Papaspiros, the Greek restaurant on Lake Street near Oak Park Avenue, is closed – mostly empty, colorful blue awnings gone poof. The Journal has reported on the closing of the restaurant. Still after being a fixture on the street for 15 years, the sudden absence seems a bit of a shock.
A crowd of more than 100 turned out Friday morning to hear a lively and sometimes intense debate between the two candidates for Oak Park village president. Anan Abu-Taleb, a local restaurateur and an independent candidate, faced off against John Hedges, a current village trustee and the candidate of the Village Manager Association (VMA).
The managing director and president of the board of the Madison Street Theatre – the old Village Players on Madison Street -- stopped by the Journal Thursday morning to trumpet their path forward now that Circle Theatre, their main tenant the past year or two, has decamped for a nomadic life producing shows at various venues in the city.
It was an encouraging and inspiring evening for students from Oak Park and River Forest High School Tuesday as the Community Foundation presented two of three awards for "philanthropic excellence" to high school aligned groups of students.
Here's where the term, "You don't see that every day," really applies. That was the case last week when a Wednesday Journal staff member went over to the 7-Eleven at East Avenue and South Boulevard during a lunch break.
At a lively and enthusiastic annual meeting Tuesday evening, members of the Oak Park Arts District introduced its new board, celebrated their survival and success, and talked with great energy about continuing to build the Harrison Street area as a destination for locals and tourists alike.