This year, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center’s annual benefit includes the organization’s first online auction. The auction offers unique artwork, handmade pieces by local artisans, and cultural experiences. Bidding is already underway and will continue until midnight on Sept. 15.

Among the items up for bid are two works by 20th century German expressionist Otto Neumann. The lithograph “Paulo and Francesca” and the monotype “Brown and Black Abstract,” both signed by the artist, each come with a signed copy of David M. Sokol’s definitive book, Otto Neumann: His Life and Work.

Sumptuous hand-knit wraps are available for those who prefer their art to be wearable. These beautiful pieces make a statement on cool days.

Foodies can bid on a one-of-a-kind dining experience by local chef Melissa Elsmo, a rising star in the “underground dining” movement, with diners coming from all over the world to experience her cuisine. This dinner for eight is a great opportunity for a group of friends to combine their bidding power.

Anyone planning a party might be interested in bidding on a performance by the School of Rock’s Kids Show Team band. School of Rock musicians have performed at Housing Center events in the past, and attendees were blown away by the talent of these young people.

Other auction items include a tour and tasting at City Winery, a life and career coaching session, and more. Visit to read more about the available items and to bid. Many items include a “Buy Now” option, so don’t wait!

Rob Breymaier

Executive director,
Oak Park Regional Housing Center

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