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Centre Physical Therapy Joins the Arts District By Kelly Pollock

As a student at Oak Park-River Forest High School, Caty Stegemann took a career aptitude test that told her she should consider becoming a teacher, a nurse, or a therapist so she secured a volunteer position at West Suburban Hospital and discovered that she loved physical therapy. College and career took her to other parts…

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Mora Asian Kitchen Oak Park Opens in the Arts District

Mora Asian Kitchen Oak Park

Mora Asian Kitchen celebrated its grand opening last month. According to owner Jason Morales, the high-profile location at 201 Harrison Street in the Oak Park Arts District was an ideal spot for the destination dining experience he had in mind. The 2800 square foot space boasts seating for 85, an open-concept kitchen and craft bar.…

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CrossFit Spero Opens in New Oak Park Arts District Location

CrossFit Spero

After spending 3 years in a rental space on the 300 block of Harrison, owner Dave Greene officially moved his CrossFit Spero business to 221 Harrison on October 1st of this year. The new location is less than two blocks away from the first, however, its planning took almost a year. When Greene purchased the…

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The Oak Park Arts District Welcomes Rare Bird Preserves

welcome rare bird preserves

Welcome Rare Bird Preserves Owner Elizabeth Madden celebrated the grand opening of Rare Bird Preserves late last month in the Oak Park Arts District. The space at 211 Harrison houses a commercial kitchen and multiuse retail area designed to host classes and parties. With a background in fine arts, Madden attended the French Pastry School…

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A Letter From the Editor: Laura Maychruk

Laura Maychruk

Dear Loyal Readers, August 31st, 1998 was a momentous day in our lives, and, as it turns out, the lives of many Oak Parker’s.  After purchasing the vacant building at 905 S. Lombard and renovating it for 3 months, Buzz Café opened at 6am that day.  The walls were largely bare, the chairs were plain…

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The OPAD’s Latest Addition: The Birth Boutique

The Birth Boutique

In 2015 neighbors Jen Gold, Lauren Elliott and Lindsay Monroe became fast friends while in the throes of caring for their young children. They shared labor and delivery stories between carting their kids to various activities and navigating life as new moms. They reflected on the challenges of transitioning into postpartum life. Through this sharing…

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Jamilla Yipp: Documenting Stories in the OPAD

Jamilla Yipp, photographer and the Oak Park Arts’ District newest neighbor, knows first hand how to turn a challenge into an opportunity—or in Jamilla’s case, a thriving business. Ten years ago, she started taking pictures as a hobby. She had three kids under the age of three and had had a bad experience at one…

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What’s Blooming on Harrison? The Oak Park Arts District Spring Festival!

What’s Blooming on Harrison? The Oak Park Arts District Spring Festival   Since 1999 the Oak Park Arts District has ushered in the Chicagoland festival season with a street fest as unique as its district is. What’s Blooming on Harrison is celebration the OPAD itself and features local vendors, bringing attention to the diversity of…

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Letter From The Editor: Laura Maychruk

Dear Loyal Readers, Unbelievably, Buzz Café is 19 years old! Hopefully many of you celebrated with us on August 31st with a FREE brewed coffee!! As I reflect on those many years I am filled with gratitude for all of the experiences, this life has given me. I feel like the luckiest person in the…

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Behind the Scenes at Open Door Theatre by Laurel Wolff

There is something almost cloak and dagger about being in a silent theater that allows you to see and to explore how the inner workings do work when the lights go on, when the music begins, when the artists arrive and the space’s function and meaning are revealed to those who have gathered for the…

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