Buzz Cafe Turned Sweet Sixteen, So Come Out and Paint a Chair! By Matthew Johnston

OPArtsDistrict_FB_0914Every once in a while I look around at the Buzz and think our little café has grown up so fast.  Just yesterday we were preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a small electric grill, old sparky (seriously that thing shocked me every morning) and now we currently have a range with two whole burners!  It’s true folks, the Buzz Café is officially sixteen years old, and just like every sixteen year old it spends a lot of time on its cell phone.  The Buzz Café has gone through many changes throughout the years, from Intelligentsia to Metropolis coffee, from Little Miss Muffin to Bennisons Bakery, and now from Sysco brand sausage to Oak Park’s own The Local Sausage.  Just in time for our birthday party, August 31st, the Buzz Café will now feature the Local Sausage as our regular link sausage; we will also be taking in some of their more exotic sausage for use in specials.  Please make sure you let a server know what you think of this awesome new product (I’ve tasted it so I can promote it), we really look forward to all of your feedback.

In case you missed it, the Buzz Café turned sweet sixteen this past August 31st.  Every year on our birthday we give out free coffee, hopefully you were able to make it to the café on the 31st to celebrate with us, if not, I didn’t bring this up to make you feel bad for missing free coffee.  You can still celebrate the Buzz Cafes birthday belatedly during Art on Harrison.  This year Art on Harrison will have a new theme, “This year’s theme will be The BaskeTree Project. It is both a celebration of a successful public art campaign along Harrison Street and a nod to the coming seasonal changes brought on by fall.”  If you hadn’t noticed the baskets yet this is the perfect time to not only tour them but meet the artist that created them, “As part of Saturday’s(September 20th) events, Karen Gubitz will be hosting a walk and talk tour of The BaskeTree Project beginning at 1pm.”  This project is very important to the Oak Park Arts District, “Combining fine art, sculpture, time-honored basket making traditions and the beauty of Oak Park trees.  The project is a permanent yet evolving public art exhibition by artist Karen Gubitz sure to delight art and nature enthusiasts of all ages.”  To celebrate with the Buzz you can join us Friday September 19th for a pre-fixe dinner and live music starting at 6 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m.  As always reservations are recommended for the dinner and music as we have been known to fill up.  To make a reservation call 708 660 0894, you can make a reservation for just dinner ($25), just the music ($15), or for the whole package ($40), as always the Buzz is first come first serve so get your reservations in early!  This event is meant for adults so ask Dylan at the counter to babysit your kids and remember the Buzz Café is byob.

Art on Harrison continues on Saturday September 20th and this year the Buzz Café will have its annual chair painting in the back yard.  This event starts at noon and is kid friendly, we recommend you get here early as the chairs go fast, and we go until the last chair is painted.  Just think, if you paint a chair you can come back to the café and sit on it while having breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a cup of coffee.  Of course Art on Harrison is not just about the Buzz Café, “from 12-8 p.m. the district will have art, music, food, dance, and hands on activities for the whole family.”  Currently Saturday events are not posted online but continue to check back during September at to see what fun things will happen on Saturday.

Some Friday events include, “Bead in Hand, a full-service jewelry design shop, invites you to get some hands-on jewelry making experience.  Choose between two different $5 projects on Friday night and Saturday. The staff will show you how to make either a Woven Wire Bead Ring or a Braided Bead Bracelet.  Both projects are suitable for fingers of all ages, although some extra help may be required for those under eight.”  Or you could head over to Harrison Works, “Harrison Works will have on display, and for sale, cigar box ukuleles built and designed by Larry Vital.  Vital’s special, one of a kind creations will also include 3 and 4 string guitars.  Many of the instruments will be hand painted by Harrison Works owner, Liz Gaylord and Brenda Watkins.  There will be music and refreshments both Friday and Saturday.  The show runs through January 16th, 2015.  For more information contact or call (708) 308-4602.”  Or peruse the art at Gallery Pink, “On the walls at Gallery PINK, “Photographs by John Padour.”  View the colorful and striking images Padour shot while in Cuba plus a collection of portraits of local business owners in their element.  Be sure to check out the photo of our very own Buzz Café owners!  The show runs until October 12th.”  The Oak Park Arts District provides plenty of things to do for the entire family.

Sixteen years in the Oak Park Arts District has been wonderful for the people here at Buzz Café.  Having had the same regulars for sixteen years, eleven years for this writer has made being in business an awesome experience…even when you call me the “coffee Nazi”.  We look forward to many more years of service to you and the community and thank you for all the time you have spent with us.