Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus
A sample collected last week from a trap in south Oak Park has tested positive for the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. Positive samples have been found in Oak Park traps every season since the threat arose in the United States. The virus tends to become more prevalent as the temperatures rise in July and August, and can continue to pose a threat as late as October. While officials say the risk of contracting the virus is small, residents are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten and eliminate breeding sites. Click here to read more…
Tour the Historical Society’s future home
Anyone interested in checking out the future home of the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest is invited to tour the work in progress at 129 Lake St. from 6 to 8 p.m., tonight. The Society’s new home will be in the old Cicero Fire Co. No. 2 station, the oldest public building in Oak Park. The extensive renovation project is creating a flexible, open-floor-plan space for exhibits and programs for a hometown museum. More information is posted online – just click here.
Farmers’ Market is open for business
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is open for business from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. everySaturday through October. Now in its 40th season, the venerable market is held in the Pilgrim Church parking lot just west of the intersection of Lake Street and Ridgeland Avenue. In addition to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dried and cut flowers, bedding plants, honey and cheeses from Illinois and neighboring states, the market also offers warm donuts made on-site, juice and coffee, and live bluegrass music. A majority of the vendors now accept credit/debit cards as well as Link cards. More information on the Oak Park Farmers’ Market is posted at www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket.
Outdoor sculpture underway
The Oak Park Sculpture Walk is back for a fourth season with 12 pieces installed in pedestrian-friendly sites along Chicago Avenue between Ridgeland Avenue and Austin Boulevard. A brochure for a self-guided walking tour is available at www.oak-park.us/sculpturewalk and at the Oak Park Visitors Center, 1010 Lake St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.