Turns out the last condo in the Opera Club project being developed by John Schiess will go to ... the developer. Always good for marketing purposes to be able to say the architect believes so much in the building that he's willing to live there. Schiess currently lives on the south side of Oak Park.
We just hope he gets a unit on the south side of the building, away from the trains.
Doug does Berwyn
The peripatetic Doug Deuchler has done it again. After writing history books on Oak Park and Maywood, he is finishing up a tome on Berwyn, which, surprise, has plenty of interesting history, says Deuchler, who, among his many activities, is the theater reviewer for WEDNESDAY JOURNAL.
He even got a photo and small article in the Sunday Trib's Metro section, describing his 130-page book as "a family album for the community."
Though Deuchler says he would never leave Oak Park, he said he felt comfortable researching Berwyn because of his own blue-collar roots. Yikes, what's next? Cicero?
No tight cannons
Also making the Trib this past Sunday was former Oak Parker Kathy Griffin, who is embroiled in some sort of stupid, incredibly shallow catfight over her interviewing technique recently before the Golden Globe Awards. A professional suck-up named Star Jones Reynolds apparently didn't think Griffin was enough of a sycophant. Griffin, a self-described "D List" celebrity, doesn't seem to care. "I think they think I'm a loose cannon," Griffin was quoted as saying. "But I say, 'Who wants a tight cannon?'"
A final downtown master plan?
Consultants Crandall and Arambula will hold its final public meeting on the proposed master plan for Downtown Oak Park and neighboring business district at 7 p.m. tonight at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave.
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