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Rush Oak Park seeks to build new parking garage
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Rush Oak Park seeks to build new parking garage

Citing growing demand for its health services across a range of departments, Rush Oak Park Hospital is seeking village government approval to build...

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River Forest seniors to get help with snow removal
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River Forest seniors to get help with snow removal

Eligible senior citizens in River Forest will receive assistance with snow removal this winter through a program unveiled at the Oct. 14 village...

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Holiday Inn on Lake Street?
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Holiday Inn on Lake Street?

After decades of hopes and false starts, downtown Oak Park may become home to a nationally branded hotel if plans heading to the village government...

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Lake and Lathrop's last extension?
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Lake and Lathrop's last extension?

Despite opposition from one trustee and a threat from another to not support additional extensions, the River Forest Village Board granted...

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Metra steps up to provide sound barrier
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Metra steps up to provide sound barrier

State Senator Kimberly Lightford (4th) and River Forest Village President Cathy Adduci have worked out a deal with Metra and Union Pacific (UP),...

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New daycare's core curriculum is empathy
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New daycare's core curriculum is empathy

"This benefits the residents, because a lot of retirement communities don't have a lot of visitors or family that's close by." Daycare co-owner Ron...

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Metra steps up
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Metra steps up

Anytime you can pry a nickel out of the Union Pacific railroad for anything that might be considered aesthetic, neighbor-responsive, and not profit...

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Shining light on hidden architectural gems
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Shining light on hidden architectural gems

Journalist, photographer, lecturer and consultant Lee Bey has worked as the architecture critic for the Sun-Times, served as the deputy chief of...

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Housing Center appoints new director
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Housing Center appoints new director

TORCH PASSED: Jay Readey, interim director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, introduces the new permanent director, Athena Williams, during...

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Developer scraps North Avenue townhome plan
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Developer scraps North Avenue townhome plan

Noah Properties has apparently scrapped its plans to build high-end townhomes at the 6033 North Ave., a property currently owned by Oak Park...

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Area nonprofit gets a space of its own
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Area nonprofit gets a space of its own

Edward Redd founded YEMBA Inc. (Youth Educational Mentoring Basketball Association) in 2007, in order to engage with young people in Oak Park who...

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Wine shop headed for Marion
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Wine shop headed for Marion

The Oak Park Board of Trustees unanimously approved a liquor license for a new wine shop and tasting room at 128 S. Marion St. The license approved...

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Developer miffed about hole in front of new Lake St. tower
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Developer miffed about hole in front of new Lake St. tower

Holy streetscape: The developer of the Albion high-rise is upset that the village has left a large hole in front of its new residential tower. Oak...

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River Forest Park District weighs YMCA plans
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River Forest Park District weighs YMCA plans

West Cook YMCA is reaching out to the River Forest Park District to see if it might be willing to contribute money and work as a partner to build a...

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Retooling Journal's next 40 years
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Retooling Journal's next 40 years

We were about six months into Wednesday Journal back in 1980 and the money we'd raised was running out. The check to the printer the previous week...

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A celebration of trees
News 1 month ago
A celebration of trees

Oak Parkers love trees. There are 18,000 of them in our parkways and parks, a collection large and diverse enough to be designated Illinois' first...

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Pete's wants parking
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Pete's wants parking

Plans for the village-owned property at Oak Park Avenue and Madison Street continue to evolve - by some measures to reduce. The developer and, by...

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RE/MAX in the Village under new ownership
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RE/MAX in the Village under new ownership

Joe Castillo and Erika Villegas | Provided by RE/MAX in the VillageIn the fold: RE/MAX in the Village, at the corner of Oak Park Avenue and...

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Preservation commission rejects Wright plan
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Preservation commission rejects Wright plan

The Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission unanimously rejected a proposal by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to demolish or remove a residential...

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Oak Park commission OKs Lake Theatre digital marquee
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Oak Park commission OKs Lake Theatre digital marquee

The Oak Park Community Design Commission approved a proposed new digital marquee to replace the historic analog one that has fronted Lake Theatre...

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Alternative proposal floated for Frank Lloyd Wright center
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Alternative proposal floated for Frank Lloyd Wright center

Opposition is organizing against a proposal by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to demolish two historic buildings to make room for a new visitor and...

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Meeting in the middle
News 2 months ago
Meeting in the middle

What you get with your real estate dollar depends on where you are doing your shopping. In Oak Park and River Forest and their immediate neighbors,...

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Go Run Chicago offers free, fun runs
News 2 months ago
Go Run Chicago offers free, fun runs

How do you create and nurture a running community? Well, visit www.gorunchicago.comsometime soon and you'll see they have some good ideas! Go Run...

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Our Teens and Substances Abuse
News 2 months ago
Our Teens and Substances Abuse

A 2009 Chicago Magazine article on substance use and issues facing Chicago-area teens prompted many parents and community leaders to take a closer...

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'One Book' title sparks reflection on public spaces
News 2 months ago
'One Book' title sparks reflection on public spaces

In his book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, author Eric...

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How local community hospitals survive
News 2 months ago
How local community hospitals survive

I have never written an opinion piece before, and certainly did not think this would be the topic for my first, but the politics and pain of what...

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City Council signs off on North Avenue Sears zoning changes
News 2 months ago
City Council signs off on North Avenue Sears zoning changes

The Chicago City Council signed off on zoning changes that will allow the redevelopment of the former Sears location at the southeast corner of...

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Don't forget Roosevelt
News 2 months ago
Don't forget Roosevelt

We've written often in recent years about the necessity, and now the progress being made on, remaking North Avenue. The long stretch from Austin...

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Smart on pot sales
News 2 months ago
Smart on pot sales

Oak Park is moving toward a reasonable middle place on the sale of recreational marijuana under the new state law that takes effect on the first of...

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Riverside's 'boathouse' hits the market
News 2 months ago
Riverside's 'boathouse' hits the market

NO CROSSING: Congressman Danny Davis will hold a townhall meeting on Aug. 27 to discuss resident concerns, particularly around what they say is an...

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