I arrived at Maya del Sol at 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday evening. The Latin-inspired restaurant has presence on the street which is the first thing, as designers, that we want to establish: a first impression.
You don't often hear the composer/librettist team of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan mentioned in the same sentence with Oak Park's famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, but on Oct. 12 and 13 the three late geniuses will be brought together when the operetta Trial By Jury is staged at Unity Temple.
When people look at old images of the building, they usually comment that it looks so picturesque "just like a castle." Another frequent response: "What a shame we were not more architecturally sensitive" in the early 1960s when "that lovely, massive Romanesque structure fell to the wrecking ball." They are referring to the stately, elegant structure known as the Scoville Institute, Oak Park's first library.
This year's Pleasant Home Fall House Tour will include entry to seven private Oak Park residences as well as Pleasant Home. From Tudor Revival to Queen Anne to Stick, a wide range of architectural styles are represented by the homes on Clinton and Home avenues.
Frankly, I feel a little weird writing about my new book, Legendary Locals of Oak Park, just released by Arcadia Publications. Chatting about my work in these pages is obviously self-serving, but it wasn't my idea.