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Pleasant District

Pleasant District The Pleasant District Association is a membership, volunteer-based organization committed to promot

Formerly The South Marion Association, The Pleasant District is a volunteer-driven organization representing businesses on South Marion Street, just south of downtown Oak Park. The Pleasant District is easily accessible by car, bike and the CTA, and a wonderful place for great food, fine antiques, spa services, jewelry and more. In June 2011, a $5.4 million dollar renovation of South Marion Street

Formerly The South Marion Association, The Pleasant District is a volunteer-driven organization representing businesses on South Marion Street, just south of downtown Oak Park. The Pleasant District is easily accessible by car, bike and the CTA, and a wonderful place for great food, fine antiques, spa services, jewelry and more. In June 2011, a $5.4 million dollar renovation of South Marion Street

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National Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest
05/04/2018
National Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest

National Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest

Post pictures to your Twitter, Instagram, and pages using to be entered into the contest. Weekly winners will get a Preservation Prize Pack!

Thanks Visit Oak Park and Chicagoland for the mention!
04/03/2018

Thanks Visit Oak Park and Chicagoland for the mention!

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Wild Onion & Two Brothers Voted in Top 16 Post Round 2!
04/02/2018
2018 Chicago Brewery Bracket: Suburbs – Rd. 2

Wild Onion & Two Brothers Voted in Top 16 Post Round 2!

CHICAGOLAND, IL The Hop Review is excited for the return of the Readers' Choice Chicago Brewery Bracket, and this year is bigger and better than ever with 64 breweries from the city and surrounding suburbs battling for the crown. The Suburbs  region is easily the most competetive, as 120+

South Blvd & Harlem about 5pm. Not a great way to start the weekend!
03/09/2018

South Blvd & Harlem about 5pm. Not a great way to start the weekend!

02/15/2018

What're you doing on March 3? How about enjoying some FREE jazz and special food deals at Jazz Thaw in Oak Park?!

Join us to say "Farewell" to Loretta Daly, of the Village of Oak Park, Illinois, on February 23.
02/14/2018
Tap to RSVP to Loretta's Out-A-Here!!

Join us to say "Farewell" to Loretta Daly, of the Village of Oak Park, Illinois, on February 23.

You're invited to Loretta's Out-A-Here!! - Click here to RSVP

The snow emergency parking rules will be in effect at 10 p.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 2018 until further notice. Do not park on d...
02/09/2018
Snow Emergency Parking

The snow emergency parking rules will be in effect at 10 p.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 2018 until further notice. Do not park on designated snow routes. Follow the odd/even parking rule on all other streets. Visit www.oak-park.us/snow or call 708.358.7669 for more details.

A measurable snowfall means the Emergency Snow Removal Parking Plan goes into effect. After a two-inch snowfall, the Public Works Department may announce the following parking rules, seven days a week, including holidays:

The signal at Washington & Wisconsin (Marion) is up and running! Drive carefully folks!
02/06/2018

The signal at Washington & Wisconsin (Marion) is up and running! Drive carefully folks!

02/01/2018
Street Closure

ALERT! Street closure on South Boulevard between Harlem Ave & Marion St starting February 12, lasting about 10 days.

Please remember to frequent our Pleasant District businesses on South Blvd - Wild Onion Tied House, La Bella Pasteria and Oak Park Jewelers.

For the first time ever, the Oak Park Area is celebrating its dynamic theater scene with Oak Park Theater Month! Present...
01/26/2018
Oak Park Theater Month - February 2018

For the first time ever, the Oak Park Area is celebrating its dynamic theater scene with Oak Park Theater Month! Presented by Visit Oak Park, the inaugural event takes place throughout the month of February 2018.

Visit Oak Park is proud to present the inaugural celebration of the Oak Park Area's world-class theatrical offerings.

Thank you to all of the restaurants who donated food & drinks for our Annual Meeting last night at Pleasant Home Foundat...
01/19/2018

Thank you to all of the restaurants who donated food & drinks for our Annual Meeting last night at Pleasant Home Foundation. We enjoyed collaborating with the Hemingway District Business Association and greatly appreciated Anthony Clark giving some of his time to speak.

Also thanks to Village of Oak Park, Illinois representatives in attendance: Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb, Trustee Deno J. Andrews, Cara Pavlicek, Tammie Grossman, Loretta Daly, and Vicki Scaman.

Donating restaurants:
Barclay's American Grille, Poor Phil's, Serenitea Cafe and Boutique, Wild Onion Tied House, La Bella Pasteria, Winberie's Oak Park Restaurant and Bar, Hamburger Mary's Oak Park, Cucina Paradiso, Spilt Milk, Maya Del Sol

Pleasant District Business Association is teaming up with the Hemingway District Business Association for our Annual Mee...
01/17/2018

Pleasant District Business Association is teaming up with the Hemingway District Business Association for our Annual Meeting TOMORROW, Thursday Jan. 18 from 5-7pm. Located at beautiful Pleasant Home Foundation with lots of food and drinks from our local restaurants and pubs as well as updates from our districts. RSVP to [email protected].

55 Best Small Towns to Visit on a Road Trip of America [2018]
12/27/2017
55 Best Small Towns to Visit on a Road Trip of America [2018]

55 Best Small Towns to Visit on a Road Trip of America [2018]

Many Americans have spent time traveling to large metropolitan cities like Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles and, while these cities are great, you can miss out on experiencing a major portion of the country if you only spend time in big cities. The small towns of America are another excellent reas...

11/16/2017
11/08/2017

Oak Park on Tap - Beer Parlour & Pub Crawl is coming to the Pleasant District next Friday, Nov. 17! Four local craft breweries & four area pubs are participating - enjoy some great beer, beautiful historic Pleasant Home, and a brisk walk down Madison St all for one great cause!

Thanks to the Oak Park - River Forest (OPRF) Chamber of Commerce for the delightful blog post highlighting our new & imp...
10/24/2017
Can I Buy You a Beer?

Thanks to the Oak Park - River Forest (OPRF) Chamber of Commerce for the delightful blog post highlighting our new & improved "Oak Park on Tap" Beer Tasting Parlour & Pub Crawl!

Pleasant Home Foundation is partnering with Oak Park - River Forest (OPRF) Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasant District - tickets on sale at:
http://pleasanthome.org/program-a-events/oak-park-on-tap

“Oak Park on Tap” illustrates how far we have come since being a dry Village in 1973. Less than fifty years ago, going out for a beer was something you did in Forest Park or Berwyn. Now there are t…

10/09/2017

– Hi there! Visit Oak Park here, representing Visit Oak Park and its 18 neighboring communities in Chicago’s Near West suburbs. We’re taking over Enjoy Illinois’ Facebook to showcase the latest and greatest in our charming collection of historically significant communities. Here’s a peek at what makes us special, through the eyes of our biggest fans:
http://www.instagram.com/visitoakpark

10/09/2017

25 REASONS TO JOIN THE CHAMBER
#1 - We have the scissors - and we know how to wield them!
Thanks Janice Moskoff for being our model.

Construction on South & Harlem is moving right along. If you'd like to sign up for regular construction updates PLUS lea...
09/25/2017
New Development in Oak Park

Construction on South & Harlem is moving right along. If you'd like to sign up for regular construction updates PLUS learn about fun things going on in the Pleasant District, contact Heidi at [email protected] to get on the list!

New projects are under development throughout the community.

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Marion And South Boulevard
Oak Park, IL
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The Oak Park Regional Housing Center has been breaking down barriers and building bridges for 49 years. As we begin to celebrate our 50th year, join us to experience Paradise Square, and to discuss the challenges ahead as we continue the conversation about how we can make our communities better, stronger and more equitable.

-Thursday, November 18 at 6:30pm: Paradise Square, Pre-Broadway Show in Chicago’s Theatre District
-Saturday, November 20 from 1pm-3pm: Post-Event Discussion, Power of Engagement, The Nineteenth Century Club

Learn more here:
https://oprhc.org/paradise-square/
Easily accessible by car, bike and the CTA, Pleasant District is along South Marion Street, directly south of Downtown Oak Park.

Immerse yourself in the ever-expanding outdoor murals along South Boulevard and the train tracks, while popping in restaurants, jewelry stores, antique shops and more.

Explore the Pleasant District Business District in the Pick Oak Park Directory here:
https://www.pickoakpark.com/pleasant
I realize that you might not live in Wicker Park. But I think you appreciate historic architecture like I do.

The Wicker Park Preservation and Development Committee opposes this proposal to build something on what they consider a Protected Side lot. The neighbors have asked me for my help because I have lived in Wicker Park for 27 years.

We are not trying to tell a private owner what to do. But to bring attention to something that has been forgotten. We must remember the reason we love Chicago. And here is the reason.

THIS is the Last Open Lot in the Wicker Park Historic District!

● Wicker Park Historic District established in 1989
○ 101 open lots
● Only 1 open lot remains! - this one. Yes, 100 that were marked on the Historic Designation Map have been built upon.

● No matter how THIS case turns out, we are using this as an opportunity to bring attention to consider whether the remaining lots are truly protected, or not?

2021 brings the 55th anniversary National Historic Preservation Act passed by Congress.
On the topic of Historic Homes and Buildings, President John F. Kennedy said "A nation can be a victim of amnesia. It can lose the memories of what it was, and thereby lose the sense of what it is or wants to be."

The National Historic Preservation Act is an expression of our national will to embrace the past and affirm its bearing on our present and our future.

In the midst of urban renewal, the preservation movement came into its own, reflecting a growing consciousness of the past in the wake of what was being destroyed. In Boston, nearly a third of the old city was demolished, including its historic West End, to clear the way for high-rises and a new freeway.

55 years ago, in Chicago, one architectural treasure after another fell to the wrecking ball. Cities across America experienced the same drastic transfiguration. The changes sweeping the nation in the 1960s were profound. There was a growing awareness that cultural heritage was threatened.

In 1967, the Preservation rallying cry was "We do not, use bombs.... to destroy irreplaceable structures related to the story of America's civilization. We use the corrosion of neglect or the thrust of bulldozers... Connections between successive generations of Americans are broken by demolition. Sources of memory cease to exist."

It’s not me trying to stick my nose in a private owner’s business. I am a historian and I use history to bring light to what has been forgotten and let others make the decision. This will help support the Wicker Park Committee's case before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on March 4.

In a dense neighborhood, a beautiful greenspace is a treasure. Each year Wicker Park hosts a Historic Park and Garden Tour with the property at 1512 N. Hoyne frequently a featured garden. The 2004 Wicker Park Art and Garden Show guide includes the following in the description for the property:

“Our intention for the garden is to make it look like an integral part of the visual flow of the house (i.e., not just a “side lot” with plants on it).”

This property is considered by many to be a Protected by the Wicker Park Historic District Designation of 1989.

As a greenspace that has been a garden for 140 years it is part of the historic value of the home and neighborhood and contributes to the overall historic value of Wicker Park.

Aside from the loss of the peaceful greenspace, the building at 1520 N Hoyne has beautiful architectural features that would be obscured by the proposed building. That home does not employ common brick on the southern façade and the beautiful bay window and other picturesque details of the building will be hidden.

Private Space impacts Public Space
We need to value private space, it impacts everyone.

The responsibility of the city belongs to all of us as stewards.

If neighbors or residents don’t carry a responsibility to preserve, protect or to voice concerns about private And public space, then who else will?

What remains needs protection
1. The pressure to build upon lots in Historic Districts will continue and increase

1. The lot here although privately owned must be considered in light of local and national advisory guidelines

2. We respectfully ask the Landmarks Staff, The Commissioners, Zoning Board, the owner of 1512 and 1514 Hoyne to consider:
a. avoid or minimize adverse affect to adjoining buildings, e.g. the historic Henry Grusendorf House

b. avoid or minimize adverse affect to the fabric of neighborhood and streetscape

Good news! 🙌 Lake Street is now OPEN in DTOP & the Better Lake Street Reward Program has been extended. https://bit.ly/3bIu79A

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Save your receipts when you support local businesses in Downtown Oak Park, Hemingway District Business Association or Pleasant District between May 1 & August 31, 2020.

Receive $25 in reward certificates by spending $20 or more at five businesses with a grand total of $200 or more. Reward certificates must be used September 1 through October 15, 2020 at the participating businesses.
🚨 NEW 🚨 Better Lake Street Reward Program

In an effort to support local businesses during the Lake Street Improvement Project, Downtown Oak Park in partnership with the Village of Oak Park, Illinois, Hemingway District Business Association & Pleasant District bring you the Better Lake Street Reward Program!

Support local businesses between May 1 & August 31, 2020! Spend $20 or more at five participating businesses with a grand total of $200 or more & earn $25 in reward certificates to spend September 1 - October 15, 2020 at participating businesses!

Find where to redeem your receipts, rules & regulations, as well as a list of participating businesses: downtownoakpark.net/better-lake-street

Please note:

➡️ There are a limited number of available reward certificate books, this offer is only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. The website will track quantity available.

➡️ Questions? Email [email protected].

Thank you for your understanding and supporting your local businesses!
Save your receipts when you support local businesses in Downtown Oak Park, Hemingway District Business Association or Pleasant District between May 1 & August 31, 2020 — Receipts from online shopping & delivery purchases will also be accepted.

Earn $25 in reward certificates by spending $20 or more at five participating businesses with a grand total of $200 or more. Reward certificates must be used September 1 through October 15, 2020 at participating businesses.

More program details here: bit.ly/2W9nAgW

Find online shopping, delivery & pick-up information from 35+ Downtown Oak Park businesses at DTOPDELIVERS.COM!
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Oak Park on Tap - Beer Parlour & Pub Crawl THIS FRIDAY! Tickets on sale to enjoy the Beer Parlour at Pleasant Home, Pub Crawl through the Pleasant District, or both!

http://pleasanthome.org/program-a-events/oak-park-on-tap
Thanks to the Oak Park - River Forest (OPRF) Chamber of Commerce for the delightful blog post highlighting our new & improved "Oak Park on Tap" Beer Tasting Parlour & Pub Crawl!

Pleasant Home Foundation is partnering with Oak Park - River Forest (OPRF) Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasant District - tickets on sale at:
http://pleasanthome.org/program-a-events/oak-park-on-tap
Two Brothers Social Tap is cutting the ribbon on their latest location in Oak Park's Pleasant District, and you’re invited to be a part of the festivities. Don't miss discounts on appetizers and sandwiches, free coffee until 10AM Sunday morning, and the rollout of a special collaboration brew with Kinslahger tonight! 🍻🍻🍻
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