It's a long vacant, two-story, unfinished condo conversion that has struggled to come back since the recession. It sits on the northwest corner of Taylor Avenue and Washington Boulevard in Oak Park. Since 2008, joining this dwelling has been 112 other so-called "apartment buildings" that have gone belly up in Oak Park. But is this currently a serious problem in the village?
It turns out not all happy families are alike. At any rate not all love stories. This one is about work and family — and animals. Nothing about Kathie Walsh, M.D., and Joe Walsh, Ph.D. is cookie cutter.
But as we so often say in today's culture, "It is what it is," so I hope you can forgive this slight aberration and join me in the discovery — or rediscovery — of the extraordinarily popular food phenomenon known throughout the world as Spam.
When Cara and Jens Bogehegn purchased their house on Home Avenue in 2007, they were prepared to do a lot of work to bring the historic structure back to life. Little did they know that their rehabilitation efforts would soon reach outside to include the driveway.
I met my wife, Carolyn Berg at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. We both chose this small, liberal arts school largely because of its foreign study program. To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we booked passage on the Zaandam, a ship in the Holland America Line. This 14-day cruise docked at a number of ports in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong.
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the new production at Open Door Theater, begins as an antagonistic relationship between two very strong-willed people. Though repetitious and predictable, the two-character comedy by Richard Alfieri, is also a tender study of intimacy and loneliness. Its director, Charlie McGrath, keeps things moving.
Still haven't fulfilled your New Year's resolution to clean out the attic? You still have time, and just in case you need a little motivation the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest is back with its third annual winter fundraiser Family Heirloom or Flea Market Find: What's It Worth?
If there are obstacles in Harvey Finkelstein's life, they are swept aside when his hands work a broom. Parts of Oak Park are a little tidier thanks to Finkelstein, 59, who asks local business owners for odd jobs like sweeping, taking out garbage or cleaning bathrooms.
To say that The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey is a theatrical monologue about labor abuses makes it sound like some stodgy, muckraking lecture from a century ago. Far from it. This lively, controversial one-man show is eye-opening and spell-binding.
Anyone who ever watched an episode of Oprah or read a self-help book is familiar with the adage: "Do what you love and the rest will follow." The idea behind this often-heard advice is to find a job that you really enjoy and you'll make plenty of money and find fulfillment. Easy enough if you're Oprah Winfrey, but what about the rest of us?