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.
The Oak Park Library Art Gallery is featuring a three person exhibit by a family of artists: mother Dzvinka Stifel and daughters Nina Ulana and Tatiana Weinstein. As a show, it perhaps doesn't quite hold together, because the three bodies of work have so little in common. Ulana is exhibiting abstracts; Weinstein, portraits and Stifel, landscapes. Taken separately, though, each artist has contributed beautiful work.
Fourteen vehicles were burglarized in Oak Park last week and another three in River Forest, the majority via the low tech method of smashing a window, along with prying open door locks. At least one other vehicle was damaged in a likely attempt to enter.