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Shaker family puts 4 downtown buildings up for sale
News 21 hours ago
Shaker family puts 4 downtown buildings up for sale

The Shaker family has listed all four of its commercial and retail properties in downtown Oak Park for sale (Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer). The...

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River Forest's Affordable Housing Plan comes round again
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River Forest's Affordable Housing Plan comes round again

It's vital that River Foresters who care about preserving the housing affordable to their neighbors with modest incomes - retired seniors, teachers...

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Rush Oak Park told garage too tall
News 1 day ago
Rush Oak Park told garage too tall

The proposal for a new 713-space parking structure at Rush Oak Park Hospital returned to the Plan Commission Feb. 20 with the hospital's...

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A space they can call their own
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A space they can call their own

On the second floor of the Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, 405 Euclid Ave. in Oak Park, there are five deftly decorated multipurpose rooms...

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Before first meeting, River Forest deer committee will add 2 members
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Before first meeting, River Forest deer committee will add 2 members

The issue of deer management in River Forest continued down its already contentious path Feb. 24 when the village board voted 5-1 to approve...

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River Forest assessments rose, taxes don't necessarily follow
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River Forest assessments rose, taxes don't necessarily follow

On Feb. 7, the Cook County Assessor's Office mailed reassessment notices to River Forest property owners. There you will find a range of helpful...

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Roosevelt woes grow by a block
News 1 week ago
Roosevelt woes grow by a block

OK, take out your Sharpie and extend the reach of your Roosevelt Road blight map by one block to the west. Previously we have designated Roosevelt...

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Fish in the water
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Fish in the water

My friend Reesheda Washington, of Live Café and Creative Space, talks about the necessity of having both "intention" and the ability to hold things...

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Lawmaker says she never wanted to ban self-pumped gas
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Lawmaker says she never wanted to ban self-pumped gas

State Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (78th) has been doing damage control ever since announcing her proposed Gas Station Attendant Act earlier this month,...

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Geppetto's bids Oak Park addio
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Geppetto's bids Oak Park addio

Without so much as a sign in the window to announce its closure, Geppetto's Pizza & Pasta, 113 N. Oak Park Ave., quietly closed up shop for good...

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Fair Share grocery closing after 44 years
News 1 week ago
Fair Share grocery closing after 44 years

Fair Share Finer Foods, a family-owned independent grocery store at 6226 Roosevelt Rd., will close its doors for good Feb. 24. For 44 years, the...

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Oak Park's new motto: 'All that is excellent'
News 2 weeks ago
Oak Park's new motto: 'All that is excellent'

Oak Park's new motto: Heidi Ruehle, your Jan. 29 One View [Village and Pete's can do better at Oak Park and Madison, Viewpoints] was an excellent,...

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Bridging the boulevard, one bite at a time
News 2 weeks ago
Bridging the boulevard, one bite at a time

A businesswoman looking to start a brick-and-mortar grocery store in the Austin neighborhood has a plan to address the famous imbalance of...

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Mohr Concrete and Drechsler site under contract
News 2 weeks ago
Mohr Concrete and Drechsler site under contract

Want Mohr?: The Mohr property will likely become a multi-story development. | File photo The Oak Park Economic Development Corporation (OPEDC)...

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Affordable in downtown
News 3 weeks ago
Affordable in downtown

Affordable housing, goes the rap, winds up in Oak Park's less desirable neighborhoods. We don't fully buy that as Madison & Grove and Oak Park &...

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Oak Park OKs elevator subsidy for Lake Street building
News 3 weeks ago
Oak Park OKs elevator subsidy for Lake Street building

The unoccupied six-story, 64-unit apartment building, 855 Lake St., just east of Unity Temple, is being restored with a promise of affordable...

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Out with the old, in with the new
News 3 weeks ago
Out with the old, in with the new

I'm thrilled about Pete's, a grocery that has proven itself a community asset on Lake Street. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. The...

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Boulevard Arcade to become shared workspace
News 3 weeks ago
Boulevard Arcade to become shared workspace

Built in 1906, the historic Boulevard Arcade building has a new purpose. An exciting new shared workspace is set to launch later this year in the...

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Village Laundromat folds
News 4 weeks ago
Village Laundromat folds

As the number of large buildings in Oak Park continues to rise, smaller businesses in the village can be overshadowed by the new buildings. Those...

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If it's not good for Madison, it's not good on Roosevelt
News 4 weeks ago
If it's not good for Madison, it's not good on Roosevelt

When I attended the meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 8 on the issue of the proposed drive-thru Taco Bell on Roosevelt Road, I heard...

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Grants help fund Rehm Park upgrades, land purchase
News 4 weeks ago
Grants help fund Rehm Park upgrades, land purchase

Park District of Oak Park recently received a total of $592,000 in state funding to cover improvements to the west part of Rehm Park and help...

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River Forest deer task force approved
News 4 weeks ago
River Forest deer task force approved

River Forest residents who want to participate in the village's newly-formed ad hoc committee on deer management have until Tuesday, Feb. 18 to...

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Two Pete's? You bet
News 4 weeks ago
Two Pete's? You bet

Don't read the comments. Don't read the comments. OK, I read the comments at OakPark.com on our story about the planned Pete's Market coming to the...

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Site donated for Oak Park rec center
News 4 weeks ago
Site donated for Oak Park rec center

The Park District of Oak Park is inching closer to achieving its goal of building a community recreation center, thanks to a notable land donation...

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Pete's Market holds public meeting for Madison St. plan
News 1 month ago
Pete's Market holds public meeting for Madison St. plan

The community got its first look at the plans for the proposed Madison Street Pete's Market during a Jan. 24 public meeting at Oak Park's main...

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39 units short, River Forest debates affordable housing
News 1 month ago
39 units short, River Forest debates affordable housing

River Forest's Plan Commission, spurred by state mandate, is working to bring more affordable housing to the village. How to do that in a built-up...

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Lake and Lathrop lops off one floor, submits building permits
News 1 month ago
Lake and Lathrop lops off one floor, submits building permits

The mixed-use development project at Lake and Lathrop in River Forest may finally take off, as the developer submitted new project plans on Dec. 16...

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The best way for Oak Park to honor Dr. King
News 1 month ago
The best way for Oak Park to honor Dr. King

There are three things I know in which Oak Park residents take tremendous pride, and a dash of arrogance: Ernest Hemingway, Frank Lloyd Wright, and...

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Things we like
News 1 month ago
Things we like

Affordable housing breaks ground: After outlasting and beating back a lawsuit reeking of NIMBYism, Community Builders has broken ground on the...

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White House Drug Policy Office Awards $625,000 to Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Oak Park and River Forest!
News 1 month ago
White House Drug Policy Office Awards $625,000 to Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Oak Park and River Forest!

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation's leading effort to mobilize...

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