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 world to have been able to touch so many peoples lives and to have been able to become so much a part of the fabric of Oak Park. As an “outsider” that is not an easy task… Andrew and I moved to Oak Park, 26 years ago, so we are not born and raised here, but as outsiders, had the unique perspective, that Oak Parkers may take for granted. We embraced the artsy, liberal, racially integrated, community focused values that we did not have the luxury to grow up with and made it our own. We are also grateful, on a daily basis, for the wonderful, loyal, conscious consumers that we call customers, regulars and now friends. We would not be herewithout your constant support. And, I would be remiss, if I did not thank our incredible staff, many of whom have been with us for 10+ years. It is their interactions with customers that define the Buzz experience and we are so lucky to have the wonderful staff that we do.

As we continue to move forward in this challenging time for small businesses, I am glad that my children will now have a part in the continuation of Buzz Café. Both of my girls, Lydia and Irene are now working here. This is a point of pride that I had always hoped for, but did not know we would actually reach. I look forward to a time when my boys will join them and it will not just be a “Mom & Pop” shop, but a family business…

I am hopeful that year 20 and beyond, Buzz Café will continue to be a part of the Oak Park experience. Thank you!



Art on Harrison, the annual festival to celebrate the art and artists in the Oak Park Arts District will be held on Friday evening, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st. As usual, Buzz Café will be celebrating with our annual Chair Painting Event. This event starts at 12pm noon on the 21st and its over, when all of the chairs are painted. This is a FREE, first come, first served event. Hope to see you there!