Even though it’s the weekend, I’m feeling a bit somber after learning about the untimely passing of TV personality and author Anthony Bourdain. His hit show “No Reservations” took audiences around the world, exposing us to cultures and food we may have never heard of before.
Bourdain wore his heart on his sleeve and with an open mind, he traveled to foreign places to learn about subjects unfamiliar. That’s why people watched his show. That’s why we read his books. It allowed us to listen to that little voice inside all of us that says, “Get out there and learn!”
We may not have the time or budget to go to a new continent this weekend, but we can adopt Bourdain’s philosophy of embracing life through exploration, if only right here in our village. Here’s a look at what’s happening this weekend around Oak Park.
Barclay’s Live Music Saturday’s
Head to Barclay’s American Grille on Saturday from 7-10 p.m. to enjoy live music from various local artists. The restaurant is located in the Carleton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant Street, and features signature burgers, fresh seafood, barbecue, steaks, and chops. If you feel like commemorating one of the most influential food and travel personalities in the world, this is the kind of event where you would find Anthony Bourdain if he were visiting us in Oak Park.
Forest Park’s German Fest
Forest Park is hosting German Fest this weekend at Picnic Grove, 7824 Madison Avenue. The party will have a large festival tent, authentic German food and beer, wine, live music, funnel cakes, and activities for children such as a bounce house. Admission to the festival is $2 per person. Beer and wine cost $5 each and the food is priced $1-$7, depending on what you get. Prost!
School of Rock Oak Park’s 5th Anniversary Party
School of Rock Oak Park is celebrating five years of rocking out with a party on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. There will be plenty of food, fun and of course, musical performances by the “Show Team” and “Bee Team.” School of Rock OP is located at 219 Lake Street, Oak Park.
Last Call at Economy Shop
Economy Shop Oak Park is a local thrift store gem located in a Victorian-style house that only opens on special days. Saturday is the final sale of the season, so it’s your last chance to peruse 15 different departments on three floors to find all kinds of vintage goods. Economy Shop is located at 103 S. Grove, Oak Park. The event is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer Concert Series
It’s opening weekend for the Park District of Oak Park’s Concert Series. Enjoy free concerts on Sundays throughout the summer at Scoville Park, 800 W. Lake Street. This week, The StingRays will be rocking the stage. The four-piece rock group plays all your favorite jams from the 50s-70s with a level of enthusiasm you simply need to see for yourself.
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items for sale include locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread, and doughnuts. Cash is the preferred method of payment but credit and debit are available depending on the vendor. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, Oak Park.
The Sculpture Walk is a summertime staple in Oak Park that you can enjoy at any hour of the day. The Sculpture Walk is a free, self-guided tour of various art pieces located on Oak Park Avenue between Lexington and Van Buren. Visitors are welcome to download a free app called Otocast to access information about the sculptures and hear descriptions of the work dictated by the artists themselves.
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