For years, 544 Forest Ave. gave off a certain vibe. It was a vibe not uncommon in a town such as Oak Park where historic homes line the streets. From the sidewalk, the home's frame and distinguishable details hinted at a grand past, but the years had not been kind to the home.
BRAVO! is an acronym for the Band, Repertoire, Art, Vocal, and Orchestra. The fine arts department at Brooks provides learning opportunities in the arts all year long — workshops, concerts, assemblies, and musicals. "Bravo" is the summer musical theater program. The popular summer camp program provides rigorous, intense experience for the students, ranging from improvisational acting, costuming and theatrical make-up to script development, scenic design and dance.
Gloria Groom, the Mary and David Winton Green Curator of 19th Century Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute, whose new exhibit, "Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity," which was a hit in both Paris and New York, and seems bound to make a big, well, impression in Chicago this summer, is a longtime Oak Park resident. She will be speaking about the exhibition at the Oak Park Public Library in the Veterans Room on July 10 at 7 p.m.
Last month, on the other side of the large picture window at 130 S. Oak Park Ave., eight ebullient co-authors — Thomas Murphy, Ed Mampre, Bob Maloney, Joyce Marco, Nancy Allen, Lillian Maylath, John Palmisano and Roy Heinekamp — signed newly-printed copies of SPREAD: Reflections on family, local history, friendships and the 20th Century for a queue of fans filling up the lunchroom of the new Senior Services facility in Oak Park.
Kelly Soprych, 44, likes riding her hog ... the Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe kind, that is. For her, it's all about the freedom of the open road, the wind in her hair and the calmness that settles in when she's riding a motorcycle far away from the urban thrall.
Chicago Pride Weekend consists of a two-day festival and our world-famous parade. The two-day festival takes place along Chicago's famed Halsted strip on Saturday, June 22, 2013 and Sunday, June 23, 2013.
Oak Park's Ranger Scouts may not have the same legacy as the Boy Scouts of America, but a handful of parents believe an alternative is better until the 100-year-old group changes its course on discriminating against gay scouts and leaders.
They were the first generation out of the closet, recognizing their sexual orientation when homosexuality was still illegal in many states, when it was still classified as a mental illness by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II).