Journal hits 25. Hard.

A new look, a gigantic block party mark anniversary

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Wednesday Journal, the newspaper and the company, this week mark the start of a six-month celebration of the paper's launch in Oak Park and River Forest 25 years ago this summer. The celebration started Monday at River Forest's Memorial Day parade when the JOURNAL float unveiled both the paper's new logo and a new slogan, "Growing Community."

The new logo, the paper's first change since its launch in 1980, is part of a broad redesign of the newspaper which will be unfurled in the June 29 issue of the paper. At the same time, three of the Journal's sister papers?#34;The Forest Park Review, Austin Weekly News and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark?#34;will debut new and distinct redesigns.

As the summer rolls on, the JOURNAL will be active and busy across Oak Park and River Forest as a way of saying thanks to readers and advertisers for their loyal support over, amazingly to us, a quarter century.

Here's the short list of where we'll be.

A Day in Our Village: Watch for our Dunk Tank this Sunday at Rehm Park. It is the first of many summer activities we'll sponsor in conjunction with the Park District of Oak Park.

The History of Wednesday Journal: A special section on June 29 remembering the glory and the goofs of our first 25 years. 

Fourth of July Parade: The JOURNAL will be riding a float in the morning parade and ...

Fourth of July Fireworks: come evening, the JOURNAL will, once again, sponsor the Grand Finale at the GALA/Community Bank fireworks show at the high school.

Oak Park's Biggest Block Party: Save the date for Sunday, July 17. That's when Wednesday Journal, Inc. will throw a really big party in Scoville Park. Everyone is invited. First of all, everything is FREE. Free food courtesy of the legendary Tasty Dog; free rides including bouncers, a dunk tank, a trackless train, carnival games, face painting, bubble wands, the fabulous Chicago Parent prize wheel and, as they say, more; free entertainment all afternoon and, to cap the afternoon, a free concert by the Dooley Brothers. Join our co-sponsors including the park district, The Avenue, and Fun-4-All.

Amazing Afternoons at Rehm Park: The JOURNAL sponsors this great, supervised activity program afternoons at Rehm Park. Starts June 20.

And that's just for starters. Watch for an announcement of a special event in August at the Lake Theatre, for the photo exhibit of the award-winning work of our very own Frank Pinc and Josh Hawkins at the Oak Park Public Library in the fall, and a couple of interesting things we're still working on.

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