This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Ever feel like life is moving at a mile a minute? It certainly feels that way considering the past seven days. Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. About a foot of snow came and is now gone. Another mass shooting in the country and an armed robbery right here in Oak Park. More Facebook debates. More chatter that doesn’t really enact any change. Any number of things happening in our personal lives. It’s a lot. It’s extra, as the kids say. And it can be overwhelming.

At times like these, we have a lot to ponder but seemingly no time to do so. We are full-time employees, students, parents, business owners, husbands, wives. Still, it’s important to slow down, to put both feet on the ground, and remember what this is all about. I can think of no better time than the weekend to make that happen. So do something fun and be present while doing so. You can’t enjoy life if it’s passing you right by.

Oak Park Theater Month
Welcome to the first ever Oak Park Theater Month, an event created to excite tourists and locals alike about the active theater community in Oak Park. Six separate venues will take part in the four-week affair. This weekend offers the most choices as five different shows will be playing. Enjoy a play, see a concert, or get entranced by a storyteller. For a full list of shows and times, check out our Quick Guide to Oak Park Theater Month.

Restaurant Spotlight: Cooper’s Hawk
If you were unable to celebrate Cupid’s holiday on Wednesday, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is offering its chef-recommended Valentine’s Day special through Saturday. Diners get an option of filet medallions and parmesan crusted lobster tail or twin parmesan-crusted lobster tails; both options are paired with a rich Portuguese red blend wine. For dessert, enjoy a rich butter cake with balsamic berries. Cooper’s Hawk is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is located at 950 Lake Street, Oak Park. To make a reservation, call 708-613-2999 or visit https://chwinery.com/locations/illinois/oak-park-il.

Retail Warehouse Sale at Nineteenth Century Club
The OPRF Chamber of Commerce is hosting an inaugural Retail Warehouse Sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park. Top retailers in the area will be selling end of the year stock at a 20-90 percent discount in an effort to encourage Oak Parkers to shop locally and support small businesses. The sale marks the very first time that the Chamber has hosted a shopping event. It is recommended to get there early as shoppers will be served on a first come, first serve basis.

Third Friday Gallery Walk in the Arts District
The Oak Park Arts District galleries are open for special events from 6-10 p.m. on Friday. Enjoy dinner in the district and stroll the galleries taking in the artwork of the owners and their guest artists. Many of the businesses keep late hours so the good times are bound to keep going past close. Participating galleries include Black Moon Gallery, Whatever Comes to Mind Studio, Expressions Graphics, Art Gecko, Dancing Krow Studio, Gallery PINK, and Buzz Cafe. The Arts District is located on Harrison Street between Highland Avenue and S. Humphrey Avenue.

Watch OPRF Grad Emery Lehman in the Winter Olympics
On Sunday, OPRF High School Grad Emery Lehman will be competing in the Men’s Team Pursuit Speedskating Quarterfinals for a chance at winning a medal later in the week. If you are burnt out on weekend activities come Sunday afternoon, tune into NBC from 3 to 6 p.m. to cheer on an OP native as he represents the United States in Pyeongchang.

Feature image courtesy of Britt McCreary via Instagram

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