The bronze letters that adorn the two main entrances of Unity Temple in Oak Park have found their place back in history now that the newly cut letters are securely attached, nearly 20 months after the originals were stolen for their metal value.
Whiteco, the 14-story, 204-unit luxury apartment building, officially known as Oak Park Apartments, has had its share of controversy. But beyond the debates about its design, size, funding, and development, the adjacent parking structure, the Holly Court garage, caused a slew of its own problems for the village and the developer.
At Green Home Experts in Oak Park, the policy is BYOC. Bring your own chickens? Not quite. Rather, bring your own container. Although the quaint environmental store can equip Oak Parkers with the tools to raise those urban chickens, the shop on South Boulevard, just west of Oak Park Avenue serves as an oasis for one-stop-shopping for green lifestyle goods, sustainable building materials, and its newest spring addition since moving to the new location in January: the eco-garden center.
Going green has paid off for Oak Park. The village made a name for itself last year when it approved an all-green community electrical aggregation program, an effort that earned the village an award last month from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The five hand-crafted butterflies currently strapped to trees on Harrison Street appear to be right at home in the Oak Park Arts District. The already eclectic mix of shops, cafes and studios in the quiet street huddled among busy intersections has an identity of its own for those who have embraced the culture of the street.
Oak Park will soon become less pigeon friendly. An ordinance amendment introduced at Monday's village board meeting will allow for the humane euthanasia of specific types of sparrows, starlings, and pigeons - the bird village staff calls the peskiest of all.
The Civic Information Systems Commission received tentative approval, at the May 7 Oak Park village board meeting, to move forward with its proposed work plan. But the language in the draft caused some debate among trustees about the commission's role.