Best of the weekend around Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park

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By Shawn Gilley


"Annie" comes to Oak Park River Forest High School 

It's going to be a scorching hot weekend here in Oak Park so come cool your heels in the wonderfully air-conditioned OPRF High School Auditorium for their skilled production of "Annie". The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23; and begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and $6 for senior citizens except for Sunday, when senior citizens are admitted for free. Be sure not to miss the always impressive performance that's sure to leave you humming favorites like "Hard Knock Life", "Easy Street" and "Tomorrow". For more information, visit OPRF's website or call 383-0700. OPRF is located at 201 N. Scoville Ave.

Downtown Oak Park Indie Sidewalk Sale

While this next activity may require you to brave the heat, it'll certainly be worth it to shop Downtown Oak Park's Indie Sidewalk Sale, held from July 21-24. The sale hours are Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. As you stroll down the sale-filled streets, talented entertainment will be provided by bands Breakin' Strings, Danny Abbot, Cuban Essence and Chris Weller.

Stores along Lake St., Marion St., and North Blvd. are participating such as CarefulPeach Boutique, Muse, Sugarcup Trading, The Competitive Foot, The Book Table, Visit Oak Park Visitor's Center, Scratch 'n Sniff, Pumpkin Moon, Ten Thousand Villages, TAKARA, Shoe Soko, Croix, Carriage Flowers, La Femmena Consignment Boutique, Oak Park Antiques, Borders Books & Café, Gem Jewelry Boutique, Fitzgerald's Fine Stationery, Marion Street Gallery and Knot Just Knits. For more information, visit

Family Day at the theatre 

Finally, this Sunday, July 24, Oak Park Festival Theatre is hosting a family day. There will be pre-show activities, an early performance of "Henry V" at 6 p.m., dancing and stage combat workshops, storytelling, tours of the set and backstage, and explanations of the show. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m. at Austin Gardens and tickets are just $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Don't miss this great opportunity for a day of theatrical family fun. For more information, call 445-4440 or visit

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Teresa Powell  

Posted: July 21st, 2011 12:39 PM

I was delighted to see Henry V last Saturday night...what fine performances, clever staging and delightful props, great direction. Kids will love this show and may identify with the great performance by "Boy". Whether you go to family day on July 24 or another performance, don't miss it!

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