Oak Park-River Forest Answer Book 2020

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Meet the team, pictured left to right: Denise Warren, Susie Goldschmidt , Norma Mora, Rosemary Conway, Maggie Kenny, My Hanh La, Kim Adames. Not pictured: Mary Beth McIntosh

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Contents Maps



The OPRF Marching Band.

Publisher Dan Haley

Editor Marc Stopeck

Staff Photographer Alex Rogals Business Manager Joyce Minich

Design/Production Manager Andrew Mead Designers Debbie Becker, Mark Moroney, Javier Govea


photo by Tim Eastman

Display Advertising Sales Marc Stopeck, Lourdes Nicholls Inside Sales

Mary Ellen Nelligan

Circulation Manager Jill Wagner








Health & Wellness








Oak Park Eats








Social Services


Chamber members


Advertiser Index

128 HOW TO REACH US 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 PHONE: 773-626-6332 FAX: 708-524-8300 www.oakpark.com

On the Cover: Young students at The Day Nursery, 1139 Randolph in Oak Park.

ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer


Local Community in the Age of COVID-19


on how two performing arts groups are adapting to social distancing (page 9), and Homes Editor Lacey Sikora gives us the scoop on local real estate (page 35). You can also enjoy a slice of life with Oak Park Eats Editor Melissa Elsmo (page 33).

When so much is uch of what going wrong around gives a us, just what is going community right? “character” and “charm” are those We posed this things that gather question to our people together. various school districts Restaurants, movie and government theaters, concerts, MARC STOPECK organizations, and street festivals… Editor we gave them the the very things opportunity to tell you so effectively targeted by directly what was working. COVID-19. What becomes of You want to know what’s community when you can’t going right at OPRF High stand closer than six feet School, go page 28; District from strangers? 90, page 34; District 97, page Answer Book is a community guide, so our question this year is about the state of our community. What’s holding us together?

There is hope in these pages: LemonAid, an annual block party and charitable fundraiser in River Forest triumphs this year online (page 100), and Grace Lutheran Church re-invents a 70-year old tradition (page 92). And make sure you check out Michael Romain’s piece on page 98.

38. Wondering about what the Oak Park Township is up to, go to page 50.

Wednesday Journal Arts Editor, Michelle Dybal reports

version of the Chamber of Commerce Community Health & Wellness Fair was cancelled, you can still see who all the sponsors and vendors were on page 35. Check out their websites, call them. Once again, we want to thank the OPRF Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us on Answer Book. Now, let’s support our local businesses and nonprofits and spend some time reflecting on what’s right here in front of us.

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ARTS Pro Musica’s Canterini ensemble rehearses outdoors in September at First United Church, Oak Park, with their conductor, Laura Pinto. PHOTO BY MARC STOPECK

Two local groups keep the music coming I

By Michelle Dybal Arts Editor

nnovation and flexibility have been key to bringing arts to the Oak Park and River Forest community during a pandemic. Two local arts organizations have demonstrated their ability to adapt, using both virtual platforms and holding safe, in-person gatherings – Pro Musica Youth Chorus and the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. Pro Musica, in its 31st season, has choral opportunities for youth ages 4 through 18. Before the group started singing in September, how they would meet and rehearse was carefully planned.

Art is all the stuff that makes life worth living. We need that now more than ever.” “Our singers and families have let us know they need to spend real time with their chorus family more than ever,” said Beth Albrecht, Pro Musica board president. “We realized we wouldn’t be able to participate in traditional MUSIC, continued on page 10



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concerts this year, but we knew we needed to keep our chorus family together sharing music. Our artistic staff felt they couldn’t provide the quality of programming they wanted to give our singers if we didn’t meet in person, so we agreed to research that possibility.” Rehearsals began outdoors on the lawn at First United Church, Oak Park, with vigorous safety measures in place. As the weather changes, rehearsals will go online until spring, when students will meet in-person, outside once again. Pro Musica is keeping up a regular performance schedule which includes both virtual and in-person performance. In December, they will produce a Winter concert and take part in the annual holiday show, Sing We Joyous!, virtually. The youth will also be caroling in-person in Oak Park while masked and socially distanced. For 2021, Pro Musica is planning Singing Valentines and spring concerts. “Art is all the stuff that makes life worth living,” Albrecht said. “We need that now more than ever.” The Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest (S/ OP&RF) has been bringing their art to audiences for 89 years, and the presence of COVID-19 is not about to change that. Instead, the awardwinning orchestra has proven to be flexible during this time. The symphony took the summer of 2020 to present a virtual weekly performance of chamber music by their musicians in a program called


Music by the Numb3rs. In it they counted up each week from a solo to a nonet. One of those musicians is S/OP&RF music director of 25 years, Jay Friedman, who plays trombone. Freidman has been principal trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1965. In September, The Symphony of Oak ParkRiver Forest presented some of the Music by the Numb3rs works in-person, outside on the grounds of Cheney Mansion, Oak Park. “There is nothing that compares with live musical performance,” said David Leehey, S/OP&RF board president. “It is the connection between the performers and audience that makes it so special.” While the 2020/2021 Season is not completely determined, the Symphony is planning in-person concerts in Oak Park with safety protocols in place.

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest’s Music by the Numb3rs series brought chamber music into audience’s homes during the summer of 2020. (Above) Playing in this nonet are, left to right, Uli Widmaier (viola), Keith Jones (viola), Luke Shalla (violin), Stacey Feuer (violin). (Left) Trombonist Reed Capshaw, left, and Jay Friedman play in the quartet and septet. Friedman is Music Director of the Symphony of Oak ParkRiver Forest and long-time principal trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THE SYMPHONY OF OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST

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The ART of Pandemic

“Isolation” Oil painting Bette Williams

“A Birdseye View of Gross Negligence” Charcoal drawing Charles W. Brown

Over the summer, we sent out a call for local artists to submit images of work that they had created since the onset of COVID-19. Compiled here is a selection of what we received. PANDEMIC ART, continued on page 14

“Pandemic Playscape #2” Charcoal/Mixed Media Melanie Minnix “Escape to the Prairie Garden” Acrylic ink on watercolor paper. Ann Viernes, Purple Sun Arts LLC


“All will be well…” Oil painting Janet Talbot, Oak Park

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obody can deny - 2020 has been a mess. I reflect on last February and our outlook for the year travel plans, family visits, graduations. None of it happened. And pretty quickly references to the movie Groundhog Day went from being a hilarious joke to not so funny anymore. Time is simultaneously dragging and disappearing before our eyes. Monday is the new Friday and every day is a good day for “soft clothing.” Our small business owners have been through the wringer - some have never been so busy while others have never had so much time on their hands. Everyone has had to “reinvent the wheel”, and just when things were set, they had to do it again.

But as every mental health professional says - we must stay positive and I have found the best way to do this is through

Learning to adapt, innovate and be thankful gratitude. What am I thankful for? Where is that silver lining? What is going right in our Villages?

Top of my list are the very people who live here - almost immediately in March people came out in droves to support our businesses. Committed supporters of all things local, never has so much takeout been had, so many facetime shopping sprees done, and technology used to connect us.

the thrill ofjust seeing people and being with people. We have all taken that for granted for too long. Embracing change, innovation and creativity—that is what our business owners have done. I have now discovered


Liz Holt, Executive Director of the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce the joys of family meal pack options, and zoom calls with my doctor. How about that yoga class that is now outside on the grass, or takeaway cocktail packs and growlers that I can pick up on the way home (après yoga anyone?). People going for walks in slow streets and working on mastering the art of pajama casual (yup, it’s a real thing!). Things are different now, and I kind of like it! Hands up who wants to forever see summer outdoor dining literally in the streets? These are things that I hope will actually stay changed.




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And the thrill of just seeing people and being with people. We have all taken that for granted for too long. We have taken a lot of things for granted for too long...

The Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking in our community, and the will to survive is stronger than ever. With a wave of new entrepreneurs chasing an idea and making it a dream, we are looking forward to a future with more than a few new businesses. The future is bright, we just need to look a little harder right now to see it. What are you thankful for?

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BUSINESS Oak Park Business Districts Oak Park has 12 distinct shopping districts:

The Arts District on Harrison from Ridgeland to Austin, houses a variety of galleries, specialty boutiques and unique restaurants, plus businesses that focus on the healing arts. Chicago-Harlem District, between Harlem and Marion on Chicago, is home to museums and historic structures.

Chicago-Austin District, between Ridgeland and Austin on Chicago, is one of Oak Park’s service-based business districts.

Downtown Oak Park is a unique shopping and dining area in an eclectic architectural setting, centered at Marion and Lake.

Garfield-Harlem District extends from Home to Harlem along Garfield and includes Oak Park’s industrial businesses. Hemingway Business District centered at Oak Park and Lake, is the destination for dining and shops and a multitude of services.

Lake-Austin District is located along Lake between Ridgeland and Austin and on South between Scoville and Austin. Madison Business District, along Madison between Austin and Harlem, forms a spine of commercial enterprises.

North Avenue District on North Avenue between Austin and Harlem offers an array of destinations in both Chicago and Oak Park.

Roosevelt Road District on Roosevelt between Austin and Harlem serves as the boundary between Oak Park and Berwyn.

Pleasant District, on Marion between Pleasant and South

Boulevard, is home to the village’s largest hotel and has a diverse mix of restaurants and services.

Southtown District, centered at Oak Park and Harrison, is divided by the Eisenhower expressway and offers shopping and dining.

ORGANIZATIONS Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce Liz Holt, Executive Director 143 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park

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Tammie Grossman, Director 123 Madison St.

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Downtown Oak Park Shanon Williams, Executive Director

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A membership-based business organization representing more than 500 retailers, businesses, professionals and community organizations. The Chamber is a leadership and educational organization fostering and promoting business interests.

Oak Park Economic Development Corp. John Lynch, Executive Director 104 N. Oak Park Ave. Suite 203 , Oak Park

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Education Named for: William Beye, District 97 school board finance chairman in the late 1800s

Brooks Middle School 325 S. Kenilworth Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3050 op97.org/brooks Principal: April Capuder Grades: 6-8 Named for: Gwendolyn Brooks, poet

Hatch School 1000 N. Ridgeland Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3095 op97.org/hatch Principal: Sarah Mendez Grades: K-5 Named for: William H. Hatch, D97 superintendent from 18821917

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ORGANIZATIONS Collaboration for Early Childhood John Borrero, Executive Director 123 Madison St., Room 209 Oak Park (708) 613-6122 collab4kids.org

With more than 40 agencies participating, the Collaboration works to overcome the fragmentation and scarcity of services for early childhood development to better meet the needs of the youngest children and their families. Local bodies of government, including school districts 97

and 200, plus Oak Park village government, help to fund initiatives such as the advancement of high-quality preschool for all children, professional development, parent information and support and developmental screening.

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS District 97 Oak Park 260 Madison St. Oak Park (708) 524-3000 op97.org Administration

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Beye School 230 N. Cuyler Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3070 op97.org/beye Principal: Jennifer Schemidt Grades: K-5

508 N. Kenilworth Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3100 op97.org/holmes Principal: Christine Zelaya Grades: K-5 Named for: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Harvard professor, physician, poet and author

Irving School 1125 S. Cuyler Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3090 op97.org/irving Principal: John Hodge Grades: K-5 Named for: Washington Irving, poet

Julian Middle School 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3040 op97.org/julian


E D U C AT I O N Lincoln School 1111 S. Grove Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3110 op97.org/lincoln Co-Interim Principals: Sheila Carter and Ryan Gordon Grades: K-5 Named for: Abraham Lincoln, 16th president

Longfellow School 715 S. Highland Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3060 op97.org/longfellow Principal: Amy Jefferson Grades: K-5 Named for: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet, educator, linguist

Mann School 921 N. Kenilworth Ave.

Oak Park (708) 524-3085 op97.org/mann Principal: Hussain Ali Grades: K-5 Named for: Horace G. Mann, educator

Whittier School 715 N. Harvey Ave. Oak Park (708) 524-3080 op97.org/whittier Principal: Patrick Robinson Grades: K-5 Named for: John Greenleaf Whittier, poet

District 90 River Forest 7776 W. Lake St. River Forest (708) 771-8282 district90.org Administration Edward Condon,


Board of Education ■ Rich Moore, President ■ Barb Hickey, Vice President ■ Stacey Williams, Secretary ■ Katie Avalos ■ Cal Davis ■ Judy Deogracias ■ Nicole Thompson

Lincoln School 511 Park Ave. River Forest (708) 366-7340 Principal: Casey Godfrey Grades: K-4 Named for: Abraham Lincoln, 16th president

Roosevelt Middle School 7560 Oak Ave. River Forest

(708) 366-9230 Principal: Larry Garstki Grades: 5-8 Named for: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president

Willard School 1250 Ashland Ave. River Forest (708) 366-6740 Principal: Diane Wood Grades: K-4 Named for: Frances Willard, local educator

PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Alcuin Montessori 324 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park (708) 366-1882 alcuin.org

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Grace Lutheran School 7300 W. Division St. River Forest (708) 366-6900 graceriverforest.org Grades: PreK-8

Keystone Montessori 7415 W. North Ave. River Forest (708) 366-1080 ksmontessori.org Grades: PreK-8

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St. Angela Catholic School 1332 N. Massasoit Ave. Chicago (773) 626-2655 saintangela.org Grades: PreK-8

St. Catherine of Sienna/ St. Lucy Catholic School 27 Washington Blvd. Oak Park (708) 386-5286 catherinelucy.org Grades: PreK-8

St. Giles Catholic School 1034 N. Linden Ave. Oak Park (708) 383-6279 stgilesschool.org Grades: PreK-8


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AN INSIDE LOOK AT OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL 10 great things we can all feel good about The news cycle tends to be pretty dark these days, but fortunately the high school is full of bright spots that shine through the gloom. Here is just a partial list of all the ways OPRF is serving not just students and families but the community as a whole.

LEADERSHIP IN A PANDEMIC Back in July, OPRF High School was one of the first Chicago-area schools to announce that it planned to go fully remote for the first semester of 2020-2021. It was a difficult decision, and the district took a lot of heat for it. Like the rest of the nation, students and families had struggled through a spring of crisis learning and didn’t want a repeat of that experience. But area case counts were beginning to head in the wrong direction, and administrators stuck to their recommendation so that teachers would have as much planning time as possible. While summer is non-contractual time for the faculty and professional development isn’t required, administrators knew how much teachers wanted to get things right for their students. True to form,

teachers spent the summer researching best practices in remote teaching, learning new technology, reading educational blogs, swapping ideas with other teachers, adapting curriculum, planning lessons, and more. As the beginning of the school year drew near and case counts grew increasingly worse, schools throughout Chicago found themselves scrambling to switch from previously announced hybrid plans to fully remote instruction.

Meanwhile, OPRF teachers were as prepared as possible to educate students while keeping the community safe.

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP Property taxes are a huge concern for local residents, and District 200 has spent the past seven years taking action to provide relief. Since 2013, the District has levied $46 million less than it was entitled to receive under the law, an amount

roughly equal to 10 years’ worth of annual building maintenance work. This is in direct savings too, primarily tax abatements, and doesn’t take into account the cumulative effect of those savings, which is in the tens of millions. The district has worked diligently to produce balanced budgets--and 28 | 2020 OAKPARK.COM ANSWER BOOK

this year it bested that goal. Annual levy increases are limited to no more than the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which currently is 1.9%. The approved budget has kept expenditures to 1.8%, not an easy achievement when contractual salaryincrease obligations are at 2% or more. Even with unanticipated expenditures

arising because of COVID-19, the already prudent planning should mitigate the effects on the overall budget.

TECHNOLOGY ON THE FOREFRONT OF BEST PRACTICES Years of forward thinking by the Educational Technology department meant that when schools were forced to pivot virtually overnight to remote learning, OPRF

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the tech-support department so that there would be a dedicated helpdesk just for students. Educational Technology is one of those behindthe-scenes departments without which the school truly couldn’t function.


was well positioned to make the transition as smoothly as possible. Since 2016, the department already had been putting Chromebooks in the hands of every student while simultaneously implementing Google classroom as the schoolwide learning management system. Ed Tech also made sure that the annual online enrollment process includes a question about access to wifi, so that any student who doesn’t have it automatically receives a free hotspot. Members of the team have consistently provided professional development to help teachers incorporate technology into their teaching. As the pandemic was just beginning to hit the United States, tech staff swiftly collaborated with the Faculty Senate, division heads, and administration to create a plan for remote learning, just in case. And once it was clear that the district was headed for a lockdown and would be more dependent on technology than ever before, they restructured

Shutting down the building meant that overnight, the 20% of students with low-income status suddenly had to worry about where they were going to get their next breakfast and lunch. But OPRF Food Service swung into action, and on Friday, March 13--the very first day students stayed home--the staff packaged up the perishable meals they had planned to serve that day and set up a station outside to distribute them. Then on Monday, March 16, Food Service launched weekly shelf-stable, mealpackage distributions that continued all summer and are ongoing now. Between March 16 and August 31, the staff packed and distributed a whopping 217,780 breakfasts and lunches to students from both OPRF and District 97, for whom the high school is the food-service vendor. Thanks to a federal waiver, the meal distributions are available to any student who shows up, not just students eligible for free and reduced meals. In August, Food Service stepped up its efforts even more by introducing a new online pre-ordering system. Now students can

make their own selections for what to include in their meals.

CREATING SAFER SPACES FOR BLACK AND BROWN STUDENTS In 2019 the school adopted a formal policy to promote racial equity and made a new position, executive director of equity and student

success, that oversees its implementation. Among the concrete procedures created to support the policy is a new form for reporting racial incidents. The school has long had a policy forbidding racial discrimination, of course, but now students and staff have a clear process to report racism. Students who helped create the process strongly urged that administration give the students the ability to make their reports anonymously, and school leadership listened. This is the first year of rollout for the process, but early feedback is that being able to report incidents without fear of reprisal is a promising development in creating a safer environment for black and brown students. And the school’s focus on using restorative practices goes beyond simply meting out punishment to also give offenders the opportunity to understand the harm their actions have caused and a chance to make amends.

STEM EDUCATION When it comes to achievement in science, technology, engineering,


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and math, or STEM, OPRF students are among the best. In the school’s Investigative Research and Design Innovation (IRDI) class, for instance, students create projects based on gaps they find in scientific literature, then work with scientist mentors to conduct their own original research. IRDI students routinely win top awards with their projects, and 2020 was

nation’s most prestigious high school competition in the biosciences. One of the OPRF seniors won state and went on to the international level. In robotics and math, OPRF teams have won state-level competitions in recent years. The Project Lead the Way series of courses graduates students with skills in the fields of engineering and

offers myriad opportunities for students to pursue their passions. OPRF’s Marching Band, individual band and orchestra students, the show choir, actors, stage crew, filmmakers, painters, photographers...they all routinely win honors at regional and state levels. At this year’s Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival, for instance, six OPRF students were selected to participate in the all-state production of Aida--even though the maximum number of students is normally five per school. Moreover, the school’s theatre design and

rather surprising piece of feedback: They wanted to be able to spend more time at school. Specifically, they wanted spaces that would allow them to do homework, collaborate on projects, and just connect with one another outside school hours. Those kinds of spaces exist in pockets throughout the school, but because they are spread out, they’re difficult to monitor and therefore tend to have very limited access outside the school day. Imagine OPRF Project 1, which broke ground in June 2020, will provide safe, secure spaces

AN INSIDE LOOK AT OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL 10 great things we can all feel good about no different: Competing against students from, among other schools, the University of Chicago Lab School and Illinois Math and Science Academy, OPRF swept the top five spots in the Illinois 2020 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. That was the first time in the 44-year history of the competition that a single school took all the top awards. All 13 students in the class also placed as state finalists in the 2020 BioGENEius Challenge, the

architecture. And the Fundamentals of Nursing class prepares students to take the nurse assistant certification exam, so that they can get a good paying job right out of high school. At every level of skill and interest, OPRF is making sure its students are ready to succeed in the world of science.

technology teacher was chosen from among all her peers in the state as the technical director for the production. The arts may be a competitive arena in which to make a living, but OPRF students are better prepared than most to succeed.



The performing and visual arts are extremely important to the local community, and OPRF

During Imagine OPRF, the community-based process to create a facilities master plan, students shared a


for students in the new Student Resource Center, a centralized, two-story space that will comprise tutoring and testing centers, the library, a makerspace, study rooms, areas to hang out, and more. Project 1, which is the first major facilities renovation in 50 years, also includes all-gender bathrooms, improvements to the classrooms that serve students with the most profound learning needs, and renovations to dozens of general education classrooms.

Animé, cosmetology, hip hop, mock trials, psychology, robotics, sign language, sports medicine, women in leadership...if a student has an interest, there’s a club for that. Club sponsors may have had to get creative in how they virtually connect with students, but the school is still running a full slate of activities, each with its own Zoom code. In addition, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is allowing six sports to run this fall; Huskie coaches are strictly following IHSA protocols so that boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, girls swimming and

diving, and girls tennis can play safely. With roughly 85 extracurricular clubs and 29 different sports, it’s perhaps no surprise that 77% of our students participate in them--well above the national average of 68%. Students often talk about how getting involved in activities and sports helped them find their niche in what can feel like an overwhelmingly large place. But it does more than that: Participation also is connected to better academic achievement. The average grade point average for OPRF students in activities is 3.3, a half-point higher than students who don’t participate.

STUDENT SUPPORT OF ALL KINDS With everything going on in the world right now, students need more support than ever. OPRF has created a variety of initiatives to provide academic, social-emotional, and mental health support: • The Virtual Tutoring Center offers live support in math, English, reading, science, and executive functioning skills before, during, and after school. • The Educational Technology department has extended its helpdesk hours into the evening, until 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. • Social workers hold weekly virtual supportgroup offerings called Surviving E-Learning and QuaranTEEN

Connect, specifically aimed at helping students manage their workload, take care of their physical, emotional, and mental health, and connect with their peers. • The new Huskie Pawsitive Engagement Partner, or PEP, Squad pairs administrators with students for twice weekly checkins to see how they’re doing and encourage consistent attendance.

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Five Things to Celebrate in River Forest District 90 During Remote Learning


OVID-19 has challenged every aspect of our society, and District 90 is no different. Yet, great things continue to happen as students, families, faculty, and staff challenge themselves to think outside the box to deliver highquality education safely. While many things are going well in District 90, below are five things going exceptionally well during these trying times.

Stepping Out to Learn New Things At all District 90 schools, students are taking risks, trying new things, and bravely speaking up and sharing their thinking through new technology platforms such as Zoom, Schoology, Seesaw, and a digital portfolio of classroom tools. At Lincoln Elementary, students and families are greeted many mornings with a videotaped “Morning Message,” which is typically viewed on students’ iPads. Teachers are leveraging the new platforms to build classroom communities and provide feedback with the whole class, in small groups and through voice memos or notes in Seesaw. Custodial staff continues protecting the school community by installing new safety measures, thorough cleaning, and disinfecting the building to keep everyone safe.

Driving Home the Everyday Applications of Learning The first days of autumn bring apple season. Even in separate homes, kindergarten students at Willard Elementary have enjoyed apple activities. Students have experienced delicious ways to 34 | 2020 OAKPARK.COM ANSWER BOOK

blend literacy and math, from picking apples to baking apple treats. For young children, simple but relevant, everyday reading and math applications underscore the practical importance of what they learn in school.

Connecting Common Interests in Creative New Clubs Middle schoolers at Roosevelt Middle School have always had the opportunity to create new clubs to reflect their interests, which can change with each new class of students. In the past, Roosevelt has boasted as many as 45 different clubs and activities. This year brings a new virtual twist to this long-time tradition. Creative new virtual clubs for Roosevelt students provide time to connect and be a part of the broader virtual school community. This year, new clubs include the Superhero Club, Pokémon Go Club, Digital Photography Club, At War/ Game of Risk Club, and Knit and Crochet Club, to name a few.

Partnering with the Community The challenges posed by the pandemic have strengthened established partnerships within the River Forest and Oak Park communities. As an extension of the past “Powers Scholars Academy” partnership, District 90 and the West Cook YMCA worked together to offer remote learning supervision for District 90 students from kindergarten through 6th-grade. Hosted at Roosevelt Middle School, the program ensured that all District 90 students had a safe,

supervised place to access the curriculum and the remote learning experience.

Building a Better Future by Working Together With the sudden appearance of COVID-19, District 90 quickly pivoted to provide full remote learning. During the summer months, interdisciplinary groups of teachers worked together to plan for aligned instruction while awaiting students’ remote return in August. Other groups reviewed operational and safety protocols, special education and related services, and social-emotional wellness. One group stands out in its composition, illustrating the District 90 community’s devotion to its students. The COVID-19 Community Advisory Panel assembled in early September to identify specific issues that must be addressed in order to return to in-school instruction. The Advisory Panel was tasked with answering the critical question: “What elements are needed for District 90 to return students to in-school instruction in a safe manner?” The panel of 33 individuals included parents, students, faculty, staff, residents, community partners, and several doctors. The Advisory Panel’s recommendations are embedded in the District’s blended return to school plan.

These five examples of things to celebrate at River Forest District 90 are real indicators that great things are happening - even during a pandemic. What’s more, greater things are on the horizon!

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FIVE GREAT THINGS GOING RIGHT AT DISTRICT 97 ANTI-RACIST CURRICULA We believe that that education is the most valuable tool to dismantle racism and create a more equitable society. To that end, beginning in the 2020-21 school year, District 97 teachers will implement anti-racist curricula and instruction, aligned to the Social Justice Standards from Teaching Tolerance. We will begin to incorporate age-appropriate materials and lessons designed to reduce bias, support understanding and appreciation of culture, class, language, ethnicity, and other differences that contribute to the uniqueness of each student and staff member, as well as provide opportunities for critical analysis of racism here in the United States

and around the world. Information, updates and resources related to antiracism in District 97 can be found at www.op97.org/ antiracism.


District 97 purchased additional devices to ensure that all students would have access during the 2020-21 school year. More than 3,000 iPads and Chromebooks were distributed to families prior to the start of school; students in kindergarten through fifth grade received iPads, while middle school students received Chromebooks. The District 97 Technology Department has also distributed more than 100 wireless hotspots to ensure that all students and families have access to the internet at home.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND FAMILIES District 97 is fortunate to have a number of community partners who are working collaboratively with staff to support the academic and socialemotional needs of our students and families.


MINDFUL MIDDLESCHOOLERS The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township and DePaul Family and Community Services partnered with District 97 last year to deliver educational and therapeutic services to staff, families and youth. The “Mindful MiddleSchoolers Program” has provided staff training, parent workshops, groups and counseling for middle school students who exhibit symptoms of anxiety, depression, and executive function challenges.

‘POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS’ VIRTUAL TUTORING The Oak Park Public Library has partnered with the Equity Team (E-Team), District 97 and Dominican University to serve as a “family and tutoring command center.” Beginning at the start of the 2020-21 school year, this initiative will support 150 students in grades K-8, with the potential to eventually expand and support more families who request assistance.

CHILD CARE District 97 partnered with Hephzibah, the Park District of Oak Park, By Discovery and Magical Minds Studio to support the child care needs of families and staff during remote learning. The district also provided financial assistance for child care for students who receive free or reduced lunch.

NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS District 97 is proud to employ 46 National Certified Teachers and 37 National Board Certified Equivalents (nurses, social workers, physical therapists, speech/ language therapists, etc.). Developed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Board certification is earned through a rigorous,

performance-based, peer-reviewed process in which teachers demonstrate their advanced knowledge, skills and practice. It is widely considered to be the highest level of recognition available in education. In December 2019, District 97 was named a National Board Accomplished District for its investment of resources to support advancing quality teaching through National Board Certification. There are currently 62 teachers who are going through the certification process with the support of District 97 cohorts.

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INCREASING STAFF DIVERSITY As part of District 97’s commitment to achieving equity and inclusion in its schools, the human resources department has been working to develop recruitment and hiring practices that will help increase the diversity of its staff. Heading into the 2020-21 school year, 42% of new hires were teachers or administrators of color.

Moving forward, the district will continue to utilize standardized hiring practices to ensure that candidates and interview teams are more diverse, and the human resources department will work to increase the diversity of the applicant pool through targeted recruitment and strategic partnerships.


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Overnight parking Oak Park prohibits street parking from 2:30-6 a.m. except when allowed by permit or pass. Residents are allotted up to 10 overnight parking passes per month for each license plate. The first three overnight passes each month are free and the additional seven per month are $7 each. Overnight passes may be requested at www.oak-park. us/onlineservices. Special extended passes are available for up to 30 nights under certain conditions. See the parking information numbers listed above for the Village of Oak Park. River Forest prohibits parking from 2 to 6 a.m. unless granted a waiver by the village. Residents may call after 5 p.m. to receive permission from a dispatcher to

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Five Great Things Happening in River Forest COVID-19 Senior Citizen Response Program

During the first week of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village partnered with resident Helen Kwan to form the River Forest COVID-19 Senior Citizen Response Program. The program provided an email address and hotline phone number that River Forest seniors or other high risk residents could call to be connected with local volunteers to assist with needs such as grocery shopping, pharmacy pickup, dog walking, and other non-direct contact needs. Throughout the COVID response, direct mail, robocalls, emails, and social media were used to spread the word about the program. In all the program completed over 200 volunteer tasks with an average response time of 1-4 hours. Approximately 125 individuals volunteered. The group also helped lead the River Forest Victory Mask Brigade which coordinated volunteer mask making and supply of craft materials to make face coverings. In all, the group made over 2,500 homemade face 42 | 2020 OAKPARK.COM ANSWER BOOK

coverings and 800 face shields. These were supplied to in-need seniors in River Forest, entire condominium buildings in River Forest, Opportunity Knocks, Hines VA, Loyola Neonatal Unit, Pediatric Group of Oak Park, Sojourner Truth Homeless Shelter, and Beyond Hunger. This program embodies River Forest’s commitment to promoting policies and services that recognize and address the needs of its aging population. The Village formed its AgeFriendly Advisory Committee earlier this year, led by Trustee Respicio Vazquez, and President Adduci serves as the chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Age-Friendly Communities Subcommittee. The Village is also recognized as a DementiaFriendly Community.

Twin Village Covenant with the Village of Maywood In June 2020, the Village of Maywood and the Village of River Forest partnered together to bring forward the Maywood - River Forest Twin Village Covenant. The creation of the Covenant was led by Maywood Trustee Miguel Jones and is supported by President Adduci and the River Forest Board of Trustees. The Covenant will be formally recognized and celebrated during a joint event between the municipalities in October 2020.

The Covenant seeks to build a new partnership and support between the two communities.

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The Village of River Forest Police Department and Domincan University have partnered together under a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women to form a Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) called Domincan U: Stars Rise. The group’s mission is to promote awareness, education and trauma-informed response to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual assault on campus. The group is led by River Forest Officer Ben Ransom and Mayra Chacon of the Dominican University Wellness Center. The grant from the Department of Justice identifies college campuses as hot spots for these issues and has provided funding accordingly. The program is being built by having law enforcement and campus staff work and train together on these issues. Dominican U: Stars Rise brings together a multi-disciplinary team of University faculty, law enforcement officers, resident advisors, local prosecutors, coaches, sexual assault nurse

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Bicycle Plan Implementation Last summer, the Village Board of Trustees adopted River Forest’s first Bicycle Plan, which was funded by a grant through the Cook County Department of Transportation. Developed by the River Forest

Train Soundproofing In March of this year, the Village entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement in partnership with Metra Rail Service to launch a pilot program to mitigate sound noise from rail and train cars on the Union Pacific West Line. The material used along the newly installed fence will help reduce the noise from the rail cars. The installation of the noise mitigation fencing was due in large part by working together with residents along Lake street closest to the rail tracks and involving Senator Kimberly Lightford and Representative Chris Welch to help advocate for the community with key Metra and Union Pacific executives. Metra has agreed to fund this pilot program which

Biking Task Force, the Plan incorporates transportation recommendations from the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and maps preferred routes. It connects bicyclists to trails and major destinations and promotes bicycle safety. The Village was recently awarded a separate $30,000 grant from the County to begin implementing the plan next year. Being more bicycle friendly offers alternative transportation options and promotes healthy and active lifestyles for community members of all ages.

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Race and policing in Oak Park


t was just over a year ago that I started reporting for Wednesday Journal. Sept. 19. 2019. I remember being told my first day that the joint topics of racism and racial equity underlie almost everything in Oak Park, a community that famously prides itself on its diversity. “It’s a big deal here,” I was told. I remember nodding and saying thanks for the tip, internally thinking, “Well, duh. It’s a big deal everywhere in the United States.” How naïve I was. On Sept. 23 I covered my first Oak Park village board meeting. An argument began between trustees Dan Moroney and Arti WalkerPeddakotla over allegations of racial profiling in the police department as the board discussed its goals for that year. One goal was public safety. “I know I’m going to get voted down on this, so I’m not expecting anything, but I don’t agree that this should be a board goal, because I just don’t think we have a public safety problem,” Walker-Peddakotla said. “I think we have a racial profiling problem in our police department that we need to focus on.” Moroney disagreed and told her so. “I think it’s important to be very careful with our words, because I believe we have a heck of a police department,” Moroney said. “They deserve our praise rather than a blanket statement that damns the whole department.” BOOM. Cut to now. The

topic of systemic racism in American law enforcement has exploded across the nation and of course in Oak Park, a unique microcosm of the United States.

Village Hall reporter Stacey Sheridan reflects on her first year in Oak Park My first year of reporting is bookended by topics of racism in policing. Beyond compiling crime reports for the paper’s weekly police blotter, I’ve reported on whether or not the village of Oak Park needs a new police station. I’ve reported on Chief LaDon Reynold’s recruitment efforts to diversify the force. I’ve reported on a police dog’s retirement. I’ve reported on police distributing face masks during the height of the COVID19 pandemic – one wholly unexpected can of worms this year has presented. I’ve reported on protests against police brutality following the murder of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police. I’ve reported on the village board making a commitment to address police racism. I’ve reported on local police reform activist groups, one of which conducted a study of police records that determined Oak Park police officers stop Black people at six times the rate of white people. I’ve


Reporter Stacey Sheridan goes for a ride-along with an Oak Park patrol officer. reported on community listening sessions where people gave testimonials of their experience with Oak Park police. I’ve reported on a little girl’s birthday party at the police station. I’ve reported on my own personal experience going on a police ride along. I’ve reported on the police response to a brutal and tragic double murder and I’ve reported on the public’s frustration over the police’s lack of forthright and transparent communication regarding the murder investigation. I’ve reported on efforts to defund the police department and arguments about what exactly that means. I’ve reported on a protest conducted by prodefunding teens that went awry, culminating in some damage to Mayor Anan AbuTaleb’s property. Most recently, I covered a village board meeting that was almost entirely centered on addressing police reform. The board spent two hours discussing, mostly arguing, over if and what investigatory and disciplinary responsibilities the citizen police oversight commission should have and whether or not the village should hire a third-party consultant to audit

the police department to identify and eradicate systems promoting racial biases. My initial naivete feels almost like hubris now. The topic is crucially important and endlessly complex. So much has happened. It should be noted that some members of the village board have since thanked Walker-Peddakotla for her unwavering focus on police reform. It should also be noted that Moroney was instrumental in getting a controversial community policing document removed from the village of Oak Park’s website. When I look back on the extent of my coverage, one thing I don’t feel is exhausted. I feel quite the opposite. It has been a truly incredible year for Oak Park and the nation, and for me as a reporter – full of many highs and, yes, extreme lows for us all. I am and will be eternally grateful to have documented the changing atmosphere in the United States from the perspective of Oak Park. If my first year in Oak Park covering policing was like a book, I expect it will become one in a long series. I am eager to continue that work. - Stacy Sheridan


Government Township Government Oak Park Township 105 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park (708) 383-8005 oakparktownship.org Hours: Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The township assists residents by providing a variety of governmental services and resources, with a special emphasis on advocacy and partnerships in human services that benefit at-risk youth and senior citizens as well as mentally ill and financially struggling community members. Supervisor: Clarmarie Keenan

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Government (708) 366-2029 riverforesttownship.org The township provides financial support for programs and services offered by local organizations and serves as a service referral center. Services include youth and senior services and programs, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, financial assistance programs for unemployed and disabled residents, meals for the homebound, voter registration and more. Supervisor: Carla Sloan (708) 366-2029 Assessor/Tax Inquiries: amela Kende (708) 366-2787 Clerk/Voting Inquiries: Abby Schmelling (708) 771-6159 ext. 234 Senior Outreach Coordinator: Betsy Kelly Mental Health Administrator: Avis Rudner Trustees ■ Helene Connolly ■ Holly Economos

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State Government Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) 207 State House Springfield, IL 62706 (217) 782-6830 or (217) 7826831 TTY: (888) 261-3336 www2.illinois.gov

Senatorial Districts Oak Park is divided into the 4th and 39th senatorial districts. All of River Forest is in the 4th senatorial district.

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he remarkable staff of Oak Park Township has continued to provide effective and efficient services throughout these challenging times, adapting our programming where necessary to meet the unique needs and limitations brought on by COVID-19. We’re grateful for an understanding public, wonderful volunteers who have stepped up in many ways, and our partners in the community. Although Senior Services, which serves Oak Park and River Forest Townships, suspended the in-person meal program where we typically serve lunch to 60-85 older adults each weekday, we expanded our Home

Delivered Meals program. Staff and volunteers have distributed meals to over 400 individuals on a weekly basis since mid-March. Many of the volunteers are new to the Township and came out in response to the pandemic. Our Transportation Services continue to provide rides to grocery stores, pharmacies and medical appointments for seniors and people with disabilities. The drivers have also helped our partners at Beyond Hunger with their grocery delivery program. The Community Mental Health Board has worked closely with agencies on special funding and a resource guide.


Youth Services and Prevention Services, which also serve Oak Park and River Forest Townships, have adapted their work to a virtual environment. Youth Interventionists provide individual and group support using on-line tools. Youth Services staff have also collaborated with the school districts, park district, and library on programming and planning. Our partners also renewed their commitment to the Youth Interventionist Program for another two-year period beginning July 1st. Prevention Services has continued to offer programs, such as the FACE-IT drug education program, virtually. The Positive Youth Development Coalition (+PYD) has virtual meetings to develop strategies for lowering the incidence of youth substance abuse.

The Township Assessor’s office processed over 2,500 County Assessor and Board of Review Appeals. In the middle of the first round of appeals, the Assessor’s office and temporary staff transitioned quickly to remote appointments. Following the extension of the appeal period, the Assessor’s office continued providing quality service. While we are currently closed to the public, we offer low-contact appointments, including notary services, taxi coupons for seniors, RTA and Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) applications, and financial assistance for qualified residents. Gently used medical equipment is available to all due to generous donations. We’re in this together!

We provide support for residents including: • Case Management for older adults and assistance obtaining supportive services • Individual, group, and community outreach and clinical interventions for youth

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• Meal delivery for home-bound older adults • Referrals for those experiencing mental health issues, substance abuse or elder abuse • Funding for agencies that offer behavioral health, intellectual/ developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder programs

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Government President of the Senate - 39th District Senator Don Harmon (D) District office 6941-B W. North Ave. Oak Park, 60302 Phone: (708) 848-2002 State office 329B Capitol Bldg. Springfield, 62706 Phone: (217) 782-8176 Representative Districts Oak Park is divided into the 7th, 8th, and 78th state representative districts. All of River Forest is in the 7th representative district.

7th District Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D) District office 10055 W. Roosevelt Rd., Suite E Westchester, 60154 Phone: (708) 450-1000

State office 266-S Stratton Office Bldg. Springfield, 62706 Phone: (217) 782-8120

8th District Representative LaShawn Ford (D) District office 4800 W. Chicago Ave. 2nd floor Chicago, 60651 Phone: (773) 378-5902 State office 239-E Stratton Office Bldg. Springfield, 62706 Phone: (217) 782-5962

78th District Representative Camille Y. Lilly (D) District office 5755 W. Division St. Chicago, 60651 Phone: (773) 473-7300 State office 270-S Stratton Office Bldg.

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Federal Government U. S. Representative 7th District Rep. Danny Davis (D) District office 2815 W. Fifth Ave. Chicago, 60612 Phone: (773) 533-7520 Washington office 2159 Rayburn HOB Washington D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5006 davis.house.gov

U. S. Senators Richard Durbin (D) Chicago office 230 S. Dearborn St., Suite 3892 Chicago, 60604 Phone: (312) 353-4952

State office 525 S. 8th St. Springfield, 62703 Phone: (217) 492-4062 Washington office 711 Hart Senate Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2152 Durbin.senate.gov Tammy Duckworth (D) Chicago office 230 S. Dearborn St., Suite 3900 Chicago, 60604 Phone: (312) 886-3506 State office 8 S. Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, 62701 Phone: (217) 528-6124 Washington office 524 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2854 Duckworth.senate.gov


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n behalf of the entire 2020 OPRF Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Fair Planning Committee, we’d like to express our deep sadness for having to cancel this year’s Fair due to complications caused by COVID-19. The Health and Wellness Fair has grown each year in its five year history and has become a great resource and source of engagement for the community. For this year’s event, we had the support of over 80 vendors, including our exclusive sponsor Rush Oak Park Hospital and host location Fitness Formula Clubs Oak Park. In place of having the event in person this year, we are using the opportunity to innovate

A message from Co-chairs Diana Shea and Chris Grumboski and transfer the energy and expertise of the vendors into this OPRF Health and Wellness resource guide that you now are viewing. Inside, you’ll be introduced to so many of the wonderful sponsors and vendors you would have met in person at the fair. We hope you’ll check out their websites and call them with your questions. Please keep this guide handy and use it throughout the year! We are so proud to have such an exceptional group of health and wellness businesses in our community and hope that this guide serves to connect you with the resources you and your family need in order to improve your well-being and live life to the fullest.

It has been a joy for us to be part of the planning committee and we appreciate all of the time and effort that was put into the original event as well as this creative shift. We wish everyone a wonderful Fall and Holiday season with hopes of returning to in-person events as soon as we can. We miss connecting with you! – Chris Grumboski and Diana Shea Co-Chairs of the OPRF Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Fair Planning Committee


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The ROC has been serving the community for over 20 years and provides orthopaedic surgery, therapy, and care for patients of all ages. Every patient receives the highest level of personalized service and attention. Dr. Brindise is passionate about educating his patients about their spinal conditions. He is focused on taking care of the whole patient by understanding how his patient’s spinal conditions are affecting their daily lives. Dr. McGann has a strong interest in improving outcomes for all foot and ankle patients by using innovative techniques to get them back on their feet as quickly as possible. Dr. Romano is dedicated in the whole patient, not just fixing a specific problem. Along with general orthopaedics, he specializes in Total Joint Replacements, Arthroscopic Surgery, and ACL Reconstruction.

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est Suburban Midwife Associates, a unique private and woman-owned practice of Certified Nurse Midwives, is celebrating 20 years of delivering babies for Oak Park, River Forest, and the greater Chicago community. The practice is well known for offering natural childbirth options, water births, and for supporting vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) at West

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By Lacey Sikora

ike most things in life, the local real estate market was hit hard by COVID-19’s arrival. In midMarch, the market contracted quickly when stay-at-home orders curtailed open houses and in-persons showings. Real estate was deemed an essential business, so real estate firms and their agents quickly moved to make the business as safe as possible for their clients. At first, agents relied on a two-pronged approach. Avoiding germs and touching surfaces was the name of the game. While brokers’ open houses and driving your clients to showings in your care were no longer options, agents could still show homes with proper precautions. Interested buyers wore booties, gloves and face masks. Sellers left on all the lights and opened up closet and cabinet doors so that potential buyers would have fewer touch points while touring homes. Before and after showings, agents used disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer for cleaning. On top of new sanitary procedures, real estate firms relied more than ever on technology. Virtual tours and on-line open houses allowed sellers to pare down the number of homes they needed to see in person. The purchasing process also became automated. Car closings became the norm as buyers, sellers, agents and attorneys avoided hours around closing tables indoors. Notary services were streamlined with on-line access.

Real Estate Reacts to the Pandemic This historic home on Keystone Avenue in River Forest, where Ernest Hemingway’s mother, Grace Hall Hemingway once lived, was one of the higher-end homes that sold quickly after hitting the market this summer.


Until late May, the market movement was slow, and then local agents say it exploded when shelter-inplace orders were lifted. With Chicago’s parks and

when the shared amenities were off limits. As the vast majority of employees continued to work from home, some buyers got off the fence and were

real estate firms and their agents quickly moved to make the business as safe as possible for their clients lakefront closed, more city dwellers wanted to move out of the city and buy a bit of green space of their own. In addition, people were ready to say goodbye to their elevator buildings, especially

motivated to buy to get more space for a home office or two. When public schools decided to begin the year remotely, the need for space to school from home made larger homes more appealing

than ever. Add in interest rates that continued to be at or near historic lows, and it was a seller’s market in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park. Over the summer, entry level homes that were move-in ready sold within days, often for more than asking price. In a reversal of previous years, higher-end homes began to move as well, as families with children sought more space to spread out. Entering fall, market activity continues to be brisk, but local agents caution they can’t make predictions on the future of local real estate. A world-wide pandemic and the upcoming election are two unprecedented influences that they say could continue to change norms in the industry.




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This data, provided by the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS, reflects local sales of single family (unattached) homes from January 1 to September 30, 2020, and the same period in 2019. Notably, in both Oak Park and River Forest substantially more homes were sold in 2020 during 2019 the pandemic and its accompanying 164 recession, than in what might feel like $286,913 $276,500 now as the halcyon days of 2019.

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2020 Closed sales: 178 Avg. sale price: $311,665 Med sale price: $300,000 Max. ale price: $635,000

Berwyn 2020 Closed sales: 320 Avg. sale price: $272,089 Med sale price: $265,000 Max. ale price: $529,000

2019 350 $243,500 $231,625 $539,900


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2019 85 $304,771 $305,000 $735,000

River Forest Oak Park 2020 Closed sales: 381 Avg. sale price: $495,937 Med sale price: $452,000 Max. ale price: $1,190,000

2020 Closed sales: 119 Avg. sale price: $764,065 Med sale price: $690,000 Max. ale price: $2,050,000

2019 83 $782,055 $725,000 $1,943,982

2019 306 $496,618 $445,000 $1,943,982


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Libraries Oak Park Public Library 834 Lake St. Oak Park (708) 383-8200 TTY: 708-445-2387 oppl.org At press time, only the Main Library building is open Mondays-Saturdays from 10 am-6pm. To read the library’s phased plan to reopen all buildings and reintroduce all services, please visit oppl. org/faqs.

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Obviously, we made room for “The Obvious” from The Daly Bagel. Folks line up daily for these East Coast style beauties, and bagel maven, Amanda Daly, clearly knows how to pile lox, cream cheese, onions and capers between the two slices.

A Slice of Life MELISSA ELSMO Food Writer

Technically, “a slice of life” refers to something reflecting the common details of everyday day life. Being smack in the middle of pandemic makes it difficult to define what is ordinary anymore. Despite constantly shifting circumstances, we are lucky to have a bevy of local restaurants and food purveyors that continue to

provide the delicious dishes our community craves. A slice of life, edible or otherwise, should celebrate a simple moment in time. Thanks to Oak Park Eats, I have had the opportunity to become especially close with the people behind the restaurants and local foods we adore. They are all a slice of life to me.


Every day in our community we witness the whimsy of bread delivered by bike, the frenzy of a bagel worth waiting for, or the quiet artistry of a colorful maki roll display. A slice of life doesn’t have to be predictable to be ordinary in our community. Check out eight noteworthy local slices!

To make this hands-on goat cheese appetizer, Anthony Gambino of Cucina Paradiso slices up fresh bread and slathers it with pesto before toasting. Served alongside breaded goat cheese and hot house-made tomato sauce, this slice of life is a comforting and dependable dish.


Chef Roel Estanilla of Pig and Fire slices up decadent Filipino lechon at private events and pop ups across town. The crispy roasted pork belly is stuffed with aromatics before being rolled and roasted until it is crispy and tender.

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Parks and Recreation OAK PARK Park District of Oak Park Jan Arnold, Executive Director John L. Hedges Administrative Center 218 Madison St. Oak Park (708) 725-2000 Pdop.org Park Board Commissioners Serve four-year terms Sandy Lentz, President David Wick, Vice-President Chris Wollmuth, Secretary Kassie Porreca, Treasurer Jake Worley-Hood Park board meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Hedges Administrative Building. Advisory Committees

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The Citizen Committee oversees the implementation of the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Plan and provides a valuable communication channel between the park district and the citizens of Oak Park. Additional committees include the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Active Adult Advisory Committee. For more information or to join any of these committees visit pdop.org

Andersen Center and Park 824 N. Hayes Ave. Oak Park (708) 383-6904 Field house, playground, splash pad, multipurpose field, walking path, chess tables and rental facilities. Named for: Hans Christian Andersen, author of fairy


220 N. Euclid Ave. Oak Park (708) 725-2500 Designated an Oak Park landmark, the 12,000-squarefoot mansion has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, reception rooms, a coach house, greenhouse and landscaped grounds, which are open to the public until dusk every day unless they are reserved for a private event. Named for: Elizabeth F. Cheney, a lifelong resident of the area, who supported artistic, cultural and educational organizations

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Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center 167 Forest Ave. Oak Park (708) 725-2000

Barrie Park and Center 1011 S. Lombard Ave. Oak Park (708) 383-6905 Sled hill, baseball field, soccer field, creative play area, ornamental and shade trees, and a walking path. Named for: James Barrie, author of Peter Pan

Carroll Center and Park 1125 S. Kenilworth Ave. Oak Park (708) 383-6906 Baseball/softball field, multipurpose field, and tot playground and regular play-

255 Augusta Blvd. Oak Park (708) 725-2100 A multipurpose facility owned by the village with shared space for park district and library operations.

Euclid Square Park 705 Fillmore St. Oak Park (708) 383-6400 Playground, baseball/softball field, multipurpose field, tennis courts and a looped pathway ideal for strolling or jogging. Named for: Euclid Avenue

Field Park and Center 935 Woodbine Ave. Oak Park (708) 426-3966 Office/field house, tot lot, playground, multipurpose


Parks & Recreation landmark, the conservatory features three unique exhibit houses, presents seasonal floral displays, flower shows, an annual plant sale, horticultural classes, youth summer camps, seasonal open houses and school tours. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m, Thurs. 10 a.m.-7p.m., Mon. Closed

Oak Park Gymnastics Center 21 Lake St., Oak Park (708) -725-2200 pdop.com The OPGC can meet the needs of any new or experienced gymnast.

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field, splash pad, bocce court, picnic shelter, chess tables and rental facilities. Named for: Eugene Field, poet

Fox Center and Park 624 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park (708) 383-6908 Multipurpose field, baseball field, playground and tot lot with sand play area. The updated whale splash pad is a favorite with kids, ages 2-12. Named for: William Fox, park district commissioner

Lindberg Park 1151 N. Marion St., Oak Park Baseball/softball fields, multipurpose field, playground, tennis courts, outdoor ice rink and trail gardens.

Named for: Gustav Lindberg, first superintendent of parks in 1913

Longfellow Center and Park 610 S. Ridgeland Ave. Oak Park (708) 383-6909 Baseball/softball field, multipurpose field, playground, splash pad, lighted tennis courts, full-court basketball, sand volleyball courts, outdoor ice rink, field house with multipurpose room. Named for: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

Maple Park 1105 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park Playground, baseball and soccer field, tennis courts, walking paths, open mead-


ows with plenty of room to fly kites, and a 12,000-squarefoot dog park in the northwest corner of the park, which requires a permit purchased in advance.

Mills Park and Pleasant Home 217 S. Home Ave., Oak Park (708) 383-2654 Features green space, floral displays, and Pleasant Home, a 30-room architectural landmark historic house/museum. Facilities are available for rent at Pleasant Home.

Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield St., Oak Park (708) 725-2400 Named to the National Register of Historic Places and designated an Oak Park

300 S. Grove Ave., Oak Park Features a playground and chess tables. Two distinct areas are divided by an alley. The active tot lot for age 2-5 with its popular train feature, is on the west side.

Rehm Pool and Park 515 Garfield St., Oak Park (708) 725-2300 The park features an allpurpose field, three tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, a playground and a sand play area, plus the Rehm Park Trains. The pool features a 50-meter, zero-edge pool with spray play apparatus, a separate 6-years-and-under wading pool, and a sand play area. This facility also features a diving well, equipped with drop slides, 1-meter diving boards and a diving tower with 5- and 7-meter platforms. The pool is ADA accessible. Named for: Arthur D. Rehm, one of the original park dis-

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locker rooms, pool deck and three activity rooms. Named for: Ridgeland Avenue

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Pool, Park and Ice Arena 415 Lake St., Oak Park (708) 725-2300 Ridgeland Common features lighted synthetic turf baseball fields that service most adult softball leagues. The facility includes the Paul Hruby Ice Arena which is open yearround. Ridgeland Common Pool is one of the district’s two outdoor swimming pools featuring swim lessons, special events and public swim hours. The facility also has a children’s water feature,

800 Lake St. Oak Park Playground, tot lot, lighted tennis courts, natural area and World War I monument, restored in 2009-10. Named for: James Scoville, a real estate developer, whose home stood on the site.

Stevenson Park 49 Lake St. Oak Park (708) 383-6910 Playground, baseball/softball field, multipurpose field, playground, three basketball half-courts, a field house for

programs and rental and a 12,000-square-foot skate park. Named for: Robert Louis Stevenson, author

Taylor Park 400 Division St. Oak Park Soccer field, lighted tennis courts, a sledding hill, tot lot and chess tables. There are also two picnic areas available for rent, including an uncovered picnic patio and a covered picnic shelter. The improved park includes a new playground with climbing boulders and a wetland area with a wooden bridge. Named for: Henry A. Taylor, the first president of the park board.

Wenonah Park 844 Wenonah Ave. Oak Park Designed for ages 2-5, the lot features an automobile theme. Chess tables. Named for: Wenonah Avenue

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Parks & Recreation that faces toward Lake Street. Named for: Edward A. Cummings, a realtor who operated a tennis club on the park grounds, now the Oak Park Tennis Club.

River Forest Community Center 8020 Madison St. River Forest (708) 771-6159 rfcc.info

River Forest Park District Michael Sletten, Executive Director 401 Thatcher Ave. River Forest (708) 366-6660 rfparks.com Organized in 1913. Since 1992, the district has grown steadily in terms of park acquisition and development projects, as well as tremendous growth in programming opportunities for children, teens and adults.

Park Board Serve six-year terms ■ Ross Roloff, President ■ Lynn Libera, Vice President ■ Mark Brown, Treasurer ■ Cheryl Cargie ■ Dennis Healy ■ Michael Sletten, Secretary The board meets the 2nd Monday each month at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

Centennial Park 719 Lathrop Ave. River Forest Ball diamond, soccer field.

Constitution Park 7715 Greenfield St. River Forest Baseball and soccer fields. The center of the park consists of a large saucer-like depression, which is flooded in the winter for ice skating.

Keystone Park 400 Keystone Ave. River Forest Largest park in the district. It offers two playgrounds, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, batting cages and a winter sledding hill. The train station at 401 Thatcher Ave., on the west side of Keystone Park, houses the park district headquarters.

Priory Park 7354 W. Division St. River Forest Play area, ball diamonds, soccer fields, batting cages and a walking path.

Washington Commons 222 Forest Ave. River Forest Playground, baseball and soccer fields.

Washington Square 131 Forest Ave. River Forest Two tennis courts, open space.

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Community of Congregations The Community of Congregations is an interfaith organization serving the western corridor of the Chicago region. We gather to raise our collective moral voice for the most vulnerable; affirm the importance of a pluralistic society; foster greater understanding among diverse peoples; and cultivate compassion and equity. We are “Together for Good.” Ascension Catholic Church, Oak Park Baha’i Community of Oak Park Dominican University, River Forest Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, Oak Park Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, Oak Park First Baptist Church of Oak Park First United Church, Oak Park First United Methodist Church, Oak Park Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago

Oak Park Friends Meeting Oak Park Temple River Forest United Methodist Church Pilgrim Congregational Church, Oak Park St. Catherine of Siena – St. Lucy Parish, Oak Park St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Oak Park St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park St. Giles Catholic Church, Oak Park Third Unitarian Church, Chicago United Lutheran Church, Oak Park Unity Temple UU Congregation, Oak Park West Suburban Temple Har Zion, River Forest

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Grace students practice forming the Cross.

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he early evening Christmas Eve service at Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest traditionally begins in a darkened church with the children in choir robes and holding candles (battery-operated). A young soloist begins the carol, “Once in Royal David’s City.” Then the organ starts up and all the children join in singing and processing to the front of the church to form a luminous cross. It is a stirring moment, and one that has remained virtually unchanged for over 70 years. Maintaining tradition in the face of a pandemic is a challenge that all congregations have faced this year. The stronger more emotional the tradition, the more difficult the challenge. Normally, the Christmas Eve service at Grace is so popular 92 | 2020 OAKPARK.COM ANSWER BOOK

and crowded that it needs to be held twice, at 4:15 p.m. and again at 6:00. Many parents at the church, and even grandparents, can recall processing, as children, into the candle-lit cross. A tradition so deeply ingrained across generations cannot easily be cancelled. Unwilling to accept the loss of the service even for one year, Grace School Principal Bill Koehne and Grace Cantor Michael Costello developed an ambitious plan to create a fully realized video production of the church’s traditional Christmas Eve service complete with all the music and, most importantly, the candle-lit

Processing down Bonnie Brae. PHOTOS BY GWEN GOTSCH

cross. Instead of processing indoors on December 24, the students, this

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front steps of the church. Since COVID-19 makes choir singing impossible, Costello recorded each student individually singing each of the carols that are traditionally sung by the choir in the “cross.” With the help

of Grace alum, Bill Rohlfing, the voices were combined into a virtual choir that will accompany the video. Together with pre-recordings of all the readings done by the students, Pastor David Lyle’s sermon and the music, this

year’s Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols will premiere with all of its traditional components at its traditional time, December 24 at 4:15 p.m., on Grace Church’s YouTube channel. — Marc Stopeck 2020 OAKPARK.COM ANSWER BOOK | 93

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uring a year of compounding crises, I’ve found a source of optimism where it usually resides during times like these -- inside of everyday people. One story I’ve reported on this year stands out as a lesson for how we should approach what promises to be an uncertain future. Oak Park Mutual Aid started organically just as the pandemic began to upend our daily lives. The organization is just a group of regular folks helping other regular folks, because it’s the right thing to do. I’m particularly fond of how the organization describes itself on its website: “Oak Park Mutual Aid is a coalition of neighbors dedicated to directly caring for one another and those around us in greatest need. Through consistent and deliberate action, we aim

Community members from both River Forest and Maywood gather for a meeting of the Twin Villages Covenant at Maywood Fine Arts in Maywood. to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 through dynamic economic and social support and leave a lasting impression of resiliency in the community that will carry on past this crisis. We are what we create together.” So, the deep-rooted fact of mutuality, so ingrained in our humanity, endures, at least in Oak Park, and that’s cause for optimism. More signs of hope are in River Forest and that community’s burgeoning relationship with my hometown of Maywood, its neighbor to the west. It’s been fascinating to watch these two suburbs -- so


alienated from each other for so long -- form something of an early romance after the death of George Floyd. Those two suburbs’ Twin Villages Covenant, the result of one Maywood man’s longing for mutuality and reconciliation between our predominantly Black hometown and our much wealthier, whiter neighbor, is another source of deep optimism that I’ve mined from a year of crisis after crisis. I was at the first planning meeting for the Covenant one Saturday in October and a River Forest man said something that really

registered with me. “I like the concept of examining our presuppositions always,” he said. “Tied to that is humility — mutual humility.” “Mutual humility.” That’s the stuff of deep community -- an idea necessitated by our human limitations and bound by time and place and imperfect, everyday people who look each other in the eyes. That’s what gives me hope.

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rebuild their lives from the disease of addiction, the Way Back Inn helps restore families and communities by transforming an individual who has lost hope into a sober, productive member of society. The Way Back Inn serves adults suffering from alcohol, drug, and gambling dependence. In addition to its extended residential

care, the Way Back Inn offers outpatient and intensive outpatient services to individuals and their families seeking recovery from substance and gambling use disorders. The services offered include dedicated programming for homeless veterans, individuals involved with problem-solving courts, an adolescent gaming disorder program, and family therapy. The Way Back Inn has partnered with IDHSSUPR for the Oxford House Independent Living Initiative, a program designed to provide peer-based living environments for individuals recovering from opioid use disorder.

The Way Back Inn provides individualized treatment for substance and gambling use disorders. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance or gambling use, please call us at 708345-8422 ext. 1 or email wbi@waybackinn.org, or visit www.waybackinn. org. Funding for Oak Park residents provided by the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park. All funds we receive go toward rebuilding lives damaged by addiction. If you would like to help us, please call us at 708-345-8422 ext. 22 or donate online at WayBackInn.org.

Together we are ending homelessness. This is Tony. Six months ago he had no place to call home. Today he does. Stories like his rely on dedicated partners, volunteers and donors responding to the needs of their neighbors in crisis. By strengthening our community for all, housing instability is rare, brief and a one-time event.

Join us in being part of the solution. Visit www.housingforward.org

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Even without a crowd, the Bonnie Brae Bucket Band kept up the excitement through most of the afternoon.



ne of the biggest annual events in River Forest is LemonAid, a charitable lemonade stand, held on or around September 11, that typically draws thousands of people to the 700 block of Bonnie Brae. Normally the street would be closed to traffic and visitors would crowd together for a giant block party with live music, games, activities and booths, all for the purpose of raising money for a local cause. This year, on Friday, September 11, LemonAid happened without the street closure or in-person celebration. The event, originally created by a group of neighbors in 2002 to memorialize the 9-11 tragedy, took on a new poignancy as the country once again faced a national crisis. Without its block party, LemonAid held a half hour

SOCIAL SERVICES Virtual Memorial via Zoom. It included a silent pause remembering 9-11, as well as the Roosevelt School band playing “America, the Beautiful.” There were also remarks from Antonio Martinez, Jr., representing the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation and River Forest President Cathy Adduci. A former recipient of LemonAid, Maywood Fine Arts, performed a BLM dance. This year, LemonAid partnered with the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation to raise money for the Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response and Recovery Fund. Over the course of two weeks, donations to LemonAid reached $38,800. That sum was then matched by Ken and Patty Hunt, who brought the total to $77,600. If you would like to support LemonAid, go to 9-11lemonaid.com. Donations to the Community Foundation can be made at oprfcf.org. — Maria Maxham (Above: from left to right) LemonAid co-chairs Kate Sturgeon and Sam Keidan with OPRF Community Foundation President and CEO, Antonio Martinez, Jr., and Patty and Ken Hunt. (Left) OPRF Community Foundation staff with LemonAid organizers and volunteers. PHOTOS BY MARC STOPECK

Interrupting the cycle of poverty for two generations.

Providing housing, job training, and family support for young mothers and their children. Chicago: 5317 W. Chicago Ave • Oak Park: 206 Chicago Ave NewMoms.org • 773-252-3253 • @newmomschicago


Chamber listings

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Who’s new in town? We welcome CrossFunction Flexible Workplace to Oak Park as a new member! Socially distant Ribbon Cuttings are a new and trending thing - didn’t you know?

Advertising, Marketing & Media AV Writing Services

232 N. Oak Park Ave., Unit 2H Oak Park, IL 60302 (888) 482-9743 avwritingservices.com I am a content marketer helping you grow your business with engaging content that tells people how you can help them.

D.M. Burton

808 Lake St., #212 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 967-6349 dmburton.com A holistic, data-driven, approach to personal style & social branding. We help you live your best life.

Griffin & Stebbing Media, Marketing, Communications 727 Thatcher Ave.

River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 860-9849 griffinstebbing.com Let Griffin & Stebbing energize your business with exceptional, targeted marketing.

It’s A Sign

6140 Roosevelt Road Oak Park, IL 60304 708-848-7446 itsasign.net Full service signs and graphics - design, production, installation.

Minuteman Press of Oak Park

6949 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-4940 oakpark.minutemanpress.com Design your own business cards or other business forms using our design software. Want help doing it? We design too!


Name On Anything.com

23W328 Great Western Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (630) 545-2642 nameonanything.com Promotional products, decorated apparel, print, signs. Check our online calendar for monthly specials.

Sign Express

900 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 524-8811 SignExpressOP.com Provider of signs, print and speciality advertising items for over 23 years. Indoor and outdoor signage of all types.

SpringBoard Integrated Marketing

823 Woodbine Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 630-886-0039 springboardintegratedmarketing.com/ Custom marketing solutions

including branding, social media, e-newsletters, websites, print collateral, and events.

The Printing Store, Inc.

621 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-3638 theprintingstore.com We can help you with your Graphic Deign, Offset Printing, Digital Printing, Posters, Banners, Bindery and Mailing Services.

Thrive Hive Internet Marketing

1340 Marengo Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130 (312) 505-5633 scottdavis.thrivehivesite.com/ As an Internet Marketing Consultant for Thrive Hive, I am focused on growing your business through all digital media channels.

Wednesday Journal, Inc. 143 S. Oak Park Ave.

Chamber listings Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-8300 oakpark.com We are dedicated to providing community journalism by using a cross-platform strategy to effectively engage our audience.

Wendy Lalli

101 Harrison St., Apt. G Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 613-5662 wendylalli.com Strategic B2B and B2C marketing copy for websites, social media and print.

Wyn-Win Communications, Inc,

1040 North Blvd., Suite 250 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 769-1768 Wyn-Win.com Areas of Expertise Public Relations, Strategic Planning, Marketing Communications, Crisis Management,Community Relations.

Cheney Mansion

220 N. Euclid Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 725-2500 cheneymansion.com Historic Mansion owned by the Park District of Oak Park. Situated on 2.2 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park

339 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-2222 hemingwaybirthplace.com The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park operates the Hemingway museum and Hemingway birthplace.

Escape Factor

Yearbook Studios Company

7228 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 943-7227 escape-factor.com Live escape room experience. Participants enter a themed room and have 30-60 minutes to work together to find a way out.

Attractions & Entertainment

951 Chicago Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 994-4000 flwright.org Public tours and programs at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Unity Temple, The Rookery, Robie House and Bach House.

408 Thomas Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 366-1920 yearbookstudios.com Full service design office specializing in both interiors and graphic design.

Art Studio 928, LLC

LaGrange, IL 60525 (630) 240-9092 studio928.net There’s always Time for Art at Studio 928. Studio 928 is on a mission to give everyone the green light to take Time for Art!

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Lake Theatre Classic Cinemas

1022 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-9088 classiccinemas.com Designed by world-renowned architect Thomas Lamb, the Lake is a prime example of art deco style. Call for movie times.

Madison Street Theater

1010 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 222-7564 mstoakpark.com Premier performing arts center dedicated to providing professional entertainment and performing arts education for Oak Park.

Not for Baby Boomers Only

615 South Blvd. Unit A Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 817-1232 oprfchamber.org/list/member/not-for-baby-boomersonly-640 We are the premier disc jockey service for corporate and recreational events in Chicagoland, especially the Western suburbs.

Oak Park Conservatory

615 Garfield Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 725-2400 oakparkconservatory.com Owned and operated by the Park District of Oak Park, the Conservatory is one of the top three historical sites in Oak Park.

Oak Park Festival Theatre

125 North Marion Suite 301 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 300-9396 oakparkfestival.com Oak Park Festival Theatre is the Midwest’s oldest professional (Actors Equity Association) classical outdoor theater.

Oak Park River Forest Museum 129 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-6755 oprfhistory.org

Oak Park River Forest Museum is the new home of The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, telling OPRF stories.


+1 (312) 212-DIVA OperaGram.com OperaGram.com® delivers operatic singing telegrams by phone, online video and in person. Perfect for any special occasion.

Pleasant Home Foundation

217 Home Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-2654 pleasanthome.org Pleasant Home is open for guided tours, provides community programs and is available for meeting and special event rental.

The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest P.O. Box 3564 Oak Park, IL 60303 (708) 218-2648 symphonyoprf.org/ Community orchestra.


3323 W. Addison St. #M10 Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 756-1919 TheJumperStore.com Providing huge selection of bounce houses, concessions, games, tables and chairs for your party.

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

875 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 260-6661 utrf.org Non Profit historic preservation cultural organization. Open to the Public 7 days a week.


Chamber listings (708) 386-6222 ebertstudio.com The most treasured masterpiece is a portrait of the ones you love. We have been creating photographic heirlooms since 1915.

Forest Park Chamber of Commerce

7331 Roosevelt Rd. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 366-2543 exploreforestpark.com Chamber and economic development services for the Forest Park business community.

Heitzman Architects Photo provided by OPRF Chamber of Commerce

The official opening of the public art mural at the Eleven33 building in Oak Park was a highlight of the summer of 2020. Thanks to the Oak Park Area Arts Council for all they do to make this Village such a beautiful place. There is public art throughout the Village - go out and find it!

Wonder Works

6445 W North Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-4815 wonder-works.org Six permanent exhibits develop imagination & creativity for children up to 8 yrs. Weekly special programming, monthly events.

Business & Professional Services & Associations Azure Horizons, Inc.

7061 North Ave; #185 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 838-7031 azure-horizons.com Azure Horizons allows you to GROW your business while we eliminate your I.T. headaches.

Berwyn Development Corporation

3322 S. Oak Park Ave., 2nd Flr Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 788-8100

berwyn.net The BDC markets Berwyn as a prime business and leisure destination, promoting Berwyn’s energy and culture to visitors.

chrisguillencreative.com Family and commercial photography with studio space.

Blue Outcomes

1229 Woodbine Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (847) 406-9864 BlueOutcomes.com Consulting services specializing in IT Project Management, ERP implementations, and Data Analytics.

117 Clinton Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 829-1276 DistinctiveCoaching.com Small Business Owners: Get 50%-1200% growth, improved productivity, more time with family. Contact for free strategy mtg.

Buyers Protection Group

Downtown Oak Park

4300 Alexander Dr., Ste 200 Alpharetta, GA 30022 1-800-285-3001 bpgwi.com/inspectors/il/geofgreer Home Inspector

Chris Guillen Photography

1130 Marengo Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130 708-488-1824


Distinctive Coaching for Business Success

1010 Lake St, Ste. 114 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-4145 downtownoakpark.net Merchant Association serving Oak Park’s primary shopping and retail area bounded by Harlem, Lake and Marion.

Ebert Studio

227 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302

111 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-8844 heitzman.org Architecture, Engineering, Historic Preservation, Residential Additions. Kitchen and Bath designs, self-certified for permits.

Hemingway District Business Association

Oak Park, IL 60301 hemingwaydistrict.com Volunteer-led association representing businesses in the Oak Park Avenue/Lake Street area.


822 Linden Ave. Suite 200 Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 455-9191 ThisIsHutchinson.com We are a team of designers dedicated to helping businesses reach their goals by creating effective sites and branding!


9399 W Higgins Rd., Ste 925 Rosemont , IL 60018 (847) 737-3605 insperity.com/bpa/michael. karnick

Chamber listings HR that moves your business forward.


2 E. Oak St. Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 217-4369 kohafundraising.com App program for local businesses, schools and nonprofits.

Mindful Health OPRF

7208 Harvard St. Forest Park, Illinois 60130 (312) 375-9905 mindfulhealthoprf.com Collective of community based like-minded health and wellness professionals

North Avenue Business Association

6611 North Ave., Ste 105 Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 610-3800 northavenuebusinessassociation.com/ Volunteer-led association of business along both the north and south sides of the OP/ Chicago/Galewood North Avenue corridor.

Oak Park Arts District Business Association

Oak Park, IL 60304 oakparkartsdistrict.com Volunteer-led business association focused on the arts-oriented retail district along Harrison Street in Oak Park.

Oak Park Economic Development Corp. (OPEDC)

104 N. Oak Park Ave., Ste. 203 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-3838 oakparkeconomicdevelopmentcorporation.org/ OPEDC is a not-for-profit economic development organization working to bring business investment to the Village of Oak Park.

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Celebrating the OPRF Chamber 2019 Member of the Year, Right at Home Senior Home Care. Our girl-power Chamber Board President Dr. Mary Ann Bender celebrated with Right At Home’s Robert Stelletello during the pre-Covid Annual Meeting held in historic Pleasant Home.

OPRF Chamber of Commerce

143 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 613-0550 oprfchamber.org Helping businesses make connections throughout the Oak Park, River Forest and neighboring communities.

OVP Management Consulting Group Inc.

ovpconsulting.com A hands-on, people-focused consulting firm that thrives on the concept of helping people get better at what they do.

Pleasant District Association

Oak Park, IL 60302 oprfchamber.org/pleasantdistrict Volunteer-led association of retailers, businesses and

residents in the neighborhood south of the Metra near Pleasant in OP.

Pollinate Enterprises Inc

917 S Oak Park Ave., Unit #A Oak Park, Illinois 60304 (630) 426-3320 pollinatent.com Consultants, Project Management, Business Analysis, Infrastructure, Health Care

Prescott Group LLC

429 N. Marion St., Suite 205 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 613-5855 prescottgroupllc.com We provide clients with fresh thinking, creative problem solving and efficient program implementation.

Molly Rudberg, LLC 170 N. Scoville Oak Park, IL 60302

(312) 286-3346 mollyrudberg.com/ To empower individuals & organizations to question and re-imagine life and work with clarity, purpose and confidence.

SaraCohen Consulting

1000 S. Ridgeland Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 445-1382 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ saracohen-consulting-1174 Consulting services for nonprofit organizations.

Senator Don Harmon

6941-B W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-2002 donharmon.org The Democratic Party of Oak Park is one of the largest progressive Democratic organizations in Cook County.


Chamber listings Sevah Consulting

847 N Cuyler Ave. Oak Park , IL 60302 (708) 571-0211 sevahconsulting.com Dedicated to serving nonprofits in transition & helping them thrive during periods of change.


526 South Grove Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 275-5256 tedxoakparkwomen.com/ TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

The UPS Store #980 (North Ave)

7061 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-8431 theupsstore.com/0980 One stop shop for packaging, freight, shipping, mail services, moving/packing supplies, mailbox rental, copies, printing.

The UPS Store #3385 (Lake St)

805 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 358-1445 theupsstore.com/3385 Small Business Services: Printing & Copying, Shipping, Mailbox Rental, Notary, Shredding, Computer Rental

True Business Alliance

109 N Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (312) 446-8943 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ true-business-alliance-5749 Dedicated to helping our local community through education, outreach, the sharing of ideas and experiences.

What Now Advisors

334 Park Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (773) 507-5999 whatnowadvisors.com We help small and medium sized businesses gain insights and take action to improve.

Community Services, Government & Nonprofit African American Christian Foundation

6707 North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-1700 aacfworks.org AACF helping create employment opportunities since 1985, providing job training, internships & now staffing services.

Animal Care League

1011 Garfield St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 848-8155 animalcareleague.org Providing food, medical care, & adoption for homeless animals. Low-cost spay-neuter clinic. Adoptions from the shelter.

Beyond Hunger

848 Lake St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 613-4200 gobeyondhunger.org/ Provides families each year with hunger relief across 13 zip codes including Oak Park & the local area.

Calvary Memorial Church of Oak Park 931 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-3900 calvarymemorial.com An independent church dedicated to making Jesus Christ known in Oak Park & around


the world.

tion; group homes for children.

Collaboration for Early Childhood

Housing Forward

123 Madison St., Rm 209 Oak Park, Illinois 60302 708-613-6122 collab4kids.org Fostering high quality early care and educational experiences and support to families in our community.

1851 S. Ninth Ave. Maywood, IL 60153 708-338-1724 housingforward.org Transitioning people from housing crisis to housing stability through six integrated program areas, including PADS Shelter.

Community Support Services

Junior Achievement of Chicago

Echo Theater Collective

Kiwanis Club of River Forest/Oak Park

9021 Ogden Ave. Brookfield, Illinois 60513 (708) 354-4547 cssservices.org Non-Profit organization working with individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities. PO Box 1645 Oak Park , IL 60304 (708) 613-0243 echotheatercollective.org/ An artistic initiative designed to promote unity and cultural understanding in our community using theater and music.

Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory

615 Garfield St. Oak Park, IL 60304 708-725-2460 fopcon.org Nonprofit that promotes the Oak Park Conservatory, offers programs, and supports Conservatory projects.

Hephzibah Children’s Association

946 North Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 649-7100 hephzibahhome.org School-age child care & welfare services: foster care, adoption services, child abuse preven-

8383 West Belmont Ave. #303 River Grove, IL 60171 (708) 456-1400 jachicago.org Financial literacy non profit organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge & skills they need.

PO Box 6401 River Forest, IL 60305 (630) 747-0047 kiwanisclubrfop.org/ Serving children and seniors in our communities. Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at the River Forest Library.

L’Arche Chicago

7313 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 660-1600 larchechicago.org Community that provides homes for adults with intellectural disabilities.

Medical Ambassadors Haiti

1945 W 22nd Place Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 287-0151 mahfriends.org Medical Ambassadors Haiti is a Haitian nonprofit doing community health education in 40+ villages around Haiti.

Chamber listings NAMI Metro Suburban

814 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 524-2582 namimetsub.org Our mission is to provide education, advocacy and support to those living with mental illness and their loved ones.

New Moms

5317 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60651 (773) 252-3253 x223 newmoms.org New Moms offers services to support moms in the areas of homes, jobs, and family support.

Oak Park and River Forest Day Nursery

1139 Randolph St. Oak Park, IL 60302-3422 (708) 383-8211 thedaynursery.org Provide full-time quality, nurturing child care & preschool education by trained & caring staff in a safe environment.

Oak Park Area Arts Council

123 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 358-5690 oakparkareaartscouncil.org Supporting art, artists and arts education in the greater Oak Park community.

Oak Park Public Library

834 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-8200 oppl.org Providing superior library materials, programs, and services for Oak Park’s diverse community

Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society sponsors of the IWS

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What do we love more than our community non-profits? That would be a community nonprofit champion in a cape! Thank you to Beyond Hunger, for all that you have done during this darn pandemic for anyone who needs a helping hand. Nobody should have to go hungry!

Children’s Clinic

320 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-0528 childrenscliniciws.org A diverse member-driven organization committed to the health and well-being of children through our IWS Children’s Clinic.

Oak Park Township

105 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-8005 oakparktownship.org Providing locally-governed supportive services to our community.

Oak Park Youth Baseball & Softball (OPYBS) 1525 Circle Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130

(708) 834-8703 opybs.org OPYBS is a nonprofit, 100% volunteer organization that runs the youth baseball and softball programs in Oak Park.

services for young adults with developmental disabilities in the OPRF and Forest Park areas.

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services

Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation 1049 Lake St., Ste 204 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 848-1560 oprfcf.org Strengthening the community through philanthropic leadership and nonprofit excellence.

411 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-1050 oak-leyden.org Support/programs for children/ adults with developmental disabilities -early intervention, adult learning, group homes.

Opportunity Knocks

8020 Madison St. River Forest, IL 60305 708-771-6159 Ext.220 opportunityknocksnow.org OK provides programs and

OPRF Community Foundation

Park District of Oak Park

218 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 725-2000 pdop.org Visit our website for a full listing of activities, services, classes,


Chamber listings parks and facilities.

River Forest Park District

401 Thatcher Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-6660 rfparks.com For list of services/activities, see River Forest Parks & Recreation Centers in this Guide.

River Forest Township

8020 W. Madison St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-2029 riverforesttownship.org Provider and funder of Human Services and Assessor Services.

Rotary Club of Oak Park River Forest

P.O. Box 654 Oak Park, IL 60303 (708) 257-2320 oprfrotary.org Organization of business & professional men and women united worldwide to provide humanitarian service.

Sarah’s Inn

309 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 386-3305 sarahsinn.org Improving the lives of those affected by domestic violence and breaking the cycle of violence for future generations.

Seven Generations Ahead

1049 Lake St., Ste 200 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 660-9909 sevengenerationsahead.org Regional environmental sustainability non-profit.


25 Washington Blvd Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 626-0525 sisterhousechicago.org

Temporary home for women seeking recovery from substance abuse. Access to skills, spirituality, sobriety and support.


3309 S Harvey Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 788-5777 srca.community Recreational programming for adults with disabilities.

St. Edmund Parish

188 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-4417 StEdmund.org St. Edmund Parish is a diverse community of Christians whose beliefs are rooted in the Catholic faith.

Styles 4 Kidz, NFP

235 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 434-5680 styles4kidz.org/ We build a diverse community of people creating and celebrating hairstyles that boost kids’ self-esteem and cultural pride.

The Book of Life Foundation

(708) 843-2812 Bookoflifefoundation.com We are a nonprofit organization raising awareness on childhood mental illness and its effect on academic success.

The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

178 Forest Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-2729 nineteenthcentury.org Offering programs on the arts, culture and entertainment. Focus is strengthening our


community through learning and giving.

The North Avenue District

c/o Maid Pro 6901 W. North Ave., Ste. 1R Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 772-3702 facebook.com/ groups/107435609823334/ Advocacy group focused on revitalizing/improving the quality of life on North Avenue, Austin Blvd. to Harlem Ave.

The West Cook YMCAs, Inc.

255 South Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-5200 westcookymca.org The Y makes accessible the support & opportunities empowering people & communities to learn, grow & thrive.

Way Back Inn/Grateful House 1915 W. Roosevelt Rd. Broadview, IL 60155 (708) 344-3301 waybackinn.org Substance abuse treatment facility.

West Suburban Special Recreation AssociationWSSRA

2915 Maple St. Franklin Park, IL 60131 (847) 455-2100 wssra.net WSSRA offers year round recreation opportunities for persons of all ages with a wide range of disabilities.

Construction, Contractors & Tradesmen Clearview Home Inspections, Inc

Thrive Counseling Center

930 Home Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (312) 833-2799 ClearviewInspector.com Providing quality home inspection services. Let our knowledge and experience give a ‘’Clearview’’ of your current/ future home.

Village of Oak Park

Corna Kitchen/Bath & Tile

120 South Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-7500 thrivecc.org Comprehensive community mental health agency offering counseling, psychiatric, family, youth, and 24/7 crisis services. 123 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-6400 oak-park.us Local government.

Village of River Forest 400 Park Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-8500 vrf.us Local government.

2134 N. Harlem Ave. Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 453-0036 cornakitchenbathandtile.com Kitchen - bath - tile. Granite fabrication.

David Bores Vintage Home Restoration

Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 244-7755 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ david-bores-vintage-home-

Chamber listings All Under Your Roof--Trim, Carpentry, Woodwork, Paint, Doors, Plaster, Tile, Windows, Closets, Kitchen/Bath, Attic, Basement

Elite Tile Services

515 S. Lombard Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (815) 739-1720 elitetileservices.com/ All aspects of custom tile work, repairs, historic tile restoration. CTI certified tile installer, 20 years experience.

Excel Window Tinting, Inc.

(312) 848-1565 excelwindowtinting.net Commercial, residential and decorative window tinting.

Floor Coverings International-Oak Park

270 Eisenhower Lane N, Unit 5B Lombard, IL 60148 (630) 286-6410 oakpark.floorcoveringsinternational.com Floor Coverings International Oak Park makes it easy to get beautiful new floors, from selection to installation!

Goode Plumbing

4594 N. Elston Ave. Chicago , IL 60630 (773) 930-3451 goodeplumbing.com Let us help you with your plumbing or drain issue, large or small!

Heritage Tile

144 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 919-1600 heritagetile.com Heritage Tile defines the original, vintage tilework of the period homes and businesses of pre-war America.

Phillips Mechanical Heating & Cooling LLC

159 N. Marion St., #253 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 689-9890 phillipsmechanicalllc.com Heating & Cooling Ventilation Refrigeration Contractors Performing Service Sales & Installs.

Spannuth Boiler Company, Inc.

264 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-1882 spannuthboilers.com Boiler repair and replacement.

The Oak Park HandyHuman, Inc.

1015 S Kenilworth Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 303-8615 theoakparkhandyhumaninc. com Locally owned handyman and restoration company.

Dining, Food, Beverages & Catering Angie’s Pantry, Inc.

809 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 434-5742 angiespantry.com Weekly Meal Service, Scratch Baking, Healthy Eating, Special Event Catering, Corporate Catering for groups up to 100.

Blackout Baking Co.

Office 842 N Harlem Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (201) 682-5712 blackoutbakingco.com Blackout Baking Co. is an e-commerce bakery specializing in bite-size gourmet cookies.

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OPRF Chamber members are committed to helping our local restaurants through this pandemic. Every few weeks our members descend on a local eatery to infuse their lunch-time with upward of 30 take-away meals. Who can resist anything from Mulata for lunch!

Buzz Cafe

905 S. Lombard Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 708-205-7044 thebuzzcafe.com We believe good food, community and family are the ties that bind, and the café embodies those ideals wholeheartedly.

Carnival Grocery

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

950 E. Lake St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 613-2999 coopershawkwinery.com Cooper’s Hawk is an unparalleled combination of restaurant, winery, Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market.

Cucina Paradiso

824 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, Illinois 60304 (708) 848-1340 facebook.com/ CarnivalGroceryOakPark/ Neighborhood full-service grocery store, with deli, meats, fresh produce, baked goods and robust wine & spirits selection.

814 North Blvd Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-3434 cucinaoakpark.com Cucina Paradiso is mixing drinks, pouring wine, and preparing the best Stone Baked Pizzas, Pastas and creative Entrees.

Charlie’s Restaurant


7427 Roosevelt Rd Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-1969 charliesrestaurantfp.wixsite. com/forestpark Breakfast, lunch,dinner, beer & wine. Serving the community since 1981. Open 365 days a year, 6am-9pm

1100 Lake St. Oak Park , IL 60301 (708) 613-4273 currito.com Quick service restaurant offering globally inspired recipes featured in burritos, bowls, and salads.


Chamber listings Latin Fusion Restaurant. Party room and catering available. Seasonal outdoor dining.


626 N. Harlem Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-5189 mcdonald’s.com Fast Food

Mora Asian Kitchen

201 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 613-4546 facebook.com/ MORAAsianKitchenOakPark/ An eclectic medley of modern Asian cuisine and sushi.

Mulata Kitchen + Coffee Photo provided by OPRF Chamber of Commerce

All our local area restaurants peddle their wares at the annual 2020 Bite Nite tasting event in January (yes - these were pre-Covid times). Good food, great drinks & lots of company! Thanks to the 19th C Club for hosting in their amazing event space.

Eastgate Cafe and Bistro 102 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 660-9091 eastgatecafe.net Independently-owned restaurant /Cafe/Bistro in the Oak Park Arts District. Catering available.

Firecakes Donuts

104 North Maple Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 948-7052 firecakesdonuts.com Small- batch artisan donuts baked fresh daily. Home of the Original Donut Ice Cream Sandwich.

Kalamata Kitchen

105 N Marion St. Oak Park, il 60301 (708) 628-3661 kitchenkalamata.com/ Experience refined and sophisticated Greek cuisine in the

heart of Oak Park.

Kettlestrings Tavern

800 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 613-5044 kettlestringstavern.com Slow down and savor what life serves up at Kettlestrings Tavern.

Kinslahger Brewing Company

6806 W. Roosevelt Rd. Oak Park, IL 60304 (844) 552-4437 kinslahger.com Lager brewery and tasting room.

L!VE Cafe

163 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 417-6030 livexclamation.com We are a boutique coffeehouse company that focuses on


transformation through social innovation, experience, and enterprise.

Lou Malnati’s

1038 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 358-0800 loumalnatis.com Chicago’s home of the best deep dish pizza for over 40 years.

Madison Park Kitchen

7525 W. Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 689-8607 mp-kitchen.com Bake Shop ... Breakfast & Lunch! Let MP Kitchen host your next Special Event!

Maya Del Sol

144 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 358-9800 mayadelsol.com

136 N Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 383-3550 mulatakitchen.com A Brazilian Coffee Shop inspired by it’s people and culture. We offer fantastic coffee and amazing authentic food.

Nando’s Peri-Peri

1138 Lake St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 434-6296 nandosperiperi.com Nando’s specializes in flamegrilled peri peri chicken.

Oak Park Brewing

155 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 445-0272 oakparkbeer.com Oak Park Brewing serves the juiciest burgers and the finest ales and lagers, brewed on-site

One Lake Brewing

1 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 434-5232 onelakebrewing.com Locally-owned brewpub housed in a historical bank

Chamber listings bank. Locally sourced menu with a community-focus atmosphere.


728 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 358-1700 papaspiroslive.com Greek restaurant and bar serving the Oak Park community for over 15 years.

Pete’s Fresh Market

259 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 406-8700 petesfresh.com Premium grocery store with organics, prepared foods, cafe, gelato, and more

Poke Burrito Oak Park

1025 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 573-3668 pokeburritochicago.com/ Poke Burrito in downtown Oak Park offers you our concept of a combination of Hawaiian, Mexican, and Japanese fusion dishes.

Poor Phil’s

139 S. Marion St Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-0871 poorphils.com A full breakfast menu, pub lunch and dinner. Biggest craft beer selection - over 36 draft and 70 bottles. Seafood specials.


1012 N. Harvey Ave. Oak Park, Illinois 60302 (312) 985-6847 popifypops.com/ Popify makes and sells small batch gourmet ice pops for enjoyment at events, parties or just sitting on your porch.

Photo provided by OPRF Chamber of Commerce

Sunshine, live company and beer! Thanks One Lake Brewing for hosting our New Member Happy Hour. One of the best outdoor patios around!


124 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 628-3421 q-bbq.com/home Fast-casual Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant that specializes in authentic BBQ.

River Forest Chocolates and Confectionery

7769 Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-0891 riverforestchocolates.com River Forest Chocolates is a boutique confectionery featuring handcrafted chocolates, English Toffee, retro candies and more.


722 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 948-7855 rusticooakpark.com Elegant Mediterranean fusion

The Daly Bagel

in the heart of Oak Park.

Scratch On Lake

733 Lake St. Oak Park , Il 60301 (708) 466-5251 scratchfp.com Your One-Stop Source for Food, Drinks & Fun.

Spilt Milk

103 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 613-4403 spiltmilkpastry.com Local bakery specializing in pies + pastries made with local, seasonal ingredients.

Starship Restaurant & Catering

7618 W. Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-3016 starshiprestaurant.com We have 40 years of selling great food throughout all Chicago. Corporate & residential catering. NOW BYOB!

130 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (202) 255-1503 thedalybagel.com East Coast bagels with a Midwest twist.

The Little Gem Cafe

189 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-5491 thelittlegemcafe.com Gourmet American Restaurant. Elegant, Romantic and Fun.

The Sugar Beet Food Co-op

812 W. Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 948-7656 sugarbeet.coop The Sugar Beet Food Co-op is your one stop shop for high quality,sustainable foods all year round. Open to all 7 days/ week.


Chamber listings Trattoria 225

225 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 358-8555 trattoria225.com Rustic Italian dining with catering, delivery, carry-out, and private parties.

Whole Foods Market

7245 Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-1045 wholefoods.com/riverforest Full service meat and seafood departments. Breakfast, lunch and dinner selections available for all your catering needs.

Wild Onion Tied House

1111 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 628-3553 wildoniontiedhouse.com Chef-driven gastropub cuisine, happy hour, daily specials and changing selection of craft beer ‘’tied’’ to Wild Onion Brewing.

Education & Enrichment The Actors Garden

909 S. Lombard Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 369-1055 theactorsgarden.com The place where theatre and fun grow hand-in-hand. Classes and camps for youth.

Code Ninjas

7119 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 675-8183 codeninjas.com/locations/iloak-park/ Code Ninjas is the ultimate programming center for kids ages 7-14 to learn to code by building video games they love!

College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors

1000 W Diversey Pkwy., Ste #234 Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 697-9326 collegenanniesandtutors.com College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors is the nation’s most respected, complete and professional resource helping busy families.

Compass Point Learning, LLC

613 Washington Blvd. Unit #1 South Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 403-8678 compasspointlearning.org Professional K-12 tutoring-all subjects, Executive Functioning, Study Skills, Test Preparation.

Concordia University Chicago

7400 W. Augusta St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 209-3122 cuchicago.edu Concordia Univ. Chicago a Lutheran liberal arts-based university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Deep Roots Project

323 S. East Ave., 2nd flr Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-7197 deep-roots-project.org Edible gardening, toxic-free lawns and healthy lifestyle. Free workshops, support, quality materials & volunteer activities.

Digital Adventures

44 Lake St. Oak Park, Illinois 60302 (844) 543-2633 digitaladventures.com Our team teaches kids how to construct robots, model struc-


tures in 3D, build mobile apps/ websites, create virtual worlds.

Dominican University

Kindness Creators Intergenerational Program - NFP

7900 W. Division St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-2490 dom.edu Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

408 S Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 948-7634 kindnesscreators.org Kindness Creators Intergenerational Program/ Preschool

Fenwick High School

11 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (217) 840-6359 frenchinstitute.net L’Institut français d’Oak Park offers all levels of French courses for adults and mature teens.

Financial Understanding Now, LLC

Life Transitions Coaching - Karin M. Grimes, L.C.S.W.

505 W. Washington Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 708-386-0127, Ext. 325 fenwickfriars.com Catholic Coed College Preparatory High School

1011 Lake St., Ste. 424 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 725-8000 financialunderstandingnow. com Personal Financial Education and Counseling.

Friendly Music Community

6731 Roosevelt Rd. Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 484-9794 friendlymusic.community/livemusic-bar The FMC is a school at its heart, with a rehearsal studio as well as two performance stages in our coffee lounge and bar.

Kidcreate Studio Oak Park 200 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 628-3976 kidcreate.com/oak-park Kidcreate Studio is an Art Studio just for kids!

L’Institut français d’Oak Park

1010 Lake St., #426 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-5354 lifetransitionscoach.com Life coaching, focusing on work/life balance and life transitions, plus an On-Track-ForCollege Coaching Program.

Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts

6701 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-3456 Master-SH-Yu.com World-class martial arts instruction for kids, families, teens, adults. Your local source for martial arts excellence.

Mathnasium of Oak Park/ River Forest

1101 Chicago Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 613-4007 mathnasium.com/ oakparkriverforest We make math make sense. Increase your child’s math skills,

Chamber listings while building confidence in a positive and fun environment.

MOMENTA Dance Company

605 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-2329 momentadances.org/ Resident Dance Company of the Academy of Movement & Music. Company members include dancers with and without disabilities.

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 260 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-3000 op97.org K-8 School District

Oak Park Friends School

1192 S. Cuyler Ave. Oak Park , Illinois 60304 (708) 247-5772 opfs.org OP Friends provides warm and high-quality childcare while focusing on the individual needs of all children and families.

Oak Park River Forest High School D200

201 N. Scoville Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-0700 oprfhs.org Public high school serving Oak Park and River Forest

OPRF High School Huskie Booster Club

201 N. Scoville Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 huskieboosterclub.org Nonprofit group supporting and celebrating student academics, athletics, arts and activities at OPRFHS.

OVATION ACADEMY for the Performing Arts

1010 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 222-7564 OvationAcademy.org OVATION provides high quality training in performing arts, encouraging our students’ excellence, professionalism and passion.

Ravinia Reading Center of Oak Park

136 N. Marion St., #202 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 628-3254 raviniareadingcenter.com Ravinia Reading Center provides individualized, evidencebased reading and spelling instruction to struggling students.

River Forest School District 90

7776 Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-8282 district90.org River Forest elementary school district.

School of Rock Oak Park

219 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 298-0002 oakpark.schoolofrock.com INSPIRING THE WORLD TO ROCK ON STAGE AND IN LIFE.

Steve & Kate’s Camp

1515 Lathrop Ave. River Forest, Illinois 60305 (773) 295-4866 steveandkatescamp.com/oakpark-river-forest/ We believe that your kid is capable of literally anything and offer you Summer Camp fees that work around your schedule.

Sugar Beet Schoolhouse

349 Ashland Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (773) 988-6205 sugarbeetschoolhouse.org Sugar Beet Schoolhouse is a center for learning about good food! Cooking, gardening, events and a shared commercial kitchen.

Sylvan Learning Center

7217 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 488-0161 sylvanlearning.com/forestparkil At Sylvan we teach your student how to learn so that they gain confidence as well as solid skills.

The Children’s School

200 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 484-8033 thechildrensschool.info The Children’s School offers progressive education with a project-based curriculum for grades K-8.

The Menta Group

44 W. Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (630) 677-2230 Menta.com A dynamic, responsive, multistate education organization built on the principle that all students have a right to school.

Trinity High School

7574 W. Division St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 453-8342 trinityhs.org Trinity is a Catholic all-girl, college-prep high school offering an International Baccalaureate education.

Triton College

River Grove, IL 60171 (708) 456-0300 triton.edu Community college, continuing education, Cernan Space Center.

West Suburban Montessori School

1039 S. East Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 848-2662 wsms.org We are an AMI accredited Montessori school which has served the greater Oak Park Community since 1988. Preschool 3-12 years.

Financial Services Allstate - Longstein Agencies

1106 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 919-5190 agents.allstate.com/gary-longstein-oak-park-il.html Quality protection, trusted advice, peace of mind.

Andy Kaczkowski, WestPoint Financial Group

300 South Wacker Dr., #2000 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 342-4539 westpointfinancialgroup.com We provide you a balanced approach to achieving financial security, understanding your intentions and addressing your needs.

Arleatha Kelly, LLC

1010 Lake St., Ste 200 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 628-4195 akelly@arleathakelly.com Business, Financial & Consulting Services.

2000 5th Ave.


Chamber listings Financial Services, Inc.

303 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575 Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 546-6070 ameripriseadvisors.com/team/ jensen-associates Ameriprise Financial has a long history of meeting the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients.

John F. BakerNorthwestern Mutual Photo provided by OPRF Chamber of Commerce

Can you spot a Village President, a Chief of Staff, a handful of Executive Directors and a whole lot of local entrepreneurs? The Chamber’s Professional Development Series launched in January 2020 (remember those pre-Covid times?) with our partners at Dominican University. Thanks Lincoln Properties for hosting in your beautiful common room.

Back Office Service Solutions LLC

7640 Wilcox St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 860-2677 myawesomeboss.com Experienced CPAs and bookkeepers - Accounting, Tax and Financial Services.

Bentron Financial Group, LLC 6601 North Ave., Ste.# 2 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-3100 bentron.com Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, and Investment Advisory Services.

Byline Bank

1001 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 660-1000 bylinebank.com/ The bank that works as hard as you do.

Dan Bjornson, CPA, Ltd. 7518 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 488-1800

danbjornsoncpa.com Accounting, auditing, personal and business taxation for small to medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations.

Edward Jones - Matt Grote, Financial Advisor

214 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-5424 edwardjones.com/index.html Helping families achieve financial goals through organization, consolidation and implementation of tailored solutions.

Everett Wealth Solutions, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor/ Financial Planning

407 Marengo Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-7777 EverettWealthSolutions.com Everett Wealth Solutions, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor; Everett & Associates: Life, LTC, Fixed Index Annuities.

Fifth Third Bank N.A.

7727 Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305


(708) 657-9152 53.com/content/fifth-third/ en.html For over 100 years, we’ve been building meaningful relationships with business owners & the communities they serve.

Forest Park Bank

7348 W. Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 222-2800 forestparkbank.com Community bank providing full range of personal and business services.


128 S. Cuyler Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 404-4370 heartlandpaymentsystems.com Delivers credit/debit card processing & security technology via Heartland Secure & our comprehensive breach warranty.

Jensen & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise

1 N. Wacker Dr. Ste 4600 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 443-7373 johnfbaker.com Your go-to resource when discussing your financial planning strategies.

Kelty Financial Services, Inc.

625 William St. River Forest, IL 60305 (847) 724-8880 keltyfinancial.com Insurance, Investment management focusing on growth and income, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Linden Wealth Management

106 S. Oak Park Ave., Ste 204 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 948-7111 lindenwm.com Linden Wealth Management LLC is a boutique RIA (Fiduciary) helping clients build and manage all aspects of their wealth.

New Capital Management, LLC

611 N. Euclid Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-7784 newcapitalmanagement.com Manage growth ‘’stock’’ portfolios for individuals and pensions.

Chamber listings Old Second National Bank

6400 W. North Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60707 (877) 866-0202 oldsecond.com We are a community-focused, commercial bank that is looking to help business owners and individuals achieve their goals.

PNC Bank

6621 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 358-1482 pnc.com Banking Center located on North Avenue.

Prudential Insurance Company - Terry Zachata

1515 N. Harlem Ave., Ste 205-9 Oak Park, IL 60302 (630) 254-6979 prudential.com/advisor/terryzachata Financial Services, Consulting

Pryor Tax Accounting Services

715 W. Lake St., #808 Oak Park, IL 60301 (866) 442-8720 benjaminedwardltd.com Accountant, Financial Services

Sassetti, LLC

6611 North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-1433 sassetti.com Boutique CPA firm with an advisory focus that delivers a tax strategy, accounting support, assurance & audit services.

Sonder Private Wealth Management 24 Franklin Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (312) 401-0033 sonderwealth.com/

Inspired by your story. Designed for your future.

Zoller, Swanson & Co., CPA’s

137 N. Oak Park Ave., Ste. 320 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-3296 zollerswanson.com/ Personal & business taxation/ investment & retirement planning.

Health & Wellness Acupuncture POINTS

1102 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 445-2000 OakParkAcupuncture.com We provide high quality affordable complementary health care treating myriad health concerns.

Allergy, Sinus, and Asthma Professionals

1140 Lake St., Ste 200 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 450-5054 asapillinois.com Complete allergy care for entire family.

Ariel Donofrio, LAc. at Palmgren Acupuncture 115 N. Marion St., Ste. 8 Oak Park, IL 60301 (773) 915-3683 palmgrenacu.com

Athletico Physical Therapy

1145 N. Harlem Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-2086 athletico.com Athletico assists you in your rehabilitation process. We offer expert knowledge & resources to help your body perform.

Begin With Ten

River Forest, IL 60305

(312) 286-5141 beginwithten.com/ I offer individual, group breathing classes. The way you breathe can positively impact your physical & mental health.

(708) 210-9800 centrephysicaltherapy.com Outpatient physical therapy clinic providing more one on one care for a variety of diagnoses

Biodynamic Health Systems

CHC Wellbeing

1119 Pleasant St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 789-7143 biodynamichealth.com Samantha Lotti provides comprehensive treatments. Licensed acupuncturist, biodynamic craniosacral therapist and herbalist.

Body By Alamar

7647 Jackson Blvd. Forest Park, IL 60130 (773) 885-8894 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ body-by-alamar-3993 Medical Intuitive Healer & Akashic Record Consultant. Lisa Kinolau Alamar has over 30 years experience as a wellness expert.

Body Gears Physical Therapy

1049 Lake St., #201 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 607-6040 BodyGears.com Helping patients achieve an optimal physical state in which all your moving parts are in sync.

Braces Boutique

161 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-5023 OakParkOrtho.com Orthodontics for kids, teens and adults.

Centre Physical Therapy, LLC 207 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304

5440 N. Cumberland Ave., Ste 225 Chicago, IL 60656 (312) 505-6844 chcw.com CHC Wellbeing offers a comprehensive, fully customizable wellbeing solution for groups of 100-3000 employees.

Chicago Family Doulas

715 Lake St., Ste 110 Oak Park, IL 60301 (312) 765-3012 chicagofamilydoulas.com/ Full service Doula Agency offering birth support, postpartum doula support and newborn care.

CILI By Design

3226 63rd St. Woodridge, IL 60517 (630) 456-3018 cilibydesign.com/guardianangelsofhealth Aquaceutical Cellular Nutrition. CBD & CBG. ZERO THC. EU Organic. Fast-Acting. 99% Absorption. Convenient. Affordable.

Cira Center For Behavioral Health

155 N. Michigan Ave, Ste.450 Chicago, IL 60601 (872) 395-8091 ciracenter.org/ Group practice that has a Team of Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors that serve the age & gender spectrum.

Connect Hearing 7249 Madison St.


Chamber listings Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-4586 connecthearing.com/ Connect Hearing offers a full spectrum of hearing testing and solutions for any lifestyle or budget.

Consulting Audiology Associates, LLC; The Hearing Place

6905 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 445-7171 savehearing.com The Hearing Place specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, & tinnitus evaluations.

Dr. Pitud, M.D. - The Housecall Allergist

(773) 828-9019 allergyhousecall.com Adult & Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Drs. Battistoni + Beam, Ltd.

6855 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-5900 Awesomebraces.com Orthodontic practice for adolescents and adults since 1962, providing state-of-the art technology including Sure Smiles.

Drs. Girgis & Associates

1515 N. Harlem Ave., Ste 300 Oak Park, IL 60302 (630) 323-5214 girgisent.com Drs. Girgis and Associates exists to help people breathe, hear, sleep and feel better with life changing results.

Edward-Elmhurst Health 155 E. Brush Hill Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126 (331) 221-1000 EEHealth.org Edward-Elmhurst Health is a

three hospital system with 60 outpatient sites. Opened its Health Center at 932 Lake St. in 2017

Elite Rehabilitation Institute

1100 Lake St., Ste 56 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-8488 eliterehabinstitute.com/ It is our mission to provide the most comprehensive, attentive, and cutting edge healthcare in the area.

Evie Rosado, LMT at Palmgren Acupuncture 115 N. Marion St., Ste 8 Oak Park, IL 60301 (773) 915-3683 palmgrenacu.com

Family Medical Care

965 Lake St Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-0400 myfamilymedicalcare.com Family Medical Care covering adults, pediatrics, womens health care. Including weight loss, aesthetics, integrative medicine.

Frazier Orthodontics

400 Lathrop Ave., Ste 203 River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-6595 frazierorthodontics.com We provide exceptional orthodontic treatment for all ages in a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.

Fuller Health Group

1010 Lake St., Ste 112 Oak Park, IL 60301 (312) 801-0318 fullerhealthgroup.com A multi-disciplinary approach, with a fusion of chiropractic, applied kinesiology, nutrition, body work and natural products.


Healthy Tooth Dental Llc

719 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-3200 healthytoothdental.com/ General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Individual & Family Connection

7357 North Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (773) 270-0469 ifccounseling.com IFC is a team of pediatric therapy specialists offering emotional and behavioral support to children and families.

Inductor Of Healing Wellness Center

7435 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 613-5255 inductorofhealing.com A wellness center where we provide therapeutic/clinical massage. We also provide acupuncture for those in need.

Innovative Vascular -IMIIT

1515 N. Harlem Ave, Ste 100 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 407-9331 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ innovative-vascular-imiit-5600 Outpatient Center for the Treatment of Endovascular Disease,Peripheral Arterial Disease & Peripheral Venous Disease.

Integrative Wellness Studio

413 Division St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 259-7585 integrativewellnessstudio.net Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching.

Kholood El-Helo, LAc. at Palmgren Acupuncture 115 N. Marion St., Ste 8

Oak Park, IL 60301 (773) 915-3683 palmgrenacu.com

Kirk Eye Centers, S.C.

7427 Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-3334 kirkeye.com Ophthalmology Practice - Eye Exams; Cataract Surgery; Glaucoma; Lasik; Full Optical.

Kneaded Work

408 S. Lombard Ave., #2 Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 383-0475 worldcitizen736.wixsite.com/ hands Living in Oak Park, I travel to areas to de stress business people and to the soon to be moms! A lot of knowledge to help body heal.

Lake Street Family Physicians

1010 Lake St., Ste. 301 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-8600 LakeStreetFamilyPhysicians. com Family Medicine for the entire family.

Lakeview Speech and Language Clinic, PLLC

Oak Park, IL (773) 573-7709 lakeviewspeech.com We provide online and on-site pediatric speech-language therapy services in and around the OPRF area.

LifeSpan Counseling & Psychological Services LLP

137 N Oak Park Ave., Ste 218 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-5080 OakParkTherapists.com We provide individual-, family-, couples-therapy and psycho-

Chamber listings logical evaluations for children, teens and adults.

Lisa J. Peters, MD, SC

1010 Lake St., Ste 619 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-1400 plasticsurgeryofchicago.com Dr. Peters is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Little Teeth Big Smiles Children’s Dentistry

1125 Harlem Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130-2381 (708) 386-5437 kidsdentistforestpark.com Pediatric dentistry is one of only 9 specialties in dentistry. Trust your child’s dental needs to a specialist!

Midwest Alternative Treatment Clinic, PC

1100 Lake St., Ste 125B Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 334-8075 progressiveketamine.com Ketamine infusion clinic treating depression, PTSD, anxiety, addiction.

Mindful TMS Neurocare & Psychiatric Services

1100 Lake St, Ste LL60 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 434-4080 mindfultms.com/ A unique center in the Chicago area for the best neuronavigation-guided Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatments.

Moments at Home Respite Care and Home Services, LLC.

1440 W. Taylor St., #625 Chicago, IL 60607 (847) 497-0654 momentsathome.org Dedicated to providing com-

petent, trustworthy & compassionate home care to you or your loved ones.


605 W. Madison St. Oak Park, Il 60304 (708) 763-8597 NovaCare.com Qualified clinical team provides preventative & rehabilitative services that maximize functionality and promote wellbeing.

Novick Orthodontics 7351 W. North Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-2300 novickorthodontics.com Orthodontics Office

Nutriquity, LLC

965 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 902-4522 nutriquity.com Improve your health naturally by working with Registered Dietitian Michael Glab MS, RD, LDN.

NYE Partners

345 Ashland Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 488-0072 nyepartners.com Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice in River Forest

Oak Park Chiropractic

1144 W. Lake St., Ste 203 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-4370 oakparkchiropractic.com Chiropractic clinic dedicated to teaching and practicing the true principle of Chiropractic and the wellness lifestyle.

Oak Street Health 18 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 253-3933 oakstreethealth.com

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care provider that serves children, adolescents and adults.

Palmgren Acupuncture

7411 Lake St., Ste 2110 River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 848-4662 romanomd.com Orthopaedic Surgery, Total Joints, Sports Medicine, Fracture Care, Bone Health & Physical Therapy.

115 N. Marion St, Ste 8 Oak Park, IL 60301 (773) 915-3683 palmgrenacu.com Acupuncture & massage clinic helping people reduce pain, lower stress, and lose weight so they can feel good again.

Progressive Health Primary Care

1100 Lake St., Ste 125 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-3080 phprimarycare.com/ Concierge medical practice providing customized 24 hours a day primary care.

Riveredge Hospital

8311 W. Roosevelt Rd. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-7000 riveredgehospital.com Riveredge Hospital is a comprehensive behavioral health-

Romano Orthopaedic Center

Royal Health Care

147 Harrison St. Oak Park , IL 60304 (708) 400-5574 royalhealthcares.com Royal Health Care is a alternative medicine clinic that provides Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy.

Serenity Holistic Health, Inc. 503 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 708-848-4626 serenityacu.com A sanctuary of healing.


Chamber listings Improve your quality of life with acupuncture and massage.

Seven Point, Powered by MedMen

1132 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 665-3143 MedMen.com Seven Point is a Medical Cannabis Dispensary providing safe access to lab-tested, pesticide-free, medical-grade cannabis.

Signature Smiles Dental Care

1128 Lake St., Ste 1 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-6190 signaturesmilesdental.com Full service dental office

The Green Medical Practice

715 Lake St., Ste 302 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 851-2108 thegreenmedicalpractice.com Holistic health care provider(MD, FNP). From birth to adults. Caring attentive patient centered health care.

The Juniper Center

1101 Lake St., Ste 405 Oak Park, IL 60301 (847) 759-9110 thejunipercenter.com Provides counseling & psychotherapy, psychiatry & medication management, therapeutic yoga movement therapy and more.

Walgreen’s (Madison & Oak Park Ave) 811 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 383-7081 walgreens.com Pharmacy phone: 383-9009

Weil Foot & Ankle Institute

610 S. Maple Ave., Ste 2550 Oak Park, IL 60304 (847) 390-7666 yourilpodiatrist.com/contact/ oak-park-illinois-il-podiatryoffice/ 5-Star Podiatry Care

West Suburban Midwife Associates

715 Lake St., Ste 273 Oak Park, IL 60301-1411 (708) 848-3800 westsubmidwives.com Certified Nurse Midwife practice attending natural childbirths int the Alternative Birth Room of West Suburban Hospital.

White Lotus Chiropractic of OP, Ltd.

1001 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-1200 whitelotuschiropractic.com Breath, balance, soothe, restore and renew. Chiropractic, yoga, acupuncture, advanced physical medicine and massage. Home, Garden & Office.

Your CBD Store

139 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 785-4833 cbdrx4u.com/find-us/illinois/ oak-park Your CBD Store offers quality tinctures, water solubles, topicals, beauty products, edibles/ gummys, pet treats and more.

Home, Garden & Office Elite Home Services Group, Inc.

12172 S. IL State Rte 47, #160 Huntley, IL 60142 (630) 994-0506


oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ elite-home-services-groupinc-51 Professional window & gutter cleaning,power washing residential & commercial-serving Oak Park and River Forest. Free estimate

Gerger & Greco

1407 S. Harlem Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 484-5296 gergerandgreco.com/ Design, Build and Landscape Maintenance.

Kelty Lawn Care & Pavers

338 Lathrop Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-4880 keltylawncare.com Lawn care, landscaping, landscaping design and installation. Brick paving and lawn care maintenance.

MaidPro Oak Park

6901 W. North Ave., 1R Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 843-8283 maidpro.com/oakpark Residential/commercial cleaning.

McAdam Landscaping

2001 Des Plaines Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-2299 mcadamlandscape.com Landscape Contractor/Garden Center.

Serenity Interior Solutions

150 Forest Ave., Unit 1101 Oak Park, IL 60301 (612) 594-0002 serenityinteriorsolutions.com We offer home staging, interior styling, and professional organizing services.

Industrial, Janitorial, Energy & Environmental Atlas Solar Advisors

3152 W. Devon Ave., Ste 2D Chicago, IL 60659 (812) 241-3459 atlassolaradvisors.com Atlas Solar Advisors, offering you Local solutions to Global concerns.

Flood Brothers Disposal Co. 17 W 609 14th St. Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 (630) 261-0400 floodbrothersdisposal.com ‘Your Business is our Bread & Butter’’

Naturally Thorough Cleaners

838 Elgin Ave., Apt 2 Forest Park, IL 60130 (817) 793-5483 facebook.com/naturallythoroughcleaners Meticulous, reliable janitorial and disinfection services for businesses using only non-toxic and eco-friendly practices.

Roy Strom Refuse and Recycling Company

1201 Greenwood Ave. Maywood, IL 60153 (708) 344-5000 roystrom.com Solid Waste/Recyclable Material/Commercial. Residential collection and waste transfer. Family owned and operated 69 years.

Seaway Supply Co.

15 N 9th Ave. Maywood, IL 60153 (708) 216-0000 seawaysupplies.com Distributor of paper products, cleaning equipment and supplies.

Chamber listings Servpro of Oak Park and River Forest

119 N 10th Ave. Melrose Park, IL 60160 (708) 483-8636 servprooakparkriverforest.com Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services.

Insurance AAA Travel & Insurance

2512 S. Harlem Ave. North Riverside, IL 60546 (708) 883-9822 aaa.com/northriverside Roadside assistance full service travel agency; auto, home and life insurance; car maintenance facility.

Adam Doe State Farm

177 S Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 665-3921 oakparkinsuranceagent.com Helping people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

Alfia Caldwell - State Farm Insurance

148 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 622-9019 alfiacaldwellins.com Provide great products and personalized service.

Bill Carlton - MetLife Auto Home Business 818 Harrison St., Ste 209 Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 613-5780 agents.metlife.com/bill-carlton/ Specializing in restaurant, retail, office and contractor insurance. Call for a free, competitive quote.

Country Financial

6438 Joliet Rd. Countryside, IL 60525 (708) 352-5555 countryfinancial.com/tony. munno Auto, Home, Life, and Commercial Insurance, Estate Planning, Retirement Planning, Long Term Care and Financial Services

David Agency Insurance, Inc.

385 N. York Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126 (630) 516-9000 thedavidagency.com We offer a complete portfolio of Insurance Services Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, Employee Benefits and Financial.

Eleonore Weber - Your Life Security, LLC Insurance Services

805 Lake St., Ste. 128 Oak Park, IL 60301-1032 (312) 952-1706 YourLifeSecurity.com Licensed Broker & Consultant - Annuities, Disability, Healthcare, Life, Medicare and Long-Term Care Insurance.

Forest Insurance

7310 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 383-9000 forestinsured.com When you purchase insurance through Forest Insurance, you’re not just getting a policy, you’re gaining an advocate.

Grachan Agency

949 Garfield St., Ste. 200 Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 406-6023 grachanagency.com Independent insurance agent. Auto, Home & Commercial insurance.

Legal Services

Law firm specializing in commercial and real estate litigation, contractual disputes, residential and commercial real estate.

Berger, Newmark & Fenchel, P.C. 1753 N. Tripp Ave. Chicago, IL 60639 (312) 782-5050 bnf-law.com Law Firm

Pellegrini & Cristiano

Coplan & Crane, Ltd.

1111 Westgate St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 358-8080 coplancrane.com Law firm specializing in the representation of families and victims of serious personal injury.

Generation Law, Ltd.

408 S. Oak Park Ave., Ste 4 Oak Park, IL 60302 (630) 782-1766 GenerationLaw.com Our attorneys concentrate in elder care law and estate planning. We can also work with you to address special needs planning.

Law Offices of Kevin Bry 805 Lake St., Ste. 300 Oak Park, IL 60301 (312) 749-7400 kevinbry.com/ Kevin Bry is an attorney who practices in the areas of civil, criminal and appellate litigation.

Lufrano Law, LLC

818 Harrison St., Ste 210 Oak Park, IL 60304 (800) 627-2179 lufranolaw.com Local law firm that handles real estate matters and securities arbitration.

Madeleine W. Milan, Esq.

120 S. Lombard St. Oak Park, Il 60302 (312) 636-7783 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ madeleine-w-milan-esq-5741

6817 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-3610 pellegrini-cristiano.com General practice of law; emphasis on family needs and small business.

Ruggiero Law Group, LLC

805 Lake St., #314 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 609-9163 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ ruggiero-law-group-llc-5223 Law office

Solace Divorce Mediation

1101 Lake St., Ste 400 Oak Park, IL 60301 (773) 936-4600 solacedivorce.com Family Law Attorney utilizing Mediation and Collaborative Practice to amicably resolve domestic issues.

Theresa Clancy Law

801 N. Euclid Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 819-1580 theresaclancylaw.com/ The practice focuses on estate planning, guardianship, probate, and real estate.

Lodging Bishops Hall

605 Iowa St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-7774 bishopshallusa.com A distinctive bed and breakfast and intimate venue for meetings and events.


Chamber listings Carleton of Oak Park Hotel

1110 Pleasant St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-5000 carletonhotel.com Boutique hotel w/153 beautifully appointed guest rooms & suites; meeting and banquet rooms up to 200 people; 2 restaurants.

The Write Inn Hotel

211 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-4800 writeinn.com Historic Inn - Exquisite Rooms & Suites.

Personal Services & Care Amy Soumar, Independent Consultant, Rodan + Fields 505 N Elmwood Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 289-9671 asoumar.myrandf.com life-changing Skin Care, you’ll get personalized results.

Chi Browtique

7367 W. North Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 400-7100 chibrowtique.com Beauty Salon

Elevate Hair and Beauty Boutique

321 Harrison St., Unit B Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 227-3788 elevatehairboutique.com Quality hair care with an exclusive salon ambiance. Located in Oak Park’s Arts District.

Great Clips

707 W Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 628-3675

salons.greatclips.com/us/il/ oak-park/707-w-lake-st Great Clips specializes in haircuts for men, women, children and seniors by professional, licensed cosmetologists.

(708) 383-3606 carlsonanimalhospitals.com A client-centered practice that recognizes that your cat or dog is a cherished companion. We are skilled professionals.

James Anthony Salon

Critter Care Pet Sitting

115 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-3100 jamesanthonysalon.com You will be welcomed by a team of professionals dedicated to education and exceeding your expectation. Full Hair & Nail Salon.

Jamilla Yipp Photography

19 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (773) 320-7558 jamillayipp.com Specializing in Newborn, Family, Headshots and Small Event Photography.

Mary’s Cleaning

20 Chicago Ave. Oak Park , IL 60302 (708) 383-2770 maryscleaningpros.com We have performed over 250,000 home cleanings in Oak Park and River Forest since 1976.

Russell Burck Intuitive Consulting

1138 Clinton Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 848-3512 russellburckconsulting.com Dr. Burck, an exceptionally gifted intuitive, provides intuitive readings for people struggling to settle an issue.

Pets & Veterinary Carlson Animal Hospital 414 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302


Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 268-9477 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ critter-care-pet-sitting-122 We’ll Love ‘em Like You Do! In home pet care. Vacation care. Bonded & Insured,.Member NAPPS.

PetVets Animal Hospital

342 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 708-445-9988 petvets-oakpark.com State of the art small animal hospital providing excellent, compassionate care for your pet with oustanding service for you.

Real Estate: Commercial, Housing & Property Management @properties

1011 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-0200 atproperties.com #1 Brokerage in Chicago committed to providing brokers and clients with the highest level of service in the industry.

(708) 848-4600 bafellercompany.com Quality apartment brokerage and management services

Baird & Warner, Inc.

1037 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 697-5900 bairdwarner.com/oakparkriverforest Real Estate

Bern Realty, Inc.

420 Clinton Place River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-7600 bernrealtyllc.com Commercial Property Management

Beyond Properties Realty Group 109 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-1366 beyondpropertiesrealty.com An independent, full-service realty group, we have built a reputation for exceeding clients’ expectations.

BHHS Chicago

101 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-5550 bhhschicago.com Buying or selling, we are your local real estate experts.

BrightLeaf Homes

1000 Lake St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 713-0984 albionoakpark.com Residential apartments coming in late 2019.

15 Spinning Wheel Rd., Ste 124 Hinsdale, IL 60521 (630) 474-5323 mybrightleafhome.com/ A team of green-minded individuals driven to redefine the outdated standards of the housing industry in Chicagoland.

B.A. Feller Company

Caporale Realty

Albion Oak Park

113 S. Marion St., #1 Oak Park, IL 60302

7646 W. North Ave.

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crossfunction.com CrossFunction at The Boulevard Arcade, a modern, shared workspace set in a storied landmark.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

1011 South Blvd Oak Park, IL 60302 (630) 254-9703 atproperties.com/agents/dalilatorres Real Estate with Dalila @atproperties

114 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-1100 coldwellbanker.com For over a century, home has been our purpose. It defines us and everyone in our network. Our mission will never waver.

CrossFunction Flexible Workspace

1033 South Blvd The Boulevard Arcade Oak Park, Illinois 60302 (708) 948-7188

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Eleven33 Apartments

1133 South Blvd Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 887-1133 eleven33apartments.com Oak Park’s newest luxury rentals

First Community Management

935 W. Chestnut St., Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 829-8900 condomanagement.com Providing exceptional homeowner association management services in Chicago and Oak Park since 1998.

FlexHouse Properties

202-208 Harrison St Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 205-4766 flexhouseop.com Real estate management company focused on live-work town homes in the Oak Park Arts District.

Gagliardo Realty Associates, LLC

7375 W. North Ave. River Forest, IL 60305

(708) 771-8040 gagliardorealty.com Residential real estate in Oak Park/River Forest; guidance from listing to signing -- buyers & sellers.

Jack Carpenter Realtors

200 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-7100 ww.jackcarpenter.com Real Estate/ Appraisals


1945 W. 22nd Place Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 287-0151 facebook.com/JAH-SnowRemoval-103117951097833/ JAH LLC provides property services including snow removal, property management, and affordable housing preservation.


Chamber listings Kale Realty

2447 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 882-0233 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ kale-realty-2354 A full-service, boutique-style Real Estate brokerage

Keller Williams Realty Partners

700 Busse Hghwy Park Ridge, IL 60068 (847) 685-8300 findhousesforsaleinchicago. com/ Real estate sales, aquisition and Investing. Negotiations for short sales & Deeds in lieu of forclosure.

Kresz and Associates LLC

7627 W. Lake St., Ste 214 River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 439-9374 kreszandassociates.com Residential and commercial real estate, purchase, sale, leasing, rentals, property management, relocation, foreclosure.

M&M Property Management, Inc.

649 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-7355 mmpropmgt.com Property Management

Meg Wygonik Kryger

kerage. Whether a primary residence or investment property desired, we can help.

housing development corporation that leases over 750 rental apartments in Oak Park.

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS


212 S. Marion St., #9 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-0150 oakparkrealtors.org Trade Association for local Realtors and real estate offices.

Oak Park City Apartments

675 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-0707 oakparkcityapts.com Channeling the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park City Apts offers spacious floor plans with resort-class amenities.

Oak Park Place Apartments

479 N. Harlem Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-3000 oakparkplaceapts.com Welcome Home! Oak Park Place is designed to provide an elegant luxurious atmosphere w/17 distinctive floor plans to suit you.

Oak Park Regional Housing Center, Live in Oak Park

101 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 310-2779 bhhschicago.com/megkryger Real Estate Broker - BHHS Chicago

1041 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-7150 liveinoakpark.com Free Apartment Referral Service

Melissa N. McInnis Realtor with Habloft LLC

Oak Park Residence Corporation

(312) 536-1217 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ melissa-n-mcinnis-realtor-withhabloft-llc-5888 Habloft LLC is a boutique bro-

21 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-6061 oakparkrc.com A community-based non-profit


Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-1400 homesinthevillage.com Realtors

35 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-7368 oakparkapartments.com Oak Park’s largest provider of apartment rentals.

Scoville Square

OP Office Partners, LLC

The Community Builders, Inc.

1010 Lake St., Ste 602 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 251-0025 1010lakestreet.com Offering move-in ready spaces to suit your business needs in historic downtown Oak Park, just minutes from downtown Chicago.

Prairie Title

6821 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-7900 prairietitle.com Real Estate Title & Escrow Services

Property Guidance Inspection

805 Lake St., #274 Oak Park, IL 60301 (773) 469-3390 propertyguidance.net We provide property inspection and radon testing services in Chicago and nearby suburbs. Full time inspector since 2012.

Rada Burns - @properties

1011 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-0200 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ rada-burns-properties-5094 I am an Oak Park real estate expert serving Chicagoland.

ReMax In The Village 189 S. Oak Park Ave.

137 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-3733 scovillesquare.com Office and Retail Leasing

135 S. LaSalle St., Ste 3350 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 577-5280 tcbinc.org We are a leading nonprofit real estate developer that owns or manages more than 11,000 quality apartments.

The Emerson

1135 Westgate St. Mezzanine Level Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 315-7843 TheEmerson.com Brand new apartment community located in the heart of downtown Oak Park featuring retail, parking and two mixed use buildings.

The Sokol Group

2254 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 421-2525 thesokolgroup.com Real Estate - Sales, rental, residential and commercial.

Vantage Oak Park

150 Forest Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-1150 vantageoakpark.com Vantage is the tallest apartment building in Oak Park and offers amazing views of Oak Park and the downtown Chicago skyline

Chamber listings Rental Equipment, Moving & Storage AA Rental Center

30 N. Ninth Ave. Melrose Park, IL 60160 (708) 343-8110 aarentalcenter.net Rental tools, equipment and party goods for work and play.

Affordable Backyard Tents

1101 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (630) 742-2407 affordablebackyardtents.com Party tents, tables, chairs, heaters, bars, linens, dance floors and more; handling all your party needs.

Kolovitz Movers

P.O. Box 1183 Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 383-5567 kolovitzmovers.com Local household and office mover; Member BBB and Illinois Movers and Warehousemans Assn.

New City Moving

2929 N Campbell Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 489-0600 newcitymovers.com/locations/ il/oak-park-movers/ New City Moving

Pack-Men Movers, Inc.

37 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 358-8284 pack-menmovers.com We specialize in residential and commercial moves.

Senior Services Ashland Vine Senior Home Care

401 Williams St., #5885 River Forest, IL 60305-5885

(708) 890-8877 ashlandvinecare.com Licensed provider of non-medical in home care to seniors and those with disabilities wishing to remain in their own homes.


Belmont Village Oak Park

Celebrating Seniors Coalition

1035 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-7200 oakpark.belmontvillage.com We are a leading Assisted Living and Memory Care provider, with an award-winning program for Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care

2833 N. Nordica Ave. Chicago, IL 60634 (773) 622-6144 bethesdaseniorcare.org Bethesda, a not-for-profit community, offers short term rehab, long-term care, respite care and adult day programming.

BrightStar Care® of Chicago and La GrangeCook County

1100 Lake St., Ste 130 Oak Park, IL 60301 708-551-2500 brightstarcare.com/lagrange BrightStar Care of Chicago-La Grange provides quality home care, caregivers, and medical staffing for infants through seniors

Brookdale Oak Park

1111 Ontario St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-1111 brookdaleliving.com Senior Living facility located in vibrant downtown Oak Park within two blocks of shops, restaurants, and the theater.

Catholic Charities/ Accolade Adult Day

112 S. Humphrey St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 445-1300 catholiccharities.net Adult day services for seniors.

410 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-3133 celebratingseniors.net/ Coalition formed to celebrate and honor older adults in our communities through an annual week-long event.

Oak Park Arms

408 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-4040 oakparkarms.com Award Winning Independent Living, Assisted Living and Short Term Stays for persons over 60.

Right at Home Oak Park/ Chicago

7000 W. North Ave., 1B Chicago, IL 60707 (708) 445-6000 rightathome.net/oak-parkchicago Non-medical in home care for seniors & disabled adults. Custom care plans & dedicated caregivers keep you safe & comfortable.

Senior Citizens Center of Oak Park-River Forest

Dole Center 225 Augusta St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-5251 sccoprf.org Provides educational, social & cultural activities for people over the age of 50. Hosts Repair Cafe on 3rd Sat. of each month.

Synergy HomeCare

1515 N. Harlem Ave., Ste 307-2 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-4520 synergyhomecare.com/agencies/il/oak-park/oak-park Customize elder care to fit your unique family situation. Free inhome consultation.

Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace

1635 S. Ardmore Ave. Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 (630) 534-0886 terravista.org Terra Vista is a memory care assisted living community designed for those with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia.

The Altenheim

7824 W. Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 366-2206 thealtenheim.com Apartment rentals for independent seniors 55 and older.

The Sheridan At River Forest

800 N. Harlem Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 813-9265 seniorlifestyle.com/property/ illinois/the-sheridan-at-riverforest/ Live life to the fullest in historic Rive Forest, a beautiful community where our residents enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle.

Victory Centre of River Woods

1800 Riverwoods Dr. Melrose Park, IL 60160 (708) 547-5800 pathwaysl.com Award winning VIVA! Philosophy, a holistic, proactive approach to enhancing lives. Financial Assistance for those


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Coming together after more than five months for our first in-person Business After Hours with The Sheridan at River Forest. Boy we were happy to be out and see our friends! who qualify.

Visiting Angels of Elmwood Park

2117 N. 75th Ct. Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 395-7992 visitingangels.com Non-medical home care for seniors & disabled adults. Services include personal care, companionship, meals, lite housekeeping.

Shopping & Retail 16 Suitcases

108 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 628-3677 16suitcases.com

16 Suitcases is a well curated lifestyle boutique of fashion, accessories and gifts for the contemporary woman.

Home decor, dinnerware, fine china, gifts, and more serving Oak Park and Chicago, Illinois.

beads and supplies, offering classes, parties and jewelry repair.

Al-Mart Furniture and Bedding

Anfora Wine Merchants

128 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 613-5388 anforawinemerchants.com/ Italian-centric wine boutique wine shop specializing in indigenous grapes at all price points.

CarefulPeach Boutique

7045 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-5909 almartfurniture.com We are a full service Furniture and Mattress store offering all home furnishings at incredible values...since 1990!

Alioto’s Gift Shop 1118 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 763-0808 aliotosgiftshop.com


Bead In Hand

145 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 708-848-1761 beadinhand.com A retail bead shop with an extraordinary selection of

1024 North Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-3066 CarefulPeach.com Lifestyle and gift store featuring beautiful products made in Europe, primarily France. We feature wine, food, home decor.

Divine Consign, Inc.

1800 S. Harlem Ave. North Riverside, IL 60546 (708) 386-3366 divineconsign.com Upscale Furniture

Chamber listings Consignment Store - Quality Eco-Chic Home Furnishings Revisited.

Edible Arrangements

107 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (630) 391-1566 edible.com Our fresh fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate Dipped Fruit are the ultimate way to celebrate.

Elle Belle Box

19 Forest Park River Forest, IL 60305 ellebellebox.com/ Premium Gift Box service sourcing products as locally as possible within the River Forest, Oak Park and Chicago area.

Garland Flowers

137 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 garlandflowers.net/ Garland Flowers offers beautiful, fresh flower arrangements. Same day delivery for last minute gifts.

Geppetto’s Toy Box

730 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 445-9906 geppettostoybox.com Specialty toy & gift store focusing on quality products, made by ethical manufacturers, doing good things in the world.

Good Earth Greenhouse & Cafe

7900 W. Madison St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-9500 goodearthgreenhouse.com/ Garden center where you’ll find the plants, gardening supplies, containers, & décor that will help your landscape.

GPTetrev Pottery

159 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park , IL 60302 (630) 240-5677 GPTetrev.com I make and sell handmade pottery for the home and kitchen.


122 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-5858 jayneboutique.com/ An ageless adventure of shoes, clothing, jewelry, accessories and home goods.

Lively Athletics

109 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 358-0605 livelyathletics.com A wide range of fashionable athletic and lifestyle apparel and accessories for women.

Majamas Earth

2140 W. Fulton Chicago, IL 60612 (708) 524-9668 majamas.com Eco-friendly, Ethically, USA made apparel retailer


103 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 505-5546 manoucheshop.com/ A globally-inspired clothing shop for modern, free spirited women.

Oak Park Jewelers, Inc.

101 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-9695 oakparkjewelers.com Tag Heur - Tissot - Victorinox Pandora - Gabriel & Co. - Sylvie

Olive & Well

133 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301

(708) 848-4230 oliveandwell.com Specialty food store, featuring gourmet olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and related products.

Providence Dispensaries LLC

Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 469-9990 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ providence-dispensariesllc-5754 Providence Dispensaries LLC is a socially-conscious, adult-use cannabis dispensary.

Selleria Veneta

141 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 264-7604 SelleriaVeneta.com Committed to bringing you luxurious Italian leather goods that will stand the test of time both in style and durability.

Team Blonde

7442 W. Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-5590 teamblonde.com Team Blonde is a full service boutique, eco spa and salon with an emphasis on service.

Ten Thousand Villages

121 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-4572 tenthousandvillages.com/ oakpark Shop for fair trade personal accessories, home décor, gift & food items handcrafted from artisans in developing countries.

The Cellular Connection 7261 W Lake St. River Forest , IL 60305 (708) 771-1864 tccrocks.com

Verizon Retailer


810 North Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 434-0801 trendsoakpark.com Designer Consignment Boutique

VVP North Cigar Oasis Oak Park 6557 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-3141 cigaroasisop.com Cigar Shop and Lounge

Westgate Flowers and Plant Shop

841 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 386-0072 westgateflowers.com/ We carry an extensive selection of flowers, plants, dried arrangements, balloons, gourmet gift baskets. Wedding specialists.

Sports, Fitness, Recreation & Travel & then there was well

201 N. Harlem Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (224) 304-0765 andthentherewaswell.com A studio created for those in search of whole person wellness offering a physical space built for yoga, made for mindfulness.

Balance Fitness Studio

115 N. Oak Park Ave., Ste 100 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 724-2293 balanceholisticfitness.com Holistic health & functional fitness studio offering small group classes, workshops, & individual health coaching & training.


Chamber listings Club Pilates Oak Park

708 Lake St. Oak Park , IL 60301 (708) 613-6008 clubpilates.com/oakpark Club Pilates offers energizing Pilates reformer-based classes and private training.

CrossFit Spero

221 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 628-3784 crossfitspero.com Family focused fitness facility offering group classes and individualized personal training for adults, teens and kids.

Cruise Planners

Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 292-0222 cassietravels.com We are Cruise Planners, an American Express travel representative helping you with all your travel needs.

CycleBar OPRF

7513 W. Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 831-1081 oprf.cyclebar.com CycleBar is a premium indoor cycling boutique fitness studio that both Rocks Your Ride and energizes the community.

DeMaira Dance Studios, Inc.

1146 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-1833 demaira-dance.com Offering classes in all styles of dance. Lessons are for beginners through advanced dancers ages 3 to adult.

Fitness Formula Clubs

1114 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-1114 ffc.com

FFC owns and operates upscale, mid and large size multi-use health, sports, fitness, and spa centers in the Chicago area.

Full Circle Fitness & Social Club

206 S. Marion St. Oak Park, Il 60302 (708) 948-7093 fullcirclebarre.com Group Fitness in Barre, Cycle, Yoga, and Strength. Social Club Memberships include volunteer work and special workshops.

Gone Again Travel & Tours

5940 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60651 (773) 417-8808 goneagaintravel.com Black Heritage Travel Consultant. I consult, plan and book black heritage experiences for group travelers.

Hit It Fitness

811 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 506-1614 hit-itfitness.com Effective and innovative group exercise classes, personal and small group training + Kids lounge.

National Charter Bus Chicago

3550 W Peterson Ave., Ste 104 Chicago, IL 60659 (312) 392-0239 nationalbuscharter.com/chicago-charter-bus Your #1 choice for charter bus rentals in Chicago.

Oak Park Society of Model Engineers (OPSME) Dole Center 255 Augusta Blvd.


Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 302-4231 opsme.org The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers (OPSME) is an HO gauge model railroad club.

Orangetheory Fitness Oak Park

7121 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 793-9219 orangetheory.com/en-us/locations/illinois/oak-park/7121-wnorth-avenue/ Between the inspirational coaches, mind-blowing science, and cutting-edge technology, it will be unlike any workout you’ve ever had.

RC Training & Fitness

335 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (630) 650-9453 rc-fit.com We love to help busy Oak Parkers Look, Move, and Feel amazing with customized training programs!

Tan Travel

3624 S. Scoville Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 386-6363 tantrvl.com Full service travel agency serving Oak Park Community for over 25 years. With over 30 years of combined travel experience.

Tennis & Fitness Centre of OP-RF

301 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-2175 tenandfit.com Fitness Center, Indoor Tennis Courts w/Group & Private Classes, Pickleball, Personal Training, Yoga, Pilates, Spinnig

The Yoga Centre

266 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 708-524-YOGA(9642) theYogaCentreoakpark.com Yoga for everyone! Top classes for the Yogi, Intermediate classes for most of us, and Beginner and Kids classes to start.

Technology Total Charter Bus Chicago

10 S. LaSalle St., Ste 1950 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 766-2242 totalcharters.com/chicagocharter-bus We provide group transportation services to traveling groups of all sizes.

Bannor & Bannor Photography, Video & Web Design

1024 N. Taylor Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302-1460 (708) 267-9978 bannorbannor.com Web Design & WordPress - We help you bring your message to the world!

Burke Telecom Services

169 N. Grove Ave., 6BC Oak Park, Il 60301 (708) 383-8580 burketelecom.com Provides customized answering services, operators, voicemail virtual office, phone numbers and systems.

CMIT Solutions of Oak Park, Hinsdale and Oak Brook

944 N. East Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 919-5132 cmitsolutions.com/oakpark We manage IT systems for businesses that depend on reliable technology to thrive.

Chamber listings Imperial Surveillance

1601 E. Algonquin Rd. Arlington Hts, IL 60005 (847) 375-0300 imperialcctv.com Security Camera Systems, Burglar Alarm Systems, Cyber Security (Ransomware protection and insurance), and Door Access Control.

KCS Computer Technology, Inc.

9524 Franklin Ave. Franklin Park, IL 60131 (847) 288-9820 kcstech.com IT consulting and management, network integration. Computer sales and service. Custom made servers. Repairs all devices.

Transportation & Auto Blue Cab

7417 Roosevelt Rd. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 383-2121 bluecab.us Taxi

Chicago Charter Bus Company

8913 S. Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL 60617 (312) 667-0906 chicagobuschartercompany. com/ One of the leading group transportation companies in IL. We cater to groups of all sizes for any occasion & destination.

Our Planet Automotive Services, Inc 7222 Madison St., Rear Forest Park, IL 60130 708-383-0053

ourplanetauto.com Environmentally conscious auto repair business.

manufactures seats for public transportation, including bus, rail, delivery trucks, etc.

The Autobarn Volvo of Oak Park

Sahagian & Associates, Inc.

1140 Garfield St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 865-6898 volvooakpark.com Authorized Volvo sales & service center; we sell new & certified pre-owned Volvos & other pre-owned makes. Volvo of OP Family.

Wholesalers & Manufacturing Freedman Seating Company

4545 W. Augusta Blvd. Chicago, IL 60651 773-524-2440 freedmanseating.com FSC designs, engineers and

202 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-5552 sahagianinc.com Sahagian is a USA candy and snack manufacturer.

The Sachem Company

1001 Lake St., Ste. 220 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-4303 oprfchamber.org/list/Member/ the-sachem-company-2345 The Sachem Company serves as an agent to assist food manufacturers in bringing their products to grocery store shelves.

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Advertiser & Chamber Member Index Red indicates Chamber Member . @properties residential . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Democratic Party of Oak Park . . . . . . 46

Moving Day Ready . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

A Tribe Called Aging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

District 90 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34, 35

Navigation Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Sarah O’Shea Munoz, BHHS Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

AA Rental Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

District 97 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38, 39

New Moms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Schauer’s Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Alcuin Montessori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Dominican Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . 11

Nineteenth Century Club . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Scoville Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Allstate - Brandmuscle . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Downtown Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 23

Oak Park Apartments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Altenheim, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Oak Park Area Arts Council . . . . . . . . .15

Angie’s Pantry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Edward Elmhurst Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

Secular Jewish Community and School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Art Studio 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Ascension School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Senator Don Harmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Everett Wealth Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Oak Park Economic Development Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Excel Window Tinting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Oak Park Handy Human, The . . . . . . . . 7

Shriners Hospitals for Children . . . . . 54

Beyond Properties Realty . . . . . . . . . . 66

Eyeglass Shop, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Oak Park Public Library . . . . . . . . 78, 79

Brookdale Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Frazier Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Oak Park Regional Housing Center . . .18

Burke Beverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . 73

Buzz Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Goode Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Oak Park Residence Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70, 74

Byline Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

CAA The Hearing Place . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Hephzibah Childrens Assn . . . . . . . . . . 32

Caledonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Housing Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Cathy M . Adduci . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

International Mansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Celebrating Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Chabad Jewish Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Sheridan at River Forest, The . . . . . . . . 8 Spotless Car Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 St . Edmund Parish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 St . Luke School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Oak Park River Forest High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28, 29, 30, 31

Steve Scheuring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Oak Park Township . . . . . . . . . . . . 50, 51 Oaks, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Tennis and Fitness Centre, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover

Open Door Rep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Thrive Counseling Center . . . . . . . . . . .61

OPRF Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 20, 40, 62

Triton College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Chicago Granny Flats . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Kagan & Gaines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

CMIT Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Kribi Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Coldwell Banker Realty, . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Lake Street Family Physicians . . . . . . 59

Collaboration for Early Childhood, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Laurie Shapiro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Pych Team, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

League of Women Voters . . . . . . . . . . 49

Right at Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Community of Congregations . . . . . . . 91

M & M Property Management . . . . . . . 74

River Forest Community Center . . . . . 26

Concordia University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Mary’s Cleaning Service . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Riveredge Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

CrossFunction Workspace . . . . . . . . . . .19

Master Yu Martial Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Day Nursery, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Mickey’s Gyros & Ribs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

RUSH University Medical Center . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Our Planet Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 PFLAG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Prairie Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Symphony of OPRF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

UPS Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Village of River Forest . . . . . . . . . 42, 43 Way Back Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 West Suburban Midwife Associates . . 60 West Suburban Montessori . . . . . . . . . 33 Westwork Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 WSSRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Your CBD Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Zak Knebel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

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