This Weekend Around Oak Park

March 9-11

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Photo courtesy of Matt Cebulak

Before I list off the highlights happening around town this weekend, I want to tell you a quick story about my experience at the Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend that serves as proof that my brain operates better under the influence.

We arrived at about 1:15 to the event already in full swing, watching from the intersection of Madison and Beloit, facing north. Our side of the street was completely covered in shade and nearly vacant of people. Instead, everyone was watching from the sunny side of the street, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why. After I had a beer and 10 or 15 minutes pass by, a thought arises and I tell the guys, “Hey it’s kind of cold over here, don’t you think?” Eventually, we find a break in the parade to rush across to the sunny side of the street where it feels much warmer, and the experience 10 times better.

“Ah, that’s why everyone is on this side of the street.”

This thought would have never have occurred to me if I didn’t have a beer. Maybe I was so fixated on all of the parade entries passing by. Maybe I felt anxious about disrupting the parade by rushing across the middle of it. Maybe it just takes me longer to comprehend a concept as simple as “it feels warmer in the sun as opposed to the shade.” Maybe, just maybe… A beer puts my mind where it needs to be and relieves any anxiety I might be feeling… After 10 beers is another story and we don’t have time for that right now. This is an editorial about what’s happening THIS weekend Around Oak Park.

Spring Market
The Oak Park Conservatory is hosting the Spring Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get a jump start on growing season by shopping organic, GMO-free vegetables and berries for your garden. Vegetables include an array of specialty potatoes, onions, horseradish, asparagus, rhubarb, and more. The Oak Park Conservatory is located at 218 Madison Street.

Thrift Shopping Sale at Economy Shop
In case you didn’t already know, Economy Shop Oak Park is a local thrift store gem located in a Victorian-style house that only opens on special days. Lucky for us, this Saturday is one of those days called Happy Day of Awesomeness, where shoppers can peruse 15 different departments on three floors to find all kinds of vintage goods. Economy Shop is located at 103 S. Grove, Oak Park. The event is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chili Cook-off
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is hosting a Chili Cook-off on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. You don’t have to be a parish member to enter or simply taste what local chefs bring to the table. There will be beverages, dessert, and kid-friendly food, according to the Facebook event. St. Chris’ is located at 545 S. East Ave., Oak Park. Head on over for lunch on Sunday if you’re feeling social or out of groceries.

The Bart Attacks at Buzz Café
The Bart Attacks is a folk/Americana group that will be playing live at Buzz Café on Saturday at 6 p.m. This acoustic duet is based out of Chicago that takes influences from Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and even Nirvana. Check them out if you enjoy music and coffee. Buzz Café is located at 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.

One Earth Film Festival
If you haven’t gotten the chance to see one of the movies taking place at the One Earth Film Fest, there’s still time as the event concludes on Sunday. This weekend, you can see a variety of family-friendly short films at the Thatcher Woods Pavilion in River Forest; these screenings will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Following the family films, Jane will be playing at 1 p.m. at the same venue, Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest. Admission is free for all of these films.

Calling All Gamers – PPTQ Standard at The Gaming Goat
The Gaming Goat is hosting a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier (PPTQ) gaming tournament on Saturday at 10 a.m. According to the Facebook event, sign-ins are between 10 and 11 a.m. Player meeting 11 a.m., pre-pay ahead for $25. Number of rounds to be capped at 5, attendance capped at 32. The Swiss rounds will be followed by a Single Elimination Top 8 for the Qualification. You can pre-register with payment in store to guarantee your slot. There will be prizes for first through eighth place. The Gaming Goat is located at 436 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

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