: 6 miles at 7:30 a.m., or 3 miles at 8 a.m. The group will meet at Panera Bread, 7349 Lake St in River Forest. These fun runs are open to runners of all ages, experience, and ability levels.

Gallery PINK’s “Material Obsession” exhibit
New work by artists Gina Lee Robbins, Bobbi Meier, and Linda Abrams will be featuring their work at Gallery PINK, 149 Harrison St., Oak Park. Stop by over the weekend to see original, authentic work from talented artists. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call 708-524-2231 for more information.

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