On Saturday April 27th, the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce will host their Spring Wine Walk and Shop fundraiser from 1-5pm.

Wine Walk and Shop has become a flagship fundraiser for the Forest Park Chamber and makes every effort to capitalize on the charm of Forest Park’s one-of-a-kind downtown shopping district. Modeled after the Geneva wine walk, the Forest Park wine event is now in its ninth year and brings wine connoisseurs and eager shoppers to the quaint downtown area twice a year.

In fall of 2018 more than 350 people attended Wine Walk and Shop and 53% of tickets purchased were by people living outside the River Forest, Oak Park, and Forest Park communities. In total, tickets were purchased by people from 43 different towns.

“Wine Walk & Shop was created to bring people to Forest Park and to showcase the unique boutiques, restaurants and services on Madison Street;” says Laurie Kokenes, Executive Director, Forest Park Chamber of Commerce & Development  “with nothing but compliments from both attendees and participating businesses, I’d call this increasingly popular event a big success.”

Attendees holding a ticket will receive a reusable wine glass and a map to all 16 locations where a trio of wine samples and local food nibbles will be available. In the past, wine walkers have been treated to a clean and crisp Nola Grace Sauvignon Blanc, Butternut Pinot Noir with vanilla and berry notes, and a food-friendly Beaujolais from 90+ Cellars. Title sponsor, Famous Liquors, includes a wide variety of wines on the walk to ensure everyone is able to find something they will enjoy drinking while they shop. Guests are encouraged to take notes as event ticket holders are allowed to select a bottle of wine offered among the tasting samples to take home.

Ticket holders stopping by Schauer Hallmark on April 27th will enjoy a bite provided by Scratch Kitchen and Lounge and select a sample of 90+ rose, merlot or Bordeaux. A duo of Oyster Bay white wines and a  GSM red blend will be available for tasting at Suite Spotte with a food offering provided by Starship Restaurant and Catering. A full list of locations, food vendors and sponsors are included below.

Tickets for Wine Walk and Shop ($45 each) are available for purchase at online  or in person at Famous Liquors Forest Park. Same day tickets can be purchased at Forest Park Bank.

Spring Wine Walk and Shop participants:


  1. Accents by Fred 
  2. Camille de Famile
  3. Centuries & Sleuths
  4. Core Strength
  5. Creativita
  6. Escape Factor
  7. Girlicous
  8. Jayne
  9. Madison Street Shoes
  10. Schauer’s Hallmark
  11. Takara
  12. Team Blonde
  13. Twisted Cookie
  14. Village Pilates
  15. Suite Spotte 
  16. Urban Pioneer Group (UPG)

Restaurants/Food Vendors:

  1. The Brown Cow
  2. Fatduck
  3. O’Sullivan’s
  4. Living Fresh Market 
  5. Shanahan’s 
  6. Starship 
  7. Twisted Cookie
  8. Cafe Deluca 
  9. La Maison
  10. Scratch
  11. Cactus Grill
  12. Petra Falafel 
  13. Urban Pioneer Group


  1. Famous Liquors  -provides all of the wine. Wines are available for purchase at their location.
  2. Forest Park Bank 
  3. Chris Everett, Everett Wealth Solutions

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