In mid-April, the Cook County Assessor's Office mailed reassessment notices to all Oak Park property owners. After several years of declining values, the 2014 reassessment indicates that the values of Oak Park single family homes have largely stabilized. The median value of stand-alone, single-family homes has increased by 2.8% compared to levels set at the last reassessment.
When recycling enthusiast Julie Moller began collaborating with a few other River Forest moms to form Green4Good, a school-based recycling, composting and environmental stewardship effort, they enlisted the support of District 90 school administrators, recruited like-minded moms and reached out to Gary Cuneen, the executive director of Seven Generations Ahead, the face and force behind the dual community environmental sustainability program, PlanItGreen.
When housewalk season begins, it's a sure sign that spring is finally here. Kicking off a season of local home tours, Oak Park-based Parenthesis Family Center offers an annual favorite with their 29th Kitchen Walk on Saturday, April 26.
Some folks figure being a folksinger is mostly a matter of definition and deeds. Until the standards start flowing, from names like Bob Dylan; Woody Guthrie; Joan Baez; John Denver; Peter, Paul and Mary and so many other icons.
The family in Andrea Thorne's semi-autobiographical play Pinkolandia at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn can never go home again. They are Chilean exiles who fled the fascist military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in 1973. It's now 1982 and the family of four struggles to build a new life in Wisconsin.
An article recently published in Traditional Building is challenging and worthy of consideration. Author Alvin Holm argues, "The reason we see so little ornament in buildings of our modern culture is that we do not love them."
Six or seven times a year, Dr. Ben Stark, a biology professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, drops everything and goes into his "adopted" fourth-grade classroom at Beye Elementary School in Oak Park.
If you're looking for some old-school musical theater escapism in the boy-meets-girl, "feel good" fashion … keep on looking. Next to Normal is not for you. This is definitely not a flashy, upbeat Broadway musical. But if you're up for flawless performances, tight direction, and a fast-paced production that tackles a tough contemporary subject, this rock musical about mental illness is a remarkable achievement.
On Saturday, April 12, two student-support groups will sponsor a career fair for students who are considering a future in music or the performing arts. Performing arts professionals, including several OPRF alums who have enjoyed careers in music, theater, and other arts, will be on hand to give back to the institution that helped launch their careers.