This Weekend Around Oak Park

Photo courtesy of Downtown Oak Park

If you traveled down Lake Street between Marion and Forest recently, you might have noticed tents, a stage, and several people buzzing around the area. It’s not because Downtown OP felt like it needed a permanent makeover, just a temporary one. That’s right; it’s Oaktoberfest in Oak Park. This event signifies that autumn is officially here so like it or not, this is a chance to enjoy some live music, craft beer, and food from local vendors. Prost!

One of the year’s biggest festivals takes place Friday from 4:30-10 p.m. and Saturday from noon-10 p.m. You will have the opportunity to enjoy craft beer, wine, and food from local vendors. Music headliners include Holly Williams and Uncle Lucius. Finally, there will be a Root Beer Garden for the kids to take part in organized activities and games. Admission is free to enter the festival grounds. For more information, click here.

Grand Opening for the Miller Meadow Off-Leash Dog Area
Miller Meadow Off-Leash Dog Area, 2175 S. 1st Ave. in Forest Park, will host its grand opening on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and dog owners will have the opportunity to apply for an annual membership.

OPRF Gangster Tour
There Goes the Neighborhood, a popular gangster tour led by mob historian and author of “The Chicago Outfit” John Binder, returns on Sunday. The tour highlights 15 homes in Oak Park and River Forest that were previously owned by crime bosses such as Anthony “Tough Tony” Capezio, Sam Giancana, Jack “Machine Gun” McGurn, Tony Accardo, and Paul Ricca. The tour departs from (and returns to) the Oak Park Visitor Center at 1010 Lake Street.

Cucina’s “A Night at the Park” at Cheney Mansion
Cucina Paradiso is hosting a unique “pop-up” dinner event on Friday at the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. Guests are invited to dine on a four-course meal under the stars, making it a perfect date night or fun social outing. Seats cost $90 which include dinner, wine, tax, and gratuity. Send an email to if you are interested in booking a seat.

Third Friday Gallery Walk
It’s the third Friday of the month and that means the Oak Park Arts District will host the Third Friday Gallery Walk from 6-10 p.m. on Harrison St. Head to Bead in Hand for a jewelry design studio, view the work of Janice Elkin at Gallery PINK, listen to live music at Buzz Café, or check out Intuit Dance for an informal showing of the studio’s newest concept, Dance Jam. For more information, visit the Oak Park Arts District website.

Oak Park Farmers’ Market
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is in its 40th year and it’s all thanks to the support from the community. Shoppers are welcome Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pilgrim Church Parking lot, located at 460 Lake St.


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