As Oak Park's only village board member not running for higher office or leaving the board after the upcoming election, I find myself in a unique position?#34;a position which provides for additional responsibility.
Recently the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the designation of Oak Park as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations?#34;12 towns from across the nation that have demonstrated a commitment to the revitalization of their community using the principles of historic preservation.
We're old and proud of it. Oak Park has a history, particularly in its architecture, that "other communities would kill for," says Doug Kaarre, the village's urban planner. That's why Kaarre and the Historic Preservation Commission are pushing full speed ahead to protect that history, one building at a time.
The medical staff of RUSH Oak Park Hospital held its annual Physician Gala Feb. 12 at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. The evening's theme was Oscar Night. Austin Powers, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe impersonators mingled with the guests. Musical entertainment was provided by Lynn Jordan and the Shivers. The event raised nearly $45,000 for the purchase of critical care equipment for the hospital.
Entering Danza Viva's brightly lit storefront at 46 Lake St., I joined a growing crowd of friends and fans, a diverse audience, which is appropriate for a venue that emphasizes world dance. Gauzy pink and magenta cloth was draped across the track lighting and framed the mirrored walls.