So I’m getting my morning exercise Saturday morning around 7AM and I’m walking east on Madison . I’ve lived in Oak Park for 34 years, but I never noticed that there are 8 black beauty shops on Madison between Ridgeland and Austin, and customers are pouring in at 7AM. How come? I rack my white brain, and I can’t come up with an explanation as to why so many African- American women get their hair done at 7AM on Saturday morning. I feel that living in an ‘integrated” community I should know this. Even worse, it occurs to me that I don’t know a single black women well enough to call and ask about my Saturday discovery. Kind of sad.

One more thing: Madison Street is the home of the John L.Hedges Parks and Rec Building. John is a current Village Trustee, but before that, he was long time boss of Oak Park parks. Is he the only living person in Oak Park with a building named after him? Pretty impressive. Even George Washington had to wait for his memorial!

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John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...

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