This Weekend Around Oak Park

February 23-25

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It has been a hustle and bustle kind of week here at AOP, which is why I’m using an alcoholic beverage as the featured image (more on that later). After weeks of designing an updated version of the website and logo, we finally introduced the new look on Sunday. Speaking of which, let us know what you think about it and don’t be shy. We’re the type of people that actually value feedback. Real talk.

Following that whole rebrand thing that cut into our personal lives, we were kept busy with plenty of newsworthy content to report. The main story that comes to mind is the OPRF student walkout from Wednesday. In addition to big stories such as that one, our brand’s first priority is always to establish meaningful connections with the people of the community, which is why we produced a new feature story on Kim Daunis and Natalie Papier from Home Ec.

Now that all this is said and done for the week, I’m in need of a couple cold ones. And I hope I’m not coming off as the stereotypical entitled millennial by saying that just because I put in some extra hours lately. In reality, this is more of me convincing myself that I earned my drinks this weekend. So do me a solid here and play along.

Wild Onion Weekend Brunch
If you love Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and breakfast food as much as we do, you’ll be happy to know that Wild Onion Tied House will start serving their brunch menu for the first time this weekend. Featured items include various skillets, breakfast burritos, and of course the fully stocked bar. Wild Onion is located at 1111 South Boulevard, Oak Park; the brunch menu is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be the first of your friends to try it or stumble on over to cure a hangover.

Oak Park Theater Month
The curtain is closing on the inaugural Oak Park Theater Month but you still have a chance to see a show this weekend. A powerful performance focused on mental health titled Erasing the Distance: Dominican, Chapter Two is playing at Dominican University on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, Madison Street Theater will show Life in a Sandcastle on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. For ticketing information, check out our Guide to Oak Park Theater Month.

Near Death Experience
If the options presented by Oak Park Theater Month aren’t getting you excited, maybe you should check out a necromancer named Neil Tobin with his show Near Death Experience at Oak Park Temple, 1235 Harlem Ave., Oak Park on Sunday at 5 p.m. This interactive performance invites theatergoers to be part of this life-and-death conversation in environments dedicated to the subject: houses of worship, end-of-life care forums, legacy planning workshops, and actual funeral homes and cemetery chapels throughout the US.

Blackhawks Night at Ridgeland
If you love your hometown Blackhawks, join organist Frank Pellico and bring your friends for a public skate on Saturday from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Wear your red and black gear on the ice and meet other local hockey fans. Enter the raffle to win two tickets to see the Blackhawks play one of their last home games. The fee is $10 per skater. Free for pass holders. Skate rental available. The Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex is located at 415 Lake Street, Oak Park.

Open Mic Night at Counter Coffee
Counter Coffee is hosting an Open Mic Night Friday at 7 p.m. If you’re a creative type, showcase your work! If you just want to enjoy some local performers, head on over with a few friends. Counter Coffee is located at 7324 Madison Street, Forest Park.

Wonderivia at Wonder Works Children’s Museum
Wonder Works Children’s Museum is hosting a benefit trivia night from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Join for a night of fun, food, drinks, and of course testing your trivia knowledge. This benefit supports the Wonder Works annual operating budget. To register, contact Rachel Rettberg at

Ribbon Cutting at FOSS Swim School
The OPRF Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for FOSS Swim School on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony was originally planned for Feb. 9 but postponed due to a winter storm. If you are interested in signing your children up for swim classes, this event is for you. FOSS is located at 1850 N. Harlem Ave., Elmwood Park.


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