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Happy Holidays from the Oak Park Arts District!

A warm welcome to one of the newest businesses on Harrison Street, Valdo's Barbershop. Pop into the Buzz Cafe and pick up this month's print newsletter to read Kelly Pollock's article on Valdo or check it out on our website blog. Valdo’s Barbershop is located at 128 Harrison Street and is open Monday through Friday from 9am - 7pm and Saturdays from 8am - 5pm. To book an appointment, call the shop at 708.628.3025 or visit


Online Classes & Workshops

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Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago

Learning to Love Difficult People
Dealing with people is such a big part of our lives. So what happens when we find others difficult to live or work with? Buddhist philosophy offers some clear methods for taking control back and realizing that we can improve our relationships with others simply by changing the way we view them. During this workshop we will practice some meditations that help improve the way we relate and respond to others, so we can be at peace regardless of how others behave. Absolutely everyone is welcome, regardless of previous experience, background or belief. Led by Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Zamling. Saturday, December 12th, live online at 10am or any time for 72 hours afterward. $20. 13 Harrison

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L'Institut français d'Oak Park

Give the gift of French this holiday season!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special someone in your life? Give the gift of learning another language and being immersed in French and Francophone culture. Online classes are easily accessible to gift recipients near the Oak Park Arts District and far away!
L’Institut français d’Oak Park offers professionally taught courses in all levels of French for adults and mature teens as well as weekly French conversation groups for adults and teens.
Registration is open for Winter 2021 French classes!

Register now for Winter 2021: January 18-March 27 All classes will be held online via Zoom.

▪ Beginning French Conversation I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII
▪ Advanced Beginner French Conversation and Grammar I
▪ Advanced Beginner French Culture and Conversation
▪ Intermediate French Culture and Conversation
▪ La Chanson Francophone
Beginning French Conversation I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII
Advanced Beginner French Conversation and Grammar I
Advanced Beginner French Culture and Conversation
Intermediate French Culture and Conversation
La Chanson Francophone

Conversation Café and Teen Conversation Café - French-only conversation groups meet Thursdays from 7-8pm on Zoom. Learn More & Register
Questions? Visit or contact Stacy Fifer at 11 Harrison

Music Together You & Yours

A Message from Music Together You & Yours:
In order to make a contribution to our local community, 10% of the Winter Bells semester registration fees will be donated to Beyond Hunger. Families are struggling to make ends meet and I'd like to support the steadfast efforts of this essential organization.
Thank you for your continued support. I'll continue to offer classes for as long as it's viable. Please reach out if you need to make payment arrangements. It's crucial that we continue to provide a musical outlet for our kids and ourselves. Community. Music. Food. These are important to all of us.
Classes will start January 15, 2021.
Registration is now open for the winter 2021 Bells semester at
NEW! Holiday mini session starts 12/4/20
3 weeks of musical fun to celebrate the season-no materials required, only $50 per family.
Week 1- songs of peace
Week 2- songs of light
Week 3- songs of celebration
Grandparents invited! You will receive a link to share with your registration. Free jingle bells will be mailed to each family if you register before Thanksgiving.
Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!
Thank you!

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Shopping In Store and Online


Shop in store or online!

Rare Bird Preserves

Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) Special!
Free Shipping on all online orders over $100 on Monday 11/30 and Tuesday 12/1. Just enter the code FREE in the discount window at checkout.
Send all your favorite people something unique and delicious this year.
Rare Bird Preserves is open. To ensure the safety of customers and staff, RBP is limiting the number of customers in the shop to two at a time. Curbside pick up is also available when ordering online. Wednesday - Saturday, 9am - 3pm. 211 Harrison

Studio 144 Boutique

Studio 144 Boutique is a cozy and welcoming space offering women's fashion (sizes small - 3x), jewelry, fragrance, purses, skincare and more. Looking for a gift for a special someone? Marcia will help you put together just the right stylish things! New Shop Hours beginning today:
Monday - Tuesday By appointment only
Wednesday - Friday 12 - 5pm
Saturday 11 - 5pm
Sunday 12 - 4pm
To schedule an appointment visit and click on Book Now, email us at or call or text us at 708.205.2866. 144 Harrison

Bead in Hand

In-store or online, Bead in Hand is ready to help you with your jewelry making and crafting needs! Shop a gorgeous selection of semi-precious stone, Czech glass and unique findings or pick up a kit to give as a gift or play with at home. On the website, you'll find The Bead in Hand Store with links to Do It Yourself Beading Kits, Kits for the Holidays and basic Beading Instructions. Check out the new T-Shirt shop too! Bead in Hand is open every day of the week but due to space constraints, recommends that you make an appointment. New Shop Hours beginning today:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12- 5pm
Wednesday & Sunday 1 - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
145 Harrison

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Do It Yourself! Bead & Ring Wrap Bracelet

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Learn the Legend of the Christmas Spider!

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Show your support with a t-shirt!

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Give and get more music money!!

Val's halla Records

It's still Cyber Monday! If you buy a Gift Card of $20 or more to treat someone else, Val's halla Recoreds will give you a FREE $5 Gift Card to treat yourself. In store (you've got two hours) or Online.
Val's is also offering 15% off storewide with the coupon code CM2020. Shop in person (you still have two hours...) or online. Val's t-shirts are back in stock in new color combos too! 239 Harrison

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Bundle Up!

Elevate Hair & Beauty Boutique

In-store pick up and porch drops! Elevate offers pre-designed gift bundles, or create your own! Something here for all ages, genders, and pups! Gifts starting at $4! Online Shop. 321 Harrison


Exhibitions & Shopping Artfully

Purple Sun Arts

Purple Sun Arts is now open! Along with framed paintings, Purple Sun Arts has hand crafted jewelry, face masks and mask chains, ornaments, wine glass charms, wreaths, greeting cards, bookmarks, collectable and antique glassware and very cool handpainted chairs! Art Journaling classes will be announced soon. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1-5pm. 142 Harrison

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Dancing Krow Studio & Social Club

The arts collective's fall show is The Warmth of Color, an exhibition celebrating peace, love, mindfulness and well-being. Studio doors are open on Wednesdays from 1-5pm. Take in the exhibition, shop for art by local artists and handmade soaps and hand sanitizer from Nine Waves Out Soap Company.
Dancing Krow artists are placing their best creations in the gallery for you
to buy for all those you love, including yourself, this holiday season. Please wear a mask and social distance.
Just walking by, check out the art shelf window display and the smile peace flag garden! 43 Harrison

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Amani Borah

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Karen Schuman

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Sandra Ragan

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Click to shop artfully!

Art Gecko might have flown its Harrison Street coop a few years ago, but you can still support assemblage artist Lisa Nordstrom through her Etsy shop. She's having a sale through December 2nd.


Care Giving & Wellness

ARIS at home:

Do you or a loved one need in home care assistance? ARIS at home is a locally owned, family run provider that specializes in compassionate non-medical home care for you or your loved one. ARIS at home is proud to stand for a new level of private home care focused on true values. This month, receive one week of ARIS' professional service at a discounted rate of up to six hours free! Evaluate if home care is the right fit for your current situation. Click HERE to learn more about the Home Care Trial Plan. 327 Harrison


More Creative Ways to Support Small Businesses

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Great gifts for teachers, family meals, holiday gifts, corporate gifts, local shopping & more.

Digitally buy or gift a SHOP LOCAL OPRF Card to support small businesses. The Shop Local OPRF Card has many of your favorite OPRF Chamber of Commerce retailers, restaurants, services and entertainment in one place. Use the gift card at all participating locations — and keep your shopping dollars local. #ShopLocal #ShopSmall #ChamberLOVE

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Support local brick & mortars through their online shops! This holiday season, shop til you drop from your comfy chair.

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Please follow the safety measures put in place for your health and ours.

Coming to Harrison Street? We hope you are. But before you make the trip, please consult a business's website or social media for the most up to date information on its daily operations. The OPAD Business Directory links to them all. Thank you for supporting the small businesses of Harrison Street.

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