By Dan Haley
Elizabeth Court ... The lighting in the entrance to the stadium at the high school that faces Lake Street. Lovely at night ... The Fourth of July fireworks ... The lead counter woman at Laury's Bakery on Madison Street. Talk about nice ...
After watching the book-loving energy dissipate over the decades at Barbara's, that Oak Park has The Book Table. ... The library lit at night ... The skate park and b-ball courts at Stevenson. What were we so worried about? ... The curve of The Ridgeland, that nicer-than-usual condo building at Ridgeland and South. ... Sparks coming up from the rails of the Green Line el ... The dome at Ascension ... FitzGerald's. 30 years old, just like the Journal ...
The Mount Hosmer mural on the wall at FitzGerald's. It's from a small river town on the Mississippi where my wife's family has roots. ... Paco at New Rebozo. Family ... The Buzz. Is there a place that is more Oak Park? ... The council chamber at village hall. A little cool but altogether remarkable ... The garden at Lindberg Park ...
Watching traffic flow as a summer night darkens on the Ike. So many people. Why are they in such a rush to get back to DuPage County? ... The patio at Maya del Sol. Come on, summer ... The Live Here Oak Park website ... T-ball games ... Scoville Park in the snow. The war monument restored ... Tasty Dog filled with our high school kids ... Linda Sahagian singing "God Bless America" ... Beye School. So cool ... Watching people walk the track at OPRF ...
The waitresses at George's Restaurant. It's like Cheers without beer. ... The pews at United Lutheran, filled end-to-end with presents for the Holiday Gift Basket project ... The entrepreneurial/environmental energy percolating around the Marion Street Cheese Market, and Mary Jo Schuler ... The new brick streets ... The McDonald's on Madison now that they've hired an entirely new staff ... Careful Peach, FlyBird and Ten Thousand Villages ... The Medical Arts Building on Lake Street lit up at night ...
The stair-step roofline of the Bushouse building on the southeast corner of Lake and Oak Park ... The grand staircase of the Scoville Square building across the street ... The first floor of Pleasant Home. Gracious. Understated ... The sledding hill at Barrie ... Block parties ... The goldfish at the conservatory ... The main banking room at U.S. Bank (once upon a time Avenue Bank) on Oak Park Avenue ...
Walking up the three steps to the children's area at the Maze branch ... Of course, stating the obvious, but one can't not mention the marquee at the Lake. ... The north firehouse ... The Animal Care League ... Pan's ... Ed Hadac, the beat cop on Oak Park Avenue ... Ethnic Fest ... The murals on the Green Line embankment near Oak Park Avenue ... 1920s apartment buildings ... Gary Nebiolo knowing all his customers at Winberie's ... Yes, the disposable razor welcoming signs to the Arts District. They've grown on me. ... Austin Gardens.
I'm out of room and I feel like I've only gotten started. What things do you like about Oak Park? Let me know. Send me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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