The Oak Park building's nondescript windows were covered by a tarp. The buzz of tools could be heard throughout the 73-seat theater. Workers were still finishing the staining and polishing of the wood on the stage. And the seats sat waiting to be cleaned. But after a long odyssey of displacement and building – and a whole lot of digging -- in just one week, the Open Door Repertory Company will start previews of its first show in its first permanent home.
Crime continues to drop in Oak Park. For the first nine months of this year, crime is down by 16 percent over the same period a year earlier. That was the report Monday evening from Police Chief Rick Tanksley when he spoke at a community forum on crime and safety at village hall.