Thursday, May 16, 2013
Three Queens Organic, located in the Oak Park Arts District, is owned by resident Christine Fisher, who also has a farm in Wisconsin where the syrup is tapped.
Sometimes a business idea comes organically. That's the case with Three Queens Organic, a new art gallery in the Oak Park Arts District, which grew out of two far-away happenings: a love for art developed in Europe, and a discovery of maple trees on a farm in Wisconsin. Oak Park resident Christine Fisher opened the gallery in April, and said she loves the space she has at 140 Harrison St. Besides local art, Fisher also sells organic maple syrup "It’s eclectic and funky," she said. "It’s a space where I can do my work, too." Her love for art developed when her family was living in Europe, where her children's schools had fantastic art programs. She also toured around and learned about the art there. "There was art all around me," Fisher …
Get a look inside the local homes designed by Wright and his contemporaries on May 18. See event and ticket information here.
Viewing homes as a hobby is taken to a whole new level in Oak Park, and that's because of the work of world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The 39th annual Wright Plus house walk is returning Saturday, May 18, and tickets are on sale now for $100 or $85 for members. Buy your tickets here or call 877-848-3559. Attendees will have access to the three public buildings—the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Unity Temple and the Robie House—during Wright Plus weekend or for any regular public tour through December 31, 2013. That's in addition to eight private homes that will provide access only on May 18. For more information, go to the Wright Plus event website.
Check out live performances, special events and more at businesses along Harrison Street on May 17-18.
There's been a few new businesses blooming in the Oak Park Arts District lately, and this weekend you can enjoy the district at the "What's Blooming" festival. The Arts District, located around Harrison Street, will have live performances, artist demonstrations, an art fair and lots more this weekend, May 17-18. Friday night will feature many special events at participating businesses, and on Saturday there will be more going on along Harrison, including dancing, music, food vendors, carnival rides and more. For more details go to the What's Blooming page on the Arts District website, and see featured events below: Harrison Works presents the Beatles-inspired art of Sandra Ragan. Opening night is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 17. On Saturday, …
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The newly launched site offers tips, info and digital know-how for small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to grow her business. Additional…
Meet area brewers, try new craft beers and more during the Chicago Craft Beer Week events near Oak Park and Forest Park. We highlight some events at Poor Phil's, Marion Street Cheese Market, Amelia's and Cardinal Wines & Spirits.
Craft beer brewing is an industry on the rise, and whether you're a veteran beer snob or looking to try something new, there's plenty of local events to celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week. From May 16-26, bars, restaurants, breweries and more spots in the Chicago area will offer special tastings, tappings, deals, meet-and-greets with brewers and lots more. In the Oak Park and Forest Park area, we've highlighted a few local options. You can find more Craft Beer Week events in the western suburbs, or see a map with all events in the Chicago area. Amelia's Good Food & Drink, 7330 Harrison St. in Forest Park Wednesday, May 22: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Church Street Brewery beer dinner. Go here for menu and ticketing information. Poor Phil's …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The former Murphy's Pub in Forest Park changed to "Chalk" this spring.
As the craft beer industry continues to grow, especially in the Chicago area, one Forest Park owner has taken advantage and used the opportunity to reinvent his bar. Matt Mathey, owner of Chalk bar, renamed and redesigned the Madison Street hotspot after it spent many years as Murphy's Pub. In addition to a large selection of craft beers, Chalk now features a large upstairs party room, which has a private bar, a stage for live music, a much larger selection of beer and a limited menu to give patrons some food options. Write a review of Chalk in Forest Park. The highlight and namesake for the bar is the chalkboard walls on which patrons can draw and write. "We just wanted to do something new with the chalkboard concept," Mathey said. "If…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sen. Don Harmon was on hand to help smash the guitar, and multiple bands rocked out to ring in the new music school.
The School of Rock announced its arrival in Oak Park loudly Saturday, with a guitar smashing and multiple bands featured at the grand opening. State Sen. Don Harmon, of Oak Park, assisted with a guitar smashing (see the video above) and the show team from the Chicago School of Rock performed many songs, along with local punk bands When Flying Feels Like Falling and Uptown Mayhem. "You can do this, too," music director Jennifer Malone said about the Chicago show team while speaking to children and their parents during the grand opening. "I don't care if you've never picked up a guitar before, if you think you have no talent. We can help you with that." Write a review of the School of Rock in Oak Park. School of Rock is an international …
Every week Patch profiles a luxury home for sale in the Forest Park-Oak Park-River Forest area.
Address: 1022 Franklin Ave., River Forest Cost: $1.5 million Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 5 Square feet: 5,027 Built: 1940 Days on Zillow: 25 This stunning home features lots of brick and a large marble entryway. The family room overlooks the patio and yard, and there's a basement with a recreation room and den with a bar. See more photos of this home on Zillow.com.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Don't want to make breakfast in bed? Don't worry. Here's some places in the Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest area you can try.
Want to treat mom to a nice Mother's Day Brunch? Don't worry—Patch did some research for you! Here's some great places in the area to grab a bite on Sunday, May 12. Do you have one to add? Share it in the comments below. Barclay's American Grille/Carleton Hotel — Oak Park Barclay's brunch is served in the Grand Ballroom of the Carleton Hotel from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $34.95 for adults and $11.95 for children 5-12. Kids under 4 are free. Barclay's will be serving dinner at 5 p.m. Call 708-848-4250 for reservations. Marion Street Cheese Market — Oak Park Offering a hybrid brunch buffet. $35 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. Mom gets a complimentary mimosa. Regular menu will not be available. Call 708-725-7200 for …