Most Oak Park businesses would kill for their own parking lot right next door. Brent Showalter has one on Chicago Avenue, but it's sat completely unused and fenced off for the past 18 months, and there's nothing he can do about it.
A pastor from Texas is attempting to start a church in Oak Park, and he wants to hold the first service this September in the Lake Theatre. Don't worry, Chuck Colegrove's Free Church isn't trying to buy up the iconic, 76-year-old movie house, like a different church is trying to do with Chicago's Portage Theater.
Parts of Oak Park will become a virtual outdoor art museum this summer. Village trustees gave their blessing on Monday for the village to install a temporary sculpture garden around downtown Oak Park in the coming months.
River Forest resident Jacques Conway wanted to see if he could play with the big boys in U.S. Congress, but the big boy stepped on him on Election Day. Conway was resoundingly defeated in the March 20 Democratic Primary. Longtime incumbent Danny Davis got 84 percent of the vote total with all precincts reporting.
Winter technically doesn't even end until next Tuesday, but already Oak Park diners are clamoring for a table in the sun. With March weather records getting broken left and right, local restaurants are scrambling to set up their outdoor patio areas this week.
The battle was between saving a few bucks and protecting the historic character of an Oak Park building, Monday night at the village board meeting. Only this time, elected officials were talking about village hall, not some pedigreed home on Forest Avenue.
Several local, independent grocers have disappeared from Oak Park in recent years. But a brand new one could be in the works, this one unlike anything currently operating in the village. A dozen or so families in northeast Oak Park are looking to form a food cooperative.
Oak Park teens caught drinking, smoking cigarettes or doing certain drugs will face a different response if a new policy passes in the near future. The Oak Park village board took a first look at a series of ordinance changes related to teen drug and alcohol use, as recommended by the parent group IMPACT.