Today, the Oak Park Conservatory is flourishing. With the aid of an army of over 1,000 volunteers, the nearly 75-year-old facility has a new addition, is brimming with school children and tourists and has become a beloved destination for many in Oak Park and surrounding communities.
Like moonshine, mezcal is produced by many backyard distillers, but unlike moonshine, such private distillation is perfectly legal under the Mexican law. You cannot legally label what you're making "mezcal," but you can make what is essentially mezcal, and you can sell it. This freedom has led to a lot of experimentation.