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Property transfers: Fair Oaks Ave. home sold for $680,000 in Oak Park

Illinois Poet Laureate Bradley Stein | Photo courtesy of Bradley University

Illinois Poet Laureate talks poetry’s place in society, plans Oak Park visit

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will help Oak Park celebrate National Poetry Month during a public event at the Hemingway Birthplace this April.

<p>Downtown Oak Park | Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

Top news headlines: What happened in Oak Park this week

Miss the news this week? Here's a roundup of the top Oak Leaves news headlines this week.

Rows of upgraded "buses" or electrical circuit boxes are part of the Smart Grid upgrade at the Oak Park Com Ed power substation. The work was complete in March.

Oak Park ditches all-green power supply; residents can still opt for clean energy

After two and a half years of pioneering green energy village-wide, Oak Park trustees opted for the cheaper option — “brown power” — in a new contract with supplier...

The Oak Park Fair Housing Task Force, which is trying to find ways to fix housing discrimination in the village, had its first meeting April 16. The group is made up of residents, Village Trustees and a handful of community leaders.  I  Ian Fullerton/For Sun-Times Media

Task force ready to tackle discriminatory housing in Oak Park

The members of Oak Park’s newly-formed Fair Housing Task Force have their work cut out for them. Comprised of residents, Village Board trustees and a handful of the community...

<p>Youth boxing in Lake County. | Mark Ukena/for Sun-Times Media</p>

Top photos of the week: All about sports

We'll be featuring some of the best photos from the area each week. This week, check out the top pictures featuring area athletes.

<p>Vinyl records can still be found at&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>Val's&nbsp;Halla&nbsp;record shop in Oak Park, owned by&nbsp;ValCamilletti, where a wide selection of musical tastes and audio formats are available.&nbsp;| Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

Record Store Day: Where to celebrate and shop local

Physical forms of music may seem like a blast to the past for some, but this weekend shops across the country — including the west suburbs, will keep the music alive by...

One of the kitchens featured in the Parenthesis Kitchen Walk in 2010. | Photo courtesy of Peter Wagner

Felicia Dechter: Parenthesis Kitchen Walk shows off unique spaces for good cause

Doris Huang knows the value of having a place in the neighborhood like Parenthesis Family Center, 405 S. Euclid in Oak Park. Parenthesis is a non-profit organization providing a...

<p>Oak Park native Kate Lambert.</p>

OPRF grad’s ‘Teachers’ web series scores TV Land pilot

Oak Park-River Forest High School grad Kate Lambert always intended to become an actress until catching the comedy bug around 2006 while taking classes at Second City — where...

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Oak Park native Cecily Strong loses bet with NFL star, dresses up in dog costume

Oak Park native and Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong, a Chicago Bulls fan, recently agreed to face off against New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre Paul, a New York...

Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen will speak about the group's gluten-free cookbook in Oak Park April 22.

James Beard Award-winning author speaking at Carleton Hotel

With gluten concerns on the rise, it was only a matter of time before loyal readers of America’s Test Kitchen publications such as Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated began...

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