Marion Street was bustling for our second Thursday Night Out of the season.

Hungry locals looking for a dandy deal will be thrilled to learn Thursday Night Out is returning to Oak Park on June 10 with delicious dinner options and thoughtful modifications.

“We’re very excited Thursday Night Out is back,” said Shannon Williams, executive director of Downtown Oak Park. “This event provides a really unique way for the community to support local eateries with a special curated dine-around menu. Above all, we’re really looking forward to seeing familiar faces again on Thursdays.”

In an effort to avoid crowds, musical performances and alcohol tents will not be part of Thursday Night Out events in 2021, but a menu of more than 60 diverse dishes from a growing list of 19 participating restaurants will bring a festive energy to the weekly event.

Each $20 ticket booklet sold on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Oak Park ticket tent located on the corner of Marion and Lake streets contains four “dine-around tickets.” One dine-around ticket is good for one item included on the Thursday Night Out menu.

The menu includes an array of distinctive appetizer, entree and drink options that may change or evolve over the course of the summer. Wise Cup, 1018 Lake St., is offering samosa chaat, a garbanzo bean soup with crispy potato samosa, while Poke Burrito, 1025 Lake St., plans to offer small crab or chicken bowls with rice. Guests taking the turn onto Marion Street will find chocolate and toffee domes available from Sugar Fixe Patisserie, 119 Marion St., and a duo of smoked meat sliders and hushpuppies from Q BBQ, 124 N. Marion St. Boss Burrito, 1110 Westgate, plans to peddle junior burritos filled with chicken, beef or pork.

Food items are available for dine-in or carry-out and limited outdoor seating will be available on Marion Street for folks looking to dine al fresco. Tables will be professionally cleaned between uses and alcohol is not permitted inside the outdoor dining area.

“While Thursday Night Out hasn’t returned yet to the traditional pre-Covid format, we’re excited for the community to experience the menu,” said Williams.

Thursday Night Out will be held weekly from June 10 through Sept. 9.

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