It starts out as a jolly ethnic sitcom. Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way at 16th Street Theater opens with lots of one-liners that spring from assorted zany family squabbles. But it's quickly obvious that this is more than just some Latino laugh fest. It's deeper, richer, more focused and incisive.
When first meeting John Lawrence, the 2012 Realtor of the Year, it's easy to see how and why the broker/owner of Oak Park-based Weichert Realtors – Nickel Group was selected by the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors (OPAAR) to receive this top industry honor.
The charming storefront at 811 South Blvd., is in the center of town, appropriately located in the Ridgeland Historic District. The store parallels the elevated tracks, an early infrastructure which symbolizes Oak Park's central role in the area's development as a commuting suburb of the city.
If you were going to predict the arc of Jason Narvy's theatrical career, you probably wouldn't guess that it would go from Los Angeles, playing a character named Skull Skullovitch on the kids' action series Power Rangers, to assistant professor in the theater program at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. But that is precisely what happened.
After suffering through a less than pleasant March, area home owners must know that April has to have something better up its sleeve. The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest plans to bring a touch of the sun to the season with its 10th annual housewalk by way of the Mediterranean.
Bobbie Raymond is talking about the subject of her one-act play, An Imaginary Interview with Elizabeth Louise Vigee LeBrun, which will be presented at the 19th Century Charitable Association, 178 N. Forest Avenue, next Monday afternoon, April 8.
The dream that has become Music Box Records started 10 years ago in a makeshift basement studio. Manases Rivera and John Mautner were using a candle for heat when they decided to start a real studio. In the face of a sour economy and increasingly sophisticated home-recording technology, they boldly launched Music Box at 7433 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.
So many Oak Park homes have great basics but need a little tweaking to make them suit the way people live today as opposed to the lifestyles of people in the early 20th century. One brick four-square on Marion Street embodied all that was great and not so great about older homes.