This Weekend Around Oak Park

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I highly recommend watching “A Very Murray Christmas” on Netflix if you haven’t done so already. There are cameos from Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Miley Cyrus, the band Phoenix, and many more. I didn’t know what to expect from the special so I was pleasantly surprised at Bill Murray’s ability to carry a tune. He doesn’t overdo any of the songs and he acts as himself, so there are plenty of laughs.

While Bill and company will do a great job of getting you in the spirit, the special only lasts an hour. That’s why we’ve highlighted a few things happening in town this weekend. And oh, I almost forgot- parking is free downtown all weekend. That will inspire you to get out and do some shopping, right? We’ve got three days left in Hanukkah and 14 days until Christmas. Time is ticking.

Brunch with Santa at Eyrie
Eyrie Restaurant, 128 N. Oak Park Ave., is hosting breakfast with Santa on Sunday. There will be three seatings (9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.). Eyrie is run by students from Robert Morris University who are looking to make an impact in the hospitality industry. To make a reservation, call 708-763-8380 or email

Janice Elkins’ annual Holiday Show at Gallery PINK
Janice Elkins’ annual Holiday Show is taking place at Gallery PINK, 149 Harrison Street. The gallery celebrates the season with an array of drawings, cut paper, ceramics, sculpture, collage, and paintings- all reasonably priced for gift giving. Hours are by appointment on Friday, Saturday from 2-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 708-524-2231.

Downtown Oak Park Shopper’s Reward Program
Get rewards for supporting local shops this holiday season. Save your receipts until Dec. 25 as a part of DTOP’s rebate program and receive $50 in Shopper’s Reward certificates for receipts totaling $25 or more from at least seven different businesses, with a grand total of at least $400.

There’s still time to get a Christmas tree
New Era Christmas Tree Lot is located at 1117 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. The lot has serviced the community since 1987. “We have had the privilege of supplying the Oak Park/River Forest community with only the highest-quality Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir Christmas trees,” according to Sandhill Trees website. “We also carry a great selection of wreaths, garland, and tree stands. Local delivery is available for a fee.”

Holiday Extravaganza Workshop at Bead in Hand
Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison St., is hosting $5 workshops throughout the weekend. Hours are Friday from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday from 2-5 p.m. Make snowflakes, angels, candy canes or button wreaths. For more information, visit

Piano concert at Pleasant Home
Composer and pianist Thomas Holmes will be playing a concert at Pleasant Home (217 S. Home Ave.) on Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. Admission is $15 or $10 for members. For more information on the artist, visit


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