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.
Eugene P. Casale, 32, of the 400 block of South Wesley, was arrested May 3 on a variety of charges related to two alleged instances of domestic battery against a senior citizen, one on April 22 and one on May 1.
The River Forest village board said goodbye to two departing members and welcomed a new trustee and village clerk at its meeting Monday night. It also recognized the professionalism of 10 police officers in relation to a March 16 murder.
Discontent over Oak Park and River Forest High School's handling of abuse and neglect charges brought parents and community members to the school's entrance early Tuesday morning to form a picket line where protesters chanted, "No abuse, no neglect; all students deserve respect!"
The River Forest Park District board has raised serious concerns regarding proposed details of the River Forest 125th Anniversary Committee's planned renovation and restoration of the E.A. Cummings Memorial.
By high noon on April 30, the old Altenheim nursing home building in Forest Park looked like something out of the movie SWAT: Tactical units from across Illinois manned staging areas, snipers were poised to take their shots, command posts dotted the cemetery, streets were marked off and a handful of officers stood steadfast, eyes trained on the building, waiting to give the order to go.