In a half-mile stretch, there are three pawn shops on the Oak Park side of North Avenue from Ridgeland Avenue to just past Austin Boulevard. On the Chicago side there are two more. The possibility of yet another has united Oak Parkers and Chicagoans in the Galewood neighborhood over an issue that's likely heading for a fight at Chicago's city hall.
There are tea people and there are coffee people; there are times for tea and times for coffee. Tracy Boone, a former Oak Park resident, has noticed a distinct difference between the two. As a result, she'll be bringing a new tea shop to town in February, to share what she loves most about the loose leaf beverage: relaxation.
Pick almost any coin of any metal from nearly any country, and Harlan Berk can probably tell you its story. The year; the history; how many were, or are, in circulation; and why the particular person or animal was picked for the engraving — he knows it all. His expertise in the field is vast, but his personal collection is nothing to brag about. That's because it doesn't exist.
Cara Pavlicek learned more than 20 years ago that local government was the profession for her. She's got a B.A. in economics and a master's degree in public policy, but her education didn't end there. She said talks with her father, a retired teacher, reminded her that mastering a municipal career means constant learning.
Here in Oak Park, the food craze is growing and Daniel Vogel, a chef and resident, is hoping to cultivate the phenomenon by rejuvenating the spot that recently housed The Perfect Dinner, turning it into a catering company of his own.