I just went over and did a bit of Mother's Day shopping on Harrison Street. Surprisingly, it was pretty active. Merchants were upbeat. The goods and services were lovely indeed. For those of you that have not visited this area, you are missing stylish women's apparel, jewelry, art work and of course, The Buzz.
Henry Kochman, 87, owner of popular lamp store, Columbia Artcraft Eugene Morris, 82, Board of Trade commodities broker Emily Wallace, 87, resident of OP Mirela Jelcic, 42, emigrated from Bosnia, gave kids a place to play Lina Mae Sigler, 91, member of the U. of Michigan Club of Chicago
The crazy real estate market of the last few yearsâ€"skyrocketing prices, multiple offers, frantic buyers, gleeful sellersâ€"has "adjusted a little," says Richard Gloor, Jr., president of the Oak Park Board of Realtors. And he's convinced that, in the long run, it's a good thing.
On a crisp Friday afternoon in Oak Park, under a billowing satin sky inside Wonder Works Children's Museum, a small panic is mounting. It seems a rogue cucumber has temporarily shut down operation of the produce moverâ€"a 15-foot conveyor belt system that's integral to the organization's new Farm to Market exhibitâ€"and the eyes of at least 20 kids are fixed on the machine's creator, Joe Fiacchino, as he kneels down for a look-see.
The drums started calling me a block away from the Athenaeum Theatre, drawing audience members and curious onlookers like bells to a church. Six men stood in a circle, three West African Djembe drums setting the rhythm, supported by three bass drums called Doununs.
The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community held its annual Polka Party in the ballroom of the Oak Park Arms on April 22. Undeterred by rainy weather and road-closing construction on Oak Park Avenue, avid polka fans gathered for a live broadcast of Jerry Obrecki's WPNA noon radio program, "from the beautiful ballroom in the Oak Park Arms."
The clients of Accolade Adult Day Service in Oak Park created and donated two large, colorful pieces of collage art for a silent auction to benefit Amate House, a young adult volunteer program for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The benefit, Amate Magic, was held at Navy Pier in April.
The male juniors at New Trier High School were called into the gym on Dec. 8, 1941, to hear their country had joined in the second World War. For Charles Swarts, it would be the best thing that ever happened to him, he would later say, after the military kept him out of combat and put him through medical school.