This Weekend Around Oak Park


Growing up in a Catholic household, I never minded Fridays during Lent. Instead, I looked forward to it because it meant I could have macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, or cheese pizza without receiving any grief from my parents.

In case it isn’t obvious, I absolutely loved cheese as a child; it was one of the only foods I would get excited to eat. And as I’m sure you’re aware, practicing Catholics deny themselves meat on Fridays during Lent, which meant I didn’t have to eat meatloaf, and that would have felt like more of a punishment. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t that the whole point of the Lenten season? I guess I really didn’t get the message as a child which is why I am where I am today.

Regardless if you practice the season or not, we felt inspired to list restaurants in Oak Park that produce quality vegetarian, vegan, and fish-friendly options that will excite your taste buds. You can get the full list by reading Lent-Friendly Restaurant in Oak Park. After you’ve finished a meal endorsed by the church, you can check out a variety of activities taking place Friday through Sunday. Get out there! We’re seeing temperatures in the 50s Friday and Saturday.

Enjoy Downtown Oak Park
With unseasonably warm weather Friday and Saturday, it might be nice to take a stroll around Downtown Oak Park. We have a variety of local businesses in which you can choose to window shop or actually shop. We recently reported how Oak Park has seen an increase in tourism over the past couple years due to our hardworking small business owners. To learn more about the topic, read Oak Park Sees an Increase in Tourism.

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 artists Linda Abrams, Bobbi Meier and Gina Lee Robbins at Gallery PINK, listen to live music at Buzz Café, or check out live entertainment at Open Door Theater. For more information, visit the Oak Park Arts District website.

“Into the Woods” Exhibit at Concordia University
The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents the exhibit “Into the Woods” by Deb Herman, featuring artwork developed during and after a six-week stay alone in a North Carolina mountain cabin. The show, which will run until Feb. 25, is free and open to the public. The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall on campus, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

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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