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Answer Book 2018

Your guide to Oak Park and River Forest



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we took a tour of the brand new Oak Park and River Forest. Museum We also had some questions about property taxes. How, for instance, have tax levies changed since 2000? And how do those changes compare to home values? See page 60. Maybe you’ve wondered how much money a high-rise apartment building adds to the tax base? Or how many students a high-rise funds in the public school system? How do those numbers compare to the property tax legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright? See page 40.

We don’t expect the Answer Book to answer all your questions, and you will likely (hopefully) end up with more questions than you started with (if so, please share them with me at At the very least, you are holding in your hand (or reading on your screen) your very best opportunity to become this year’s know-it-all neighbor at your annual block party. Congratulations.



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Beautification of the Beast

s if the crumbly old cement railroad embankment running the width of Oak Park was not lovely enough, the Village of Oak Park in 2010 embarked upon the Community Mini-Mural Project. The aim is to adorn the

entire length of retaining walls along the Greenline from Austin to Harlem with original artwork. So far, dozens of artists have stepped up to add their visions to what is slowly evolving into a kind of giant-sized avant-garde film strip. If you are an artist and you find


the cracking concrete calling to you, here is your chance to add your own masterwork to the exhibit. Applications are accepted every year in the spring, first in April and then in June. If your proposal is accepted, you get, in addition to immortality, a $1,000 stipend

for materials. Don’t delay! There is a finite number of paintable panels and you want to get your’s in before the walls—or the Village finances—come tumbling down. Applications can be found at the village website, Marc Stopeck



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otted throughout the villages are public outdoor sculptures. See how well you can match the art to its location.

1. Chicago Ave. & Humphrey, Oak Park 2. Austin Gardens, Oak Park 3. Harlem Ave. & Ontario, Oak Park 4. Lake St. & Franklin, River Forest 5. Lake St. & Humphrey, Oak Park rk 6. Lombard Ave. & Harrison, Oakk Park rk 7. Madison St. & Taylor, Oak Park 8. Oak Park Ave. & North Blvd., Oak Park Answers below




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Jhenai Mootz loves doing theatre with and without the sword Interviewed by Doug Deuchler Theater Critic


erhaps you’ve seen her on stage in an Oak Park Festival Theatre production. But if not, allow me to introduce Jhenai Mootz, the managing director of the company. How did you get into theater? I was a painfully shy kid. I grew up in Indonesia. I never saw a vending machine or a dishwasher until I got here. So I withdrew out of culture shock. As a young child, theater became safe for me. I could be somebody else while I was playing a role. How did you first get involved with Festival Theatre? I’ve been with the company since 2006 so this is my twelfth year. My first professional gig was playing Madge in William Inge’s Picnic. In 2016, there was a big search to find a new managing director. Many people from “outside” were seeking the position but I was the only person in the company who was interviewed for the job.

Now as managing director, you have roles both onstage and off. During the day, I’m in the office just like everyone else, and then the sun goes down, and I’m walking to the stage in costume through the sidewalk patio of Lake Street Kitchen dressed as a warrior and carrying a three-foot broadsword! It’s a weird and wonderful world at times. For those who are unfamiliar with Festival Theatre, what is it and why should we all be flocking to it? We are the Midwest’s oldest professional classical outdoor theater. We’re continually expanding but always making sure our audience is coming along with us. Originally, we produced just one show each summer, but have since added a second production, usually a more contemporary drama, like Pygmalion, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Picnic. Of course, all of our artists’ strengths lie in the classics. Since 1975, Festival Theatre has been performing in Downtown Oak Park. The first production, Midsummer Night’s Dream,

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Jhenai Mootz playing Kate in The Taming of the Shrew in 2016. was performed on the Westgate cul-de-sac with a cast that included the then unknown David Mamet and William H. Macy. In the second year, the company was invited by the Park District to perform in historic Austin Gardens, where we’ve been ever since.

What’s on the schedule for summer 2018? The first production is the wonderful 1930s classic You Can’t Take It With You. It’s a hilarious, beloved comedy from the Depression era. The second production, in July, will be The African Company Presents

Richard III. This will be a very exciting and significant show. It’s a historically factual drama about a troupe of black actors who were performing Shakespeare in the early 19th Century, forty years before the Emancipation Proclamation.


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Boomtown USA

Oak Park is growing upward, so kick back and have a cold one By Timothy Inklebarger Staff Reporter


ak Park used to have a reputation as a quiet little burb west of Chicago where you moved because you were really into architecture or you wanted your kids to go to a good school. Well, times have changed and over the last decade the Downtown Oak Park business district has blossomed into a bustling little metropolis with high-rise buildings, tons of restaurants and–gasp–even a bar! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Beer Shop, 1026 North Boulevard, only serves beer and wine, but it’s the first joint in town where you don’t have to buy food in order to wet your whistle. Speaking of wetting your whistle, Oak Park now has two breweries—Kinslahger Brewing Company, 6806 Roosevelt Road, and Oak Park Brewing Company, 155 S. Oak Park Ave.—and 2 Fools Cider is planning a new location in the 6600 block of North Avenue. Two Brothers and Wild Onion breweries have also gotten in the game, opening restaurants near the intersection of South Boulevard and South Marion Street. The boom in breweries and new restaurants—believe us, there are far too many to list here—are driven in part by new

mixed-use high-rise buildings sprouting up around the downtown area. The 21-story luxury apartment building, Vantage Oak Park, 150 Forest Ave., was the first in the wave of high-rises sweeping the downtown area. Just down the street, at the corner of Lake and

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BUILDINGS AND BEERS: The Emerson, above, Vantage, top, and Two Brothers. Harlem Avenue, the 270-unit Emerson Apartments was completed in 2017. Albion at Oak Park, 1000 Lake, broke ground in May 2017 and looks to start leasing its 265 units by the fall of 2018. And on the south side of the tracks, near North Boulevard and Harlem, Lincoln Property Company is hard at work on their

263-unit luxury apartment building. All told, the once strictly commercial Downtown Oak Park will shortly be the most densely populated residential neighborhood in the village. Those are just some of the large-scale projects in the works

around town. Look for developers to continue bringing new townhomes, condos, live-work spaces and even affordable units to the market. What’s next for Oak Park? Perhaps a little tax relief from all these new residents. Stay tuned.


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The 2017 OPRF Chamber Spotlight Award Winners


ast October, over 200 area business, non-profit and government leaders gathered together to celebrate the 2nd Annual Business Spotlight Award nominees and winners at The Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park. This “Oscars Of Local Business” event was created by the OPRF Chamber of Commerce to recognize excellence in hometown businesses. The awards are not a “best of” popularity contest. Instead, the categories and the nominees reflect community values and success factors important to running a thriving local organization. It is a celebration of businesses and organizations doing things right. Presented here are the 2017 Winners.


CYCLEBAR®OPRF “We ride as one at CycleBar OPRF! We help riders of all ages and fitness levels improve physically, mentally, socially and spiritually because our sole focus is to provide the most accessible and enjoyable 45 minute group ride experience that people will want to return to again and again. — Jackie Benson, owner


School of Rock Oak Park “We continuously seek out opportunities to partner with and share what we do with anyone we can. From our Show Team performing at various community events, to our annual Rock the House event with the O.P. Regional Housing Center, everything we do is marketing. As a result, we are the single largest School of Rock out of more than 200 around the world.” — Amy Renzulli, owner



Mary Ann Bender Podiatry “Almost every day, I get texts, Facebook messages, or sometimes people even stop me in local stores asking for an appointment. I schedule them all the same day or as soon as possible. That’s the priority of my practice: to get people feeling better and back to their regular activities as fast as possible.” — Dr. Mary Ann Bender, owner

Our Planet Automotive Services, Inc. “Along with repairing vehicles, our mission includes making sure we do our small part to keep our Earth sustainable for future generations. We help our customers keep their vehicles in good operating condition, because an efficiently running car produces fewer emissions. We also follow business practices that help reduce our footprint on the earth.” — Peg & Tyler Dowling, co-owners CONTINUED ON PAGE 20


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Solace Divorce “At Solace, I utilizes a process, and a referral network of healers, that help my clients learn the skills necessary to emotionally process the conflict, while simultaneously resolving the legal aspects of the case. This dual approach enables my clients to move forward freely and passionately and go on to live extraordinary lives!” — Jen Mitchell, owner


Oak Park River Forest Museum “This award shows that our work at the new Oak Park River Forest Museum has economic value, adding an asset to the Lake Street corridor east of Ridgeland Avenue that will generate additional tourism and help spur more private investment in the area. The project was the culmination of a 10-year process of planning, fund raising and construction.” — Frank Lipo, Executive Director


Dr. Mary Ann Bender: creating a positive impact on patient’s lives


ave you ever wondered about “the whole story” behind a person’s chosen profession? Dr. Mary Ann Bender spent 19 years as a figure skater. Over the years she underwent three foot surgeries; which spurred a curiosity in the various workings of the foot. She understands, having undergone another surgery as recently as 2008, the challenges of living with, and treating foot pain; as well as the concerns/questions patients have about treatment. Dr. Bender ventured into solo practice 8 years ago with only an urge to help people, the support of her family, and eleven years’ experience practicing on the south side of Chicago in a large podiatry practice (Jondelle Jenkins, DPM). Working with Dr. Jenkins gave her solid experience but more importantly invaluable development and support.  Today’s healthcare field is constantly changing with the discovery of new techniques, more advanced imaging and treatment options, and most recently, with electronic health records. Dr. Bender offers comprehensive foot and ankle services, including digital x-rays, easy street parking, in office physical therapy, and Russian, Spanish, and Polish translation. She offers

convenient hours, including evenings, and even a willingness to make off-hour house calls when necessary; particularly within the Village of Oak Park, which she calls home. When asked what motivates her, Dr. Bender first cites three things, the love and support of her husband who never once questioned leaving the financial security of Dr. Jenkins’ large practice for the relative unknown of starting out on her own. Second, she credits her two young daughters and her desire to have them see that goals can be achieved with a dream along with focus and hard work. But lastly she credits the years she spent figure skating as building the foundation entirely upon which her work ethic is based. The best part of her job is seeing patients returning pain free for their follow up appointments—knowing she has provided the care that made such a positive impact in another person’s life. Mary Ann Bender, DPM Foot and Ankle Specialist Advanced Physical Medicine 6931 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 708-763-0580

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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, housing a variety of galleries, specialty boutiques and unique restaurants, plus businesses that focus on the healing arts. CHICAGO/HARLEM HISTORICAL DISTRICT, between Harlem and Marion on Chicago, is home to museums and historic structures. CHICAGO/RIDGELAND/AUSTIN DISTRICT, between Ridgeland and Austin on Chicago, is one of Oak Park’s service-based business districts.


(Above) Serving up sushi burritos, poke bowls and Thai shaved ice cream, Poke Burrito, 1025 Lake St., opened in Downtown Oak Park in June 2018.

DOWNTOWN OAK PARK is a unique shopping and dining area in an eclectic architectural setting, centered at Marion and Lake.

(Left) No one has brought more businesses to the Oak Park area than commercial real estate broker, David King, of David King & Associates, who just celebrated his 25th anniversary in business.

GARFIELD/HARLEM DISTRICT extends from Home to Harlem along Garfield and includes Oak Park’s industrial businesses. THE HEMINGWAY DISTRICT centered at Oak Park and Lake, is the destination for dining and shops and a multitude of services.


LAKE/RIDGELAND/AUSTIN DISTRICT is located along Lake between Ridgeland and Austin and on South between Scoville and Austin.

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.

MADISON DISTRICT, along Madison between Austin and Harlem, forms a spine of commercial enterprises.

SOUTHTOWN DISTRICT, centered at Oak Park and Harrison, is divided by the Eisenhower and offers shopping and dining.

NORTH/AUSTIN/HARLEM DISTRICT on North Avenue between Austin and Harlem offers an array of destinations in both Chicago and Oak Park.

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ROOSEVELT/AUSTIN/HARLEM DISTRICT on Roosevelt between Austin and Harlem serves as the boundary between Oak Park and Berwyn.

Cathy Yen, exec. director 143 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 708-613-0550 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.

velopment agency, functioning as a catalyst between developers, property and business owners, and village staff.

Oak Park Economic Development Corp.

Village of Oak Park Tammie Grossman, Director 123 Madison St., Oak Park 708-358-5420

John Lynch, econ. dev. manager 104 N. Oak Park Ave. Suite 203, Oak Park 708-383-3838 oakparkdevelopmentcorporation. com Established in 1974 as the Oak Park Development Corp. by area banks and businesses, the OPEDC is a community economic rede-

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Janice Moskoff wants business owners to be leaders

Interviewed by Marc Stopek


PRF Chamber of Commerce Special Events Manager, Janice Moskoff discusses the benefits of co-chairing an event. What is your role as a Special Events Manager? The chamber is a member organization and my role is to support members and help them develop as leaders. I help the event committees and co-chairs learn how to run large-scale events, supporting them in the background, making sure that all the balls stay in the air and nothing falls through the cracks. Not too long ago, the chamber didn’t do many special events, it had a golf outing and annual dinner, both of which were mainly fundraisers. Now the chamber has all kinds of events. What has changed? It comes down to the Chamber’s mission—lead, learn and promote. If we’re just giving everyone a golf outing or a gala, we’re not really elevating them, we’re just funding ourselves to fund ourselves. We give our members a valuable service when we give them the opportunity to be leaders and create meaningful events that actually generate sales for them. Also, a great event engages the Chamber with the community. Bite Nite, for instance, is phenomenal. It sells out two weeks in advance and the public loves it.


Janice Moskoff giving out healthy snacks at the Chamber’s Community Health & Wellness Fair. Why would someone volunteer to be on an event committee? It seems like an enormous commitment. Organizing an event gives business owners the ability to promote themselves not just to their customers, but also among their peers. A person who is a successful co-chair truly understands the benefit of leading, of being that visible person. They don’t see it as a burden. They enjoy doing it and having a positive impact in the community. What are the tangible benefits for the business owners who organize these events?

The Chamber tries to promote the event leaders as much as possible. The Retail Warehouse is a great example. Anne Pezalla of Lively Running, Amanda Sabatino of Trends, and Suze Sollari all took lead roles in organizing the event. They got their names on the event page on the Chamber website and on all the social media marketing. We had a 20,000-person reach on our Facebook event listing. Over 2,200 people viewed it and over 500 actually checked that they were either going or maybe going. That is a lot of eyeballs on their names. It gives Anne, Amanda and Suze something to talk about, not only with

their peers but with people who are using their services. People begin to see them in a different light. They are doing something cool and different. When you take on a leadership role, it positions you well with your peers and with the public. What’s next for Chamber events? In September, we’re planning a two-day small business symposium. It’ll be a conference with multiple speakers and very reasonable pricing for Chamber members. People will be able to network, and it will be a huge opportunity for learning.


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The year in education: A year of protests By Michael Romain Staff reporter


ver the last year, local schools could not escape the controversies roiling the nation. By late 2017, Colin Kaeperneck’s national anthem protest had registered at such a fever pitch that students at Oak Park and River Forest High School decided to follow his lead. Before a home football game in September 2017, 40 OPRF band members, along with more than a dozen members of the football team (and more than a few cheerleaders), knelt as the national anthem played. The next month, a white OPRF student admitted to posting to Snapchat a photo showing himself in blackface. The caption above the photo read, “Vote me for BLU president.” Underneath that statement the student wrote, “For those who don’t know BLU is Black Leaders Union,” followed by a neutral face emoji. The backlash in the wake of the photo came swiftly: the student apologized and

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Connor Hartweg, 17, leads a walkout of several hundred students at Oak Park and River Forest High School on Feb. 21.

was suspended, but due to threats never returned to school; Wednesday Journal was castigated by many community members for publishing the student’s apology without, many argued, sufficiently taking stock of how members of BLU may have responded; popular OPRF teacher and community activist, Anthony Clark, was briefly placed on paid administrative leave for reposting the photo to Facebook in what he said was an attempt to defuse the fallout; dozens of people then marched on Lake Street, protesting Clark’s temporary leave. Following ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer the incident, Clark Anthony Clark: OPRF teacher, community activist, and recontinued his bid for cent congressional candidate.

Congress against U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis, and though Clark ultimately lost in the March 2018 primary, he proved formidable in the suburbs. And then on February 14, 2018, the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, happened, prompting students across the country to stage multiple demonstrations during school hours in a collective attempt to get politicians to pass tougher gun laws. Students at high schools and elementary schools in the Oak Park area staged their own local demonstrations while some took part in a national demonstration in Washington, D.C. on April 20. In May, as if to cap off the tumult in the streets, the OPRF District 200 school board voted unanimously in favor of landmark changes to its board policy designed to offer more supports for transgender and gendernonconforming students. A series of new procedures implemented by district officials to enforce the policy have already begun rolling out.


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EDUCATORS By Marc Stopeck

What is your favorite class?


dults are endlessly curious about the academic preferences of children. We’re always asking them: what’s your favorite subject? favorite class? favorite teacher? Perhaps we hope that by finding out what students like about school, we will somehow tap into who they really are, and what their future career will be. Rarely, do we consider how heavily our children’s preferences are influenced by the interests and enthusiasms of their teachers. So, this year, we redirected the question. Reaching out to a selection of elementary and middle school teachers from District 97 in Oak Park and District 90 in River Forest, we asked them about their own favorite subjects. Specifically, we wanted to know what lessons they absolutely loved to teach, and why.


Years in teaching? Five School? Whittier Elementary, District 97 What grade/subjects do you teach? Kindergarten Special Education. I teach all subjects including: reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and social-emotional learning. Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? I love teaching shared reading because it’s especially accessible to special education students in the general education setting. I look forward to teaching shared reading with the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Shared reading combines all aspects of reading instruction


including phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, writing, and comprehension, using a playful and engaging approach. I can easily differentiate instruction for all students while encouraging students’ love of reading. We conclude the lesson using movement to “navigate” through all the obstacles in the story. The thick oozy mud guarantees some laughter!


DANIELLE BRAUWEILER Years in teaching? Five School? Lincoln Elementary, District 90

What grade/subjects do you teach? School Librarian. I get to see all students every week and infuse in them a love of reading. Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? I love teaching about poetry. Students often seem hesitant about poetry, but when I begin

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reading a variety of poems to them, they start to enjoy it and look forward to writing their own.


Years in teaching? Twelve School? Irving Elementary, District 97 What grade/subjects do you teach? Third grade. Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing.

Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? Of all the lessons I teach, my favorite is the poetry unit. Poetry is an opportunity for students to express themselves and feel confident about their writing. Poetry provides a great opportunity for me to be a culturally responsive teacher. Poetry allows Students to make cultural and social references in their work that are meaningful to them. Students are


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more engaged and produce their best work when they can create a meaningful connection to it.

inspirational to see the ideas that they have. The fact that so much creativity and fresh ideas are waiting to be exposed in such young minds, always blows me away! As a matter of fact, I love this project so much that I created a camp and added an art component, paper heART: A Social Justice and Arts Camp, so that other children outside of our school could also benefit from expressing themselves artistically and changing the world in the process!


Years in teaching? Seven School? Willard Elementary, District 90 What grade/subjects do you teach? Special Education Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? One of my favorite lessons is telling time. Although I teach many lessons on it, my very favorite is the first lesson about the clock and the hands. We use a big clock with two different colored hands (the tried and true Judy Clock), a hula-hoop with the numbers on it and a telling time song. At the end of the lesson, I also have the students make their own clocks out of paper plates, a brad and paper hands. I love teaching it because there is something so exciting and powerful for students when they first learn how to tell time. This lesson allows them to start gaining independence within their day as they begin to tell what time they go to school, have lunch, go home and more, by themselves. It is a lesson that truly teaches them


through various modalities a very important life skill.

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Years in teaching? 29 School? Lincoln Elementary, District 90


Years in teaching? Thirteen School? Beye Elementary, District 97

What grade/subjects do you teach? Kindergarten

What grade/subjects do you teach? Fifth grade, general education Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? I believe in project-based learning and my favorite project of all time is one on social change. For this project students pick a cause they are passionate about and each come up with a plan using their gifts and talents to change the world. The culminat-



ing activity is our Social Change Fair where we showcase all of their world changing ideas. Even though it is hard work, it is always

Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? Each and every day, time is well spent on our daily read aloud. When books are read out loud in the classroom, I can count on focus and good behavior as the children become entranced in the story being presented. The wonderful thing about a read aloud is that it is an equalizer—students don’t have to CONTINUED ON PAGE 30


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EDUCATORS worry about decoding, vocabulary, expression, etc. They simply listen and immerse themselves into those magical words! The thoughts, conversations, and connections that result are rich in learning. No matter what age, the power of enjoyment, learning, and making memories by simply listening to a book read aloud is immeasurable.




Years in teaching? Fourteen School? Willard Elementary, District 90


What grade/subjects do you teach? 4th grade, math, reading, writing, science, spelling, and Second Step (social emotional skills) Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? I always look forward to teach-

ing math. It’s a daily puzzle of trying to figure out which strategy will work best for different students to learn each skill. It’s a great subject area for helping students learn how to work with peers, how to use models to help solve problems, and how to be aware of their own thinking. We talk a lot about what to do when a concept is difficult, and it’s so


powerful when I see the pride that students have when they’ve worked hard to understand or complete a problem.


Years in teaching? Thirteen School? Brooks Middle School, District 97 What grade/subjects do you

teach? Sixth and Seventh Grade Humanities

Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? I love teaching middle school! This age is when young adults develop a strong sense of justice, mindfulness, and self-awareness. Connecting what I teach to what is relevant to them is exciting. I

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have students perform Inaugural Presidential Speeches each year, pretending as if they were just elected. This project is one of my favorites because it highlights their individual priorities and personalities. I am never bored, the students inspire me every day!

Years in teaching? 21 School? Julian Middle School, District 97 What grade/subjects do you teach? Eighth grade U.S. History/ Humanities


Years in teaching? Ten School? Roosevelt Middle School, District 90 What grade/subjects do you teach? Science Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? My favorite lesson is an experiment where students grow plants in order to compare/contrast the cellular needs of plants and humans. What makes this lesson so enjoyable is that the students



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Tell us about the lesson you most love to teach? I look forward to teaching my WWII/ Holocaust unit. It is a powerful study of what happens when people’s voices are silenced and how we, as human beings, have the deepest of obligations to hear the cries of others’ suffering. I love sharing this beautifully brutal experience with my eighth graders who are preparing to leave Julian. My hopes are that they absorb the unit with a covenant to go into the world and right that which is wrong, using history as the need to do so.

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Minding the gap


Interviewed by Michael Romain

n March, the co-founders of Excellence with Equity wowed members of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation’s Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy (ELP) during the third annual Big Idea Finalist Pitch Party. The group’s concept — to make sure that all OPRF students are ready for college by 2020 through a range of outreach initiatives — won the foundation’s $50,000 Big Idea Grant. Excellence with Equity co-founders Sheree Johnson, Frances Kraft and Jackie Moore spoke recently about the state of educational equity in the Oak Park area and what their nonprofit is doing to enhance it. What prompted you all to start Excellence with Equity? We’re all connected to education in Oak Park. Whether as a teacher, board member, or leader of a parent group — we’ve all experienced the local education system and, for various personal reasons, have become focused on the reality of inequitable outcomes. Is Oak Park more or less equitable than it was 10 years ago? You would get different answers to this question based on who you ask in our community because there is disagreement on the definition of equity. Equity means that everyone has the same opportunities open to them, but also that everyone has access to resources, supports, and networks that enable them to succeed. We have different lived experiences and, while one family may feel the systems in Oak Park work really well for their children and for them, not all families share this experience. These conversations erupt on social media when something bad happens and it’s brought to our attention, but, if it doesn’t affect you directly, it’s easy to move on.

On rethinking the “achievement gap”? Much of the conversation about student outcomes used to be referred to as an “achievement gap,” but this implies that students aren’t trying hard enough to achieve. Our conversations now focus more on “opportunity” and how our systems themselves were not built to be equitable for all. While focusing on increasing every person’s access to resources, supports, and a powerful network to increase connectedness, our institutions and systems must also change and work with intention to ask whose voice is not in the room and then get it there. We will all need to work together to change the systems that are currently in place. What’s the current climate in Oak Park when it comes to the village’s residentscollectivelyaddressing educational inequity? We are excited by the current work of committed individuals and groups who are focused on action. There are so many opportunities at our door and possibilities for partnership with PTOs,

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(Left to right), Sheree Johnson, Frances Kraft and Jackie Moore on stage at the Big Idea Finalist Pitch Party. schools, and many other groups to connect families, schools and the community. It’s difficult at times to build personal relationships with people we may not feel are on the same side. It requires vulnerability and a willingness to hear someone’s story. As we encounter debate, and

sometimes contentious dialogue, there seems to be a willingness to stay in the work long-term, which is promising. This work creates leaders. It’s exciting to watch adults and students find their voice and use it. Making Oak Park equitable will require all of us to actively work together for change.


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E D U C AT I O N ORGANIZATIONS Collaboration for Early Childhood Carolyn Newberry-Schwartz 123 Madison St., Room 209 Oak Park 708-613-6122 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. 708-524-3000 ADMINISTRATION Dr. Carol Kelley, superintendent BOARD OF EDUCATION

■ Sheryl Marinier, secretary ■ Rob Breymaier (2021) ■ Keecia Broy (2021) ■ Katherine Murray-Liebl (2021) ■ Jim O’Connor (2019) ■ Rupa Datta (2019) ■ Robert Spatz (2019) ■ Holly Spurlock (2019)

Beye School 230 N. Cuyler Ave. 708-524-3070 principal: Jonathan Ellwanger grades: K-5 Named for: William Beye, District

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Trojans touch down on West Side: The Trojan Marching Band practices at Hanson Field, 5501 W. Fullerton, last October. River Forest native Jacob Schaider, who graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School, is a drummer in the band. 97 school board finance chairman in the late 1800s

Named for: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Harvard professor, physician, poet and author

Brooks Middle School 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3050 principal: April Capuder grades: 6-8 Named for: Gwendolyn Brooks, poet

Longfellow School Irving School 1125 S. Cuyler Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3090 principal: John Hodge grades: K-5 Named for: Washington Irving, poet

Hatch School 1000 N. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3095 principal: Sarah Mendez grades: K-5 Named for: William H. Hatch, D97 superintendent from 1882-1917

Named for: Abraham Lincoln, 16th president

715 S. Highland Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3060 principal: Angela Dolezal grades: K-5 Named for: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet, educator, linguist

Mann School Julian Middle School 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3040 principal: Todd Fitzgerald grades: 6-8 Named for: Percy Julian, scientist

921 N. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3085 principal: Faith Cole grades: K-5 Named for: Horace G. Mann, educator

Holmes School

Lincoln School

Whittier School

508 N. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3100 principal: Christine Zelaya grades: K-5

1111 S. Grove Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3110 principal: TBD Fall 2018 grades: K-5

715 N. Harvey Ave., Oak Park 708-524-3080 principal: Interim Co Principals Jim Doyle & Scott Kasik


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Molly Healy, a senior from Oak Park, unveils the new commemorative Trinity High School Way street sign during a centennial celebration outside Trinity High at the corner of Lathrop Avenue & Division Street in River Forest. grades: K-5 Named for: John Greenleaf Whittier, poet

District 90 River Forest 7776 W. Lake St., River Forest 708-771-8282 ADMINISTRATION Edward Condon, superintendent BOARD OF EDUCATION ■ Ralph Martire, President (2019) ■ Rich Moore, Secretary (2019) ■ Judith DeoGracias (2021) ■ Barbara Hickey (2019) ■ Nicole Thompson (2021) ■ Stacey Williams (2021) ■ Cal Davis (2019)

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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 St., 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 Grades: PreK-8

Ascension School 601 Van Buren St., Oak Park 708-386-7282 Grades: PreK-8 History: Founded in 1912.

Grace Lutheran School 7300 W. Division St., River Forest 708-366-6900 Grades: PreK-8

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E D U C AT I O N Grades: PreK-8 Our Lady Immaculate Academy 410 Washington Blvd., Oak Park 708-524-2408 Grades: PreK-8

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St. Luke Catholic School

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St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School

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

St. Giles Catholic School 1034 N. Linden Ave., Oak Park 708-383-6279 Grades: PreK-8

1515 Lathrop Ave., River Forest 708-771-5905 Grades: PreK-8

HIGH SCHOOLS District 200 OPRF High School 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park 708-383-0700 ADMINISTRATION Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, superintendent

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Fenwick High School 505 Washington Blvd., Oak Park 708-386-0127 Catholic co-ed high school, home of the Fenwick Friars. Principal: Peter Groom

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A million stories in the big village By Timothy Inklebarger Staff Reporter


’m hard-pressed to remember exactly when it was that the call came in, but it definitely got my attention. The man on the other end of the phone had a problem involving his cat and a regrettable decision that put him at odds with a pet adoption organization that shall remain unnamed. The man – we’ll call him Bob to protect his identity – had made the unfortunate decision to shave his cat. Why, you ask? Well, Mr. Whiskers (also a pseudonym) had gotten fleas. Bob loved his pet and didn’t want him to suffer, so he shaved Mr. Whiskers from head to toe. Bob’s second mistake was mentioning to the pet adoption group that he’d done this. He was promptly put on a blacklist for future pet adoptions. Like so many others I come in contact with at Wednesday Journal, Bob wanted his story told. He wanted justice. The problem is the juice, as they say, wasn’t worth the squeeze. It wasn’t news. It was just Bob’s problem. I had to tell him no. I never got the chance to talk to the lady who left me a voicemail a couple of years ago asking where in town she could go to buy flipflops. She was visiting Oak Park to help her elderly parent, as I recall, and one of her rubber sandals had broken. “I’m leaving on Sunday,” she said in the voicemail left over the weekend. I didn’t get the message until hours after she’d caught her flight. Another opportunity missed to help. But again, this dilemma did not constitute news. Though it didn’t happen in Oak Park, I once had a reader who’d moved away from the city

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I was working in, but just called occasionally to ask what was happening in the news. He was an elderly man and sounded like he just needed a friend. I’d read him the headlines and give him my insider take on what was really going on. He called me every few months, and when I look back on that time, it is among my fondest memories working in this business. The work of the journalist is to listen very closely and to give voice to those who are voiceless. While I was unable to help Bob or the woman looking for comfortable, reasonably priced footwear, it was still my job to listen. Community journalism, maybe more so than any other form of journalism, is a conversation between neighbors, business owners, elected officials and everyone else in the community who needs someone to listen.

Some of the best stories I’ve ever written didn’t come from a public meeting or off a press release. They came from people like Bob. People with problems. People looking for a voice. I try to encourage those I’ve written about to “keep me in mind if you ever come across anything you think might be of interest to our readers.” I’ve written that phrase hundreds of times over the years, and sometimes it pays off. So here I am writing it again, but to the entire village of Oak Park. No story is too small to mention. No problem is too insignificant to take at least a few minutes to consider. So let us know your concerns. And we want you to participate. It’s your village, so keep us in mind. And if you ever find yourself in the position of shaving your cat, you might just want to keep that to yourself.


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Education, economic development top the news in River Forest By NONA TEPPER Staff Reporter


ast year was a banner year for River Forest and its institutions. Trinity High School celebrated its centennial with a series of events, fundraisers and an announcement by its longtime president, Sister Michelle Germanson, that she planned to step down. She will stay on as president emeritus and direct alumni relations for the school. Meanwhile, school officials and an outside search committee named Dr. Corinne Benedetto to carry on the Trinity way. Benedetto, a 1978 graduate of Trinity, comes most recently from DePaul University’s School of New Learning, where she served as interim dean and was responsible for fiscal management, workforce development and alumni relations. In other education news, Dominican University re-affirmed its support for undocumented students, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The university also re-affirmed its sanctuary status, vowing to withhold access to any student information—including immigration status—by officials unless they show appropriate documentation.

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American Dreamer: Paola Montenegro, a student at Dominican University studying business and Spanish, is one of the hundreds of thousands of students qualifying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The village of River Forest joined the university in adopting an ordinance to protect individuals who are undocumented, with trustees voting almost unanimously to add a welcoming resolution in August. Village trustees spent considerable time in 2017 working on issues related to economic development. They reviewed developers’ plans, scooped up for-sale properties, and worked to establish a new tax increment financing district along the village’s northern border. In November, trustees heard again from Sedgwick properties about a plan for a five-story, condo-retail development at the ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer corner of Lake and Lathrop. This Dr. Corrine Benedetto, Trinity’s new president. was the third time Sedgwick had

come to the board with plans for this site. Also in November, trustees voted to spend $1 million to buy the old Lutheran Child and Family Services building on Madison Street, with the intent of redeveloping it. To make the purchase, officials loaned money from the village’s general fund cash reserves to the Madison Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. Lastly on the development front, officials from the Historic Preservation Commission did their best to stop the destruction of a historic yet dilapidated home on the 700 block of William Street, which represents the first, and possibly only remaining, planned Prairie School development in the nation. Officials denied issuing Mayborn Development a certificate of appropriateness which slowed the project down by at least six months. Eventually, however, demolition day arrived, and the historic home came down in early April.


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Who funds more education in Oak Park and River Forest?



29 HISTORIC HOMES in Oak Park and River Forest designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the most celebrated American architect of the 20th Century.



100 FOREST PLACE, an architecturally non-descript apartment complex, consisting of a 15-story high-rise with 144 units and a low-rise with 90 units. Completed in 1986, it was the first, and for many years the tallest, large scale residential development in Downtown Oak Park. Today, it looks almost meek against the glass behemoth, Vantage, just across the street from it.

Arthur Heurtley House

Hills-Decaro House

Nathan Moore House

100 Forest Place


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How much in property taxes did these properties pay in 2017?

All Frank Lloyd Wright Homeowners (23 in Oak Park, 6 in River Forest)

100 Forest Place



Percentage allocations of taxes to education

Wright vs Forest Place Educational Contributions



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6,146 1,411

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Students funded: District 97:


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VILLAGE OF RIVER FOREST VILLAGE HALL: 708-366-8500 POLICE: 708-366-8500, ext. 341 FIRE: 708-366-8500, ext. 360 POLICE NON-EMERGENCY: 708366-7125 FIRE NON-EMERGENCY: 708366-7629 OVERNIGHT PARKING PASS: 708-366-7125

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 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 park a vehicle on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Overnight parking allowances are not granted more than three times in any 30-day period. See the overnight

File photo

It was standing-room only at Oak Park Village Hall last year as the Oak Park Board of Trustees chose not to vote on a proposal to temporarily opt out of Cook County’s minimum wage hike.

parking number listed above for the village of River Forest.

OAK PARK GOVERNMENT Village Hall 123 Madison St. 708-383-6400 TTY: 708-383-0048 POLICE (NON-EMERGENCY): 708-386-3800 FIRE (NON-EMERGENCY): 708445-3300 HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Village Board The regular meetings of the board are held at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Mon. each month in the village hall council chambers.

Mayor (aka Village President) ■ Anan Abu-Taleb



■ Deno Andrews ■ Simone Boutet ■ Dan Moroney ■ Andrea Button Ott ■ James Taglia ■ Robert Tucker

Village Clerk

Citizen Boards, Committees and Commissions

■ Vicki Scaman


Oak Park has 20 citizen volunteer boards and commissions assisting and advising the village board. Call or visit for more information or to volunteer.

Fire Department 100 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park 708-445-3300 To report a fire: 911

Police Department Village Hall 123 Madison St., Oak Park 708-386-3800


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GOVERNMENT Emergencies: 911 Crimes Tips: 708-434-1636 (anonymous) PARKING DIRECTOR: Jill Velan 708-358-5750 DAYTIME PASS: 708-358-7275 OVERNIGHT PASS: 708-358-6483 EXTENDED PASS: 708-358-7275

Police Substations Phone numbers are for nonemergencies. Substations are not always manned. Avenue-Lake Parking Structure, 710 North Blvd., no phone

GOVERNMENT BARRIE CENTER, 1101 S. Lombard, no phone METRA STATION, 1119 North Blvd., 708-358-0876 MILLS TOWER, 1025 Pleasant Place, no phone STEVENSON PARK CENTER,

49 Lake, no phone 618 S. AUSTIN, 708-386-2137 4 CHICAGO AVE., 708-386-2097 6311 W. NORTH AVE., no phone 1010 LAKE, no phone

Community Policing Zones

ZONES 7: Eisenhower/Roosevelt/ East/Austin; Officer Derrick Verge II, 708-613-1554 ZONES 8: EISENHOWER/ ROOSEVELT/Harlem/East; Officer Don Rumoro, 708-305-9782


Community Room of village hall.

President ■ Catherine Adduci


ZONE 1: North/Austin/Ridgeland/ GOVERNMENT ■ Thomas Cargie (2021) Chicago; Officer Anthony Coleman, 708-606-1938 Police Department Susan Conti (2019) ■ ZONE 2: North/Ridgeland/ Village Hall Chicago/Harlem; Officer Dave ■ Carmela Corsini (2019) Jacobson, 708-358-5519 400 Park Ave., River Forest 708-366-8500 ZONE 3: Chicago/Austin/Metra Mike Gibbs (2019) ■ POLICE NON-EMERGENCY: tracks/Harlem; Officer Raphael 708-366-7125 Murphy, 708-305-9779 FIRE NON-EMERGENCY: ■ Patty Henek (2021) ZONE 4: Austin/Metra tracks/ 708-366-7629 ■ Respicio Vazquez (2021) Oak Park/Madison; Officer Dave Jacobson, 708-358-5519 HOURS: Mon. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., ZONE 5: Metra tracks/Oak Park/ Clerk Tues.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Harlem; Officer Robert Monty, ■ Kathleen Brand-White 708-613-1206 Village Board ZONE 6: Madison/Oak Park/ Quarter Page Magazine(4.25”x5.5”) Administration The board meets at 7 p.m. the 2nd Austin; Officer Traccye Love, 708ADMINISTRATOR: Eric J. Palm and 4th Mon. each month in the 358-5519

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Proud Heritage


ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Donal Eduardo Valiente Marroquin, also known as Lalo, front, with his attorney Mony Ruiz-Velasco, left, and Rev. Eric Biddy at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Oak Park. Lalo, who suffers from cancer is seeking asylum from the violence of his native Guatemala. ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR: Lisa Scheimer FINANCE DIRECTOR: Joan Rock FIRE CHIEF: Kurt Bohlmann POLICE CHIEF: Jim O’Shea PUBLIC WORKS: John Anderson

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS Board Fire & Police Development Review Board Economic Development Commission Historic Preservation Commission Local Ethics Commission Plan Commission Police and Fire Pension Board Traffic & Safety Commission Zoning Board of Appeals Citizens are encouraged to volunteer to serve on a board or commission.

POSTAL SERVICES Oak Park Main Post Office 901 Lake St., Oak Park Preferred: 800-275-8777 Branch: 708-848-7901 Hearing impaired TTY: 877-8892457 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oak Park South Branch Post Office 1116 Garfield St., Oak Park Preferred: 800-275-8777 Branch: 708-848-6561 Hearing impaired TTY: 877-8892457 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-noon River Forest Branch Post Office 401 William, River Forest Preferred: 800-275-8777 Branch: 708-366-0977 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-noon

TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT Oak Park Township 105 S. Oak Park Ave. 708-383-8005 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.

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Trustees ■ Eric Davis ■ Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley ■ Ade Onayemi ■ Margaret Trybus

River Forest Township 8020 W. Madison St. 708-366-2029 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 ASSESSOR: Pamela Kende CLERK: Abby Schmelling DIRECTOR OF YOUTH SERVICES: John Williams DIRECTOR OF SENIOR SERVICES: Pamela Mahn MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR: Avis Rudner

Trustees ■ Helene Connolly ■ Holly Economos ■ Mark Kelty ■ Karen Taubman

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Community members from Oak Park joined Forest Park and River Forest residents in January 2018 during the second annual Chicago Women’s March in downtown Chicago.



Governor Bruce Rauner (R) 207 State House, Springfield 62706

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

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GOVERNMENT River Forest is in the 4th senatorial district.

4th District Senator Kimberly Lightford (D) District office: 10330 W. Roosevelt Rd. Suite 308, Westchester 60154 Phone: 708-343-7444 State office: 323B Capitol Bldg., Springfield 62706 Phone: 217-782-8505

39th District Senator Don Harmon (D) District office: 6941-B W. North Ave., Oak Park 60302 Phone: 708-848-2002 State office: 329 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

78th District Representative Camille Y. Lilly (D) DISTRICT OFFICE: 5755 W. Division St., Chicago 60651 PHONE: 773-473-7300 STATE OFFICE: 282-S Stratton Office Bldg., Springfield 62706 PHONE: 217-782-6400

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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 D.C. 20510 PHONE: 202-224-2152

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Carey Carlock embraces awkward in talking suicide Interviewed by Dan Haley


or a decade now, Carey Carlock has been the CEO of Riveredge Hospital, a behavorial health facility, in Forest Park. A therapist by training, Carlock has worked to make the hospital’s work more visible in the community even as she plays a wider role in a range of mental health initiatives locally. We asked her to talk about the changing way we should engage with people about suicide concerns. Is how we are talking about suicide different – both in the wide world and locally? I do think that is true and I think it is largely due to stigma and stigma reduction. As stigma decreases, people are not as fearful about talking about their own situation. [We need to start] understanding suicide as a brain disease which also needs treatment, and which can get better. It deserves advocacy like other diseases. The less fearful we are, the wider our tentacles of support will be. What should we be doing? We should pay attention, listen, and ask direct questions which can appear intrusive. We need to see ourselves as advocates, and partner with people who are struggling.

This feels like a radical idea. Directly asking people, “Are you OK? You don’t seem quite right.” You’re saying we should put ourselves out on a limb a little, even though it is awkward, and ask, “Are you depressed?” I’m absolutely saying that. When we are concerned about people, it starts with identifying and assisting those who might be at risk. Ask the questions directly. Mention you may have noticed changes in their behavior. Be thoughtful and considerate and directly suggest they should talk to a mental health professional, help arrange an appointment, ensure they have access. This can be a difficult system to navigate. Suggest they get in contact with family. Stay in contact with them. These are very practical ways we can be advocates. When people are suffering with anxiety and depression, the tendency is to isolate and to feel alone. Some of the things we might take for granted require our assistance. Most of the time, even if we’re having a bad day, if a person asks, “Are you OK?” we say, “Yeah, I’m fine.” So how much do you probe? Obviously, this is very individualized… Mention changes in their behavior. Be compassionate. Say, “I’m worried about you.” Express concern for them. “I don’t want you to be alone right now.” It is intimate.

CAREY CARLOCK When we know this is a brain disease that impacts a person’s ability to connect, we want to offer them hope and a pathway to recovery. Sometimes suicide can be an impulsive act. But 90 percent of people who end their lives by suicide have some sort of mental health or substance abuse issue. When we say it was completely unexpected or out of the blue, it creates more fear. Typically, it [involves relationships or] reflects financial troubles or stress, but often there are warning signs and there is an opportunity for someone in the fabric of their community to help them seek assistance and offer hope. When was the first time in your life that you encountered suicide? My high school boyfriend’s mother was struggling with a

pretty severe depression and actually was in treatment She was hospitalized several times. They sent her back to her home in the Philadelphia suburbs. He is still one of my good friends. At the time, I didn’t have words for it. He was embarrassed by it. She ended up taking her life by suicide when we were in college and it certainly shaped my passion for trying to impact this, seeing the wreckage of the family. I think there is still a lot of stigma, a lot of work to be done. This is a deeply personal issue. People feel very personally about all their medical conditions. We don’t want to be seen as weak or vulnerable particularly mentally as it impacts everything we do. The more we can do to validate this as a brain disease, the less we have to feel the shame and keep it sequestered.


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n April 2018 the OPRF Chamber of Commerce and Rush Oak Park Hospital presented the 4th annual Community Health and Wellness Fair at West Cook YMCA, 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Over 70 exhibitors participated in the Fair which attracted hundreds of visitors to the YMCA’s sunny gymnasium. The event was co-chaired by Dr. Mary Ann Bender, DPM, of Mary Ann Bender Podiatry, and Ed Gutierrez, Director of Emergency Services, Dialysis, Respiratory Care, Nursing Information at Rush Oak Park Hospital. For a full list of all the exhibitors and sponsors visit

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ak Park is known around the world for being the location of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio, where the famous architect lived and worked for many years before abandoning the suburb (and his family) for greener pastures. Less well-known outside of the village is E.E. Roberts, Wright’s contem-

porary who lived in Oak Park and designed over 200 homes in the village, many of them today’s local architectural stars. Born Eben Ezra Roberts in Boston in 1866, E.E. Roberts was educated in New England and moved to Chicago in 1888, where he worked as a site CONTINUED ON PAGE 56

The Redmond House marks an evolution in E.E. Roberts’ style, emphasizing horizontal lines, hip roofs and overhanging eaves more commonly associated with Prairie Style architecture. The grand entry hall (below, right), with its gold fireplace mantle and arched wainscoting give the room a medieval feel. 2018 OAKPARK.COM ANSWER BOOK | 55

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superintendent for architect S.S. Beman at the Pullman development on the South Side. In 1893, Roberts moved to Oak Park and established his own architecture practice, eventually maintaining two offices: one on Marion Street at North Boulevard and the other out of his Superior Street home. Recent sales of Roberts’ homes point to a continued appreciation for the architect’s work. Roberts’ Superior Street home and studio sold in 2017 for $995,000. Built in 1894, the home was a Victorian Italianate when Roberts and his wife purchased it in 1898. They added onto the home in 1911, and over time, the house evolved to reflect Roberts’ love of the Prairie Style. Roberts lived in the home until he died in 1943. Listed for sale in 2017, the 1896 Simpson Dunlop House, one of a pair of houses Roberts designed for two brothers, was, as of June 2018, still seeking the right buyer for $1,950,000. The Queen Anne-style house at 417 N. Kenilworth sits

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Down the street, at 322 N. Kenilworth, Roberts’ Benjamin Porter Horton House sold in 2016 for $1,980,000. The impressive Prairie Style home commands a 120 by 137-foot lot. The meticulously restored home boasts grounds with mature oak trees, a reflecting pool and carriage house.

Not all of Roberts’ homes command million-dollar price tags, but they tend to come pretty close. The Henry Caleb Todd House clocks in at 10,000 square feet and includes many original features and a coach house on its estate section lot on North Euclid Avenue. The home fell into fore-

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E.E. Roberts’ one time home and studio at 1019 Superior. closure and was purchased in May 2018 for $975,000. Most recently, a move-in ready Roberts, the A.J. Redmond Home, just two doors down from Wright’s Home & Studio, hit the market in the spring of 2018, asking $1,695,000. The 1900 stunner includes a deep front porch with original planters, a 24-karat gold embellished tile fireplace, intricate original woodwork and light fixtures, as well as a basement billiards room, to die for. As generic glass and steel high rises crop up around town, the homes of E.E. Roberts serve as an important reminder, that even as lifestyles and tastes change, great architecture is always in style.

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The 21st Century (so far) in Ten Numbers 2000-2017 I N C R E A S E S I N LO C A L H O M E P R I C E SS**

Oak Park Single Family homes median sale price Oak Park condos/townhomes median sale price River Forest Single Family homes median sale price River Forest condos/townhomes median sale price

2000 0 $258,000 8,,000 $129,000 9,0 000 000 $414,500 4,500 $102,300

2017 $ $450,500 $450 500 $17 $170,000 170,000 170,000 , $ $649,000 649 9,0 000 $187,450

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7 % 75% 3 % 32% 5 % 57% 83%

I N C R E A S E S I N LO C A L TA X L E V I E S ** Total Oak Park Tax levy, including village government, D97, D200, Park District, Library and Township

$75,430,000 $180,391,000 139%

Total River Forest Tax levy including village government, D90, D200, Park District, Library and Township

$23,278,000 $49,175,000


O T H E R E CO N O M I C I N C R E A S E S Cumulative rate of Inflation Dow Jones Industrial Average Minimum Wage in Oak Park Annual in-state tuition at University of Illinois Urbana

10,787 $5.15 $4,752

24,719 $10.00 $15,868


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Sales since January 2017: 111 Home #7 Oak Park..............................$529,000 731 N. Grove Oak Park..............................$559,000 560 Park River Forest .........................$649,000 101 N. Euclid #2 Oak Park..............................$649,000 1442 Lathrop River Forest ........................$699,000 1407 Lathrop River Forest .........................$819,000 736 S. Humphrey Oak Park..............................$299,000 414 Clinton #203 River Forest .........................$134,500 7248 Dixon –A Forest Park ..........................$139,500 7817 W. Westwood Elmwood Park ....................$239,000 950 Washington #209 Oak Park..............................$161,500 203 N. Kenilworth #3D Oak Park..............................$165,000 150 S. Oak Park #401 Oak Park..............................$174.500 1020 N. Harlem #2B River Forest .........................$319,000 1018 Forest Oak Park..............................$659,750 806 N. Grove Oak Park..............................$889,000 704 Forest River Forest .........................$410,000 1133 S. Humphrey Oak Park..............................$404,900 505 N. Rose Park Ridge...........................$475,000 33 Forest RiverForest ..........................$499,000 2113 N. 76th Ave Elmwood Park ....................$277,500 201 S. Maple #102 Oak Park..............................$204,900 1017 S. Grove Oak Park..............................$300,000





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Mary Kay Akers-Stiff wants you to read, watch, listen and learn online Interviewed by Nona Tepper


ary Kay AkersStiff, manager of adult services at River Forest Public Library, talks to us about the library’s online and electronic resources. So, what have you got? We have a whole host of resources, including thousands of eBooks and audio books through Overdrive that people can listen to or download and read on their reader, iPad or smartphone. We also have a resource called Hoopla, it’s the same sort of thing, but it has music and movies as well. People can download up to eight of those per month, and they can download 20 at a time on Overdrive. It’s pretty awesome. We also have online magazines through Flipster. You can download them for free and keep them as long as you want. People, Bon Appetit, Chicago magazine, a lot of really big names. We get the latest issues. And then there’s a suite of resources available for people who want to do some learning online. We have, which will teach you any technical skills you can imagine, and also managerial tutorials, and business-related tutorials. You can watch an entire course or a single, ‘How To’ feature. We have a language database with over 60 interactive foreign languages, also 17 ESL courses. Then we

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Librarian Mary Kay-Stiff, manager of adult services at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. have a testing and education center, which allows people to take tests, such as GED or GRE, before they go in and do the real thing. Just how much content is there to choose from? In Overdrive alone we have over 51,000 eBooks and over 11,000 audio books, and in Hoopla we have so many, it’s a remarkable amount. There’s 14,524 movies available in Hoopla, and 263,736 music albums.

Who is using it? We have a pretty diverse population of people that use them. We get everybody from middle school students and senior citizens that ask for help. We have about an average of 600 checkouts of Hoopla titles every month, so that’s really good, and we have an average of 1,500 to 1,600 that check out titles for Media On Demand Overdrive, so we have a lot of people using it. Overdrive is the most popular.

Why should people use this service? It’s one more way to access those great books that are out there, that people are looking for and that people are hoping to get a copy of. If you’re not a book reader, we’ve got the magazines that are easily downloadable. If you’re more into learning new things, we’ve got Lynda. com. Looking for something to entertain on the commute? We have so many audio books available. We have something for everyone to enrich people’s lives.


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Now in Our Second Century of Service. Chartered in 1917, the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® serves more than one hundred offices with a membership of 500 which includes REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate members. Over 90% of the members of the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® live in the communities they serve. They are, therefore, the best qualified to know the local market and the competing properties. They have the experience and marketing know-how to most effectively advertise your property or help you find your dream home. Members of the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® bring loyalty, ethics, and commitment to their clients.  Be sure to choose an Oak Park Association member for all your real estate needs! Here’s to another century of helping our clients achieve their dreams!

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Robert Simmons wants a continuum of care Interviewed by Timothy Inklebarger


s the manager of community resources at Oak Park Public Library, Robert Simmons operates an innovative program that implements a social-worker/security model in place of a third-party private security firm. The goal is to provide services for patrons in need, in addition to making the library safe. The program was launched in 2016, shortly after a man was found dead of a heroin overdose in a third-floor bathroom. Simmons and his staff are active at all three library branches. Tell me the services you provide as a library social worker. What we have is a referralbased model where we work with about 45 social service agencies and other agencies to provide advocacy and support. We connect them with our most vulnerable patrons experiencing homelessness, mental illness and developmental disabilities. What populations do you serve? I would say about 67 percent of the patrons we serve are Oak Park residents that are experiencing mental illness, living in extreme poverty or are in imminent danger of becoming homeless – individuals and families earning between about $9,000 and $15,000 a year. Additionally, about 62 percent of the services we provide are to individuals and families without children and then 38 percent to families with children. I’ve been seeing that increase over the last couple of

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Robert A. Simmons, Oak Park Public Library’s manager of community resources offers a new model of safety and social service outreach for the library. years ... [the] need to support families with children. What has it been like from a security perspective? Have you come across any situations you found particularly challenging? When I first started here, I did an audit of our incident report system. A recurring theme was that 75 to 80 percent of the time when an individual required a safety intervention, they were experiencing some kind of mental illness. We didn’t have the same kind of leverage [then] with a third-party security firm. … Now, staff is trained in trauma-informed care and in mental-health first-aid. What does trauma-informed care and mental-health first-aid entail? One of the basic focuses of our

training is to enable us to have stronger tools of engagement with individuals experiencing mental illness. Trauma-informed care helps programs realize the widespread impact of trauma and helps organizations recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in patients. It enables our staff to respond by fully integrating information about trauma into policies, procedures and practices. It has greatly improved our ability to diffuse and de-escalate situations, be preventative with patients and recognize if they are in distress. Realize, Recognize and Respond, and be able to position the staff to not re-traumatize people. When we’re talking about individuals or patrons that are experiencing mental illness or homelessness, those are chronic traumatic conditions.

What are some of the surprises you’ve encountered in your role? Anything you didn’t anticipate? Absolutely. My initial reaction the first month was to the volume of socially isolated patrons— individuals and families that are using our library system here in Oak Park. These are people experiencing mental illness, experiencing homelessness, experiencing overall poverty and all the barriers [caused by] those conditions when it comes to accessing quality health care, outreach and case management support. I was surprised at the sheer volume of patrons I had to engage with that required social services and support. I’m glad the Oak Park Public Library made the courageous decision to hire a social worker.


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LIBRARIES Oak Park Public Library 834 Lake St. 708-383-8200, TTY: 708-445-2387 HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.9 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m. Curbside book returns are located at the Maze and Dole branches and in Village Lot 55, between Kenilworth and Oak Park avenues.

Director ■ David Seleb

Trustees four-year terms ■ Theodore Foss (2019) ■ Matthew Fruth (2021) ■ Sarah Glavin (2021) ■ Chris Harris (2021) ■ Janet Kelenson (2019) ■ Carmenza Millan (2019) ■ Mary Anne Mohanraj (2021)

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Art in the Oak Park Library: Higgins Glass (Riverside Studio) hangs from the second floor ceiling. On facing page is Easter Realness #2 by artist Kehinde Wiley (the artist who also painted Barack Obama’s official portrait).

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What do we do? Share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations.

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Board d meetings are held the 4th Tues. p.m. ues at 7:00 p m and are open to the public.

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Maze Branch 845 Gunderson Ave. 708-386-4751 HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m.

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708-366-5205 riverforestlibrary org HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. (Sept.-May) 1-5 p.m.

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Unity Temple after restoration in 2017.

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Birthplace Home 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 708-445-3071

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Trailside Museum

875 Lake St., Oak Park 708-206-6661

Forest Preserve District of Cook County 738 Thatcher Ave. River Forest 708-366-6530

Historical Society of OP-RF

Wonder Works Children’s Museum

129 Lake St, Oak Park 708-848-6755

6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park 708-383-4815

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Ernest Hemingway Foundation


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Visitor Center 1010 Lake St. Oak Park 708-848-1500 Visitor Center Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Provides information about Oak Park, River Forest and over 20 other western suburbs, including local attractions, events, tours, accommodations and more. Website offers online hotel booking.


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Our new home for history


By Marc Stopeck Photos by Alexa Rogals


ransformed from an old 1892 firehouse, the new Oak Park River Forest Museum, 129 Lake Street, is the home of the Oak Park River Forest Historical Society and its large and varied collection. We went on a tour recently with executive director, Frank Lipo. Here are few of the exhibit highlights.



Lipo looks up through one of the two original firepole openings that were discovered during the building’s restoration. Among other firehouse artifacts is a log book from the early 20th century (not pictured) detailing, in exquisite penmanship, the everyday lives of Oak Park’s firemen.


If you’ve ever seen old photos of Oak Park and River Forest from the turn of the 20th century, chances are they were taken by local amateur photographer Philander Barclay. Owner of a local bicycle shop, Barclay used to tool around town on this 1897 Columbia bike, with its wooden wheels and “Samson” core tires. He took hundreds of photographs, many of which are preserved today in photo albums and glass negatives at the museum.

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Our villages weren’t always known for their diversity and inclusiveness. This is the 1926 charter for the “Walosas Club, Klan no. 29” of the “Women of the Ku Klux Klan” which met regularly and openly in Oak Park. Though the organization adhered to the racist, anti-African American ideology of the Ku Klux Klan, Lipo points out that this chapter focused mainly on its opposition to immigrants and Catholics who were arriving in the village at the time in much greater numbers than African Americans.



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This is the medical kit, spurs, mess kit, and hat that Dr. Thomas E. Roberts used during the Spanish American War in 1898. Notably, Roberts, the brother of the architect E.E. Roberts (see page 55), was one of the key founders of West Suburban Hospital.


Among the various functions of this bell was to sound the alarm in case a fire broke out in the village. It was hung in the belfry of Central school, built in 1859, which once stood at the corner of Lake and Forest (where 100 Forest Place now stands).



An all-black globe from Longfellow school in Oak Park was given to the museum by a retiring teacher. Students, apparently, in order to graduate from 8th grade, were once required to draw on the globe a credible map of the world with chalk.


In the 1950s and 60s, many Oak Parkers had phone numbers that began with “EUclid 3.” That meant that they were connected through a telephone exchange located at Euclid Avenue and Lake Street. Today, EUclid 3 is more commonly known as “383.”

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Donated by Oak Park residents and fair housing activists, Harriet and Mac Robinet, this banner was used in the marches and protests that lead up to the passage of Oak Park’s Fair Housing Ordinance in 1968. One of the goals of the ordinance was to eliminate racially discriminatory practices among real estate agents. “1917” in the banner refers to the year in which the local Board of Realtors was established.


John Hagensick, legendary leader of Scout Troop 63 out of First Presbyterian Church in River Forest, carved this lifesize boy scout, along with an entire, albeit smaller scale, scout marching band (not pictured), also in the museum collection.


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A wonder of nature


he Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest, celebrated its 85th anniversary last year with food, music and historical displays at its Thatcher Avenue headquarters. Trailside, the first nature center in the area, remains popular with local school groups, Cook County families and nature-lovers. Although it is no longer a wildlife hospital — those services ended in 2006 — the deep-rooted River Forest institution draws about 23,000 visitors a year, some of whom have been coming for decades.

Sssssweeet: Daniel O’Shea checks out a snake, at Trailside’s 85th anniversary bash. File photos

Nathan Roche, above right, plays with a water feature. Jack McIntyre, below right, helps a stuffed turtle as part of a demonstration on caring for injured animals. River Foresters, above, gather to play tunes as part of anniversary celebration.


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PARKS & RECREATION OAK PARK Park District of Oak Park Jan Arnold, executive director John L. Hedges Administrative Center 218 Madison St. 708-725-2000

Park Board Commissioners four-year terms ■ Paul Aeschleman, President (2019) ■ Vic Guarino, Vice President (2019) ■ David Wick, Treasurer (2021) ■ Sandy Lentz, Secretary (2021) ■ Kassie Porreca (2019) Park board meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Hedges Administrative Building.

Advisory Committees 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 Greening Advisory Committee, Art Advisory Committee and the Senior Advisory Committee. For more information or to join any of these committees visit

Andersen Center and Park 824 N. Hayes Ave. Field house, playground, splash pad, multipurpose field, walking path, chess tables and rental facilities. Named for: Hans Christian Andersen, author of fairy tales

Austin Gardens Austin Gardens Environmental

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Kids cool off in the water last uly at the Ridgeland Commons Recreation Complex pool. Education Center 167 Forest Ave. Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center

Barrie Park and Center 1011 Lombard Ave. Sled hill, a ball field and soccer field, a creative play area, ornamental and shade trees, and a walking path. Named for: James Barrie, author of Peter Pan

Carroll Park and Center 1125 S. Kenilworth Ave. Baseball/softball field, multipurpose field, and playground. The center includes a field house, rental and banquet rooms. Named for: Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland

Cheney Mansion 220 N. Euclid Ave. 708-383-2612 Designated an Oak Park landmark,

the 13,200-square-foot 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

Field Park 935 Woodbine Ave. Office/field house, tot lot, playground, multipurpose field, splash pad, bocce court, picnic shelter, chess tables and rental facilities. Named for: Eugene Field, poet

Fox Park 640 S. Oak Park Ave. Multipurpose field, baseball field,

Dole Center

playground and tot lot with sand

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

Euclid Square Park

play area. The updated whale splash pad is a favorite with kids, age 2-12. Named for: William Fox, park district commissioner

Lindberg Park 1151 N. Marion St.

705 Fillmore St. Playground, baseball/softball field, multipurpose field, tennis courts and a looped pathway ideal for strolling or jogging. Named for: Euclid Avenue

Baseball/softball fields, multipurpose field, playground, tennis courts, outdoor ice rink and trail gardens. Named for: Gustav Lindberg, first superintendent of parks in 1913


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PA R K S & R E C R E AT I O N Longfellow Park 610 S. Ridgeland Ave. Baseball/softball field, multipurpose field, playground, splash pad, lighted tennis courts, fullcourt basketball, sand volleyball courts, outdoor ice rink, field house with multipurpose room. Named for: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

Maple Park 1105 S. Maple Ave. Playground, baseball and soccer field, tennis courts, walking paths, open meadows with plenty of room to fly kites, and a 12,000-square-foot dog park in the northwest corner of the park, which requires a permit purchased in advance.

Mills Park/Pleasant Home 217 S. Home Ave.

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. 708-725-2400 Named to the National Register of Historic Places and designated an Oak Park 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. 1-3 p.m. (plant clinic and potting service), Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Summer ThursdaysElsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden Open until dusk.

Quality soccer for everySoccer player, Spring from beginner to advanced!


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

Randolph Park Grove and Randolph 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. The park features an all-purpose 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 district commissioners and the second president of the park district.

Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex Pool, Park and Ice Arena 415 Lake St. 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 year-round. Ridgeland Common Pool is one

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PA R K S & R E C R E AT I O N 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, locker rooms, pool deck and three activity rooms. Named for: Ridgeland Avenue

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

Taylor Park

Scoville Park 800 Lake St. 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.

400 Division St. 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.

Stevenson Park 49 Lake St. Playground, baseball/softball field, multipurpose field, playground, three basketball half-courts, a field house for programs and rental

Wenonah Park Wenonah Ave. and Harrison St. Designed for ages 2-5, the lot features a car and truck theme. Chess tables. Named for: Wenonah Street

“Everyone says that we have been a gift for our adopted children, but we feel that the children are an amazing gift to our family!” David & Lee Neubecker

Family Based Services 1144 Lake Street, 5th Floor Oak Park, IL 60301 708-649-7140

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Children study a dove that flew into the park lat Euclid Square, corner of Euclid Avenue and Filmore Street.

RIVER FOREST Forest Preserve District of Cook County Headquarters Cummings Square 536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest 708-771-1001

Houses the district headquarters and includes the Cummings Memorial which is a stage with a band shell 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.

A Medical Home Pediatrics General & Special Needs Dental Behavioral Health Nutrition Portable Dentistry Health Education & Outreach Social Services Pet Therapy Giving Library Schedule an Appointment (708)848-0528


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PA R K S & R E C R E AT I O N River Forest Community Center 8020 Madison St. 708-771-6159 River Forest Park District Dick Chappell, executive director 401 Thatcher Ave.

Forest and Iowa Triangle Located at Forest Ave. and Iowa St. Open green space

Keystone and Augusta Triangle Open green space and community herb garden.


Keystone Park

400 Keystone Ave. 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.

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.

River Forest Park District 401 Thatcher Ave., River Forest 708-366-6660

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(Left) Kids practice their dance moves during Day In Our Village at Rehm Park on Sunday, June 3, 2018, while others (Above left) enjoy an Awesome Amusements ride. (Above right) McAdam Landscaping’s Annette Pettigrew, hands out the ever-popular free tomato plants in Scoville Park. (Below left) Hazel Mayhew, 3, of Oak Park, rides the hand-crank train. (Below right) Theo Foreman, 5, of Oak Park, plays inside the inflatable gym.

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or nine years now, the Village of Oak Park has been celebrating Earth Day with its own Earth Fest. The family-friendly event usually takes place on the Saturday closest to Earth Day (April 22), at the Public

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For Jim Babcock saving the Earth is a matter of Faith Interviewed by Tom Holmes


im Babcock is an Oak Park resident who discovered that his religious faith informs, supports and energizes his involvement in the Interfaith Green Network, a group whose purpose is to “work together to become better stewards of the Earth in our congregations and our community.” When did your interest in sustainability and the environment begin? My love for nature began back when I was in Boy Scouts. When I was out hiking or camping I would get the feeling that I was part of something bigger than just myself, but that did not lead to being involved in advocacy right away. When I was in college during the late 1960s I was more attuned to the peace movement and getting out of Vietnam. I didn’t pay much attention to the first Earth Day in 1970. What changed your focus? In the late ‘80s, thousands of scientists were reporting on climate change. The


Jim Babcock in front of First United Church on Lake Street. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a large international body with representatives from even oil producing countries, and their reports on what was happening to the environment were getting increasingly negative. How does your religious faith influence how you think about sustainability? I’ve been a member of First United Church on Lake Street for 25 years. On Earth Day, for example, the sermon was on the creation story in Genesis and the emphasis was on God creating Adam and Eve to be stewards of creation. My faith tells me that preserving and protecting the environment is an act of love for

both creation and the people of the world. How does your religious faith influence your work on sustainability? I represented the twenty congregations which belong to the Interfaith Green Network in the community group which formulated PlanItGreen, a sustainability plan for Oak Park and River Forest which was completed in 2011 and subsequently adopted by the village trustees. The plan includes specific, measurable goals for nine areas such as clean energy, transportation, clean water, and reducing waste. Just recently the Interfaith Green Network congregations encouraged residents to leave

their cars home on Earth Day Weekend and bike or walk from place to place. Our goal was to get 1000 people to participate. Has your congregation gone solar? Our roof faces east and west so it is not suitable for the installation of solar panels, but we are interested in a concept called Community Solar by which we would get our electric power from a solar installation out in a cornfield somewhere. To find out more about the Interfaith Green Network and how you might become involved, contact Jim at, or 630-740-0638.


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Minimally Invasive Dentistry: When Less is More


r. Anne Fabricius, owner of Oak Park Prosthodontics, and Dr. Haein Kil are passionate about providing their patients with conservative, minimally invasive dental treatments. Dr. Fabricius explains that the practice of minimally invasive dentistry begins with establishing the correct diagnoses. “Errors in diagnosis can lead to extensive dental work that may be premature or not even necessary. For example, it is common to see stains around the edges of old fillings. Often, these fillings do not need to be replaced immediately. Instead, they can be monitored for changes.” When a tooth does require treatment, all treatment options should be explored. Dr. Fabricius further explains, “For example, a tooth that ‘requires’ a crown may be eligible for an onlay – or may really only need a filling. During preparation

for a crown, the entire outer surface of a tooth is drilled away. Alternatively, the preparation of a filling or an onlay only requires that the unsound diseased tooth structure be removed, allowing large portions of healthy tooth structure to remain intact. Despite the benefits, fillings and onlays are sometimes not offered because they can be time-consuming and less profitable for the dentist.” Dr. Fabricius explains that she frequently meets patients that are considering aggressive cosmetic treatments, such as veneers, that can require a substantial amount of healthy tooth to be drilled away. “While veneers are sometimes the appropriate treatment, less invasive treatments, such as whitening and bonding should also be explored. These treatments are not only less expensive, but they require very little drilling. People are amazed at the results.”

“When performing any dental treatment, it is important that it be done with the utmost precision and care so that tooth structure is preserved.” Dr. Fabricius further comments, “I perform all of my dentistry with magnification of 4.5x, nearly twice as much as most dentists. Being able to see detail is critical when performing conservative dentistry.” Dr. Fabricius and Dr. Kil provide adults and children with conservative comprehensive dental care, including cleanings,

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Melissa Elsmo wants food to submit to her culinary will Interviewed by Timothy Inklebarger

When you wake up in the middle of the night and just want to shove something in your mouth and go back to bed, what do you grab out of the kitchen? I have never woken up and eaten in my whole life, but if I were to grab something to eat right before I went to bed, I might grab a piece of bread and butter.


f there’s one thing we know about Oak Park Eats’ Melissa Elsmo, it’s that she likes to have fun. She also likes to write about food. Like, a lot. A little known fact about the queen of cuisine, however, is that she’s not easily flustered. We learned this recently when we caught up with her and threw her a few food-related curveball questions.

What is your most hated thing to cook? Why? Rice. I just think it doesn’t like me that much. I mean, I can make just about anything submit to my culinary will, and rice is a misbehaver.

What is the difference between a good pizza and a bad pizza? I think pizza is highly subjective. You know, where some people crave a deep-dish pizza, and I can understand the virtues of that, it’s not my jam. I’m a thin-crust girl all the way. I love a good crackly crust. I love a great blend of cheeses but not too much cheese. And I don’t like an overly sweet sauce. I think the magic’s in the crust and making sure you don’t put too many toppings on it. McDonald’s or Wendy’s? Which is your favorite and why? Oh, 100 percent McDonald’s. What is your favorite thing to get there? You’re tapping into my culinary dark side here, which a lot of people would not even believe is true about me, but honestly a Quarter Pounder with Cheese might be one of the things I eat for my last meal on earth. I’m not so sure how I feel about the new one, though. What do you see restaurants in town do, food-wise or service-wise, that you think they shouldn’t?


Melissa Elsmo, Oak Park Eats culinary wizard, with Jeff Mauro, Food Network’s The Sandwich King after a Wednesday Journal Conversation evening at Dominican University on May, 2018. I think that Oak Park is coming into a really strong period in terms of restaurant growth and the development of a good food culture right here in our village. Compared to 20 years ago when I got here it’s not even the same thing. I guess what I would caution restaurants against is being too broad in their approach. I find that most successful restaurants have a niche. Stick to it and people come there because they crave certain things. If you try to blanket out everything, you lose your identity.

How many artisan pastry shops do you believe Oak Park can support? Have we reached a tipping point already? I think there’s really a survivalof-the-fittest sort of thing when it comes to any restaurant or any bakery or any coffee shop in Oak Park or the surrounding communities. Do I think you can have too many, no. Do I think some may fall by the wayside over time, for sure. But do I think that we can support an old tried and true favorite like Oak Park Bakery and celebrate a place like Spilt Milk, 100 percent yes.

What is your favorite thing to cook? Dumplings. I think I have a pretty good reputation in the dumpling world. I like the intricacy of the handwork involved with making them. I love the variety of the flavors you can create. I love how you can personalize them to any event. Definitely dumplings. Little treasures of the heart. What leftovers are currently in your refrigerator, and which ones will actually get eaten? It’s funny. I think I just ate the last thing I had left over in my fridge, which was a half of a gorgeous Greek lemon-grilled chicken. It was the most perfect Sunday dinner we had after gardening all day. I just ate that because I’m trying to clean out my fridge for a huge graduation party. I think that’s about it right now, except for some leftover pie from vacation. What kind of pie is it? Door County cherry pie.


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M U S T- H A V E


Small portions loom large with these delectable starters from a few notable neighborhood eateries.

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Homemade corn tamales stuffed with cream goat cheese, chile chipotle and covered with fresh pico de mango.


Served with grilled escarole, crispy potato, green beans, and a green olive lemon vinaigrette.


Skewers of grilled jerk-seasoned shrimp and a pineapple chutney.


Shelled, Hard-boiled egg with a sausage crust, bread crumbs, house pickings and grey poupon.


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n January 2018, the OPRF Chamber of Commerce gathered 50+ restaurants and caterers from the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park area under one roof for its 5th Annual Bite Nite, a one night only feast of sample-sized entrees and delectable desserts. Held in the ballroom of The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park, the event was once again filled to capacity with all 400 tickets sold out two weeks in advance.

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Marc Blesoff’s ‘wild ride’ into life’s last third Interviewed by Dan Haley


arc Blesoff spent 30-plus years as a criminal defense attorney, mainly as a public defender in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. He raised a family in Oak Park, was a founder of the Windmills softball program in town, and along the way served a term on Oak Park’s village board. Now, at 69, he’s in the “last third” of life and figuring out a lot of things for the first time. You can follow Blesoff’s “Conscious Aging” in his monthly column in Wednesday Journal. When did you first realize your middle age was over? I don’t think I’ve totally realized that. Because the prejudice toward youth that we all are immersed in, is very strong. Even though I am very aware of my aging, I still feel in my mind that I haven’t changed that much. And, actually, that is not uncommon in my talking to other people as well. Aging is definitely a process and it went from unconscious to more and more conscious. Four to five years ago I stopped practicing law. A friend recommended a book he was reading. It was called “The Second Half of Life” by Angeles Arrien. It is the sort of book that for most of my life before this, I would never have read. But because I respected my friend so much, I started it. It was the right thing at the right time. It just opened up this

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Mark Blesoff whole awareness of the second half of life, or as some people call it, the last third of life. That was five years ago, and it has been a kind of wild ride ever since. I’ve know you a long time and you’ve mellowed. Is that because you’re not going to work everyday or is it because you are aging? Yes, it’s all that and more. This awareness of aging, and becoming more conscious, is such a gift to me. It is really helping me get closer to the person I would like to be. That’s true for all of us in this last third. That’s the opportunity we all have. As far as me mellowing, it is a natural process that we have to

actually, and with intention, get back in touch with. It is helping me melt the armor that I had built up in order to help me do what I did for 35 years or so. So you’re seeing some of the effects of that process. Do you look back at those years with regret or just say “I had a hard job and that is what I needed to do.” Or do you look back and see wasted opportunity to be more fully the person you want to be. Yes to all of that. The thing about regret is that it is counterproductive. I’m trying to learn how to look back without regret. Out of brokenness comes wholeness. The problems are what allow us to become happy.

Why is Oak Park a good place to get older? Every place is a good place to grow older. Wherever people are is a good place to grow older. Oak Park has the potential to become a terrific role model [for other communities on aging]. Our history has allowed us to ask questions sooner. We have to use our resources and history to get better. Everybody is behind the curve on this aging situation. Never before in human history have we had such longevity. People used to retire and have two or three years before becoming invisible and then being warehoused. Now it is 20 or 30 years. All of our thinking on aging is from 50 or 60 years ago.


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his property with its architecturally awardwinning atrium, provides seniors and persons with disabilities with parking, library, laundry room, wellness center and other conveniences. A service coordinator is on staff to assist tenants who may need additional services. The units are studio and one bedroom, each with electric appliances, tile bath, and wall to wall carpeting. Modern fire and safety systems are installed in each apartment and common areas of the building. There are 8 accessible one bedroom units for the mobility impaired.

The Oaks is owned and operated by the Oak Park Residence Corporation and is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the 202/section 8 Program. Residents pay approximately 30% of their monthly income for rent.

For additional information, please visit our web site at or contact us at 708-386-5812.


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Voices of Belmont Village

“The friends that I have made here have turned my life around.” To many, living at home means freedom and independence. But it can also be isolating. Belmont Village residents enjoy a lifestyle that keeps them physically active and mentally engaged, delighting in the company of friends old and new. At Belmont Village, you don’t have to live alone to be independent.

It’s not just your home. It’s your community.

Distinctive Residential Settings | Chef-Prepared Dining and Bistro Premier Health and Wellness Programs | Award-Winning Memory Care Professionally Supervised Therapy and Rehabilitation Services


© 2018 Belmont Village, L.P. | SC License 52068, 52084, 52076, AL License 5104242


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And at the Altenheim, you’ll be able to protect it with rent that is reasonable. But the Altenheim is so much more… it is surrounded with beautiful grounds and wildlife, seniors who look out for one another and apartment selections and activities to suit your lifestyle. You’ll be as happy as a lark here; come visit us to find out why.

Serving seniors with Distinction for 130 Years. 7824 West Madison Street Forest Park, IL 60130 708.366.2206

Volunteers are needed and welcomed to help ensure a great 2019 Celebrating Seniors Week! Contact:

Celebrating Seniors is

dedicated to honoring, recognizing and serving seniors in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, Illinois. The organization’s four main objectives: • To facilitate cooperation between the business community, government agencies and non-profit

organizations for the benefit of the senior population. • To promote senior groups and organizations that serve persons 60 and older. • To raise public awareness of issues affecting seniors. • To provide financial support to seniors in need.

410 S. Oak Park Ave. | Oak Park IL 60302 708-383-8060 |


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SENIORS Lifelong Learning Center Senior Citizens Center 414 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 708-848-5251 Offering educational, recreational, social, cultural, creative-craft and artistic activities for adults 50 and older. Classes include Fine Arts (acrylics and water color), Wire Wrap, Lapidary Arts, Weaving, Woodworking, Ceramics and Stained Glass, and Foreign Language. There is also a writers group. Travel opportunities are available to members and guests as well as many social activities. There is no residency requirement. Call or visit website for specific class information.

Oak Park Arms Adult Day Care 408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 708-948-7270 A life enrichment program giving personalized attention to older adults, providing social, physical and emotional support in a structured setting.

Dining, Home Delivered Meals, and Adult Protective Services. For more information, please call or visit our website.

receive mail service) 408 S. Oak Park Avenue 847-685-9900

Paramount of Oak Park

Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services

Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

ResCare Home Care

130 S. Oak Park Avenue 708-383-8060 For over 45 years, Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services has provided a wide array of services to senior citizens in Oak Park and River Forest. Our goal is to enhance seniors’ quality of life while promoting independence, selfesteem and dignity. The Townships offer a continuum of services including: Information and Assistance, Transportation, Caregiver Support, Case Management, Congregate

625 N. Harlem. Ave., Oak Park 708-848-5966

1049 Lake St., Ste. 203 708-386-1500

Premier Home Health Care Srvs Inc.

Senior Citizens Center of Oak Park-River Forest

1140 Lake Street, Ste. 220 Oak Park 708-848-0962

414 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park IL 60302 708-848-5251

Synergy HomeCare

Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care Oak Park Office Oak Park Arms (Location does not

1515 N. Harlem, Suite 307-2 Oak Park, IL 60302 708-848-4520 agencies/il/oak-park/oak-park

Family Law Donald B. Boyd Jr. • Divorce/Wills/Trusts • Real Estate Closings • Civil Unions • LGBT Issues • Custody Visitation • Child Support

Independent, Assisted Living and Adult Day Care Rental Retirement Community

Free Initial Consultation


402 Lake Street #200, Oak Park 60302 Evening & Weekend Appointments Available Major Credit Cards Accepted

Welcome Home! Come to the Oak Park Arms and enjoy the company of our family with full independent, assisted living and short-term care accommodations. Enjoy the warmth of new friends and comfortable home-like surroundings.Let us take care of all your needs. It’s all at the Arms!

Call today to schedule a tour -708-386-4040 Oak Park Arms • 408 S. Oak Park Ave. • Oak Park, IL, 60302

Drechsler, Brown& Williams Funeral Home

Since 1880

Family Owned & Operated Charles Williams, Owner/Funeral Director 203 S. Marion St. Oak Park 60302 708/383-3191 2018 OAKPARK.COM ANSWER BOOK | 103

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From Our Family to Yours…


ith deep roots throughout Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, brothers Scott and Rob McAdam launched McAdam Landscaping in January 1979.

Since then, the industry’s landscape has changed dramatically. When the McAdams got started, there were half a dozen companies in the area. Now, there are upwards of 150. What hasn’t changed is the McAdam Difference: our focus on unparalleled service, expertise in transforming environments from concept to creation, and commitment to giving back to the community. This year, Scott McAdam, formerly president of the Oak Park and River Forest Rotary Club, is Rotary District Governor for 63 clubs in Chicago and the suburbs. As we approach our 40th anniversary—and celebrate the 15th anniversary of our Nursery & Garden Center—we are bolstered by the emerging leadership of Scott McAdam Jr. From our family to yours, we look forward to serving you and growing strong into the next generation.

708-771-4903 Service. We develop relationships of mutual trust and respect, and that starts with delivering outstanding service. Professionalism. We are active members of national and regional boards for industry groups dedicated to continuing education and awareness about innovations and best practices.

708-771-2299 Loyalty. We still have clients from our first year in business, and much of our business comes from client recommendations. Community. We are committed to giving back, hosting village-wide business functions at our Forest Park headquarters and donating thousands of dollars every year to worthy causes close to home.

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Rotary wants to give you the opportunity to have an impact Interviewed by Marc Stopeck


he Rotary Club of Oak Park – River Forest is celebrating its Centennial this year. We sat down with Cathy Yen, current club president, to discuss the club’s plans for its second century. What is Rotary? Rotary is an international organization that is based in membership and fellowship. We are organized around the principle of doing good in our communities but also looking to have an impact internationally. Globally, there are 1.2 million Rotarians. MARC STOPECK/Staff

What is the relevance of Rotary from a local stand point? Locally, we are focused on issues like food insecurity, domestic violence, or economic development. Right now, we are very concerned about our brethren in the Austin community. Whatever is relevant to our society here in Oak Park and River Forest, that’s what Rotary is here to address. When you talk about doing good in the community, do you mean as hands-on volunteers, or is it more as a “check-writing” organization? Right now, we’re a nice mix of both. We gave out over $20,000 in grants to nonprofits this year, but we also do a lot of volunteering. Recently we helped one of our Rotarians bring cookies to a correctional facility, we’re working on building a computer lab

Cathy Yen stands on the rooftop deck at Brookdale Senior Living just before a Rotary Meeting. and doing mentoring projects for Kid’s Express, an Austin nonprofit. We’ve worked with Sarah’s Inn providing meals for their clients. What we do represents the interests of the membership. What is Rotary doing in Austin? Recently, we were at a House in Austin, which is a nonprofit organized for young mothers in that community who have challenges with food security, parenting, and/or afterschool care. So, a bunch of Rotarians joined with Sugar Beat School House and helped out with cooking and nutrition classes. We had some fun, made some food and enjoyed it as a community. How many members do you have currently?

We have 70 members right now. But it’s not just about membership, we also want to engage people in Rotary on a project basis, and not necessarily with all-in memberships. We want to reach out into the community and create a kind of army of do-gooders, a “Rotary Community Corps,” who would be on call for a variety of volunteer opportunities. If someone wants to get involved in the Rotary Community Corps, what should they do? Go to the volunteer tab on our website (www.oprfrotary. org). You’ll see all the different opportunities where you can jump right in, whether you’re a Rotarian now, or just someone who wants to have an impact.

We would love to have you join us at Sarah’s Inn, a House in Austin, Kids Express, or Day in Our Village. Come see what we’re about. If someone does want to join Rotary, what should they do? Just show up at Brookdale (13th Floor Dining Room, 1111 Ontario, Oak Park) at 12:15 on Wednesdays for lunch. Introduce yourself and we’d be happy to have you as a guest of the club. Why are you a Rotarian? Rotary is a non-denominational way to do good in the world. I come to Rotary because it gives me joy. I’m with like-minded people who are here for no reason other than to make the community a better place.


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Experience a Cultural Center in Downtown Oak Park...

Heat up your

Summer Party!

AA Rental Center Tools & Equipment for work & play

Art Music Science Literature Social Science ...programs for all at the Nineteenth Century! 178 Forest Ave. Oak Park, IL 708-386-2729 Private Rentals Available All humanities programs are open to the public.

Search our calendar at Don’t miss our Annual Bake Sale at the Oak Park Farmers Market • Sat., July 7th

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender We meet on the 4 Sunday th

First United Church of Oak Park: 708.386.3016 848 Lake Street, Oak Park (at Kenilworth) 3 pm - 5 pm This is a place of confidentiality.

Support... Education... Advocacy

HOURS Monday - Saturday 8:00am - 5:30 pm


9:00am - 12:30 pm


Visit us at: 30 N. 9th Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160 Ph. (708) 343-8110 Fax (708) 343-8099

Party Goods


We Rent Most Everything For All Your Equipment & Party Needs 47th Year Serving the Community Since 1968 See Our Product Listing Online! Furnish Your Home in 2016 at 1991 Prices!

Shop Local & Save $$!

~ A 28 Year Tradition ~ Save 30-50% off custom order furniture every day! • Sofas

• Bedroom Sets

• Sectionals

• Mattresses

• Dinettes

• Home Office

• Futons

• Kids’ Furniture

• Rugs

• Accessories

• Tables

• Recliners

• Sleepers

• Lamps

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• Bunk Beds

Quality Home Furnishings... Exceptional Service! 7045 W. North Ave., Oak Park • 708-383-5909


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The mission of Thrive Counseling Center is to build healthy minds, families and communities by empowering people to attain mental and emotional well-being. ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Participants dress their dogs up in costumes for the costume contest last Sept. during the Animal Care League’s Mutt Strut at Maple Park in Oak Park.

African American Christian Foundation 6707 North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-1700

Animal Care League 1011 Garfield St., Oak Park 708-848-8155

Cluster Tutoring Program 5460 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago 773-378-5530

Community Mental Health Board 1011 Lake St., Suite 307 Oak Park 708-358-8855

Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago 120 Madison St., Oak Park Head Start/Early Head Start 708-434-2525

Partnering with Parents 708-434-2560

Economy Shop 103 S. Grove Ave. Oak Park 708-383-2449

Guardianship Services Associates 1055 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste 201F Chicago 60660 708-386-5398

Hephzibah Children’s Association 946 North Blvd. Oak Park 708-649-7100

Housing Forward (PADS) 1851 S. Ninth Ave., Maywood 708-338-1724

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Service Office 1515 S. Harlem Ave. Unit 1B Forest Park 708-366-5020

Thrive Offers: • • • • • • •

Individual & Group Therapy for Adults Youth and Family Counseling Services Psychiatry and Medication Management Psychosocial Rehabilitation Client Advocacy Services 24/7 Crisis Team New! Suicide Safer Community Program

Hope, Resilience and Recovery form the

heart of our programs and services.

Hours of Operation:

Mon – Thu: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


120 South Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60302


708-383-7500 Also a 24/7 crisis line


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ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Participants dress their dogs up in costumes for the costume contest last Sept. during the Animal Care League’s Mutt Strut at Maple Park in Oak Park.

Infant Welfare Society

Community Foundation

Children’s Clinic 320 Lake St., Oak Park 708-848-0528 Volunteers welcome.

1049 Lake St., Suite 204 Oak Park 708-848-1560

Lutheran Child and Family Services 7620 Madison St., River Forest 708-771-7180

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 814 Harrison St., Oak Park 708-524-2582

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services 411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park 708-524-1050

Oak Park-River Forest

OP-RF Day Nursery 1139 Randolph St., Oak Park 708-383-8211

OP-RF Food Pantry First United Church of Oak Park 848 Lake St., Oak Park 708-386-1324


Progress Center for Independent Living 7521 Madison St., Forest Park 708-209-1500

Sarah’s Inn 708-386-3305 24 hour crisis line: 708-386-4225

UCP Seguin 3100 S. Central Ave., Cicero 708-863-3803

United Way of DuPage/ West Cook 1000 Jorie Blvd., Suite 360, Oak Brook 630-645-6339

Thrive Counseling Center and Rosecrance

Wayback Inn/Grateful House

Oak Park Township Youth Services

120 S. Marion St., Oak Park 708-383-7500

105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 708-445-2727

Triton College RSVP

Client Intake/Administrative Offices 104 Oak Street, Maywood 708-345-8422

Parenthesis Family Center program of New Moms 405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park

Volunteer Program 2000 Fifth Ave., Rm. R-221, River Grove 708-456-0300, ext. 3603 or 3835

West Cook Volunteer Center 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park 708-383-5200


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A Year in Sports

Hailey Fakouri


he allure of local high school sports is that anything can happen on the field, court or rink. OPRF and Fenwick certainly produced a variety of impressive, inspiring, and at times, surprising ng results. Hannah The Huskies’ Jake Rundell and Friars’ Jacob Kaminski inski each Thompson won an individual state championship in wrestling at the IHSA A state individual tournament. OPRF, a perennial powerhouse werhouse on o the mat, finished second at the IHSA dual team tourney. urney Speaking of champions, OPRF softball has been a paradigm m of excellent. The Huskies have won two straight Class 4A titles es (2016, 2017) and appear to be a top contender for years to come. Individually, OPRF sports boasts a wide range of stars, includuding Hannah Thompson (gymnastics), Fiona Girardot (softball), ll),, Trevon Brown (football), Will Raidt (swimming) and Matthew w Vietzen (cross country/track). Right down the street, Fenwick also had great success in seveveral sports. The boys and girls water polo teams remain the best overall program in town with continually deep runs in the state e tournament. In hoops, Kate Moore and McKenzie Blaze led the e girls team, while nationally-ranked guard DJ Steward led the boys. The girls hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs and the girls soccer team excelled with superb defense all season. Standouts like Anissa Nourse (soccer), Haley Fa Fakouri (tennis), Margaret Planek (volleyball), Michael hael O’Laughlin (football) Trevon and Josh Harris (track) contributed ed to the Friars’ compelBrown ling sports narrative this year as well. The Friars also honored past greats in basketball players Erin Lawless (#34), Tricia a Liston (#32) and Devereaux Peters (#14). These alumni had their jerseys retired in a pregame ceremony mony on Jan. 13, 2018. I enjoyed my time at Fenwick k so much," said Liston, who is from River Forest. "It's a huge accomplishment. Just being back in this gym brings back so many great memories. It's fun to be here today." Marty arty Farmer

Kate Moore

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Huskie Havoc

Playing its signature up-tempo style, the OPRF boys basketball team won 23 games and a second straight conference title.

Megan Krikau

Isaiah Fuller

Dynasty in pool

The Fenwick water polo program remains the standard of excellence. The boys team (20 state titles) and girls squad (10 state titles) had another fine season in 2017-2018.

Friars excel on ice

Seven players on the Fenwick girls hockey team earned All-State honors as the team advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs.

Payton Comstock


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SPORTS OPRF, Fenwick & Trinity Stars and Champions mpio ons Historic Huskie softball

OPRF softball (37-1) won its second straight Class 4A state title with a 1-0 win over Lincoln-Way East in the 2017 final. The Huskies are vying for a three-peat!

Lee ee lea leads ads Trinity ho oops hoops

Lauren en Lee powered Trinity to a 19-8 record 9-8 reco ord and playoff berth. Lee, fro from om River Forest, averaged ed 11 points, p 5 assists and 3 stea steals ls per game.

Lauren Lee

Fiona Girardot

Wrestling estling li champs h s

Sophomores Jake Rundell ell (OPRF) and Jacob Kaminski ki (Fenwick) each won an indidividual state championship att the 2018 IHSA individual state ate t tournament.

Jacob Kaminski


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Starting conversations. Creating partnerships.

Wednesday Journal


Peter Sagal Iman Shumpert David Axelrod

Jeff Mauro

of Chicago Public Square

Learn more at


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Adverting, Marketing & Media 10 Shapes Design LLC 45 Thatcher Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 262-8600 High-quality graphic design & web design services, incl branding, stationery, logo dev., promotional materials & web design.

Apprentice Butterflies Publishing, Inc. 3321 N Newland Ave, Fl 2 Chicago, IL 60634 (312) 806-6305 Book Publisher: Spiritual books for trauma survivors, loved ones, and all serving them like therapists, clergy, and nonprofits.

Around Oak Park 2770 N. Lincoln Ave. Suite C Chicago, Illinois 60614 (708) 381-0469 A hyperlocal online publication focusing on the people, businesses and news of Oak Park River Forest.

Chuba Creative 104 S. Scoville Ave. Unit 2 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 613-7512 Chuba Creative provides a full range of video and photo production from concept to shoot and edit. Share your story.

Free Fly Marketing 512 S. Oak Park Avenue Oak Park, Illinois 60304 (708) 434-0573 Full service marketing group spe-

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

A group plays music together during the weekly Farmers Market on Lake Street in Oak Park. cializing in community outreach: creative strategy sessions, social media gurus!

Griffin & Stebbing - Media, Marketing, Communications 727 Thatcher Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 860-9849 Let Griffin & Stebbing energize your business with exceptional, targeted marketing.

It’s A Sign 1114 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-7446 Full service signs and graphics design, production, installation.

ITS Marketing NOW Oak Park, IL 60304 (312) 898-4836

Figuring out how to market your organization or business can be intimidating. ITS Marketing Now can help. Call us today.?

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

Name On 23W328 Great Western Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (630) 545-2642

Poaster, LLC 724 Erie St #3 Oak Park, Il 60302 (312) 888-5412 Poaster app Delivers an EasyAccess, Shop-Local Marketplace to Keep Your Customers, and More Money, In Your Community.

Positively Proviso Magazine 10055 W. Roosevelt Rd. Suite B Westchester, Illinois 60154 (708) 613-6013 Premiere monthly magazine covering community, culture, arts & entertainment news.

Sign Express

Promotional products, decorated

900 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 524-8811

apparel, print, signs. Check our online calendar for monthly specials.


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Provider of signs, print and speciality advertising items for over 23 years. Indoor and outdoor signage of all types.

Smiling Toad Productions 1106 Wenonah Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 505-9354 Smiling Toad Productions is a Chicago based film studio that makes cinematic documentary wedding films and more.

Sonya Gilbert Fine Portraiture 210 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 948-7042 Uniquely artistic, technically elegant photography.

SpringBoard Integrated Marketing 823 Woodbine Oak Park, IL 60302 (630) 886-0039 Custom marketing solutions including branding, social media, e-newsletters, websites, print collateral, and events.

Sue Koch | Social Media Success Catalyst 1184 S. Harvey Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (773) 844-4438 Social Media Success Catalyst | Consulting, Coaching & Speaking to accelerate social media knowledge success & brand growth.

The Printing Store, Inc. 621 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 383-3638 We can help you with your Graphic Deign, Offset Printing, Digital Printing, Posters, Banners, Bindery and Mailing Services.

Thrive Hive Internet Marketing 1340 Marengo Forest Park, IL 60130 (312) 505-5633 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. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-8300 We are dedicated to providing

Wilkinson Design 124 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 660-8100 Marketing, Graphic Design and Web Design Services.

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

Your First Shop 1141 S. Humphrey Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304


The Wednesday Journal Sales Team, trusted since 1980 to connect your business to your community. Centrally located to give your business the personal attention it deserves.

community journalism by using a cross-platform strategy to effectively engage our audience.

For more information please contact Dawn Ferencak at (708) 613-3329 114 | 2018 OAKPARK.COM ANSWER BOOK

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CHAMBER LISTINGS (708) 613-7462 Assisting local business with web design & development, social media, & email marketing to grow your business.

online video and in person. Perfect for any special occasion.

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

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

Creativita 7512 Madison Street Forest Park, Illinois 60130 (312) 848-4364 A painting party place where creativity rules!

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

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

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust 951 Chicago Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302

The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest File photo

Day In Our Village in Scoville Park. (312) 994-4000 Public tours and programs at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Unity Temple, The Rookery, Robie House and Bach House.

Lake Theatre - Classic Cinemas 1022 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301-1056 (708) 848-9088 Designed by world-renowned architect Thomas Lamb, the Lake is a prime example of art deco style. Call for movie times.

Not for Baby Boomers Only 615 South Blvd. Unit A Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 817-1232 We are the premier disc jockey service for corporate and recreational events in Chicagoland, especially the Western suburbs.

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) 445-4440 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 Oak Park River Forest Museum is the new home of The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, telling OPRF stories.® Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 725-2400 Owned and operated by the

242 Franklin Avenue River Forest, IL 60305 (312) 212-DIVA® delivers operatic singing telegrams by phone,

P.O. Box 3564 Oak Park, IL 60303 (708) 218-2648 Community orchestra.

TheJumperStore 1944 N Narragansett Ave. Chicago, IL 60639 (773) 756-1919 TheJumperStore is a leading party rental company providing high quality bounce houses, games, tables & chairs for your party.

Urban Pioneer Group 7503 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (630) 926-4139 We bring people together to experience traditions and learn new skills through classes, workshops and clubs.

Visit Oak Park 1010 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-7800 Visit Oak Park promotes tourism to Oak Park and 18 neighbor communities in Chicago’s near west suburbs.


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Alpharetta, GA 30022 (800) 285-3001 Home Inspector.

6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. Berwyn, Il 60402 (708) 669-9473 Wire is a facility for music production, performance, and education unlike any other.

Chris Guillen Photography 1130 Marengo Avenue Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 488-1824 Family and commercial photography with studio space

Wonder Works Children’s Museum 6445 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-4815 Six permanent exhibits develop imagination & creativity for children up to 8 yrs. Weekly special programming, monthly events.

Business & professional Srvc & Assoc. AGoodman Business Operations Consulting 522 S. Kenilworth Oak Park, IL 60304 (630) 805-3702 Works with business owners to set up simple and effective back-office systems to address all aspects of business operations.

Coach Linda Berger ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer Architecture, Interior Design, Planning - Primarily for the hospitality, restaurant and entertainment industries.

(708) 838-7031 Azure Horizons allows you to GROW your business while we eliminate your I.T. headaches.

1041 Susan Collins Lane #404 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 205-0879 Linda Berger - Creator and facilitator of Business Women Warriors 90 day Challenges and Master Mind.

Austin Chamber of Commerce

Berwyn Development Corporation

Distinctive Coaching for Business Success

645 S. Central Ave. Chicago, IL 60644 (773) 854-5063 Serving the business community in the Austin neighborhood.

3322 S. Oak Park Avenue, 2nd Flr Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 788-8100 The BDC markets Berwyn as a prime business and leisure destination, promoting Berwyn’s energy and culture to visitors.

117 Clinton Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 829-1276 Business Leaders: Cut your work hours and de-stress, as your business doubles or triples. Call for a free consultation.

Buyers Protection Group

Downtown Oak Park

4300 Alexander Dr., Ste 200

1010 Lake St., #114

Oak Park Farmers Market pie bake-off.

Aria Group Architects

Azure Horizons, Inc.

830 North Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 445-8400

7115 West North Avenue Suite 185 Oak Park, IL 60302


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-4145 Merchant Association serving Oak Park’s primary shopping and retail area bounded by Harlem, Lake and Marion.

Financial Understanding Now, LLC

Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-3329 Volunteer-led association representing businesses in the Oak Park Avenue / Lake Street area.


1011 Lake Street Ste. 424 Oak Park, Il 60301 (708) 725-8000 Personal Financial Education and Counseling.

822 Linden Ave. Suite 200 Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 455-9191 We are a team of designers and developers dedicated to helping businesses reach their goals.

Forest Park Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Restaurant Association

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

33 West Monroe Suite 250 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 787-4000 Providing information, education and advocacy for the restaurant and hospitality industry in Illinois.

Fulcrum HR Consulting 835 Erie Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 731-1413 Human Resources Consulting Company based in Oak Park Illinois which serves small to midsized businesses.

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

Hemingway District Business Association 104 N Oak Park Ave., #203

with modern amenities.

Inside Edge: Public Relations & Media Services 1040 North Blvd. Suite 250 Oak Park, Illinois 60302 708-860-1380 We help clients gain exposure, develop expert reputations and, most importantly, achieve and exceed their goals.

The Oak Park Residence Corporation has the perfect apartment for you. With over 500 apartments in 23 distinctive buildings, we offer modern amenities while retaining classic Oak Park architectural features.

Madison Street Business Association 41 Chicago Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 358-2634 Fostering the commercial and economic well-being of the Madison Street business corridor in Oak Park

21 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-6061


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Medla Mediation Services

Painting & Remodeling “Professionals at Affordable Prices”

708 848-4800

Email: Exterior & Interior Painting & Staining SPECIALISTS!

Serving the Oak Park/River Forest Communities for over 20 years!









We meet all your hardware needs. 7 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park (708) 848-3600 Hours: Monday through Friday 8-6 Saturday 8-5 Sunday 10-3

137 N. Oak Park Avenue, Suite 400 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 334-5833 Family and Divorce Mediation Services.

Molly Rudberg, LLC 224 South Marion Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 286-3346 To empower individuals & organizations to question and re-imagine life and work with clarity, purpose and confidence.

My Happi Life 742 Bonnie Brae River Forest , IL 60305 (773) 203-6217 Purpose is to help busy women transform their relationships & their lives by focusing on what they want & to live happier.

North Avenue Business Association 6611 North Avenue Suite 105 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-1433 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 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 OPEDC is a not-for-profit economic development organization working to bring business investment to the Village of Oak Park.

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

OVP Management Consulting Group Inc. 1221 N. Harlem Avenue Unit A Oak Park, IL 60302 (313) 820-8185 A hands-on, people-focused consulting firm that thrives on the concept of helping people get better at what they do.

Pleasant District Association Between Harlem and Home Ave, and South Boulevard and Randolph Street. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-2654 Volunteer-led association of retailers, businesses and residents in the neighborhood south of the Metra near Pleasant in OP.

PQR Consulting, LLC 159 Marion Street, #218 Oak Park, IL 60301-1032


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Wilks Communications Group

(708) 320-0424 Partnership * Quality * Results We help small business and nonprofits generate new revenue streams through grants and RFPs.

1033 South Boulevard Oak Park, IL 60302 7084345006 Strategic communications that deliver results

Restart Your Career

Community Srvs, Govt & Nonprofit

1127 Woodbine Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 256-2709 I help men and women who have taken a break in their career and help them re-enter the work force.

African American Christian Foundation

Annual Edible Garden Tour in Oak Park.

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


rental, copies, printing.

Animal Care League

530 Gunderson Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 714-7788 TEDx is a program of local, selforganized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office

Roosevelt Road Merchant Association Oak Park, IL 60304 Volunteer-led association of Oak Park and Berwyn business owners along Roosevelt Rd.

SaraCohen Consulting 1000 S. Ridgeland Ave Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 445-1382 Consulting services for nonprofit organizations.

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

Simplify Your Marketing 626 Belleforte Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 307-2201 Amanda Young, MBA, is known for helping overwhelmed entrepreneurs find the clarity they need to design a business they love.

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

500 West Madison Street Suite 1150 Chicago , IL 60661 (312) 353-4519 Bringing small businesses the support they need.

Vickery and Co 914 Circle Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130 (312) 925-2468 Heather Vickery, Success Coach at Vickery and Co.

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

Boy Scouts of America 811 W. Hillgrove Ave LaGrange, IL 60525 (312) 421-8800 x231 Prepares young people to make ethical & moral choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The UPS Store (North Ave)

What Now Advisors

Calvary Memorial Church of Oak Park

7115 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-8431 One stop shop for packaging, freight, shipping, mail services, moving/packing supplies, mailbox

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

931 Lake Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-3900 An independent church dedicated to making Jesus Christ known in Oak Park & around the world.


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Collaboration for Early Childhood 123 Madison Room 209 Oak Park, Illinois 60302 (708) 613-6122 Fostering high quality early care and educational experiences and support to families in our community.

Community Support Services 9021 Ogden Ave Brookfield, Illinois 60513 (708) 354-4547 Non-Profit organization working with individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.

Engage Christian Church PO Box 1291

Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 405-9605 Reclaiming lives, Restoring families, Transforming communities. Here is where you belong!�

Forest Preserves of Cook County 536 North Harlem Avenue River Forest, IL 60305 (800) 870-3666 Nearly 70,000 acres in Cook Co. where millions of visitors each year camp, bike, hike, fish, canoe, volunteer & enjoy nature.

Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield Oak Park, IL 60304 708-725-2460

Nonprofit that promotes the Oak Park Conservatory, offers programs, and supports Conservatory projects.

Greater Chicago Church 705 Jackson Blvd Oak Park, Illinois 60304 (708) 660-0013 A church purposed to build community and family in Oak Park and surrounding areas through our resource center.

Hephzibah Children’s Association 946 North Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 649-7100 School-age child care & welfare services: foster care, adoption services, child abuse prevention;

group homes for children.

Housing Forward 1851 S. Ninth Avenue Maywood, IL 60153 (708) 338-1724 Transitioning people from housing crisis to housing stability through six integrated program areas, including PADS Shelter.

Kiwanis Club of River Forest/Oak Park P.O. Box 6401 River Forest, IL 60305 kiwanisclubofriverforestoakpar. Serving children and seniors in our communities. Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at the River Forest Library.

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CHAMBER LISTINGS L’Arche Chicago 1011 Lake Street, Suite 403 Suite 403 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 660-1600 Community that provides homes for adults with intellectural disabilities.

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

Lions Club of Oak Park River Forest

Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association

520 S. Maple Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 660-2300 Please join us for lunch and see what we do as a service club for visually impaired and hearing impaired in the community.

P.O. Box 1460 Oak Park, IL 60304 One of the largest community based, multipurpose lesbian and gay membership organizations in Illinois.

NAMI Metro Suburban 816 Harrison Street Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 524.2582 individual-placement-and-support. html Providing hope & improving the quality of life for those in the Chicago area whose lives are affected by mental illness.

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

Oak Park Education Foundation 260 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-3046 Brings professional experts into K-8th grade classrooms at every D97 school in addition to a robust summer BASE Camp program.

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

Oak Park and River Forest Day Nursery

Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society sponsors of the IWS Children’s Clinic

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

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

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on revitalizing North Avenue.

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

The West Cook YMCAs, Inc. 255 South Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-5200 The West Cook YMCA helps individuals and families gain a greater level of health literacy and become their best self.

Oak Park Youth Baseball & Softball (OPYBS) 941 Garfield Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 834-8703 OPYBS is a nonprofit, 100% volunteer organization that runs the youth baseball and softball programs in Oak Park.

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services 411 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-1050 Support/programs: children/adults w/developmental disabilities-early intervention, adult learning centers group homes.

Opportunity Knocks 8020 Madison St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-6159 Ext.220 OK provides programs and services for young adults with developmental disabilities in the OPRF and Forest Park areas.

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

Thrive Counseling Center

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Battle of the Badges basketball game.

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

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

River Forest Township 8020 W. Madison River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-2029 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

Organization of business & professional men and women united worldwide to provide humanitarian service.

Sarah’s Inn 309 Harrison Street Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 386-3305 Improving the lives of those affected by domestic violence and breaking the cycle of violence for future generations.

The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association 178 Forest Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-2729 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 Citizens’ advocacy group focused

120 South Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-7500 Comprehensive community mental health agency offering counseling, psychiatric, family, youth, and 24/7 crisis services.

Village Church of Oak Park Landmark 19th Century Building 178 Forest Ave Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-0411 Come. Relax. Be yourself. Village Church exists to equip God’s people to do His work.

Village of Oak Park 123 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-6400 Local government.

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

Way Back Inn/Grateful House 1915 W. Roosevelt Road


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Phillips Mechanical Heating & Cooling LLC

Broadview, IL 60155 (708) 344-3301 Substance abuse treatment facility.

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

West Suburban Special Recreation AssociationWSSRA 2915 Maple Street Franklin Park, IL 60131 (847) 455-2100 WSSRA offers year round recreation opportunities for persons of all ages with a wide range of disabilities.

Sherwin Williams 901 Madison Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 763-0048 sherwin-williams Premium paint store.

Women’s Global Education Project 136 N. Marion St. Ste. 201 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-5260 WGEP develops and implements quality education programs for rural and marginalized populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Fresh roasted corn during the Oak Park Farmers Market.

Champion Window Mfg. 310 County Line Rd. Bensenville, Illinois 60106 (630) 514-8550 We custom manufacture our windows, doors and sunrooms.

Construction, contractors & Tradesmen

Clearview Home Inspections, Inc

Altierra Development Group LLC / Altierra Kitchen & Home Furnishings

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

106 S. Oak Park Ave. Ste. 205 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 393.4094 Kitchens & Home Furnishings. General Construction.

AV Construction Services Inc. 1925 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60616 (312) 878-0988 Restoration. New Construction, Construction Management. Project Design/Build.

Corna Kitchen/Bath & Tile 2134 N. Harlem Ave. Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 453-0036 Kitchen - bath - tile. Granite fabrication.

David Bores Vintage Home Restoration Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 244-7755

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

Excel Window Tinting, Inc. 314 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 848-1565 Commercial, residential and decorative window tinting.

Flores Painting Corporation 1231 S. Oak Park Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 317-5771 iInterior and exterior painting.

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

Spannuth Boiler Company, Inc. 264 Madison Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-1882 Boiler repair and replacement.

West Suburban Garage Doors 41a South Blvd. Oak Park , IL 60302 (708) 948-7474 When you want the finest service or product in the garage door business, trust your home with West Suburban Garage Doors.

Dining, food, Beverages & Catering Angie’s Pantry, Inc. 144 Forest Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 743-9114 Weekly Meal Service, Scratch Baking, Healthy Eating, Special Event Catering, Corporate Catering for groups up to 100.

Barclay’s American Grille 1120 Pleasant St. Oak Park, IL 60302


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CHAMBER LISTINGS (708) 848-4250 Classic American cuisine. Relaxed dining experience with exceptional food and service.

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 Bake Shop ... Breakfast & Lunch! Let MP Kitchen host your next Special Event!

Burger Moovment 7512 West North Avenue Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 452-7288 The Boss knows best. We use 100% Midwest Angus beef and fresh, local ingredients.

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

Carnival Grocery 824 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, Illinois 60304 (312) 498-9885 Neighborhood full-service grocery store, with deli, meats, fresh produce, baked goods and robust wine & spirits selection.

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

Cucina Paradiso 814 North Blvd Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-3434 Cucina Paradiso is mixing drinks, pouring wine, and preparing the

Maya Del Sol ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the park district at Maple Park. best Stone Baked Pizzas, Pastas and creative Entrees.

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

We are a boutique coffeehouse company that focuses on transformation through social innovation, experience, and enterprise.

McDonald’s La Barra Restaurant 2 E. Burlington St. Riverside, IL 60546 (773) 301.6266 Small plates, pizza and wine bar.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

La Notte Ristorante Italiano

7501 North Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (224) 775-1175 A Midwest grown grocery store offering fresh, healthy and natural food at great prices.

118 N. Marion St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 948-7576 Fine dining Italian in a casual atmosphere.

Kinslahger Brewing Company

144 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 358-9800 Latin Fusion Restaurant. Party room and catering available. Seasonal outdoor dining.

Lea French Street Food

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

Munch 104 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-4226 Homemade vegetarian cuisine. We also have vegan and gluten-free options.

Nando’s Peri-Peri 1138 Lake St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 434-6296 Nando’s specializes in flame-grilled peri peri chicken.

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

106 North Marion Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 714-7662 French inspired fast casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

L!VE Cafe

Lou Malnati’s

Oak Park Brewing & Hamburger Mary’s Oak Park

163 S. Oak Park Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 417-6030

1038 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 358-0800

155 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 445-0272


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Oak Park Brewing & Hamburger Mary’s serves the juiciest burgers and the finest ales and lagers, brewed on-site.

(708) 771-7230 Voted best pork chops in the City by Chicago Magazine - Skrine Chops in Forest Park offers great bbq chicken and chops.

Obsessed Kitchen and Bar 800 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 613-5044 Global cuisine restaurant obsessed with great food, attentive service and creative, but classic cocktails.

Spilt Milk

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Old School Tavern & Grill 201 DesPlaines Ave. Forest Park, IL 60301 (708) 771-3663 Old fashioned neighborhood gathering place. Craft beer. Great Dining. Fantastic Cocktails.

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

Pete’s Fresh Market 259 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 406-8700 Premium grocery store with organics, prepared foods, cafe, gelato, and more.

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

The Rotary Club’s annual Food Truck Rally at Keystone Park in River Forest.

Poke Burrito Oak Park 1025 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 Poke Burrito in downtown Oak Park offers you our concept of a combination of Hawaiian, Mexican, and Japanese fusion dishes.

Q-BBQ 124 N. Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 628-3421 Fast-casual Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant that specializes in authentic BBQ.

Red Mango Cafe and Juice Bar 1044 W. Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 948-7314 #1 ZAGAT-rated frozen yogurt, smoothie and juice brand offering healthy and tasty treats.

River Forest Chocolates and Confectionery 7769 Lake Street River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-0891

River Forest Chocolates is s boutique confectionery featuring handcrafted chocolates, English Toffee, retro candies and more.

Rustico 722 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 948-7855 Elegant Mediterranean fusion in the heart of Oak Park.

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

Serenitea, Inc. 1046 Pleasant St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 660-9670 We feature Afternoon tea. Located in historical Oak Park on Pleasant Street.

Skrine Chops 7230 Madison Street Forest Park, IL 60130

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

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

Sugar Fixe Patisserie 119 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 948-7720 Bakery & Cafe

The Heritage Restaurant 7403 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 435-4937 Seasonal, American restaurant in Forest Park.

The Little Gem Cafe 189 North Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-5491 Gourmet American Restaurant. Elegant, Romantic and Fun.


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CHAMBER LISTINGS The Sugar Beet Food Co-op

Winberie’s Restaurant

812 West Madison Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 948-7656 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.

151 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-2600 An Oak Park favorite - a classic American Bistro; warm & inviting.

Trattoria 225

308 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 401-0888 Academia offers engaging language, cultural and social studies classes to adults, teens & children, Camps & after-school too.

Two Brothers Social Tap

Alcuin Montessori School

100 S. Marion St. Oak Park, Illinois 60302 (708) 665-4300 Two Brothers Social Tap is a coffee cafe, bar and restaurant with breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

324 North Oak Park Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 366-1882 Founded in 1961, the oldest Montessori school in the Midwest; serves students 12 months to 14 yrs. Before/after school care.

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

North Ave + Harlem Ave

7061 W North Ave, Oak Park (708) 386-8431

Lake St + Oak Park Ave

805 Lake St, Oak Park (708) 358-1445

Academia, Institute of Language & Culture

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

Whole Foods Market

We moved to serve you better!

Education & Enrichment

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

Wild Onion Tied House

Concordia University Chicago

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

7400 W. Augusta St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-8300 Concordia Univ. Chicago a Lutheran liberal arts-based university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.


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

easyenglish4all 119 S. Ridgeland Avenue Oak Park, Illinois 60302 (708) 731-1189 Tutor and teach languages with native teachers all around the world. Translation services, text insertions for your videos.

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

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Annual 9-11 LemonAid Charity event on the 700 block of Bonnie Brae in River Forest. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-6626

Foss Swim School

Pre-school - Montessori

1850 N. Harlem #100 Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 695-8100 Discover What’s FOSSIBLE®. Foss Swim School provides expert swim instruction for ages 6 months and up.

Kim Frost Vocal Studios

HeartGarden 911 S. Lombard Avenue Oak Park, Il 60304 (708) 601-1042 Sister studio to Musikgarten of Oak Park, offering music, movement & arts education and events.

Intercultural Montessori Language School 301 S. Ridgeland Ave.

1141 S. Grove Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 445-1996 Our mission is to help students achieve whatever their individual musical goals may be.

Life Transitions Coaching - Karin Grimes, L.C.S.W. 1010 Lake St., #111 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-5354 Life coaching, focusing on work/ life balance and life transitions, plus an On-Track-For-College Coaching Program.


as birthday parties.

137 North Oak Park Ave., Ste. 212 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 660-1860 Educational services

Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts

Little Newtons 1850 North Harlem Ave Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 395-5590 Little Newtons is an exceptional child care center with competitive rates and an extensive curriculum.

Magical Minds Studio 110 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 948-7934 Premier art studio offering handson experiences. Offering preschool and after school workshops as well

6701 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 708-383-3456 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 We make math make sense. Increase your child’s math skills, while building confidence in a positive and fun environment.


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Edward Cross & Son, Inc. Since 1937

Lori Hannigan 518 N. Lombard Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302

708-848-8631 • Tuckpointing • Building Cleaning • Window Caulking • Chimney Repairs • Fully Insured

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

Oak Park River Forest High School D200 201 N. Scoville Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-0700 Public high school serving Oak Park and River Forest.

(708) 222-7564 OVATION provides high quality training in performing arts, encouraging our students’ excellence, professionalism and passion.

River Forest School District 90 7776 Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-8282 River Forest elementary school district.

Oak Park String Academy

School of Rock Oak Park

350 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 800-6772 OPSA is a music school offering a comprehensive violin and cello program for children ages 3-18.

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

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

OPRF High School Huskie Booster Club 201 N. Scoville Oak Park, IL 60302 Nonprofit group supporting and celebrating student academics, athletics, arts and activities at OPRFHS.

OVATION ACADEMY for the Performing Arts 126 N. Oak Park Avenue Oak Park, IL 60301

Sugar Beet Schoolhouse 349 Ashland Avenue River Forest, IL 60305 (773) 988-6205 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 At Sylvan we teach your student how to learn so that they gain confidence as well as solid skills.

The Actors Garden 909 S. Lombard Ave Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 369-1055 The place where theatre and fun


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest (South Oak Park Branch)

grow hand- in-hand. Classes and camps for youth.

The Learning League

810 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 919-6200 We focus on creating financial solutions for individuals, businesses and non-profits throughout the communities we serve.

171 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, Il 60302 (708) 692-4870 Local tutoring company that hires qualified high school students to tutor elementary school kids in the Oak Park community.

Dan Bjornson, CPA, Ltd.

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

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

Financial ABC Bank 6400 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60707 (773) 804-3600 Community owned bank.

Allstate - Oak Park Insurance 1106 Chicago Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 919-5190 Quality protection, trusted advice, peace of mind.

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69th annual carnival at Lincoln School in Oak Park.

Andy Kaczkowski Northwestern Mutual One North Upper Wacker Drive; #4600 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 342-4539 We provide you a balanced approach to achieving financial security, understanding your intentions and addressing your needs.

Anna Bass, CPA 429 North Marion Street Suite 201 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-4400 State CPA Licensed - small businesses and individuals, business accounting and QuickBooks.

Arleatha Kelly, LLC 1010 Lake St. Suite 200 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 628-4195 Business, Financial & Consulting Services.

AXA Advisors, LLC 716 North Belleforte Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 948-7766 Insurance, Investments, Retirement Planning, focusing on the preservation of wealth and withdrawal strategies.

Back Office Service Solutions LLC 7640 Wilcox St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 860-2677 Experienced CPAs and bookkeepers - Accounting, Tax and Financial Services.

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

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest 1001 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 660-1000 We focus on creating financial solutions for individuals, businesses and nonprofits throughout the communities we serve.

7518 Madison Street Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 488-1800 Accounting, auditing, personal and business taxation for small to medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Edward Jones - Matt Grote, Financial Advisor 214 S. Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-5424 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 Everett Wealth Solutions, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor; Everett & Associates: Life, LTC, Fixed Index Annuities.

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CHAMBER LISTINGS Community bank providing full range of personal and business services.

GMS & Associates, Inc. 1010 Lake Street Suite 605 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 373-3973 We help business owners with their accounting and taxes so they can grow their business.

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

Hedgeman & Associates, LLC

Kelty Financial Services, Inc.

715 Lake St., Ste. 412 Oak Park, IL 60301 (800) 915-8857 License Illinois, CPA firm, serving small business & individuals in areas of tax, audit, business valuation, financial plans.

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

Jensen & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Linden Wealth Management

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

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

loanDepot 213 W. Institute Place

Ste. 210 Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 319-9832 Residential Mortgage Lender

Madden Funds Management, Ltd. 1010 Lake Street, Ste. 604 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-3200 Investment advisors.

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CHAMBER LISTINGS New Capital Management, LLC

Health & Wellness Advanced Dermatology Center

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

2735 N. Harlem Chicago , IL 60707 (773) 385-6069 Dr. Michael’s dermatology practice encompasses Medical Cosmetic Surgical and Pediatric Dermatology.

New York Life Insurance Company - Terry Zachata 1515 N. Harlem Ave., Suite 205-9 Oak Park, IL 60302 (630) 254-6979 Financial Services, Consulting

Norman Professional Services 1515 N. Harlem #409 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-1020 Norman Professional Services offers bookkeeping services and QuickBooks training for small businesses.

Perry Jones Consulting 2333 W Harrison St. Unit 3 Chicago, IL 60612 (773) 373-9483 CPAs providing accounting and finance services to small to midsize businesses.

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

Pryor Tax Accounting Services 715 W. Lake St., #808 Oak Park, IL 60301 (866) 442-8720

Athletico Physical Therapy

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Memorial Day Parade in River Forest. Accountant, Financial Services

Quantum Capital Investments and QCI Tax Planning 731 Bonnie Brae River Forest, IL 60605 (708) 2670627 Quantum Capital Investments is an independent, fee-only fiduciary company focused on tax savings and investment strategies.

ment processing solutions designed specifically for small, mid-sized businesses.

Zoller, Swanson & Co., CPA’s 137 N. Oak Park Ave., Ste. 320 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-3296 Personal & business taxation/ investment & retirement planning

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

Tidal Commerce 2625 Butterfield Rd Suite 213W Oak Brook, IL 60523 (630) 9321661 Tidal Commerce provides pay-

ATI Physical Therapy - Oak Park 109 Harlem Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 488-1408 Experienced Physical Therapists specializing in Manual Therapy, Graston Technique, & Total Joint Replacement.

Biodynamic Health Systems

Funeral Homes Sassetti, LLC

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

203 S. Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-3191 Funeral Home

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

Woodlawn Funeral Home

Body By Alamar

7750 W. Cermak Road Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 442-8500 Full service funeral home with on-site crematory and burial options.

1623 74th Court Elmwood Park, Illinois 60707 (708) 456-9162 Specialized bodywork services, Hawaiian energy healing for chronic pain, injury rehabilitation, prevention.

Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Body Gears Physical Therapy

Edward-Elmhurst Health 155 E. Brush Hill Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126 (331) 221-1000 Edward-Elmhurst Health is a three hospital system with 60 outpatient sites. Opened its Health Center at 932 Lake St. in 2017.

1049 Lake Street #201 Oak Park, IL 60301 (877) 709-1090 Helping patients achieve an optimal physical state in which all your moving parts are in sync.

Family Eye Care of Elmwood Park

Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics 715 Lake St. Suite 600 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-7789 Regenerative Medicine specialists: Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Stem Cell Therapy for arthritis, injury, and pain.

Chicago Family Doulas 715 W Lake Street Suite 200 Oak Park, IL 60301 (707) 616-9137 Full service Doula Agency offering birth and postpartum doula support.

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

Children’s Urgent Care 7343 W. Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305 (630) 487-1556 Children’s Urgent Care is an after hours immediate/urgent care clinic for children.

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Oak Park Conservatory’s plant sale.

Clean Up Your Energy 626 Belleforte Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 307-2201 Energy Mastery; Healing and Certification Training.

Connect Hearing 7249 Madison Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-4586 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 The Hearing Place specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, & tinnitus evaluations.

Diamond Gastroenterology 1010 Lake Street Suite 424

Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 613-4417 Gastroenterologist

Dr. Mary Ann Bender, DPM 6931 West North Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 763-0580 Foot and ankle specialist, treating all ages. On-site digital x-rays,easy street parking, Spanish/Polish translators.

Dr. Pitud, M.D. - The Housecall Allergist Oak Park, IL (773) 828-9019 Adult & Pediatric Allergy and Asthma.

7310 W. North Avenue Suite 2H Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 456-3232 Proudly serving the Elmwood Park, Oak Park, and River Forest areas with quality eye care services and a friendly staff.

Forest Park Orthodontics 1129 S. Harlem Ave Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 366-7846 Our orthodontists offer Invisalign and Damon Braces for all ages Oak Park, River Forest, Berwyn, Cicero.

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

Drs. Battistoni + Beam, Ltd.

Fuller Health Group

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

1049 Lake Street Suite #201 Oak Park, IL 60301 (312) 262-7969 A multi-disciplinary approach, with a fusion of chiropractic, applied kinesiology, nutrition, body work and natural products.


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Ginkgo Acupuncture

(708) 406-7222

Kirk Eye Centers, S.C.

600 N. Kenilworth Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 543-8726 At Ginkgo Acupuncture, Mary Jane Neumann, L.Ac. specializes in pain, women’s health, and facial rejuvenation.

Imagination Therapy LLC

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

Green Medical Practice

715 Lake St. Suite 302 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 851-2108 A Family Practice that is good for you and the planet! Holistic and alternative wellness.

Speech therapy and a passion for

Board-certified dermatologist.

805 Lake Street #235 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 406-9588

language that develops imagination and problem solving.

Kids Unlimited Therapy Services LLC 820 North Blvd., #B Oak Park, IL 60301

Illinois Dermatology Institute

(708) 524-2445

719 South Blvd Oak Park, Illinois 60302

Pediatric Occupational Physical & Speech Therapy.

Kneaded Work 408-2 S. Lombard Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 383-0475 Living in Oak Park, I travel the Chicago-land area to give clients Therapeutic massage, teach yoga for individual needs.

Lisa J. Peters, MD, SC 1010 Lake St., Ste. 619 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-1400

Dr. Peters is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Macneal Physicians Group 3249 South Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 345-3076 Primary & specialty care physicians conveniently located at the River Forest Campus. Same & next-day appointments available.

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CHAMBER LISTINGS Nature Yoga Sanctuary

Rosin Eyecare

146 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 660-0868 Yoga Center & Cafe located in the Arts District. Experienced yoga teachers & simple, indulgent vegan, nut-free food & drink.

131 N. Marion St. Oak Park , Illinois 60301 (708) 383-7240 We offer comprehensive eye exams, glasses, and contacts, along with a variety of eye health checkups.

Royal Health Care NovaCare 605 W. Madison Oak Park, Il 60304 (708) 763-8597 Qualified clinical team provides preventative & rehabilitative services that maximize functionality and promote well-being.

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

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Dominican University students raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation by shaving their heads. Family cosmetic & implant Dentistry practice serving people of all ages, in a relaxing spa atmosphere for 40 yrs.

Palmgren Acupuncture Center, Inc.

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

115 N. Marion St., 2nd Floor, Suite 8 Oak Park, IL 60301 (773) 915-3683 Acupuncture & massage clinic helping people reduce pain, lower stress, and lose weight so they can feel good again.


Pure Health Chiropractic

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

421 N. Marion St Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 407-1080 Our office helps people feel great and live healthier lives through natural chiropractic care. We offer quick and easy appointments.

One Fine Smile

115 N Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 277-9880 Feeling the effects of too much stress in your life? Relaxation pro-

NYE Partners

1100 Lake st. Suite 140 Oak Park Illinois 60301 (708) 3831234

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Riveredge Hospital 8311 W. Roosevelt Rd. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-7000 Riveredge Hospital is a comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider that serves children, adolescents and adults.

Romano Orthopaedic Center 1 Erie Ct. Suite 7120 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-4662 Orthopaedic Surgery, Total Joints, Sports Medicine, Fracture Care, Bone Health & Physical Therapy.

Rose Mattax, Arbonne Independent Consultant 540 Ferdinand Av Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 714.3200 Rose Mattax Arbonne Independent Consultant offers botanically-based certified vegan skincare & nutrition products.

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

Rush Oak Park Hospital 520 S. Maple Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 660-5691 An acute care hospital specializing in diabetes management, stroke, orthopedics, wound care, and rehabilitation.

Rush Oak Park Physicians Group 610 S. Maple Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 660-2240 Physicians group associated with the Rush medical system.

Sage Neuropsychology Consultants 137 N. Park Ave., Ste.#207A Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 434-1264 Comprehensive neuropsychological-evaluations individuals ages 16+ for variety neurological, medical, psychiatric concerns.

Serenity Acupuncture, Inc 503 Madison St


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-4626 Serenity Acupuncture is a sanctuary of healing. Improve your quality of life with acupuncture and massage.

Seven Point 1132 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 855-9-7POINT SEVENPOINT.ORG Seven Point is a Medical Cannabis Dispensary providing safe access to lab-tested, pesticide-free, medical-grade cannabis.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLabDay Rehab and Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Center 420 Thatcher Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (312) 238-1000 Outpatient rehabilitation clinic providing day rehab, medical, physical/occupational therapy and chiropractic services.

Signature Smiles Dental Care 1128 Lake St Suite 1 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-6190 Full service dental office

The Juniper Center 1110 North Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60301 (847) 759-9110 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 Pharmacy phone: 383-9009

West Suburban Medical Center

Watson Chiropractic, LLC 1011 Lake St. Ste. 216 Oak Park, IL 60301 (888) 476-5171 Premiere clinic dedicated to helping people find better health, naturally one woman, one child, one family at a time.

WellcomeMD-Ingrid Liu, D.O. 1100 W. Lake St., Ste. 125 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-3080 Concierge medical practice providing customized 24 hours a day primary care.

3 Erie Court Oak Park, IL 60302 (847) 813-3926 We are a leader in orthopedics, gastroenterology, oncology, cardiology and obstetrics.

West Suburban Midwife Associates 715 Lake St. Suite 273 Oak Park, IL 60301-1411 (708) 848-3800 Certified Nurse Midwife practice attending natural childbirths int

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CHAMBER LISTINGS the Alternative Birth Room of West Suburban Hospital. Using only vapor-steam, HEPA vacuums & microfiber cloths,we go beyond green to achieve cleaner, healthier homes & businesses.

White Lotus Chiropractic of OP, Ltd. 1001 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-1200 Breath, balance, soothe, restore and renew. Chiropractic, yoga, acupuncture, advanced physical medicine and massage.

Yonan Carpet One

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Active Maintenance Group, Inc. 847 S. Randall Rd. Elgin, IL 60123 (708) 386-8888 Professional window & gutter cleaning,power washing residential & commercial-serving Oak Park and River Forest. Free estimate.

Arevalo Bros Chem-Dry

Micro Brew Review in downtown Oak Park.

Kelty Lawn Care & Pavers 338 Lathrop River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-4880 Lawn care, landscaping, landscaping design and installation. Brick paving and lawn care maintenance.

4824 S. Linder Ave. Chicago, IL 60638 (708) 795-5932 carpet-cleaning-oak-park-il Carpet cleaning for homes and businesses in Oak Park and nearby communities.

MaidPro Oak Park

CityHome Vacuum and Appliances

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

148 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 660-9800 Vacuum cleaner sales and services.

Gerger & Greco 212 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-5296 Design, Build and Landscape Maintenance.

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

McAdam Landscaping

MOOD | Design + Build 1117 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 948-7240 Interior Design + Build firm for residential and commercial interior & exterior projects.

Residential Cleaning By Maggie 7234 W. North Ave., Ste. 701 Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (773) 213-7627 Residential cleaning, organizing, home managing, help with packing/moving, spring cleaning or other cleaning projects.

Schauer’s Hardware Store 7449 Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 366-1100 Largest hardware in Forest Park with hammer on the door. Janitor supplies, commercial supplies, household supplies, and more.

Servpro of Oak Park and River Forest 119 N 10Tth Ave. Melrose Park, IL 60160 (708) 483-8636 Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services.

We Clean Green 1730 N. Natoma Ave. Chicago, IL 60707 (708) 328-8383

7040 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60707 (630) 963-2000 YONANCARPETONE.COM Carpet & Rug Dealers, with locations on North Avenue in Chicago/ Oak Park, Downers Grove, and Rolling Meadows.

Industrial, Janitorial, Energy & Environmental Exceptional Building Services P.O. Box 740 Hillside, IL 60162 (708) 386-5703 We are a full service house and office cleaning company. We clean banks, schools and projects.

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

Republic Services 2608 S. Damen Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60608 (773) 579-3600 Recycling and trash company that ensures companies are receiving the best value for their trash and recycling program.

Roy Strom Refuse and Recycling Company 1201 Greenwood Ave. Maywood, IL 60153


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Heil & Heil Insurance Agency

(708) 344-5000 Solid Waste/Recyclable Material/ Commercial. Residential collection and waste transfer. Family owned and operated 69 years.

5215 Old Orchard Rd Suite 300 Skokie, IL 60077 (847) 530-3888 We help businesses of all sizes and incomes with their professional liability, worker’s comp, P&C insurance needs.

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

Mike Grant State Farm Insurance

SunVest Solar Inc. 1101 Wenonah Oak Park, IL 60304 (312) 320-5205 SunVest is a high-integrity, highquality solar energy contractor for commercial and industrial clients in IL.

Insurance AAA Car Care Plus 2512 S. Harlem Ave. North Riverside, IL 60546 (708) 883-9822 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 Helping people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

American Family Insurance 7777 Lake St. Ste. 109 River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-0010

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Two Brothers Brothers Social Tap at 100 S. Marion St.

Insurance Agency--We insure auto, home, life, and business.

Care Insurance.

Country Financial

Forest Agency Insurance

6438 Joliet Road Countryside, IL 60525 (708) 352-5555 Auto, Home, Life, and Commercial Insurance, Estate Planning, Retirement Planning, Long Term Care and Financial Services.

7310 W. Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 ª708) 383-9000 When you purchase insurance through Forest Agency, you are not just getting an agent, you’re getting an advocate.

David Agency Insurance, Inc.

Harmony Insurance

385 N. York Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126 (630) 516-9000 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 Street, Ste. 128 Oak Park, IL 60301-1032 (312) 952-1706 Licensed Broker & Consultant Annuities, Disability, Healthcare, Life, Medicare and Long-Term

200 W. Madison Suite 3950 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 256-3710 Expertise in Medicaid Insurance Plans.

Healthcare Solutions Team 1038 Washington Blvd Apt 1 Oak Park, Illinois 60302 (630) 674-5529 Confused about health insurance options? Let me find the best affordable plans for you, your family, your employees.

7975 Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-9220 At Mike Grant State Farm Insurance Agency we build longterm relationships through dedicated people and best-in-class service.

Peterson & Associates Insurance 1000 Hillgrove, Ste. 200 Western Springs, IL 60558 (708) 286-1300 Independent insurance agency selling auto, home, business, life and health. We represent multiple carriers.

State Farm Insurance Terry Lemley 191 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-3163 Insurance

Wellcare Health Plans Insurance 200 W. Madison Suite 3950 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 632-0868 Expertise in major areas of govt. sponsored health care: Medicaid,


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.

Suite 220 Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 936-4600 Family Law Attorney utilizing Mediation and Collaborative Practice to amicably resolve domestic issues.

Legal servies Angelika Kuehn Law Office 171 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-0785 We focus our practice in estate planning and administration, business law, land use, and philanthropy.

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

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

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

Harrison Property Law 1142 Chicago Ave. Suite 3N Oak Park , il 60302 (708) 613-5181 Harrison Property Law is a realestate-focused law firm based in Oak Park and serving the greater

Weicher Law Offices, P.C.

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Art Dans La Rue in downtown Oak Park. Chicagoland area.

Law Offices of Jonathan D. Groll, Ltd. 830 North Boulevard, Ste. A Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 358-8565 Estate Planning, Real Estate, Probate, Corporate, General Transaction Law.

Law Offices of Kevin Bry 159 N. Marion St., Ste. #300 Oak Park, IL 60301 (312) 749-7400 Kevin Bry is an attorney who practices in the areas of civil, criminal and appellate litigation.

Law Offices of Lisa C. Perna, Ltd 8400 W. 26th St. North Riverside, IL 60546 (708) 853-9251 Legal services in the areas of real estate transactions, zoning, property tax appeals, and estate planning.

Oak Park, IL 60304 (800) 627-2179 Local law firm that handles real estate matters and securities arbitration.

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

Ruggiero Law Group, LLC 805 Lake Street, #314 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 609-9163 Law office

Schottler & Associates 7222 W. Cermak Road Suite 701 North Riverside, Illinois 60546 (708) 442-5599 Dedicated to helping you make the right decisions when creating a will or trust.

Lufrano Law, LLC 818 Harrison Street Suite 210

SOLACE Divorce Mediation 1111 Chicago Ave.

137 North Oak Park Avenue Suite 329 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 420-7022 Real estate & business law, LLC or entity formation, residential & com. real estate closings, real estate & bus. litigation.

Lodging Carleton of Oak Park Hotel 1110 Pleasant St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-5000 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 Historic Inn - Exquisite Rooms & Suites.

Personal Services & care Elevate Hair Boutique 321 Harrison Street Unit B Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 227-3788 Quality hair care with an exclusive salon ambiance. Located in Oak Park’s Arts District.


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CHAMBER LISTINGS James Anthony Salon

Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 445-9988 State of the art small animal hospital providing excellent, compassionate care for your pet with oustanding service for you.

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

The Groomery 106 N. Maple Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 622-9486 Pet Groomer

Lemonmade Style & Snips 187 N. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 948-7769 Childrens hair salon - adults and party room.

Real Estate: Commercial, Housing & Property Management

Midwest Microblading 1006 North Boulevard Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (815) 791-0032 Studio provides custom results for long term brow enhancement, eyeliner and removal services.

Monica’s Skincare Boutique

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Moon viewing Party Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-0098 haircutmenriverforestoakparkil. com/ Hair salon franchise for men and boys

Suze Solari Style

1001 Garfield Street Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 318-0333 Full service Skincare Boutique that provides customized and advanced facial treatments, natural nail care, waxing, makeup

118 Ashland Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (312) 925-1085 Personal Stylist

Russell Burck Intuitive Consulting

6010 Oakwood Dr. Unit 3M Lisle, IL 60532 (708) 652-3492 I am committed to helping people take control of their health and to enjoy complete balance of mind, body, and spirit.

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

Young Living Essential Oils

Pets & Veterinary

Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-3606 A client-centered practice that recognizes that your cat or dog is a cherished companion. We are skilled professionals.

Critter Care Pet Sitting 1182 South Grove Ave Oak Park, Illinois 60304 (708) 268-9477 We’ll Love ‘em Like You Do! In home pet care. Daily dog walks, vacation care. Bonded & Insured, Member NAPPS.

Oak Park Animal Hospital 242 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-5542 Full service small animal and exotic animal hospital serving the community for over 50 years. We treat your pet like family!

Sport Clips

Carlson Animal Hospital

PetVets Animal Hospital

473 N Harlem Ave

414 Lake St.

342 W Harrison

B.A. Feller Company 113 South Marion Street #1 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-4600 Quality apartment brokerage and management services

1010 Lake Street 1010 Lake Street Suite 503 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 251-0025 Offering move-in ready spaces to suit your business needs in historic downtown Oak Park, just minutes from downtown Chicago.

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

Albion at Oak Park 1000 Lake Street Oak Park, Illinois 60301


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Grimes Real Estate Services

(312) 335-2652 Residential apartments coming in late 2019.

1040 North Blvd. #250 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-7900 Exclusive buyers agent and statecertified appraiser; licensed realtor in Illinois.

Allen Realty & Builders / EAR Real Estate 1039 Ashland River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 383-8080 Real Estate Sales. New Construction. Property Management. Appraisals. Historic Restoration. Land Development.

Jack Carpenter Realtors 200 South Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-7100 Real Estate/ Appraisals

B3 Holdings LLC 407 S. Oak Park Ave. Unit E Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 870-0556 Real estate investment and property renovation and improvement specialist.

Baird and Warner, Inc. 1037 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 697-5900 Real Estate

Bern Realty, Inc. 420 Clinton Place River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-7600 Commercial Property Management

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

Caporale Realty

Jennings on the Park ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Euclid Park Square in Oak Park. Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 366-1919 Serving real estate needs since 1983. Residential, commercial investments. Personal service with integrity and results.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate 114 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-1100 Gloor Real Estate Co. has been a family owned real estate firm serving the area market for more than 6 decades.

David King & Associates, Inc. 1011 Lake Street #313 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 445-0505 Commercial real estate firm specializing in leasing, sales and property management.

7646 W. North Ave.

First Community Management 935 W. Chestnut Street Suite 201 Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 829-8900 Providing exceptional homeowner association management services in Chicago and Oak Park since 1998.

Gagliardo Realty Associates, LLC 7375 W. North Ave. River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 771-8040 Residential real estate in Oak Park/ River Forest; guidance from listing to signing -- buyers & sellers.

GLA Property Management 320 Wisconsin Ave. Oak Park, Illinois 60303 (708) 763-9927 Family owned company that has been providing quality housing in the Oak Park community since 1995.

378 Park Ave. Ste. 1A Glencoe, IL 60022 (312) 882-0233 A full-service, boutique-style Real Estate brokerage.

Jim Blaha - United Real Estate 7777 Lake St #100 River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-8899 25 years helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs in Oak Park and River Forest.

Keller Williams

Realty Partners

Oak Park , IL 60302 216-322-0633 Keller Williams Realty: Homes for Sales, Real Estate, Luxury Homes & Commercial Real Estate.

Kresz and Associates 1515 N. Harlem, Ste. #205-1 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 434-0669 Residential and commercial real


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estate, purchase, sale, leasing, rentals, property management, relocation, foreclosure.

1135 Westgate St. Mezzanine Level Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (708) 315.7843 Brand new apartment community located in the heart of downtown Oak Park featuring retail, parking and two mixed use buildings.

M&M Property Management, Inc. 649 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-7355 Property Management

The Sokol Group Morlen Realty Corp. 137 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-5203 Commercial property management and brokerage. Home and commercial building inspection.

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

Oak Park City Apartments 675 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 386-0707 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 Welcome Home! Oak Park Place is designed to provide an elegant luxurious atmosphere w/17 distinctive floor plans to suit you.

Oak Park Regional

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Solar eclipse gazers gather in Scoville Park,

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

Oak Park Residence Corporation 21 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-6061 A community-based non-profit housing development corporation that leases over 750 rental apartments in Oak Park. 35 Chicago Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-7368 Oak Park’s largest provider of apartment rentals.

focused on the needs of Chicagoland office & retail tenants and landlords.

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

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

Vantage Oak Park 150 Forest Ave Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848.1150 Vantage is the tallest apartment building in Oak Park and offers amazing views of Oak Park and the downtown Chicago skyline.

Rada Burns - @properties

Weichert Realtors-Nickel Group

1011 South Boulevard Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 678-6305 I am an Oak Park real estate expert serving Chicagoland.

101 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-5550 Buying or selling, we are your local real estate experts.

ReMax In The Village 189 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-1400 Realtors

Office Space Chicago, Inc.

Scoville Square

1107 N. Oak Park Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 757-4800 x101 Commercial Real Estate firm

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

Rental equipment, Moving & Storage AA Rental Center 30 N. Ninth Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160 (708) 343-8110 Rental tools, equipment and party goods for work and play.

Affordable Backyard Tents 1101 S. Oak Park Ave.


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

We provide comprehensive healthcare to patients who are homebound due to illness or disability. Specialty trained staff.

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

CubeSmart Self Storage of Cicero 1331 S 55th Court Cicero, IL 60804 (708) 628-8888 Brand new self storage facility convenient to Oak Park in Cicero, just south of The Eisenhower off Central Ave.

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

Senior services Ashland Vine Senior Home Care 401 Williams St. #5885 River Forest, Illinois 60305-5885 (708) 890-8877 Licensed provider of non-medical in home care to seniors and those with disabilities wishing to remain in their own homes.

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Sugar Beet School House.

Right at Home Oak Park/ Chicago 7000 West North Avenue #1A Chicago, IL 60707 (708) 445-6000 Non-medical in home care for seniors & disabled adults. Custom care plans & dedicated caregivers keep you safe & comfortable.

Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care

Catholic Charities/ Accolade Day Care

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

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

Celebrating Seniors Coalition

Senior Citizens Center of Oak Park-River Forest

BrightStar CareÂŽ of Chicago and La GrangeCook County

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

414 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-5251 Provides educational, social & cultural activities for people over the age of 50. Hosts Repair Cafe on 3rd Sat. of each month.

Home Instead Senior Care

Senior Life Consulting

6901 North Avenue, Suite 1F Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-9814 Non-medical care companionship & home helper services enabling the elderly to live independently.

Oak Park IL, IL (708) 613-0853 Every senior deserves the opportunity to invest in their future & have access to resources & information.

1100 Lake Street Suite 130 Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 551-2500 BrightStar Care of Chicago-La Grange provides quality home care, caregivers, and medical staffing for infants through seniors.

Belmont Village Oak Park

Brookdale Oak Park formerly Holley Court Terrace

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

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

Interim Healthcare 188 W. Industrial Dr., #124 Elmhurst, IL 60126 (888) 880-4686

Synergy HomeCare 1515 N. Harlem, Suite 307-2 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-4520 oak-park/oak-park


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Customize elder care to fit your unique family situation. Free inhome consultation.

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

Victory Centre of River Woods 1800 Riverwoods Drive Melrose Park, IL 60160 (708) 547-5800 Award winning VIVA! Philosophy, a holistic, proactive approach to enhancing lives. Financial Assistance for those who qualify.

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

Shopping & Retail Al-Mart Furniture and Bedding 7045 W. North Ave. Oak Park, Illinois 60302 (708) 383-5909 We are a full service Furniture and Mattress store offering all home furnishings at incredible values... since 1990!

Alioto’s Gift Shop 1118 Chicago Avenue Oak Park,, Illinois 60302 (708) 763-0808 Home decor, dinnerware, fine china, gifts, and more serving Oak Park and Chicago, Illinois.

Bead In Hand 145 Harrison Street Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 848-1761 A retail bead shop with an extraordinary selection of beads and supplies, offering classes, parties and jewelry repair.

Bliss Fashion Lounge 7439 Madison Street Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 689-0399

Bliss Fashion Lounge- Your Source for Lingerie and Luxury Boudoir.

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

Costco of North Riverside 2500 South Harlem Avenue North Riverside, IL 60546 (708) 853-1034 Membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide selection of merchandise.


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Costco Wholesale Melrose Park

Tag Heur - Tissot - Victorinox Pandora - Gabriel & Co. - Sylvie.

8400 W. North Ave. Melrose Park , IL 60160 (708) 397-2923 Grocery Wholesale

Pieritz Bro’s, Inc. 401 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-8710 One of the Oldest Family Run Office Supply Stores in the United States!

Divine Consign, Inc. 1800 S. Harlem N. Riverside, IL 60546 (708) 386-3366 Upscale Furniture Consignment Store - Quality Eco-Chic Home Furnishings Revisited.

Dream Town, Inc. 4 W. Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 948-7410 We sell brand name shoes, boots,hats & apparel from Nike, Jordon, Adidas, Timberland, New Balance, + more. Call for inquiries!

DTS Shoes 1117 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 514-1925 The latest in sneakers, performance athletic shoes and other fabulous styles.

FILONI 131 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (780) 445-9360 When ordinary just isn’t enough.

Fitness II Perfection LLC Bellwood, IL 60104 (708) 927-1911 Fitness II perfection will focus on clothing made not only for fitness

Rework by ROE

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographerr

4th of July Parade, Oak Park. purposes, but also for everyday wear.

Garland Flowers 137 South Oak Park Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 848-2777 Garland Flowers offers beautiful, fresh flower arrangements. Same day delivery for last minute gifts.

Grand Appliance 7440 W. Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-4763 Family-owned appliance, electronics and mattress store established in1930. Showrooms throughout the Chicago area.

Iconic Style Menswear 159 Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 477-9950 ICONICSTYLE.BIZ We help to create and/or enhance the healthy self-image of those seeking to brand or re-brand themselves for success.

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

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

Manouche 103 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 505-5546 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

905 S. Menard Ave. Chicago, IL 60644 (312) 239-6587 Rework is a full-service new, used, and refurbished office furniture dealer that offers a consultative sales approach.

Studio 8 7316 Madison st Forest Park, IL 60130 (312) 810-2759 Eclectic vintage boutique specializing in up-cycled furniture, home décor, art and estate jewlery.

Sugarcup Trading 110 N. Marion Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-5336 We curate well designed fashion, specialty toys and gifts from around the world. And the best part..You can trade them back!

Team Blonde 7442 W. Madison Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 771-5590 Women’s apparel and accessories boutique featuring handmade jewelry and gifts with Eco Spa and Salon.


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Proudly serving the Oak Park-River Forest Communities Celebrating 74 Years of Quality Service!

Call today for a FREE service quote!


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CHAMBER LISTINGS Ten Thousand Villages

both Rocks Your Ride and energizes the community.

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

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

The Irish Shop Inc. 100 N. Oak Park Avenue Oak Park, Illinois 60301-1304 (708) 445-1149 Offers Claddagh and Celtic jewelry,fine woolen sweaters and outerwear, imported foods, Waterford crystal and Belleek china.

Trends 810 North Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 434-0801 Upscale consignment boutique.

Fitness Formula Clubs ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Halloween Parade in Oak Park. We carry an extensive selection of flowers, plants, dried arrangements, balloons, gourmet gift baskets. Wedding specialists.

Sports, Fitness, Recreation & Travel CorePower Yoga

Triquesta Products

Balance Fitness Studio

809 S. Elmwood Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (312) 493-1197 Source, import and customize Fidget spinners for consumers, collectors and businesses, we help fight ADHD in adults.

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

Two Story Farmhouse 1016 North Boulevard Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-4122 An eclectic boutique filled with beautiful, stylish apparel, jewelry, leather bags, gifts, home decor and more.

Westgate Flowers and Plant Shop 841 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 386-0072

(773) 697-8699 Chicago’s own professional women’s soccer team (NWSL). Individual and group tickets are available.

Center for Intentional Training 142 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 628-7941 The premise of IT is that the body functions as a unit body/mind mind/body. One thing affects the other.

Chicago Red Stars 710 W. Belden Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60614


855 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 488-1071 ‘’CorePower Yoga offers hot yoga classes, accessible to all skill levels. Stop in for a free week!’’

CrossFit Spero 335 Harrison St. Oak Park, Illinois 60304 (708) 628-3784 Family focused fitness facility offering group classes and individualized personal training for adults, teens and kids.

CycleBar OPRF 7513 W. Lake Street River Forest, Illinois 60305 (708) 831-1081 CycleBar is a premium indoor cycling boutique fitness studio that

1114 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-1114 FFC owns and operates upscale, mid and large size multi-use health, sports, fitness, and spa centers in the Chicago area.

Flying V Martial Arts 111 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 524-5425 Our Taekwondo classes offer a total fitness program integrating mind, body and spirit.

Gone Again Travel & Tours 5940 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60651 (773) 417-8808 Chicago travel agency store now open in the Austin Community. Call or stop in today!

Hit It!® Fitness 811 South Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 506-1614 Effective and innovative group exercise classes, personal and small group training + Kids lounge.

CHAMBER LISTINGS Huskie Wrestling Family

GAD Group Technology, Inc.

221 N Kenilworth #408 Oak Park, IL 60302 Nonprofit organization that supports the best youth wrestling program in the country including OPRFHS and club teams.

917 South Oak Park Avenue, Unit A, Oak Park, IL 60304 (630) 226-1013 Managed IT and Business Professional Services to SMBs, Government municipalities.

Pineapple Dance Studio 7518 W. Madison St. 2nd Floor Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 299-2608 Aerial Yoga, Fly Yoga, Zumba, Capoeira, Hip Hop, Belly Dance, Yoga, Pilates, Latin Dance. Group parties.

Spenga 1136 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 514-9369 Spenga - Spin, Strength, Yoga. The best workout you’ll ever have.

Tan Travel 964 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 386-6363 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 Fitness Center, Indoor Tennis Courts w/Group & Private Classes, Pickleball, Personal Training, Yoga, Pilates, Spinnig


File photo courtesy of Park District of Oak Park

Dogs play at Ridgeland Commons Dog Park.

The Barre Code 1040 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 613-5799 Fitness engineered for a woman’s body. Sweat, strengthen, restore, and live by the Barre Code.

The Dailey Method 208 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 628-3352 Our one-hour full body workout combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, and stretching. For all fitness levels!

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

Technology AT&T Mobility 425 N. Harlem Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301

(708) 763-0646 Telecommunications and Entertainment company.

803 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 948-7574 Family owned and operated Authorized Apple® Reseller & Service Provider.

KCS Computer Technology, Inc.

Bannor & Bannor Web Design, WordPress Training & Web Care (708) 203-6513 Web Design & WordPress - We help you bring your message to the world!

Chicago Computer Club 513 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 (312) 404-6957 One stop shop for computer sales, repair services and technical support. Offers free diagnostics testing.

CMIT Solutions of Oak Park, Hinsdale and Oak Brook 944 N. East Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 919-5132 We manage IT systems for businesses that depend on reliable technology to thrive.

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

Prairie IT Services 6957 West North Avenue Suite 207 Oak Park, IL 60302 (773) 313-9009 Whether you need to outsource your IT department or an occasional help desk call Prairie IT Services can help

Proven IT 2024 N Newcastle Ave Chicago, Illinois 60707 (815) 383-5033 We provide office technologies: content management software, phone systems, printings solutions and managed network services.


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Road Trip on the Horizon? Let us know we’ll hold your paper!

Transportation & Auto Blue Cab 7417 Roosevelt Rd Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 383-2121 Taxi

Our Planet Automotive Services, Inc 435 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 383-0053 Environmentally conscious auto repair business.

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

Wheel & Sprocket 1118 Westgate St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301 (414) 529-6600 One-stop local bike shop.


Wholeslaers & Manufacturing Freedman Seating Company 4545 W. Augusta Blvd.

ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Rehm Pool Chicago, IL 60651 (773) 524-2440 FSC designs, engineers and manufactures seats for public transportation, including bus, rail, delivery trucks, etc.

Oven 2 Table 1033 South Blvd Suite 214 Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 851-3643 Develops and imports artisan breads from Europe that are packaged for long shelf life and sold in major US grocery stores.

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

The Sachem Company 1033 South Blvd Suite 243 Oak Park, IL 60302 708-848-4303 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, 5, 139 10 Shapes Design LLC,113 1010 Lake Street, 139 AA Rental Center, 106, 141 AAA Car Care Plus, 137 ABC Bank, 129 Academia, Institute of Language & Culture, 126 Active Maintenance Group, Inc., 136 Adam Doe State Farm, 137 Advanced Dermatology Center, 131 Affordable Backyard Tents, 141 African American Christian Foundation, 119 AGoodman Business Operations Consulting, 116 Al-Mart, 106, 143 Albion at Oak Park, 139 Alcuin Montessori School, 35, 126 Alioto’s Gift Shop, 143 Allen Realty & Builders / EAR Real Estate, 140 Allstate - Oak Park Insurance, 129 Altierra Development Group LLC / Altierra Kitchen & Home Furnishings, 123 American Family Insurance, 137 Andy Kaczkowski - Northwestern Mutual, 129 Angelika Kuehn Law Office, 138 Angie’s Pantry, Inc., 123 Animal Care League, 119 Anna Bass, CPA, 129 Apprentice Butterflies Publishing, Inc., 113 Arevalo Bros Chem-Dry, 136 Aria Group Architects, 116 Arleatha Kelly, LLC, 129 Around Oak Park, 113 Ascension School, 30 Ashland Vine Senior Home Care, 142 AT&T Mobility, 147 Athletico Physical Therapy, 131 ATI Physical Therapy, 131 Austin Chamber of Commerce, 116 AV Construction Services Inc., 123 AXA Advisors, LLC, 129 Azure Horizons, Inc., 86, 116 B3 Holdings LLC, 140 B.A. Feller Company, 139 Back Office Service Solutions LLC, 129 Baird and Warner, Inc., 140 Balance Fitness Studio, 146 Bannor & Bannor Web Design, WordPress

Training & Web Care, 147 Barclay’s American Grille, 2, 123 Bead In Hand, 143 Belmont Village Oak Park, 101, 142 Bentron Financial Group, LLC, 129 Berger, Newmark & Fenchel, P.C., 138 Bern Realty, Inc., 140 Berwyn Development Corporation, 116 Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care, 142 Beyond Properties Realty Group, 65, 140 Biodynamic Health Systems, 131 Bliss Fashion Lounge, 143 Blue Cab, 148 Body By Alamar, 131 Body Gears Physical Therapy, 132 Boy Scouts of America, 119 Boyd Law Firm, 103 BrightStar Care of Chicago-La Grange/Central Cook, 142 Brookdale Oak Park - formerly Holley Court Terrace, 98, 142 Burger Moovment, 124 Burke Beverage, 135 Buyers Protection Group, 116 Buzz Cafe, 92, 124 CAA Hearing, 18, 102 Calvary Memorial Church of Oak Park, 119 Caporale Realty, 140 CarefulPeach Boutique, 24, 143 Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics, 132 Carleton of Oak Park Hotel, 138 Carlson Animal Hospital, 139 Carnival Grocery, 124 Catholic Charities/Accolade Day Care, 142 Celebrating Seniors Coalition, 102, 142 Center for Intentional Training, 146 Chabad Jewish Center, 86 Champion Window Mfg., 123 Cheney Mansion, 115 Chicago Computer Club, 147 Chicago Family Doulas, 132 Chicago Health Medical Group, 49 Chicago Red Stars, 146 Children’s Dentistry, 132 Children’s Urgent Care, 132 Chris Guillen Photography, 116

Chuba Creative, 113 CityHome Vacuum and Appliances, 136 Classic Properties, 49 Clean Up Your Energy, 132 Clearview Home Inspections, Inc., 123 CMIT, 3, 147 Coach Linda Berger, 116 Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 140 Collaboration for Early Childhood, 120, 126 Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest (South Branch), 16, 129 Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest, 16, 129 Community Support Services, 120 Compass Point Learning, LLC, 126 Concordia University Chicago, 71, 126 Connect Hearing, 132 Consulting Audiology Associates, LLC; The Hearing Place, 132 Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, 124 Coplan & Crane, Ltd., 138 CorePower Yoga, 146 Corna Kitchen/Bath & Tile, 57, 59, 123 Costco of Melrose Park, 144 Costco of North Riverside, 143 Country Financial, 137 Creativita, 115 CrossFit Spero, 146 Cube Smart, 38, 142 Cucina Paradiso, 93, 124 CycleBar OPRF, 146 Dan Bjornson, CPA, Ltd., 129 David Agency Insurance, Inc., 137 David Bores Home Restoration, 123 David King & Associates, Inc., 140 DeMaira Dance Studios, Inc., 14, 146 Diamond Gastroenterology, 132 Distinctive Coaching for Business Success, 116 Divine Consign, Inc., 144 Dominican University, 13, 31, 127 Downtown Oak Park, 23, 24, 25, 116 Dr. Mary Ann Bender, DPM, 20, 132 Dr. Pitud, M.D. - The Housecall Allergist, 132 Dream Town, Inc., 144 Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 103, 131 Dressel’s Hardware, 98

Drs. Battistoni + Beam, Ltd., 132 DTS Shoes, 144 Eastgate Cafe and Bistro, 124 EASYENGLISH4ALL, 127 Edward Cross & Sons Inc, 128 Edward Jones – Grote, 44, 129 Edward-Elmhurst Health, Inside Back Cover, 132 Eleonore Weber - Your Life Security, LLC, 137 Elevate Hair Boutique, 138 Engage Christian Church, 120 Ernest Hemingway Foundation of OP, 115 Escape Factor, 115 Everett Wealth Solutions, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor/Financial Planning, 72, 129 Excel Window Tinting, Inc., 47, 123 Exceptional Building Services, 136 Family Eye Care of Elmwood Park, 132 Fenwick High School, 127 Filoni, 144 Financial Understanding Now, LLC, 117 First Community Management, 140 First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, 86 Fitness Formula Clubs, 146 Fitness II Perfection LLC, 144 Flood Brothers Disposal Co., 136 Flores Painting Corporation, 123 Flying V Martial Arts, 146 Forest Agency Insurance, 137 Forest Park Chamber of Commerce, 117 Forest Park National Bank & Trust Co., 129 Forest Park Orthodontics, 132 Forest Preserves of Cook County, 120 Foss Swim School, 127 Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, 115 Frazier Orthodontics, 132 Free Fly Marketing, 113 Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, 124 Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, 120 Fulcrum HR Consulting, 117 Fuller Health Group, 132 GAD Group Technology, Inc., 147 Gagliardo Realty Associates, LLC, 64, 140 Gala-Tec, 147 Garland Flowers, 144 Generation Law, Ltd, 138 George’s Restaurant, 81 Gerger & Greco, 85, 136


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Red indicates Chamber Member.

Ginkgo Acupuncture, 133 GLA Property Management, 140 Glasser Preschool, 34 GMS & Associates, Inc., 130 Gone Again Travel, 146 Grand Appliance, 144 Green Medical Practice, 133 Greer Hasemen @properties, 58 Griffin & Stebbing - Media, Marketing, Communications, 113 Grimes Real Estate Services, 140 Harmony Insurance, 137 Harrison Property Law, 138 Healthcare Solutions Team, 137 HeartGarden, 127 Heartland Payment Systems, 130 Hedgeman & Associates, LLC, 130 Hemingway District Business Association, 117 Hemmingway’s Bistro, 93 Heil & Heil Insurance Agency, 137 Heitzman Architects, 117 Hephzibah Children’s Association, 80, 120 Heritage Tile, 123 Hit It!® Fitness, 146 Home Instead Senior Care, 142 Housing Forward, 13, 120 Huskie Wrestling Family, 147 Hutchinson, 117 Iconic Style Menswear, 144 Illinois Dermatology Institute, 133 Illinois Restaurant Association, 117 Imagination Therapy LLC, 133 Inside Edge: Public Relations & Media Services, 117 Intercultural Montessori Language School, 34, 127 Interim Healthcare, 142 It’s A Sign, 113 ITS Marketing NOW, 113 Jack Carpenter Realtors, 140 James Anthony Salon, 25, 139 Jayne, 144 Jennings on the Park, 140 Jensen & Associates Financial Services, 130 Jim Blaha - United Real Estate, 140 KCS Computer Technology, Inc., 147 Keller Williams Realty Partners, 140

Kelty Financial Services, Inc., 130 Kelty Lawn Care & Pavers, 136 Kids Unlimited Therapy Services LLC, 133 Kim Frost Vocal Studios, 127 Kinslahger Brewing Company, 124 Kirk Eye Centers, S.C., 133 Kiwanis Club of River Forest/Oak Park, 120 Kneaded Work, 133 Kolovitz Movers, 142 Kresz and Associates, 140 L!VE Cafe, 124 L’Arche Chicago, 121 La Barra Restaurant, 124 La Notte Ristorante Italiano, 124 Lake Theatre - Classic Cinemas, 115 Laura Shapiro, Gagliardo Realty Associates, 56 Lavergne’s, 152 Law Offices of Lisa C. Perna, Ltd, 138 Law Offices of Jonathan D. Groll, Ltd., 59, 138 Law Offices of Kevin Bry, 138 Lea French Street Food, 124 Lemonmade Style & Snips, 139 Life Transitions Coaching - Karin Grimes, L.C.S.W., 127 Lindamood-Bell, 127 Linden Wealth Management, 130 Lions Club of Oak Park - River Forest, 121 Lisa J. Peters, MD, SC, 133 Little Newtons, 127 Lively Athletics, 144 loanDepot, 130 Lou Malnati’s, 124 Lufrano Law, LLC, 138 M&M Property Management, Inc., 141 MacNeal Physicians Group, 133 Madden Funds Management, Ltd., 130 Madison Park Kitchen, 124 Madison Street Business Association, 117 Magical Minds Studio, 127 MaidPro Oak Park, 136 Manouche, 144 Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts, 127 Mathnasium of Oak Park/River Forest, 127 Maya Del Sol, 124 MB Financial Bank, 56, 130 McAdam Landscaping, 104, 136 McDonald’s, 124

Medla Mediation Services, 118 Midwest Microblading, 7, 139 Mike Grant State Farm Insurance, 137 Minuteman Press of Oak Park, 113, 121 Modern Fox Fertility, 133 Molly Rudberg, LLC, 118 Monica’s Skincare Boutique, 139 MOOD | Design + Build, 136 Morlen Realty Corp., 141 My Happi Life, 118 Name On, 113 NAMI Metro Suburban, 121 Nando’s Peri-Peri, 124 Nature Yoga Sanctuary, 134 Nevin Hedlund Architects, Inc. New Capital Management, LLC, 131 New Moms, 121 New York Life Insurance Company - Terry Zachata, 131 Norman Professional Services, 131 North Avenue Business Association, 118 Not for Baby Boomers Only, 115 NovaCare, 134 Novick Orthodontics, 134 NYE Partners, 50, 96, 134 Oak Park - River Forest Community Foundation, 106, 122 Oak Park and River Forest Day Nursery, 70, 121 Oak Park Animal Hospital, 139 Oak Park Area Arts Council, 14, 121 Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS, 68, 141 Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association, 121 Oak Park Arms, 103, 142 Oak Park Arts District Business Association, 118 Oak Park AYSO, 79 Oak Park Brewing & Hamburger Mary’s Oak Park, 124 Oak Park Chiropractic, 134 Oak Park City Apartments, 116, 141 Oak Park Conservatory, 115 Oak Park Economic Development Corp. (OPEDC), 18, 118 Oak Park Education Foundation, 121 Oak Park Elementary School District, 128 Oak Park Festival Theatre, 14, 115 Oak Park Infant Welfare Society(IWS) / Children’s Clinic, 80, 121

Oak Park Jewelers, Inc., 144 Oak Park Place Apartments, 7, 141 Oak Park Prosthodontics, 88 Oak Park Public Library, 70, 121 Oak Park Regional Housing Center, 141 Oak Park Residence Corporation, 117, 141 Oak Park River Forest High School D200, 35, 128 Oak Park River Forest Museum, 115 Oak Park String Academy, 128 Oak Park Township, 45, 122 Oak Park Youth Baseball & Softball (OPYBS), 122 Oak-Leyden Developmental Services, 122, 141 Obsessed Kitchen And Bar, 125 Office Space Chicago, Inc., 141 Old School Tavern & Grill, 125 One Fine Smile, 3, 134 OP Friends School, 128 Open Door Repertory Company, 14®, 115 Opportunity Knocks, 122 OPRF Chamber of Commerce, 118 OPRF High School Huskie Booster Club, 128 Our Planet Automotive Services, 121, 148 OVATION ACADEMY for the Performing Arts, 128 Oven 2 Table, 148 OVP Management Consulting Group, 118 Palmgren Acupuncture Center, Inc., 134 Papaspiros, 125 Park District of Oak Park, 79, 122 Pediatrics Unlimited, 47 Pellegrini & Cristiano, 138 Perry Jones Consulting, 131 Pete’s Fresh Market, 125 Peterson & Associates Insurance, 137 PetVets Animal Hospital, 139 PFLAG, 106 Phillips Mechanical Heating & Cooling LLC, 123 Pineapple Dance Studio, 147 Pieritz Bro’s, Inc, 144 PJ’s Ace Hardware 118 Pleasant District Association, 118 Pleasant Home Foundation, 115 PNC Bank, 131 Poaster, LLC, 113 Poke Burrito, 125


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Red indicates Chamber Member.

Poor Phil’s, 92, 125 Positively Proviso Magazine, 113 Prairie IT Services, 147 Prairie Title, 141 Proven IT, 147 Pryor Tax Accounting Services, 131 Pure Health Chiropractic, 134 Q-BBQ, 125 Quantum Capital Investments and QCI Tax Planning, 131 Rada Burns - @properties, 141 Red Mango Cafe and Juice Bar, 125 Relaxation Plantation, 134 ReMax In The Village, 54, 141 ReMax In The Village Kyra Pych, 66 Republic Services, 136 Residential Cleaning By Maggie, 136 Restart Your Career, 119 Rework by ROE, 144 Right at Home Oak Park/Chicago, 98, 142 Riveredge Hospital, 134 River Forest Chocolates and Confectionery, 1, 125 River Forest Community Center, 81 River Forest Park District, 122 River Forest School District, 30, 128 Romano Orthopaedic Center, 134 Roosevelt Road Merchant Association, 119 Rose Mattax LCPC, 134 Rosin Eye Care, 134 Rotary Club of Oak Park River Forest, 122 Roy Strom Refuse and Recycling Company, 136, 145 Royal Health Care, 134 Ruggiero Law Group, LLC, 138 Rush Oak Park Hospital, Inside Front Cover, 134 Rush Oak Park Physicians Group, 134 Russell Burck Intuitive Consulting, 139 Rustico, 125 Sage Neuropsychology Consultants, 134 Sahagian & Associates, Inc., 148 SaraCohen Consulting, 119 Sarah’s Inn, 122 Sassetti, LLC, 131 Schauer’s Hardware Store, 136 School of Rock Oak Park, 128 Schottler & Associates, 138 Scoville Square, 133, 141

Scratch on Lake, 125 Seaway Supply Co., 137 Senator Don Harmon, 46, 119 Senior Citizens Center of Oak Park-River Forest, 142 Senior Life Consulting, 142 Serenitea, Inc., 125 Serenity Acupuncture, Inc, 134 Servpro of Oak Park and River Forest, 136 Seven Generations Ahead Micro Brew, 78 Seven Point, 135 Sherwin Williams, 123 Shirley Ryan AbilityLab-Day Rehab and Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Center, 135 Shriners Hospitals for Children, 53 Sign Express, 113 Signature Smiles Dental Care, 135 Simplify Your Marketing, 119 Skrine Chops, 125 Smiling Toad Productions, 114 Snip City, 86 Sokol Group, The, 141 SOLACE Divorce Mediation, 138 Sonya Gilbert Fine Portraiture, 114 Spannuth Boiler Company, Inc., 123 Spenga, 147 Spilt Milk, 125 Sport Clips, 139 Spotless Carwash, 133 Springboard Integrated Marketing, 114 St. Edmund Parish, 86 Starship Restaurant, Catering & Events, 125 State Farm Insurance - Larry Williams, 18 State Farm Insurance - Terry Lemley, 98, 137 Studio 8, 144 Sue Koch / Social Media Success Catalyst, 114 Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, 128 Sugarcup Trading, 144 SunVest Solar Inc., 137 Suze Solari Style, 139 SWK Group @properties, 59 Sylvan Learning Center, 47, 128 Synergy HomeCare, 142 Tan Travel, 147 Team Blonde, 144 Team Kohut, Weichert Realty, 61 TEDxOakParkWomen, 119

Ten Thousand Villages, 146 Tennis & Fitness Centre of OP-RF, Back Cover, 147 The Actors Garden, 14, 128 The Altenheim, 102, 143 The Autobarn Volvo of Oak Park, 12, 148 The Barre Code, 147 The Book Table, 26 The Dailey Method, 147 The Emerson, 141 The Eyeglass Shop, Inc., 47 The Groomery, 139 The Heritage Restaurant, 125 The Irish Shop, 146 The Jumper Store, 115 The Juniper Center, 135 The Learning League, 129 The Little Gem Cafe, 125 The Menta Group, 129 The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 106, 122 The North Avenue Business District, 122 The Oaks, 100 The Printing Store, Inc., 114 The Sachem Company, 148 The Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 126 The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest, 100, 115 The UPS Store, 126, 119 The West Cook YMCAs, Inc., 36, 122 The Write Inn Hotel, 138 The Yoga Centre, 147 Thrive, 107 Thrive Hive Internet Marketing, 114 Tidal Commerce, 131 Trattoria, 92, 126 Trends, 146 Triquesta Products, 146 Triton College, 44 Two Brothers Social Tap, 126 Two Story Farmhouse, 146 U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office, 119 Urban Pioneer Group, 115 Vantage Oak Park, 141 Vickery and Co., 119 Victory Centre of River Woods, 143 Village Church of Oak Park, 122

Village of Oak Park, 122 Village of River Forest, 45, 122 Visit Oak Park, 115 Visiting Angels of Elmwood Park, 143 Walgreen’s (Madison & Oak Park Ave), 135 Watson Chiropractic, LLC, 135 Way Back Inn/Grateful House, 122 We Clean Green, 136 Wednesday Journal, Inc., 114 Weicher Law Offices, P.C., 138 Weichert Realtors – Nickel Group – Sarah O’Shea Munoz, 63 Weichert Realtors – Nickel Group, 62, 141 Wellcare Health Plans Insurance, 137 WellcomeMD--Ingrid Liu, D.O., 135 West Suburban Garage Doors, 123 West Suburban Medical Center, 48, 135 West Suburban Midwife Associates, 135 West Suburban Montessori School, 34, 129 West Suburban Special Recreation AssociationWSSRA, 81, 123 Westgate Flowers and Plant Shop, 146 Westwork Painting & Remodeling, 118 What Now Advisors, 119 Wheel & Sprocket, 148 White Lotus Chiropractic of OP, Ltd., 136 Whole Foods Market, 126 Wild Onion Tied House, 126 Wilkinson Design, 114 Wilks Communications Group, 119 Winberie’s Restaurant, 93, 126 Wire, 116 Women’s Global Education Project, 123 WonderWorks Children’s Museum, 92 Woodlawn Funeral Home, 131 Yearbook Studios Company, 114 Yonan Carpet One, 136 York Furrier, 96 Young Living Essential Oils, 139 Your First Shop, 114 Zoller, Swanson & Co., CPA’s, 131


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