It's official. Oak Park is "hot," according to Barbara Corcoran, contributor to The View, a daytime talkshow, geared toward women, judging by the July 20 segment we saw (thanks to Sue Mills who loaned us her tape).
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.