This Weekend Around Oak Park


If you were alive in the year 2000, odds are you’re familiar with ‘N Sync and Justin Timberlake’s patented vocal style. While some think it’s great, others find it cheesy, but me? I believe it’s the perfect way to describe the weekend as we transition into a new month:

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If you’ve been reading our website for awhile, you might have realized that I used this meme last year at the same time, but you know what? I hope you still find it just as entertaining because it hasn’t lost its effect on me.

As always, here’s a glimpse at everything new, fun and exciting happening this weekend.

Annual Spring Housewalk – Ridgeland Revisited
The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest will host the annual Spring Housewalk Sunday, May 1, from 1-5 p.m. The theme for 2016 is Ridgeland Revisited, touring seven homes built between 1898 and 1916 in the Ridgeland Historic District. Tickets are $35 the day of the event. However, $30 tickets can be purchased online by visiting Programs for the event can be picked up starting at 12:30 p.m. at the New Home for History, 129 Lake Street.

Grand Opening for PERi-PERi
South African-based chain Nando’s PERi-PERi will open its doors in Oak Park on Saturday, April 30. PERi-PERi, also known as African Bird’s Eye Chili, is one of the popular spices used in the restaurant’s dishes. CEO of Nando’s PERi-PER USA, Burton Heiss, said: “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 St. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Grand Opening for Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s will have a grand opening celebration n Friday and Saturday at their brand new location, 155 S. Oak Park Ave. The party is planned to be on both Friday and Saturday nights with two drag shows and “HamBingo” charity. Hamburger Mary’s will offer local beers from operations, including Kinslahger Brewing. They also will feature a full menu of apps, burgers, and desserts, all of which will be served with a side of sass. f you are interested in attending, Hamburger Mary’s recommends making a reservation. You may call 708-445-0272 or email

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 level.

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, read the conversation we had with resident Blagica Bottigliero: #ShopSmallOakPark

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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