Downtown Oak Park goes French for a day

Poodle parade, crepes featured at Art dans la Rue ANEW

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Downtown Oak Park will make the streets along Lake Street, Marion Street and North Boulevard turn into an iconic French scene next week.

Art dans la Rue ANEW will take place Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 12-9 p.m. and offers European-themed activities throughout the day, including outdoor café dining, French lessons, wine tastings, crepe, flower and beret carts and even a poodle parade. Yes, a poodle parade.

The festivities kick off with the First Tuesday Film Club' showing of Boudu Saved from Drowning at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St. at noon and 7 p.m.

Francophiles are encouraged to browse local art on display inside businesses and lining Marion Street while being serenaded by Daniela Bisenius Duo from 1 to 3 p.m., French Cabaret singer, Claudia Hommel from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by Paris La Nuit Quintet from 7 to 9 p.m. There will also be a special performance by CanCan dancers from 5 to 7 p.m.

The French festival aesthetic is complete with Rickshaw Rick rides (noon- to 5 p.m.), an artistic face painter (2 to 4 p.m.) and a roaming mime (4 to 6 p.m.). Downtown Oak Park will also be hosting a sidewalk chalk art contest – L' trottoir (Art on the Sidewalk). Artists will compete to win $100 cash for their chalk masterpieces displayed throughout Downtown Oak Park during Art dans la Rue.

Highlights of the day also include: French lessons in Careful Peach (6 to 7 p.m.); Poodle Parade on Marion St. (5 to 6 p.m.); Sidewalk Chalk throughout DTOP (7 to 9 p.m.); Fresh Crepes - Jean Claude (all day); Free French Braid Station – Lemonmade (noon to 5 p.m.); free bicycle portraits – Green Line Wheels – (5 to 7 p.m.).

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