After six months of construction, the 100 block of South Marion in Oak Park will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 1, 2011. The reopening also inaugurates new branding of the shopping area as the “Pleasant District.” Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com celebrate the occasion with a special section as the Pleasant District opens.

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South Marion Street ribbon cutting set for Dec. 1
For the businesses on South Marion Street that have been stoically, or with humor, weathering its daily drilling, dust and detours since early June, the timely completion of the improvement project is cause to kick off their holiday season with cheers.

Eating out is in
This summer, from the large windows of his retail biz and bistro, Eric Larson, founder and co-owner of Marion Street Cheese Market, hopes to see a crowd of hungry diners eating alfresco on his new, enlarged patio dining space.

On the street where there’s biz
When Dennis Murphy opened Poor Phil’s with his wife Bunny, on the corner of Marion and Pleasant 30 years ago, the neighborhood was in transition, so to speak.

Meet Mary Jo Schuler
Mary Jo Schuler is the forward-thinking president of Oak Park’s Pleasant District. She is also a third generation Oak Parker, a businesswoman, a local philanthropist and a working mom who deeply cares about, and is invested in, the doings of her hometown.

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