A fresh start for the real estate market seems to begin with the promise of good things to come. And many local professionals tied to the Oak Park and River Forest housing market are optimistic that 2013 will offer some welcome changes.
Oak Park architect Tom Basset-Dilley is at it again. Fresh off the success of building a house on Clinton Avenue in Oak Park that incorporated ultra-energy efficiency, Basset-Dilley decided to go the distance and build the state's first certified passive house, one of only 28 in the U.S. His new project, built for a local family on Jackson Avenue in River Forest, is nearly complete.
Laura Osterlund's music career has taken her from the concert hall to the street corner. This, however, does not necessarily represent a downward trajectory for the aficionado of medieval music. She observed that young musicians are playing some unconventional venues, due to the decline in concert gigs.
When I was a youngster, there were a number of items that were in popular use, but have mostly disappeared. Back in those days, most men and women wore hats when they went outside, so we had a hat rack on the wall in the front hall.
Mis-en-scene is the French cinematic term for "placement in the frame." We thought about that and about the film Little Shop Around the Corner (Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, 1940, great holiday film) as we ambled through the local business districts this holiday shopping season.
In the world of home design in the Chicago area, Jean Stoffer is royalty. The popular interior designer has created numerous kitchens in Oak Park and River Forest, and a spring housewalk isn't truly an event without at least one of her designs included.
In the campaign leading up to the presidential election on Nov. 6, there was plenty of talk about entrepreneurship, a term applied to people who start new businesses. As it turns out, the term can also be applied to pastors who are starting new churches in and around Oak Park.