This Weekend Around Oak Park

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The Chicago skyline from Oak Park. Photo courtesy of Brian Crawford

Yesterday we asked you which Major League Baseball team best represents the communities of Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park as a way of celebrating Opening Day. However, we didn’t ask you just for fun. We asked because we owe it to the rest of the Chicagoland area to determine which baseball club is better represented, and our geographical location offers the most objective pool of voters.

Since we border Chicago with the dividing line of the “North Side” vs the “South Side” (Madison Street) running right through us, we have the obligation of voting for either club without a Chicago address while remaining as close to the city as possible. That’s why we will hold a vote every year and in 2018 you voted 57.6% for the Cubs and 42.4% for the White Sox.

No matter what your club is or even if you don’t care for sports, keep on reading for a list of events and activities going on over the weekend as we say “so long” to March and welcome April with open arms. Side note- do you think Jesus will pull an April Fool’s joke on Sunday by still being in the cave and waking up like, “Got you! Alright, I have to go to heaven now.” I mean, how often is it that April Fool’s Day and Easter line up on the same day?

Shop on Harrison Street
Head to Harrison Street on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy special discounts from local business owners. This event is designed to support all the unique women-owned entrepreneurs in the Oak Park Arts District while exposing you, the shoppers, to great deals. Search #shoponharrisonstreet on your social media accounts to learn more. Or, if you’d rather skip that step, just visit the arts district and look for yellow balloons and ribbons on the windows which signify participating businesses.

Easter Brunch at The Carleton
If you want to dine with the Easter Bunny in style, The Carleton is where you want to be on Sunday. From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Grand Ballroom will be dressed for its annual Easter Brunch. Menu items include an omelet & egg station, Belgian waffles, carving station, salads, seafood, sweets table, and lunch entrees. The price is $38.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 5-12, and free for kids 4 and under. The Carleton is located at 1110 Pleasant Street, Oak Park. Call 708-848-5000 to make a reservation.

Easter Brunch at Hemmingway’s Bistro
Lots of people like to have brunch over Easter weekend, and some people might not like the idea of dining in a hotel. That’s why we are recommending Hemmingway’s Bistro, 211 N. Oak Park Ave., as an alternative option. This French restaurant encompasses everything we love about brunch: cocktails, poached eggs, waffles, assorted bakery goods, and fish (to name a few menu items). Hemmingway’s Bistro is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Loyola Final Four Watch Party at Wild Onion
Wild Onion Tied House is hosting a watch party to support the Loyola Men’s Basketball Team as they play Michigan for a chance at the NCAA National Championship game. The bar/restaurant will be showing the game on a giant projector screen and promise plenty of seating for all who attend. Enjoy drink and food specials during the game. The watch party will take place from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Wild Onion is located at 1111 South Boulevard, Oak Park.

Egg Hunt at Maple Park
From the Park District of Oak Pak’s website: “The Bunnies have awoken from their slumber and left beautiful eggs in Maple Park for your children to find! Children ages 3-10 are encouraged to bring baskets, bonnets and bunny ears to participate in our annual egg hunt. The hunt for eggs will occur rain or shine so arrive appropriately dressed for maximum search time! Our Bunny will be on hand for pictures with the whole family and we will have themed games before and after each hunt.” This event will take place Saturday from 9-11:45 a.m. at Maple Park, 1105 S. Maple Ave. For a list of locations to acquire your free tickets, click here.

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