These awards for outstanding preservation work within Oak Park represent the best projects of the year. Those of us who work with historic properties realize that preservation is a humbling pursuit. It is part detective work, sleuthing through the available evidence and clues as to what was original and what was changed or replaced.
One perk of living in a vintage apartment building is that older buildings were often built around courtyards. In dense communities, a bit of outdoor space offers a reprieve from asphalt streets, concrete sidewalks and rectilinear brick.
When the Concordia University Community Concert Band assembles for its annual holiday concert this Friday, Dick Snyder will be in the brass section, where he's been for 20 years, which is a drop in the spit bucket compared to his long love affair with music.
Oak Park is home to many historic homes, and each one carries a different story from previous generations. Lucky homeowners often find clues to their home's past, which can open up a window to other eras.
We don't routinely review student shows in these pages but the Artists of Concordia Theatre (ACT) production of the satiric Greek sex comedy Lysistrata looked promising — definitely something a bit different. So I attended the opening.