This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Valentine’s Day weekend is here along with all of the unfair expectations that come with it. For couples, that means surpassing, or at the very least living up to, whatever you did for your significant other in the past. For example, gifting a card in year one; expanding to roses in year two; adding chocolates in year three; a card, roses, chocolates, and dinner in year four; a trip to somewhere in year five, and so on. With this logic, you will deplete your retirement fund from traveling the world by the time you hit your 25th wedding anniversary. How unfair, the pressure of this holiday.

The lesson is here is to not get carried away or put unfair pressure on one another, couples and singles in the dating scene alike. Instead, take the time to enjoy the company of the person (or people?) you care about the most. Hopefully, our list of activities will provide you with plenty of options on how to spend Valentine’s Day weekend in the OPRF area.

Valentine’s Day Activity Spotlight – DIY Chai Workshop
Join Chef Ronak Patel at Sugar Beet Food Co-Op, 812 W. Madison St., on Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. to discover the wonderful world of spices. This class will focus on spices that go into a traditional Indian chai, how to toast them, grind them and use them for making Chai Tea and other recipes. Attendees will be given samples of chai to enjoy during the workshop (dairy free available) and the opportunity to create their own chai spice blend from spices, available in the bulk department, to take home. RSVP to Allison Brown at This workshop is free but a $5 donation to offset the costs of programming is welcome.

Beer Shop’s Chocolates and Beers
Beer Shop, 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park, is hosting a “St. Valentine’s Day Tasting: Featuring Chocolates And Beers” on Sunday at 11 a.m. If you enjoy craft beers, chocolates, and pleasant company, Beer Shop might be the best place in town to celebrate Hallmark’s favorite holiday.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Spotlight – Trattoria 225
The rustic Italian restaurant at 225 Harrison St., Oak Park, will offer a romantic setting on Valentine’s Day with a prix fixe menu that includes a choice of a starter, main course, and dessert. This menu features vegetarian and vegan options as well as sautéed salmon, steak Diane, and house made ravioli with smoked duck, for example. To make a reservation, call 708-358-8555 or use OpenTable.

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.

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.

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.

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 Theatre, 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


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