This Weekend Around Oak Park


There are only three days left in January and I couldn’t be happier. With the end of this month, the light at the end of winter’s tunnel shines modestly and grows brighter with each week that passes.  Sure, we might be in for a few more days of nasty weather in February and March, but spring is closer than it was before.

Maybe you’re not like me and you love January; perhaps you are sad to see it go. If that’s the case, you should send it off with a bang and do something exciting. Hiding below the three dotted lines is a list of ideas on how to spend the last weekend of the month Around Oak Park.

Bite Nite
Bite Nite, the official kickoff to Foodie Fest, will take place on Friday, Jan. 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Nineteenth Century Club, located at 178 Forest Avenue in Oak Park. Attendees will be able to try small bites from 50 different local chefs, meet restaurant owners, learn recipes and more. Tickets are $30 per individual or $100 for a group of four. The event is currently sold out online, but tickets may become available at The Nineteenth Century Club.

Foodie Fest
If you’re too busy on Friday to go to Bite Nite, don’t fret. Foodie Fest will run until Feb. 11. What is Foodie Fest, you ask? Modeled after various “restaurant week” promotions that take place throughout the country, Foodie Fest features prix fixe menus, each with three items or courses. These meals are priced at $10, $20 or $30 depending on the restaurant. For more information, visit the OPRF Chamber of Commerce.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” at Madison Street Theatre
Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, will recreate Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spoof, “The 39 Steps,” on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. This live performance will follow the story of a London man who tries to prevent an organization of spies dubbed The 39 Steps from stealing vital information. Tickets are $15 at the box office or online.

Get involved with the annual Predict the Oscars contest
Customers can complete by picking up, completing and depositing their completed ballots in the lobby of Lake Theater, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park, until Saturday, Feb. 27. The Grand Prize Winner will receive free movies for two for an entire year at any Classic Cinemas location along with a gift card valued at $200. For more information, visit

Friday Night Ice
Ridgeland Common Ice Arena, 415 Lake St., is hosting Friday Night Ice from 8:30-10:30 p.m. for junior high students (grades 6-8). There will be music, food, giveaways, and more. The price is $10 (or $5 with a pass) and skate rentals are an additional $3.

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.

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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