This is the time of year I like to call Calendar Purgatory. We are waist-deep in the daily work or school grind. There are no days off in sight. The holidays recharged our batteries but that feels like ages ago. We even have to wait until next weekend for the Super Bowl.
So we are left with the question, “How can I spend what little free time I’ve earned this weekend?” And the answers lie in this article. Because we should be working to live, not the other way around. That’s why we compile a list of activities, happenings, suggestions, events, and ideas every Friday for you, the exemplary Oak Parker.
Bite Nite, the official kickoff to Foodie Fest, will take place on Friday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park. Attendees will be able to try small bites from 50 different local chefs, meet restaurant owners, learn recipes and more. Tickets are $40 per individual or $150 for a group of four. The event is currently sold out online, but tickets may become available at The Nineteenth Century Club.
If you’re too busy or unable to score tickets to Bite Nite, don’t fret. Foodie Fest begins on Saturday and runs through Feb. 10. What is Foodie Fest, you ask? Modeled after various “restaurant week” promotions that take place throughout the country, Foodie Fest features prix fixe menus, each with three items or courses. These meals are priced at $10, $20 or $30 depending on the restaurant. For a list of participating businesses, visit the OPRF Chamber of Commerce website.
Saturday Morning Fun Runs
The Oak Park Runners Club is a group that varies by age, gender, and fitness level who share one thing in common- they like running. On Saturday they are coordinating two Fun Runs at 7 and 7:30 a.m. This event is free and open to anyone who wants to release some endorphins first thing in the morning. Both Fun Runs will begin at the Oak Park-River Forest High School soccer field/track complex on Lake Street and East Avenue. If you enjoy the run, make it a weekly routine as the group meets every Saturday.
The inaugural Schubert Festival 2018 is happening Sunday from 3 to 9:30 p.m. at the Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park. This event is comprised of four concerts in one – a song recital, chamber music, and piano works, performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Symphony, featuring acclaimed pianist Ralph Votapek. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at SchubertFestival.org.
Winter European Market
Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 442 South Grove Avenue, Oak Park, is hosting the Winter European Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This European-style farmer’s market will have goods for sale from producers, growers, and makers. Vendors include Mint Creek Farm, Breadman Baking Co., Finn’s Ranch, Joe’s Blues, Sitka Salmon, Brian Severson Farms, Winter Rye Pottery, Textiles & Metals, and more. With Valentine’s Day a couple weeks away, you might find the perfect gift.
Visit the Oak Park Art League Gallery
Located in the center of Oak Park’s Historic District, walking distance from Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed studio and Ernest Hemingway’s birth home, the Oak Park Art League’s Carriage House Gallery is an important landmark and lends to a tri-part dialogue about the early 20th century regional influences in art, architecture and literature that continue to define Oak Park’s cultural landscape today. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. Taking advantage of the cultural history of Oak Park is free and a great way to spend an afternoon.
If you think that’s all I have for you, you’re wrong. Because I’m going to keep referencing our list of 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues if you didn’t find anything from this week that stood out to you.
You made it to the end of the article and for that, I say thanks for reading. We are in for some mild weather for late January so get out there and enjoy it, even if it’s only because the television is broken.