The Oak Park Farmers Market is back this weekend for its 37th season. This year, besides a few new vendors, the market's new manager Jessica Rinks hopes her community garden and urban planning background can keep the market sprouting for some time.
Nestled in the Oak Park Arts District, Bead in Hand has strung together nearly two decades of history in the niche market on Harrison Street. The quaint storefront, half a flight down from street level just off Lombard, paves the way to the street's culture.
The early afternoon hours on Sunday, May 6, were like any other day for Rev. Kathy Nolte. She was with members of her congregation, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, participating in the annual CROP Hunger Walk, when the weather began to display the typical spring pattern of shifting between sunshine and storms. Mother Nature made up her mind around 2 p.m. and the storms rumbled.
The Downtown Oak Park (DTOP) business association's annual meeting typically allows the group to reflect back on the high points of the past year. However, since this year's meeting was held in May, the group focused on what it can look forward to for the rest of 2012.
Besides the iconic rock stars, there's one musician who's proven that even after he's gone, his music didn't die. Oak Park resident Scott Fisher can attest to that. He was one of many who learned under the guidance of Bill May while Fisher was a student at Ridgewood High School in Norridge. That's where Fisher got his start as a jazz trombonist.
Ownership of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park has passed into the hands of a group with roots as local as the home itself. Jim Schiefelbein, chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust board of directors, announced Monday that the group secured full property ownership from the Washington D.C.-based National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Oak Park village board could select the firm to help hire the next village manager as early as its next meeting Monday, May 7. A four hour meeting held Tuesday night hosted a representative from each of the four finalist firms that were recently narrowed from 11.
The former Oak Park Borders, located at 1144 Lake St., will remain vacant as the logistics regarding possible zoning variances are worked out between the zoning board of appeals and the property owner, Water Tower Reality.
James Harris has checked off his first month as Oak Park's budget and finance manager, a newly created position in the village to address budget efficiencies and help implement cohesion among departments when it comes to implementing fiscal strategies.