The day I called to sign up for Oak Park-based company FunQuilt's three day workshop, Idea to Quilt, I was a little taken aback at what I was told. "Sometimes there's tears," said Bill Kerr, one of the two creative forces behind the company.
When composer Alex Wurman was offered the job of writing the score for his latest film, he jumped at the chance. "The movie has a story that is positive, characters that are intricate, and I could see a love store there," he remembers. "There was an opportunity for me to write a love theme, so I was happy about that, too."
There's no rhyme or reason," no remission and no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), says Peggy Gilmore. An Oak Park native who recently moved back here with her husband and two children, Peggy aims to help change that. Her mom, Mary Larson Gilmore, was just 49 when she died of ALS in 1991.
When I first heard the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest was sponsoring a gangster trolley tour of River Forest, I was shocked. Way back in 1970, when I announced I was moving to River Forest, my friends were aghast. All they knew about that western suburb was that it was a haven for hoodlums.
Almost 600 people packed the Lake Theatre's biggest auditorium last Wednesday night as Wednesday Journal celebrated its 25th anniversay with a special showing of The Blues Brothers during the film's 25th anniversary.
Reading about the array of local specialty food stores in Jonathan Schuler's story, "Eating It Up," in last week's Wednesday Journal once again made me realize just how appealing it is for a chef to live in this fashionable, quality-minded community.
Oak Parker Martha Rohlfing didn't grow up playing with dolls, but she's making up for lost time. Rohlfing began knitting dolls a few years ago, and her creations evolved into works of art. They're just now available at the Illinois Artisans Shop in Chicago's James R. Thompson Center.
A recent trip to China opened the eyes of many Dominican University students and Oak Park and River Forest residents, forever changing their preconceptions. A group of 18 business school graduate students and professors went to China for a week in late May, and the next week a group of political science professors and students followed for an additional seven days. A few of the original group joined the second group and enjoyed two weeks in China.