Pretend it is 2019 again. It’s block party day. It’s hot and humid. And you forgot a key ingredient for the seven-layer nachos you had promised to bring. Besides, there’s a Sox game on TV — hey, it’s our fantasy, so yes, there is a Sox game on TV. Maybe you’ll just turn off the lights and pretend you’ve left town. There’s always next year’s block party.

Well, now its 2020 and you’d kill to watch the neighbor kids run through the sprinkler all day, chasing each other with water balloons. Sitting by the fire pit swapping stories until too late sounds luxurious.

But no block parties for you. Oak Park has suspended block parties due to COVID-19. We have to wait for the elusive Phase 4 of Restore Illinois before groups of up to 50 can gather. So no new block party applications will be accepted. And if your block has already signed on, you’ll be getting your cease-and-desist order shortly.

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Dan Haley

Dan was one of the three founders of Wednesday Journal in 1980. He’s still here as its four flags – Wednesday Journal, Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark – make...

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