408 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park IL, 60302 Phone: 708-386-4040 Website: www.oakparkarms.com Owner(s): Moses Williams, executive director Established: 1922 Handicapped Accessible: Yes
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Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear will transport the crowd back to the time where people sat in their living rooms in front of the old Philco radio mesmerized by the tales of Edgar Allen Poe. Dooley and Turlow's group performs only once every two months due to the considerable challenges involved in creating a show. They browse through thousands of old time radio episodes, select a favorite, listen and type out the script. Many shows are not available in print and have to be painstakingly transcribed. Then they gather sound effect, rehearse and mount the show. Sound effects were an important part of live radio shows, and the group performs them live. They have a real door for slamming, buzzers, a sound board and shoes for footsteps, and doorbells. The shows are very popular with residents and people from the community. Some even bring their children and grandchildren to show them what entertainment was like before television.
I have lived in the Oak Park Arms retirement community at 408 S Oak Park Ave., for two years and three months, and I would like to share with the Wednesday Journal readership the story of some extraordinary assistance — above and beyond the call of duty — that I received about three months ago.
Players on both sides of the chess boards were left surprised Friday afternoon when members of Whittier School's Starry Knights chess club squared off against residents of the Oak Park Arms retirement community.
Joe Kreml at Village Hall and I did an on-camera interview with Emil, and some of our conversation is included in this new video, in which Emil remembers his time at the Palmer House barber shop and some of his customers, including Jack Benny, Liberace and some local goodfellas.
We had a great time, with over 250 in attendance! Our USO inspired dance and show was titled "Star Spangled Salute." The The big band sounds of the Dick Elliot Orchestra enlivened the crowd with the music of Glen Miller, Tommy Doresy.
Life Enrichment Coordinator with Oak Park Arms residents.
Ballroom Dancing to a live Big Band Orchestra at the Oak Park Arms.
Georgian Room restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full menu of choices.
Billiard table in the patio room is one of the many games.
Golden Age of Radio Reenactment Group performs monthly at the Oak Park Arms.
Multiple daily exercise classes take place at the Oak Park Arms.
An active Ladies Club at the Oak Park Arms sews blankets for sick children.
The Oak Park Arms is a senior independent living and assisted living rental retirement community located in historic Oak Park, just minutes from downtown Chicago. No other senior living community can match the outstanding value, convenience and vibrant lifestyle at the Oak Park Arms. Residents enjoy a myriad of social events and activities, flexible restaurant dining with a menu of abundant choices, and welcoming and comfortable living accommodations.
The Oak Park Arms retirement community holds a great number of events and activities each day. Many events are open to the public creating an intergenerational group of attendees. On site activities include top-notch musicians and entertainers, award-winning authors and artists, local elected officials, and healthcare experts to name a few.
In addition to enjoying three day a week maid service and many residents take advantage of our delicious dining room options. The Georgian Room restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from our resident guided menu with daily specials. Whether the best way to start the day is a short stack of pancakes, fluffy omelet or a bowl of oatmeal, it is only a matter of taste.
With 24 hour staffing and security, residents can experience a full and active life with the reassurance of getting the care they may need. Everything is under one roof, medical doctors, library, beauty salon and barber shop, wood shop, fitness room, even the Oak Park Township Senior Services. Whatever your interest, the Arms has something for you, at an affordable rate. Come and see why the Oak Park Arms is the best value in retirement, tour today.