An April 22 N.Y. Times feature detailed a 36-hour visit to Oak Park for a series the paper is doing on weekend getaways. "In the town," wrote author, and tourist, Betsy Rubiner, "you will also find galleries, boutiques, restaurants, live music and a world-class zoo ..."
A zoo? Well, Betsy generously included the Brookfield Zoo as one of our assets, which might surprise the good folks in Brookfield. She also strayed into Galewood and Forest Park for her restaurant recommendations (Arun's Thai Restaurant and La Piazza, respectively), and plugged FitzGerald's in Berwyn for the post-dinner nightlife, but she did mention a few actual Oak Park locations. The Hemingway house and museum are touted, as are the galleries on Harrison Street (specifically Expressions Graphics, Studio 239, and Roaring Belly Glass Werks. Frank Lloyd Wright comes into play, of course, as does Winberie's, Unity Temple, The Buzz Cafe, The Carleton Hotel and The Write Inn.
Overall, she makes the "town" sound half-livable. But watch out for those elephants.
Bad timing on the 'at home' thing
We received a nice press release this past week from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, informing us that May is National Preservation Month. This week the theme is "Preservation begins at home." They might want to keep that under wraps in the Gunderson Historic District, however, where a porch pillar controversy currently has home
owners a little on edge.
Don't forget the National Day of Prayer
And for those who frequently accuse us of being Godless heathens, we'd like to point out that the annual National Day of Prayer will be held this year at the Oak Park Conservatory, East Avenue and Garfield Street, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow.
The event will focus on military service men and women who have returned to, or are stationed in, Oak Park, according to a press release.
The event is open to the public, and newly-elected trustees are also expected to attend.
?#34;Ken Trainor and Katharine Grayson