Dr. George Dietz, 82, never dreamed of a day when he might retire. The Oak Park resident maintains a practice on Chicago's South Side and makes house calls three days a week, often driving more than 100 miles in a day to treat the bed-bound.
To honor the mother of Jesus, many Catholics adorn her statue with a crown of flowers each May. But St. Luke Parish School in River Forest does not just crown their statue. The second- and eighth-grade students, dressed in First Communion and Confirmation clothes, lead a procession, bearing the statue from the school to the church on a special bier.
Most ballet pointe shoes are hand-made, expensive and provide little protection from the pressure put on dancers' feet. Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Noelani Ho, inspired by the young dancers she teaches in the Austin neighborhood, set out to solve these problems.
The colors of Spring may be late in arriving but the inside of the Oak Park Conservatory is in constant bloom. More than 3,000 plants, some of which date to the conseravtory's founding in 1929, dazzle through three different display rooms.
Iconic fashion consultant Tim Gunn didn't visit Dominican University over the weekend, but his signature phrase, "Make it Work" inspired the school's apparel design students for their annual fashion show.
The Oak Park resident, with a slew of movie, television and theater credits, currently stars as Ethel Mertz, running around the Broadway Playhouse stage in Chicago, trying to keep Lucy out of mischief in the acclaimed production of I Love Lucy.