This Weekend Around Oak Park

October 19-21


It’s officially cold around Oak Park. Like zip up your parka and forget about exposing skin below your chin for the next six month cold. Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh and there is some sense of enjoyment to be found in welcoming the crisp cold air. I mean, we get to wear bulky sweaters, fuzzy socks, and warm but mildly itchy wool blankets. Hey, we even get to turn our ovens on without turning the house into a makeshift sweat lodge!  Here is to a weekend of jackets, cuddly blankets and warm fall food with friends.

Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee

This showing of Christie’s Black Coffee combines two of my favorite things – coffee and a vintage caper! ‘Tis the season, right? Show synopsis:

A 1940’s live radio broadcast of Agatha Christie’s BLACK COFFEE! Sir Claud Amory’s revolutionary new formula for a powerful explosive is stolen. Locking his house-guests in the library, Sir Claud switches off the lights to allow the thief to replace the formula, no questions asked. When the lights come on, he is dead, and Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings have to unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.

The 19th Century Club at 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park

Friday, October 19, Reception at 6:30 PM | Performance at 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 21, Reception at 2:30 PM | Performance at 3:30 PM


Animal Care League presents Barktoberfest (SideBar of Fitzgerald’s)

Guys, dogs in lederhosen and drinks called Barktinis….need I say more?

From 7-11 pm, the 6th annual benefit to raise money for homeless animals.


Sample German fare, take your chance at the raffle, bid on our live auction and meet some of Oak Park’s neediest hounds! Live music by Chelusier featuring Justin Wheeler. Open bar includes beer, wine and the Barktoberfest Barktini.

Sat, Oct 20 2018, 7:00pm – $65 in advance, $75 at door


Jacknow Halloween Carnival at Pleasant Home

Stop by The Pleasant Home dressed for some Trick or Treating fun and trick or treat your way around our booths! Admission is free, but the event hosts ask you please bring one item per person to donate to Sarah’s Inn or a cash donation.


Oak Park Farmer’s Market

If you haven’t visited the farmer’s market yet, this Saturday would be the perfect day to grab a donut, listen to some live bluegrass and pick up a pumpkin to carve.

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine) every Saturday from opening day through October. The market is held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue and two blocks from the Ridgeland Green Line CTA station in the friendly, historic Village of Oak Park.

The market is a step back into simpler times… buying products from the farmers who grow them, surrounded by the sounds of live bluegrass music, and the smell of fresh, homemade donuts. Take advantage of the market before it’s gone for the season!


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