Village of Oak Park development director Mike Chen will be leaving his post in mid-August to take a position in the City of Tampa, Fla. He will be joined by his wife, Donna Ogdon-Chen, who has served as director of the Downtown Oak Park business association for the last seven years.
Tony the Tiger has officially visited Oak Park. Camera and production crews from Leo Burnett, a Chicago-area ad agency, swarmed first to Stevenson Skate Park, then to the soccer field at Taylor Park Monday to shoot footage for new Frosted Flakes commercials.
The Oak Park Plan Commission voted unanimously last week to grant a developer zoning variances needed to build a three-and-a-half story townhome project at the northeast corner of Roosevelt Road and Clarence Avenue, Village Planner Craig Failor said.
The Village of Oak Park is expected to begin a public process next month that will culminate in revisions to the portion of Oak Park's downtown plan bounded by North Boulevard and Lake Street, Harlem Avenue and Marion Street.
Preliminary budget numbers concerned members of the District 97 Board of Education last week, prompting them to ask administrators to propose spending reductions in a budget year earlier planned to be free from cuts.
The large, cardboard-cutout birds on the east windows of the Oak Park Public Library, along with the stacks of books and inspirational quotes painted colorfully across the walls make the main library somewhat reminiscent of an elementary school. But those bird cutouts are no art project. In fact, they've been strategically placed in an effort to keep real birds from accidentally flying into the windows.
First United Church of Oak Park has a reputation for taking stands on social issues and fomenting change. In a history of the congregation posted on its website, First United chose to describe its two predecessor churches as "pivotal forces in the community for social welfare and for justice. Whether it was advocating for civil rights during the 1960s and open housing in the 1970s, both congregations were in the forefront of change."