Recently the Book Table was named Best Bookstore in the Chicago area recently by the readers of the Chicago Reader, but they weren’t the only Oak Park entity to be acknowledged by the normally Chicago-centric readership.
Oak Park’s Festival Theatre was runner-up in the Best Off-Loop Theater Company category. Festival is not only Off-Loop. It’s also Out-Side, as in Austin Gardens, where the current production is Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. This labour of love runs Thursdays through Sundays till Aug. 21.