This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Have you tried a Shamrock Shake yet? I had the idea to pick one up last weekend but then I blinked and it was Monday morning again. I am truly jealous of you if you’ve enjoyed one already; so envious that I’m making it a priority to get to McDonald’s at some point this weekend, preferably before the parade.

Yes, the highlight of the weekend has to be Forest Park’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, you are invited to join neighbors in the downtown district to take part in one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the western suburbs. If parades aren’t your thing or you’re cognizant of the fact that it will eventually end and you’ll need other things to do, here is a look at what else is happening Around Oak Park:

Rick Kogan interviews authors Elizabeth Berg & Alex Kotlowitz
Friday, March 6 – Chicago media personality Rick Kogan will sit down with best-selling authors Elizabeth Berg and Alex Kotlowitz at the Oak Park Public Library, located at 834 Lake Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be served.

The League of Improv Heroes
The Open Door Repertory Company is hosting “The League of Improv Heroes” on Friday, March 6, from 8-10 p.m. Some of the best improvisers from Second City and the ladies of “The Spew” will perform to bring a new meaning to March Madness. The Open Door Theater is located at 902 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park. Tickets are $15.

Weekend of Hawaiian cultural events
Who says the month of March is reserved only for St. Patrick’s Day? Halau i Ka Pono, the Hawaiian Hulu School based out of Oak Park, will host a weekend of cultural events at 38 Lake Street. Master of Fine Arts Michael Pili Pang will teach the art of hula and oil (chanting). There will also be craft workshops and a fundraising dinner. For more information, visit or call 708-297-6321.

“Event Horizon” art exhibit
Artist-in-Residence Jamie Cooper’s “Event Horizon” exhibit will be on display this weekend at Gallery PINK, located at 149 Harrison Street in Oak Park. For more information, read the full article here.

The complete works of Shakespeare abridged at Trinity
Three actors will attempt to perform all of Shakespeare’s works within 90 minutes in a lighthearted play meant to inspire laughter. Performances take place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Trinity High School, located at 7574 W. Division Street in River Forest. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children/seniors/students.

Enjoy yourself this weekend. Warmer weather is on the way (or so I’m told).


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