This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Is it weird that 15-degree weather feels nice after days of negative 10 with the wind chill? A 50-degree day can feel even colder to a Californian after months of sunshine and 75+ degrees, and technically that’s a larger difference in temperature. I think of it as a lesson in relativity. Most things that we experience (using weather here as an example) can be considered in relation to something else.

One thing that people in the OPRF community always keep in consistent perspective is love for the many things to do and see each weekend. It always helps when it’s not brutally cold so we can get out and enjoy those activities. And lucky for us, the forecast calls for 20s-30s through Sunday, temperatures we don’t consider bad at all for late January. A Californian or Floridian might see that differently, but they’re too soft anyway. Relativity. Enjoy your weekend, Oak Park.

Couples Workout Program
Ridgeland Common Recreation Center, 415 Lake St., Oak Park, is hosting a couple’s workout program Friday from 6-7 p.m. This program will last four weeks, and each workout is designed to encourage couples to work together through each exercise. The cost for the program is $50. You can reserve a spot by visiting the Park District of Oak Park website.

Family Trivia Night at River Forest Public Library
River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., is hosting Family Trivia Night on Friday from 6-8 p.m. From the RFPL Facebook page- “Calling trivia buffs of all ages! There are still spaces available, so come on over and share your expert knowledge, win prizes, and have a blast! Teams of 4-6 players are invited to participate in a fun night of family friendly trivia. A pizza dinner will be served. If you want to play but don’t have a full team, we will find you some great teammates.”

Art Exhibit – “Between a Rock and a Soft Place”
Oak Park Art League presents an exhibit by Art League artists from Jan. 15-Feb. 23 at West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct., lower level in Oak Park. This exhibit can be viewed at any point over the weekend before the hospital closes its main entrance at 8:30 p.m.

Restaurant Spotlight – Munch on Marion St.
Munch, located at 104 N. Marion St., Oak Park, is known for its homemade comfort foods and wide selection of gluten free & vegetarian options. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday but closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday. First timers should try the Comfort Breakfast for brunch or the “Beefy” Tostada Plate for lunch/dinner, or the Vegan Lasagna if you don’t eat meat. Last two points to remember before heading to Munch- the place is BYOB and they only accept cash. There is an ATM on-site if you need it.

Bar Spotlight – Sláinte on Madison St.
Sláinte, 7505 Madison St., Forest Park, has some of the best prices of any bar in the area. We highly recommend this place if you are trying to enjoy the NFL Playoffs or Bulls and Blackhawks games over the weekend without hurting your wallet. It’s an added bonus if you appreciate the ambiance of a traditional Irish pub. Cheers, or should I say “Sláinte,” meaning “To good health.”

Saturday Fun Run
There will be two “Best Foot Forward” Saturday morning fun runs: 6 miles at 7:30 a.m., or 3 miles at 8 a.m. The group will meet at Panera Bread, 7349 Lake St in River Forest. These fun runs are open to runners of all ages, experience, and ability level.



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