In Oak Park, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, as well as the numerous Wright-designed homes in the area, are big draws for countless tourists every year. Although the Wright family history is compelling, when Wright's great grandson S. Lloyd Natof looked to relocate his furniture design workshop from Chicago's West Loop, his motivation was not family history but emotions and practicality.
Developmental psychologist Erik Erikson defines the challenge in the last stage of a person's life as involving looking back on it and closing it out with a feeling of integrity instead of despair. It's the stage in which individuals know they will soon die, and look back on their life in an attempt to figure out if that life was worth living.
The two wheelchairs zipped around the basketball court Friday afternoon, spinning in circles as the brothers operating them took turns dribbling and shooting. Aaron, 8, was excited about animal tracks he'd seen earlier in the snow—something he doesn't get much of in his hometown of Houston.
At 5-foot-1, Oak Park's Caroline Moores is a towering force of verve, creativity and efficiency as the longtime production stage manager at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She's the one backstage with the British accent, calling all the cues that help create the pageantry that is opera, and when she speaks, people listen.
Coach Matt Maloney loves to describe his team as playing as if his Huskies are 20 points down. The OPRF boys basketball team never came close to getting down by 20 against Walther Lutheran on Friday night, but the Huskies sure played like the game was on the line.
When he first created it more than 15 years ago, Bruce Lund's idea was a game to teach kids how to take care of their dog. But the result that hit toy store shelves in May was much funnier. Doggie Doo, invented by River Forest's Lund, is a game played with plastic shovels, fake dog food made of clay, and a dog on a leash that "poops" when it's fed.
Two new Pan-Asian restaurants recently opened in downtown Oak Park, occupying opposite ends of the price spectrum. Hutong Café set up shop last month at 1113 Lake St., taking the place of Los Cazadores Mexican Restaurant, which closed in early 2009.