Divine Consign in Oak Park will be moving soon — but only eight blocks south of their current location at 111 N. Oak Park Ave. According to owner Kellie Scott, Divine Consign and the Annex (810 North Blvd.) will soon reopen at 809 S. Oak Park Ave.
The Village of Oak Park was left in the dust by the recently announced $500 million in federal grants for infrastructure projects, but that hasn't halted its planning efforts. In March the village board approved a $108,000 no-bid contract to have the Chicago-based Lakota Group create plans for the Lake Street Corridor in downtown Oak Park from Harlem to Euclid.
There's quite a difference between a microbrewery and a home brewery, but with the help of brew master Brian Buckman, the two will form a union. What's better though is that his vision could help brew up some fresh activity in central Oak Park. Buckman, a Chicago resident and owner of Illuminated Brew Works, is working to bring the first ever brew pub to the village.
Oak Park Village President David Pope reported to the village board last week that the search to find the next village manager is about two weeks behind schedule, but trustees are optimistic that the next step will speed up the process.
Former Oak Park Village Manager Tom Barwin hasn't found his next career opportunity quite yet. Barwin was a candidate for the city administrator position in both Waukesha, Wis., and Sarasota, Fla., but last month Barwin pulled his name from the Wisconsin job and didn't receive enough votes for the Florida job.
The iconic 1940s-motif diner in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, just outside Oak Park's border, has made a name for itself in its six-year history. Once featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the diner, located at 5840 W. Roosevelt Road, serves up a menu that's got a select variety of food that focuses on quality over quantity.
After seven years in the position, Pat Zubak, executive director of the Downtown Oak Park business association, announced July 10 that she'll retire in August. Zubak, who has been in the position since 2005, sent an email to friends and colleagues about her decision, explaining why she's moving on.
The atmosphere was heated outside Oak Park Village Hall Saturday and Monday — literally and figuratively. Village employees and representatives of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 flanked the area for the two-day-only strike after multiple failed attempts to reach compromises between the union group and Oak Park management.