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a Thank You

As we wind down a year of years, the Oak Park Arts District would like to thank you, our patrons, for all of the support and encouragement you have shown our small business community. You ordered take out, shopped our fledgling online stores, zoomed our workouts and classes, gave to our causes and graciously said, "keep the change." You wore your masks, sanitized your hands and showed up! Our doors remain open because of you. So thank you.

Here's to a better 2021!


Ring in the New Year

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Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago

Medicine Buddha One-Day Retreat: Healing through Wisdom
Join any one session, or all 3 guided sessions. Based upon the profound healing practice of Medicine Buddha, this full-day guided retreat will emphasize the practice of Tantric self-generation practice of Medicine Buddha, the embodiment of the healing energy of all Buddhas. Although this event is open to everyone, this in-depth retreat is most suitable for those who already have some previous experience with Buddha's Sutra teachings. Each session will include a brief teaching, preparatory prayers, and extensive meditation. Led by Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Zamling. Wednesday, December 30th, 10am - 6 pm. $15-40.

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An Alternative New Year's Eve Celebration
Part 1: Inspired, Confident & Calm: A Special Talk & Meditation for the New Year. Buddhist meditation offers valuable, effective methods everyone can use to improve the quality of your mind and life. Learn how to feel more confident, inspired and stable through meditation in the year ahead -- both on and off the meditation cushion -- regardless of what life throws your way. Led by Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Zamling. $12

Part 2: Prayers of Compassion for World Peace. Now more than ever, our world needs authentic kindness, empathy, and compassion. To celebrate the New Year, we will enjoy a traditional Buddhist prayer which develops our own compassion and enables us to establish a more compassionate and caring society. All are very welcome to attend. FREE. Thursday, December 31st, online starting at 7pm and available for 72 hours after.


Resolve to Take a Class in 2021

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L'Institut français d'Oak Park

Bonne Année! Happy 2021!

Happy New Year from l’Institut français d’Oak Park!

Ring in the new year with a French class at l’Institut français d’Oak Park!

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. Our online classes are easily accessible whether you live near the Oak Park Arts District or far away!

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 Questions? Save the date and register for a virtual open house on Tuesday, January 12, from 6-6:30pm, visit, or contact Stacy Fifer at
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 Questions? Save the date and register for a virtual open house on Tuesday, January 12, from 6-6:30pm, visit, or contact Stacy Fifer at

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
Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!
Thank you!


Shop In Store & Online

Arts District retailers take your safety seriously. Many offer online services, personal shopping, curbside pick up and shipping. All follow public health guidelines in regards to mask wearing, social distancing and sanitizing.

Purple Sun Arts

Purple Sun Arts is now featuring unique jewelry designs by Sandra Dee, in addition to the designs by Ann Viernes. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 1 - 5pm. 142 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 Brown Jackson will help you put together just the right stylish things! To schedule an appointment visit and click on Book Now, email Call or text to 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, unique findings and one of a kind finished jewelry. 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. Bead in Hand is open every day of the week but due to space constraints, recommends that you make an appointment. 145 Harrison


Good Eats & Drinks

GRND Coffee House

GRND Coffee House is a craft coffee retailer that sells a wide variety of packaged grounds and whole bean coffees. It also sells a diverse assortment of teas and other accessories. All of the craft coffee blends are locally sourced. 140 Harrison

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Rare Bird Preserves

RBP has partnered with Publican Quality Meats to bring the Oak Park Community a series of delicious Weekend Brunch Boxes. Each weekend, select a package for pick-up from Rare Bird on Saturday morning between 10 - 11:30 am and if you miss brunching with your friends maybe you could all order a box and do a zoom brunch! Order Up! 211 Harrison

Eastgate Cafe

The Eastgate Cafe offers hearty homemade dishes for carry-out curbside pick up or delivery from now until the spring. 102 Harrison

Wear Your Support for Arts District Businesses on Your...

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Buzz Cafe

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Bead in Hand

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Val's halla Records

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See you on Harrison Street! Art by Tia Etu

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