My dad, both of my uncles and my grandmother's nephew served in the Armed Forces during the 20th century. My dad enlisted in the Army in July 1917 and served in France. Though he was involved in heavy fighting, he returned from the war uninjured. When he came back to Chicago, he went to work for the Chicago Tribune, loading newspapers onto the delivery trucks.
High-end homes in River Forest and Oak Park often have historical pedigrees. Whether Prairie Style or Victorian or Arts and Crafts, the area is full of architectural wonders from the 20th century. A home currently on the market in River Forest proves that you don't need historical provenance to be architecturally significant.
Everyone understands how difficult parking a car is in Oak Park. It's particularly problematic for apartment dwellers that get caught in the predicament of owning a vehicle and having no place to put it. One solution has been car sharing, and the practice of it is green and growing in Oak Park.
Now Affy Tapples are great for the kids, but I prefer a more grown-up approach, if you will; one that's a bit friendlier to your teeth and certainly friendlier to someone with a moustache like mine. I make my own caramel sauce, and instead of skewering the apple on a stick and dipping it in caramel, it's far more enjoyable to simply cut the apple into wedges and dip them one by one as you go.
Halloween season doesn't stop when the trick or treating ends on Oct. 31st. This year, the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest keeps the spirit going with their ghost-filled fundraiser, Spirits in the Night Ghost Walk, to be held on Nov. 1. The ghostly walk begins at 7 p.m. and will cover some of Oak Park's historic locations.
An old-style western short film may not be what many people imagine as a vehicle for talking about politics. But for John Roberts of Oak Park, this idea has become his way of contributing to the November election.
Small, just in time for election season, provides behind-the-scenes insight into politics — especially fictional Illinois politics. Much of the action takes place in a wood-paneled private room in The Snug, a Loop pub with a Celtic atmosphere that's a favorite watering hole for plotting politicians and their underlings.