It's taken awhile, but it seems we've finally discovered our mussels. And no, that's not a misprint, folks. I'm certainly not about to write an article about biceps, no matter how interesting that subject might be to some readers. I'm talking about shellfish, and in particular, those shiny, blue-black mollusks that thrive in such huge quantities all along our Atlantic coast. If you haven't tried them yet, it's time for some adventure.
Work has started on the 2005 Showcase House, the Infant Welfare Clinic fundraiser that turns a local mansion over to designers and then opens it to the public. This year's project is Todd House, designed by Oak Park architect E. E. Roberts.
At the end of a five-hour meeting Monday, the Oak Park village board voted 5-2 against fast-tracking an expansion of the Holley Court garage, a move that would have added more than 300 spaces to downtown's parking supply by the start of the holiday shopping season.
Where would you go if you needed a picture of Ernest Hemingway at the age of six? Or a copy of The Sun Also Rises in Spanish ... or Japanese or Singhalese? To the Ernest Hemingway Archives, of course, which are now on the third floor of the Oak Park Public Library and housed in beautiful new rooms, a far cry from their former sites in a crowded room in the Hemingway Museum and the basement of the Hemingway birthplace.
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.
A group of kids decked out in wizard capes closed their eyes and held their noses as Beth Swaggerty of Camille et Famille stirred a pot of feathers and potpourri and led a rhyming "incantation" for a Harry Potter-inspired flying spell. Led by Swaggerty, the kids spun around three times.
With three major projects already in the works, the Oak Park Development Group (OPDG) is looking to add a fourth?#34;and high profile?#34;Lake Street project to its drawing board that may enable the Lake Theatre to expand westward.
For the past five years Detective James Greenwood and his partner Tim Carroll have spent two weeks a year dealing with the legally-required annual process of setting up an auction of unclaimed property recovered by River Forest police.