Oak Park did the right thing — something to be proud of — and addressed an acute need. Affordable housing for single tenants is less than sexy. It is not an issue we like to face, much less have to fight with the some of the neighbors who cried out, "Not in my backyard!"
T.S. Eliot once wrote, "Last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice." Many of us in the Oak Park-River Forest area are attempting to find that new voice and "next year's words" as we take our first steps into 2014. We asked a selection of local residents to share their thoughts as we enter the new year.
The 365th piece by the "Everyday Artist" did not come easily. First there were problems downloading photos she had planned to use for reference to create the oil painting. Then the caps on her tubes of paint would not open. Pliers eventually got them to twist free. Then when Kathryn Hempel finally finished, her daughter accidentally sat on the painting left on a bed to dry.
The holiday season 50 years ago started as a very solemn time. President John F. Kennedy's assassination a month earlier numbed the nation and somewhat darkened what should have been a joy-filled celebration.
In recent years, green building techniques have turned the worlds of traditional architecture and construction on their heads. A boom in sustainable building products as well as sustainable building practices have changed the way many see the future of home building.
Oak Park's award-winning children's musician, Jim Gill, is an ebullient songwriting, banjo-playing performer whose joy in making music for young kids is contagious — ever since his first album 20 years ago.
Recently, I visited two well-known writers in my modest suburban neighborhood bordering Chicago's West Side. Oak Park is best known as a virtual museum for Ernest Hemingway, Frank Lloyd Wright and Dr. Percy Julian.