So what happened in Oak Park for the first time 20 years ago today? David King hung the very first bright blue DK For Lease sign in an empty storefront. And, you may have noticed, he has hung quite a few in the ensuing years. Ubiquitous is the word that comes to mind.
Jan Pate, executive director of the West Cook YMCA on Marion Street, was offering a tour Thursday and talking up the improvements gradually being made to the 1950s-era structure. She said she had been describing the Y to people recently as being "a vintage building."
Downtown Oak Park held its 25th annual meeting Tuesday evening in an empty storefront on Marion Street. There was a good crowd of merchants, members and village officials, including Anan Abu-Taleb, Oak Park's new village president.