Jacob Grant reading one of his childrens stories at the block party this weekend. | Jill Wagner

When the friendship between a tidy, indoor bear and free-spirted, outdoor spider faced kite problems, the unlikely pair worked together to fix the kite. Bear Out There was just one of the books read by author, illustrator, and Oak Park dad Jacob Grant at the 700 South Lombard annual block party this past weekend. Using the street as a canvas, the youngsters from the block grabbed pieces of chalk and learned how to draw bears and other lively characters, including frogs and spiders. The block also hosted a wedding last year. They’re not sure what next year will bring, but one thing is certain: neighbors will gather to celebrate on the street, as they did all over the village last weekend.

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