Nov 17

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Oak Park

If you’re staying home – or local – for the holidays and not looking to cook, then you might be looking for a great place to eat a Thanksgiving meal this year. Which restaurants are open? We’ve done some research for you and so here are the best restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving here in Oak Park.

Barclay’s American Grille

On November 23rd, you can hit up the Barclay’s Thanksgiving Day Feast at Barclay’s American Grille over at 1110 Pleasant Street. Adult prices run at $37.95, Children 5-12 are $14.95 and kids four and under are free. Seatings are at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm and the food includes a whole roasted turkey, honey-mustard glazed bone-in Ham, a slow roasted prime rib, along with: tilapia, cheese tortellini, sage apple stuffing, candied sweet potato au pecan, Yukon gold-whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, roasted brussels sprouts with caramelized onions, rolls, and SO much more! Soups, salads, desserts… we could go on but now we’re hungry and want to get something to eat.

Bub City

Over in River North Bub City is doing up a Southern-styled Thanksgiving meal that’s made up of hickory-smoked turkey, homemade cornbread and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and, of course, cranberries for just $17. Located at 435 N. Clark Street, you don’t even have to eat in if you don’t want. They do carry-out large-party options too but they’ll need a 24-hour minimum on any orders for carry-outs. They’re open from 11am through Midnite.

Let’s do Thanksgiving Bub City style! Chicago will be open all day serving up our Thanksgiving buffet. Both Rosemont and Chicago are also doing a Thanksgiving Feast To-Go! Link in bio for more info. 🦃

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Nico Osteria

You can also check out Nico Osteria in the Gold Coast at 1015 N. Rush Street – who are also doing dine-in and dine-out Thanksgiving Day options. If you’re eating there, the hours run from 2pm-9pm and you should ready yourself for a four-course prix-fixe meal. If you’re eating out, your meal includes turkey breast, cranberry chutney, truffle mashed potatoes and baked kale, as well as two a la carte pies: chocolate pecan and spiced pumpkin with a ginger-snap crust. If you’re taking out, all orders are due by 3pm on November 18th.

We’ve jumped on the pumpkin band wagon and added this beautiful Pumpkin Spice Rotolo, served with maple agro-dolce, spiced hazelnuts & candied cinnamon gelato. #NicoOsteria #Pastry #Sweets #Gelato

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Wherever you eat your meal on Thanksgiving, from all of us to all of you – have a VERY happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 17

4 Best Brunch Spots in Downtown Oak Park

If you’re visiting Chicago for a few days, you might want to check out what nearby Oak Park has to offer. History, literature, and architecture buffs will want to make the weekend drive to the ‘burbs to see where Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright spent their days. Of course, your trip isn’t complete without trying the best local restaurants. Whether you’re heading back to the city after a quick overnight trip or just want to have your fill of breakfast food, stop by to try some of the best local brunch spots in Oak Park.

Of course, your trip isn’t complete without trying the best local restaurants. Whether you’re heading back to the city after a quick overnight trip or just want to have your fill of breakfast food, stop by to try some of the best local brunch spots in Oak Park.

George’s Family Restaurant

145 S Oak Park Ave

A homegrown family restaurant that serves up all your favorite breakfast and comfort food options, you will feel the warm welcoming spirit of George’s once you enter their doorstep. They are famous for their fluffy omelets, but you should also give their breakfast sandwiches and breakfast specials a try. They also serve up some great burgers and sandwiches for lunch, and their selection of soups changes daily.


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Delia’s Kitchen

1034 W Lake Street

If you’re looking for a place that reminds you of mom’s home cooked meals, you’ve come to the right place. Delia’s Kitchen serves the best American and European comfort food in Oak Park. Their menu, which includes filling skillets, benedicts and french toasts, offers plenty of room for vegetarian options. You may just forget about your diet when you get ahold of their fluffy buttermilk pancakes, their bestseller, said to be the best in Chicago. They are only open for breakfast and lunch.

Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles

543 Madison St

Chicken and waffles are among the best combinations of food out there. No one can seem to resist this classic Southern comfort dish that can be eaten at all times of the day. That’s why it comes at no surprise that after almost 10 years in business, the brand that started in Chicago has ventured out to include several branches, including this one in Oak Park. Besides the chicken and waffle combos, the restaurant also serves soul food dishes including catfish and salmon, going as far as having catfish and waffle combo plates.

Hemmingway’s Bistro

211 N Oak Park Ave

Fabulous breakfast of corned beef hash with poached egg, bakery basket, coffee, and mimosa! #diningwithhemingway #birthdaycelebration #chitown @my_dog_lady_di

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Hemingway would have been honored to have this charming French bistro named after him, and would have probably frequented the place. Featuring French dishes with Midwestern ingredients, Hemmingway’s Bistro takes Head Chef Ala’s love for seafood and incorporates it into his daily specials which include staples such as Coq au Vin, Cassoulet Toulousain, Bouillabaisse, Beef Wellington and Duck à l’Orange. Weekend brunch is a Parisian buffet that can be enjoyed with a side of a live jazz band playing in the background.

What are your favorite brunch spots in Oak Park? If we missed something great, let us know in the comments below!

Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!

Nov 17

November Events in Oak Park

What’s going on, down, up, and around the city of Oak Park in November? Why, we thought you’d never ask! There’s plenty, come to mention it – so much so that we’ve dedicated our brand new blog to just that question! So without further ado, let’s kick off our blog on the Best November Events In and Near Oak Park.

Autumn Wine Walk

Starting off our blog is the Autumn Wine Walk on Nov 4th in Forest Park from 1pm-5pm. If you’re looking to explore Madison Street, meet people, or wanting to get out of the apartment, this is a perfect excuse! Over fifteen locations are on tap and includes wine tasting as well as some small bites that have been prepped locally. Tickets are $40 each and come with a bonus bottle of wine (that’s your choice) so there’ll be no whining – just wining.

Brad Colerick’s Wine and Song of South Pasadena

Also on November 4th Brad Colerick’s Wine And Song Of South Pasadena comes to town for one night, starting at 8pm (doors at 7) at the West Suburban Temple Har Zion on 1040 N. Harlem Ave. If you don’t know, singer/songwriter Brad Colerick started these events seven years ago which bring an amazing cast of unique talent together to make an evening you can’t miss. Colerick unleashes his best tunes, piano-playing comic Marty Axelrod will be throwing funny shapes, and comedian Cynthia Carle will be splitting sides – along with some special guests – that are set to make for a fun and funny evening.

Elizabeth Berg

On November 29th, from 7pm-9pm, there’s an evening of culture with best-selling New York Times author Elizabeth Berg who’ll be talking about her brand new book The Story of Arthur Truluv. The story centers around three people devastated by lost loves and trying to find happiness again. The event takes place at the Carleton Hotel and costs just $10 (redeem your ticket at the event and get $10 off the cover price of the Truluv book).

We hope you find something fun to do in November here in Oak Park – we’re certainly spoiled for choice!


Oct 17

The Best Pumpkin Patches in Oak Park

Pumpkins are the best way to decorate for Halloween – but where can you find one? A good pumpkin patch is the answer and the best ones come with tons more than just pumpkins. Petting zoos, hot cider and all sorts await you at the best pumpkin patches – and we’ve rounded them up in our new blog listing the best pumpkin patches in/near Oak Park!


Bengtson’s have been around for 37 years and know a thing or two about pumpkins. You don’t just come here for the patch (although that’s a pretty good reason!) – it’s the all-new cow spinner (!), a roller-coaster, a 90 foot fun slide, pig races and even a Happy Swing. With so much going on you just might forget to buy a pumpkin! There’s even a kid village if you have little ones that comes with a fire station, school house and even a jail. It costs between $9.99-$18.99 per person but that price includes all the aforementioned activities along with a Hootenanny Train!

Colors of the season #autum#pumpkins#midwestlivingmagazine

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Sonny Acres Farm

Slightly closer is Sonny Acres Farm over at 29W310 North Ave. This place is filled with amazing photo opportunities with scarecrows and other ghostly items dotted around the farm. Make your Instagram account proud! There’s also a Dizzy Zone spinning tunnel, pony and camel rides, a tractor-pulled wagon ride and a haunted barn. If that’s not enough – and don’t you think it is? – there’s lots of food on hand from taffy apples to elephant ears to spiced cider. All this plus pumpkins, gourds, squash and Indian corn.


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Pumpkin Patch at Lincoln

You can also hit up the pop-up pumpkin patch that’s a little closer to home over by the Lincoln Park Cultural Center in Lincoln Park. Held on October 7th from 10am-Noon, the Pumpkin Patch at Lincoln comes with pony rides along with a petting zoo, face painting, and games. It’s free and there’s even a pumpkin decorating station on hand so you can get right to work on your brand new pumpkin purchase.

We hope you have a fun time hunting pumpkins and enjoying all that the patches have to offer – and have a very Happy Halloween!

Oct 17

The Best Halloween Events in Oak Park

So much is going on in the night around Halloween this year in Oak Park that we thought we should put together a blog with all the highlights. So from haunted tango to spooky parties, you’ll find something that makes you go boo!

Green Halloween

Kicking off our blog is something the kids will love; it’s the Green Halloween event on Saturday, Oct 14th.  It runs from 11am-3pm and is free! It’s spread out over a few locations including: a free screening of Minions at the Lake Theatre at 10am; a Pumpkin Patch at the Wonder Works Children’s Museum; free popcorn samples at Wells Street Popcorn and, at 1:30pm, Scary Storytelling over at Ten Thousand Villages. It’s all anchored by the Green Pumpkin Trail where you can grab healthy treats that are also eco-friendly.

Halloween Tango Party

Something where you won’t find kids is the 21+ Halloween Tango Party on Sat, Oct 21 at Dance Spa over at 1890 N. Milwaukee Ave. Here you can learn how to tango in the spirit of Gomez & Morticia Addams before taking to the dance floor for the rest of the night. Costumes are encouraged so let’s see how many of us can turn this into an Addams Family Tango Flashmob!

Halloween Night Party

Come Halloween you’ll want to dress up in your best scary finery and hit the Halloween Night Party that’s being hosted by LoganSquarist at the General over at 2528 N. California Avenue. Tricks (and treats) include a DJ, scary movies, games, and a photobooth. There’ll also be Halloween-themed cocktails and even a pie special! It promises to be a fun time for all and even includes trick-or-treating with the kids out front at 5:30pm.

With so much going on in and around Oak Park, Halloween this year will be unmissable.  Have fun wherever you go and if you do drink, do so responsibly. Happy Halloween!!


Oct 17

4 Best Seafood Restaurants in Oak Park

There are several reasons why people love seafood—the variety, dietary benefits, and the fact that each bite makes you think of sunny skies and sandy beaches.

The Midwest may not seem like a great spot for seafood, but thankfully, it’s easy to have fresh seafood shipped in from the coasts. You can also count on fresh catches from nearby Lake Michigan to satisfy your seafood craving. Whether you like your seafood raw, grilled, broiled or fried, there are several seafood restaurants in Oak Park worth trying if you don’t want to make the drive to Chicago.

Seafood Junction
132 Madison St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Seafood Junction is a chain of seafood restaurants around Illinois, but their food is anything but generic. Seafood Junction started as a family business and continues to be owned and operated by one, so the highest standards are put into every aspect of the dining experience—especially the food. There is a timely wait because food is served freshly cooked and piping hot. Customers swear by their homemade butter and cocktail sauce, which goes with almost every seafood dish they offer: be it crab, shrimp or catfish.

Poor Phil’s Bar & Grill
139 S Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Poor Phil’s is known in Oak Park as a place to get amazing drinks, but did you know that they also serve seafood? They offer specials on their oysters, which fans rave about and also serve brunch, aside from dinner. Besides their oysters, their Catfish Po’ Boy and Crabby Lobster Salad are must-tries!

Seafood #pasta #chicagofoodauthority #italian

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7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130

Gaetano’s takes the best flavors from the Italian coast of Sicily and brings them to Forest Park. Chef Gaetano, who owns and manages the restaurant, has many credentials to boast of, having previously prepared meals for two former Italian presidents and working in Paris, Milan, and London. The restaurant is a bit pricey and upscale for its location, but patrons consider the price tag affordable, given the quality. Gaetano’s offers tasting menus so if it’s your first time, try the Chef’s Choice, which is personalized according to your dietary needs.

6908 Windsor Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

After 30 years of managing the kitchens of luxury hotels all over America, Chef Oliver Valenzuela decided to put up his own American bistro in 2012, which was famed for its scallops and landed him on TV and several publications. This bistro has since closed, but he’s put up two other restaurants in Illinois. Oliver’s is the third, which opened just last year. For this, he partnered up with John Mautner (for drinks) to bring a different kind of dining experience to Berwyn. Oliver’s serves up prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood in a relaxed farm-to-table concept. All seafood is served fresh and flavorful, but if guests had to recommend a dish to try, it would be the salmon and Chef Oliver’s famous scallops.

#crabcakes #berwyn #dinner #omg

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What are your favorite spots for seafood in Oak Park or nearby Chicago? Drop a line in the comments below so we can start planning our next night out!

Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!

Oct 17

Our Favorite Parks in Oak Park

When people think about parks, they often associate them as places for people to commune with nature. Did you know that there are several health benefits associated with going to parks?

According to Diana Allen, Chief of the National Parks Services’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Program, frequently visiting parks have positive mental, physical and spiritual health benefits. Besides these positive results, visiting parks allows kids to be kids and have playtime away from electronic gadgets.

According to the Park District of Oak Park, there are several recreation centers in Oak Park that include 13 parks spanning 84 acres of parkland. Here are our top picks for the best parks in Oak Park.

Longfellow Park
610 S Ridgeland Ave

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Longfellow Park distinguishes itself from the other parks in the city by having the only full basketball court in the area. Besides this useful feature, the park also plays host to lighted tennis courts, newly-built playgrounds, an outdoor ice skating rink for the winter and a splash pad for those hot summer days. The park is very handicap-friendly as it has a handicap entrance built, as well as water wheelchairs available for use in the splash pad. The park also has a multipurpose room that families can rent for celebrations.

Maple Park
1001-1099 S Harlem Ave

Maple Park is the park district’s third largest park and features lots of recreational facilities such as baseball, soccer and tennis courts. The park is very pet-friendly as it features a dog park (permit required) and running path, perfect for getting in some exercise while walking your dog. Aside from the playground, kids can get in a lot of play time from the several open fields—ideal for kite flying, ultimate frisbee and just running around.

Scoville Park
800 W Lake St At Oak Park Ave

Acquired in 1912, Scoville Park was the first parcel of land purchased by the Park District of Oak Park. With so much history behind it, it’s no wonder that the “Peace Triumphant” Monument from World War 1 is located in the park and remains its major point of identification. Scoville Park is often used as a venue for various community activities, such as summer concerts, art fairs, and the annual Day in Our Village event. Aside from that, people also enjoy the park’s other amenities that include three tennis courts, an open field and playground. Scoville Park also offers wifi access for those who can’t completely disconnect.

Barrie Park
1011 S Lombard Ave

Welcome to the start of my monster movie. #holyfogbatman

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After a 5-year environmental clean-up due to soil contamination, Barrie Park re-opened in 2005. When the park re-opened, it did so with its current distinguishing feature—the sled hill! Facilities include basketball, softball/baseball courts, and a multipurpose field. The Barrie Center field house has rooms available for use, as well as an indoor playground.

Which of Oak Park’s best parks will you be visiting this fall? Drop a line in the comments below.

Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!

Sep 17

Best Places for Takeout in Oak Park

Nothing beats staying home, kicking back, and ordering some takeout! But where in Oak Park can you find the best places for takeout? Our new blog has all the answers – so sit back and have your phone handy because you’re gonna get hungry REALLLL fast!

Starting our blog on the best places for takeout in Oak Park is Suburrito at 708-406-7459. If you’re hungry – and hungry for Mexican – this is the perfect place for you as the servings are both delicious and huge! It’s similar in concept to Chipotle but has a unique feeling to it. You can pick a protein (they also have veggie options available) which they then transform into a burrito, torta, taco dinner, chilaquile, or even a morisqueta! The food is delicious and the prices very reasonable.

Next up on our blog on the best places for takeout in Oak Park is Papaspiros at 708-358-1700. This is Greek food done right – and we mean right! We ordered the Greek Lamb Sausage w/ Grilled Red Peppers, Herbs and Spices and wow, we were glad we did. We also tried their Shrimp Saganaki and we feel duty bound to inform you that we’d like to be buried in one when we die just in case. It was amazing!! There are lots of vegetarian and fish options here too along with all the lamb.

Rounding out our blog on the best places for takeout in Oak Park is Felony Franks at 708-420-5659 – and they do hot dogs that are so good they should be outlawed! We ordered the Italian Job (Italian sausage made to their specs) and a Parolish (char broiled Polish sausage) along with the hand-cut Felony Fries and a strawberry shake and loved every last bite (there were two of us).

Have you decided who to call now? We hope our blog on the best places for takeout in Oak Park has been a help. So place that order, put a good movie on, and kick back – you’ve earned it!

Sep 17

Cocktail Bars Around River Forest

Neighboring River Forest has some amazing cocktail bars to spend an evening – have you tried any? Well if you’re wondering which ones are worth your time (and money) wonder no further for we’ve got your answers in our new blog, the Best Cocktail Bars Around River Forest.

Kicking off our blog on the best cocktail bars around River Forest is the Heritage over at 7403 Madison Street and  open six days a week (except Mondays). The food here is meant for sharing and comes in small and large plates. But you’re here for the cocktails which is pretty amazing. Check out their “Something & Tonic” menu which rotates pairings with Tonic, their amazing wine list, their craft beer and the food (which is delicious). They also serve up donuts – hush-puppy styled pastries with an icing you can either pour or dip.

Next up on our blog on the best cocktail bars around River Forest is Maya Del Sol at 144 S. Oak Park Ave where they focus on Latin Fusion cuisine. Their drinks menu is epic – from sipping tequilas (so many brands we can’t even list them!), regular tequila, whiskeys, mezcal, reposado, anejo, rum, gin, vodka, and cordials! And that’s not even mentioning the wine list. There’s a drink here for every occasion (and some you can make up on the spot if you want!) but let’s not forget the food. We sampled the Ahi Tuna and the Braised Beef and loved them both.

And finishing up our blog on the best cocktail bars around River Forest is the Quincy Street Distillery, a few blocks away at 39 E. Quincy St. Yes, it’s a distillery and yes, you can tour it, but the cocktails they serve up are delicious and perfectly made! It’s all about artisanal distilling here and the flavors they mix it up with are epic. We sampled the Persimmon and Honey and the Water Tower On Fire Cinnamon Whiskey and wow! We’re sure glad we took a Lyft there because things got much sillier after that! It’s a great place – we’re sure you’ll love it.

There you go – some amazing cocktail bars with some delicious drinks! Wherever you go, be sure to drink responsibly!

Sep 17

Best Brunch Spots in River Forest

As you know, River Forest is a hop, skip and a jump away from Oak Park and well worth checking out – especially for its amazing brunch spots. But which are the best? It’s the focus of our brand new blog, the Best Brunch Spots in River Forest.

Kicking off our blog on the best brunch spots in River Forest is Madison Park Kitchen over at 7525 W. Madison St. This place – open daily from 7am-4pm – is known for it’s homemade signature dishes which include the Baked Apple Pancake, Frittatas, and speciality wraps. But that’s just touching the tip of the menu. We sampled the Buffalo Chicken Skillet with Poached Eggs and wow!! The service is great here too – it’s a real neighborhood gem.

Next up on our blog on the best brunch spots in River Forest is Blue Max Coffee over at 26 Lathrop Avenue. Open Mon-Fri from 7am-3pm and weekends from 8am-3pm, the food and coffee on tap here is tasty and delicious! We sampled the Huevos Benedictos and washed it down with a Guatemalan roast and loved it. They even have a patio here so the people watching is fun too.

Bringing our blog on the best brunch spots in River Forest to a close is Mom’s Place over at 819 Harlem Ave and is open Tue-Sun from 7am-8pm and Monday from 7am-3am. I guess they really don’t want to go home on Mondays for some reason! In all seriousness though, Mom’s Place isn’t cheap but it’s good. Fresh and delicious, in fact.  We sampled the tortilla soup, French Toast and a Fried Shrimp Meal and you’d swear Mom made everything! They even host events here but they’re mostly in the evening – so if you like brunch, head back there later on.

Clearly River Forest has some amazing brunch spots so we recommend you checking them out. If you know of any others you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below!

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