As we enter another uncertain year, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you. THANK YOU for your support. THANK YOU for your flexibility. THANK YOU for your understanding as circumstances continue to change. The one thing we know for certain, is that we are the luckiest small business owners around because of you, our community that continues to support and lift us up. From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you and Happy New Year!

New Years Eve in the Oak Park Arts District

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Buzz Cafe Pie the perfect way to ring in New Year! 905 S Lombard


Trattoria 225. Open New Years Eve 5-9pm. Click image above for menu. 225 Harrison


New Year’s Eve at MORA. NYE Hours: 12pm-5pm See Bar and Kitchen Specials by clicking above image. Call to book your table today! 708-613-4546. 201 Harrison

New Year’s Eve Celebration - Public Talk & Prayers with Gen Zamling

Dec 31, 7:30-9pm
KMC Chicago, 13 Harrison Street, Oak Park & ONLINE
The world needs authentic kindness, empathy, and compassion. Ring in the New Year with genuine inspiration and purpose. Join a special talk on Healing our World with Compassion, followed by prayers of compassion. More HERE


Holiday Hours in the Oak Park Arts District

Brown Elephant Closed until Further Notice
For the safety of their staff and customers, and to help slow the community spread of COVID-19 all Brown Elephant locations (Andersonville, Oak Park, and Lakeview) are temporarily closed starting today, Tuesday, December 28. They will update all customers once they re-open to the public. Donations are still accepted this week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, donations are accepted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all stores. 217 Harrison

Bead in Hand
Class is in session at Bead in Hand! The jewelry design studio is offering its basic classes in a revised format. Up to four vaccinated people can take a class together so grab some friends and choose from stringing, earring design or bead weaving. Click HERE for details. Holiday hours are: Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 11am-6pm, Wed: 1-6pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 1-5pm. Closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. 145 Harrison

Taco Mucho Open from 5-9pm 12/29 and 12/30 and for lunch only on NYE from 11:30 am-3:30pm. Closed New Years Day. 220 Harrison

Dye Hard Yarns Open 12/29 - 12/31. Order online HERE. 210 Harrison

The Happy Apple Pie Shop will be back to serve you Jan 4, 2022.

Rare Bird Preserves Closed Dec 24-Jan 18. 210 Harrison

Studio 144 Boutique Open Dec 29 and 30, 12-5pm, Dec 31, 11am-2pm. 144 Harrison

Dancing Krow open by appt only from now till Jan. 31, 2022. 43 Harrison


Start the New Year off with something for yourself! Gift Cards and/or Classes....Lots to Choose From!

Bead in Hand - buy a class or kit HERE
Buzz Cafe - buy Buzz Bucks click HERE
Trattoria 225 - buy gift cards HERE
Val's halla Records - buy gift cards HERE
Crossfit Spero - Classes and drop in rates HERE
Dye Hard Yarns - buy gift cards HERE
Elevate Creative - buy gift cards HERE
GRND Coffee House - buy gift cards and/or shop online HERE
Book a session with Jamilla Yipp Photography - Click HERE
Give a month trial membership to Kadampa Meditation Center - click HERE
L'Institut français d'Oak Park - buy gift cards or a class HERE
Music Lessons at Oak Park String Academy for that 5 or 6 yr old in your life - click HERE
Rare Bird Preserves - buy gift cards HERE
RC Training and Fitness - buy classes HERE
Studio 144 Boutique - gift certificates available, stop in144 Harrison
Taco Mucho - stop in or call for gift card, buy $50 get $10, buy $100 get $25
Valdo's Barbershop - Cut or shave makes a great gift?, 708-628-3025


COVID-19 Update - New Mitigation Order for Cook County (Oak Park will do something very similar possibly starting Jan 3, 2022)

The Cook County Department of Public Health issued COVID-19 Mitigation Order 2021-11, which goes into effect January 3, 2022. Patrons of certain businesses must now show proof of vaccination when entering indoor dining establishments with on-premise dining, event spaces, theaters, and fitness centers. Please note this does not apply for restaurant carry-out.

The following forms of proof of vaccination are acceptable:
-A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card; or
-An official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or
-An ‘app’ that provides a digital record of vaccinations; or
-A digital or physical photo of such a card or record that includes the individual’s name, the vaccine brand administered, and the date the vaccination was administered.

Under Mitigation Order 2021-11:

All businesses and individuals:
-Any individual aged two and older and able to medically tolerate a mask shall be required to wear a mask when indoors in a public place, regardless of vaccination status.
-All businesses open to the public must post signage advising patrons and staff that masks are required to be worn on the premises. Such signage must be posted at all entrances to the premises as well as prominently posted in an area visible to patrons and staff within the establishment.
-Masks may be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating/drinking while stationary. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials.

To review the Order in its entirety, including certain exemptions to this Order, click HERE


EXPERIENCE all the Oak Park Arts District Has to Offer

Kidcreate Studio Oak Park

Weekly classes, camps, workshops and homeschool classes are age specific and are tailored to provide each student with the curriculum that suits them best! Mix and match to fit your family's schedule. Click HERE for full calendar! 200 Harrison

Open Door Theater

Theater, at its heart, is story telling. When Open Door found itself unable to produce live theater due to the pandemic, the company looked into its communities to share the stories of people whose efforts enrich the lives of our communities. These individuals may do so through their businesses, their non-profit organizations or their volunteer commitments. The heart of these stories is two-fold: WHY do they do this work? And WHAT was the journey that brought them to that place? Interviews are posted on Open Door’s website. Donations accepted. 902 S. Ridgeland

L'Institut français d'Oak Park

Make a New Year’s resolution you’ll be happy to keep – enrich your life through French with l’Institut français d'Oak Park!

Start learning French * Expand your French vocabulary * Enhance your French conversational proficiency * Discuss French and Francophone cultural issues * Explore feminism through the poetic prose of Monique Wittig * Take private French lessons at your own pace * Connect with fellow Francophones and learners of French * Give a gift card to a Francophone

Our Winter 2022 session offers both in-person and online classes from January 17 – March 26, 2022. See all course descriptions and meeting times on their websiteand register for a class by January 5 to receive a $10 discount off any course registration.

Visit their Winter Open House on Tuesday, Jan 4 and drop in any time between 5-8pm. Enjoy wine and cheese, meet instructors, learn more about classes and programs, and find the perfect French class for you! Questions? Visit or contact Stacy Fifer at 11 Harrison

Eight Steps to Happiness Retreat

Register HERE
Jan 1, 2022, 10am CST – Jan 2, 2022, 3:45pm CST
Wicker Park, Livestream, and Recorded
A perfect start to the new year! Based upon the popular book, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, this guided retreat will reveal with extraordinary clarity how to transform all life's difficulties into valuable spiritual insights that help improve relationships and develop greater patience, empathy and compassion in daily life. Each session will include practical instruction, guided meditation, and time for questions. Absolutely everyone is welcome, regardless of background or previous experience. Single Day $20, Full Retreat $35

Friday's Big Question - January

Friday, January 14th, 6:30-7:30 pm - LIVE ONLINE. A lively hour of meaningful discussion and spiritual community, open to absolutely everyone. Each time, the moderator will pose a different thought-provoking "Big Question" related to Dharma for open discussion. It's a meaningful, relaxing end to the week. Cost - FREE. More info HERE

Detox Your Mind - Silent Afternoon Retreat

Jan 15, 2022, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wicker Park, Livestream, and Recorded
Although we are more digitally connected than ever, we are increasingly disconnected from our peace of mind. In this afternoon of guided meditation and gentle silence, you will find the space and time to truly de-stress, disconnect from digital life, and reconnect with inner peace and contentment. This retreat is accessible to everyone, from complete beginners to more advanced practitioners. Learn two meditations for calming and healing the body and mind that you can practice anytime in your daily life. Both sessions include a brief teaching, guided meditation, and time for questions. Cost $25. More info HERE


Steals and Deals in the Oak Park Arts District

GRND Coffee House

Available for small party rentals. Also offering Coffee Subscriptions with FREE shipping plans. Shop online and get free shipping through Dec 31. All of their craft coffee blends are locally sourced and custom roasted right here in IL. 140 Harrison

Purple Sun Arts

Featuring the artwork of Sandra Dee now through Dec 31. Her exquisite acrylic paint pour designs on canvas are on display. Also on display are gift items by Therese: felted wool & alpaca scarves and felted wool covered scented soaps. Don't miss their Holiday Lights Sale through Dec 31. Find tags with a gem, get a percentage off of the price of that item: Red Gem = 10% off, Green Gem = 15% off, Blue Gem= 20% off, Gold Gem = 25% off. Earrings on sale! Buy 3 $10 earrings for just $25. 142 Harrison

The Brown Elephant offers all these savings AND bring a receipt from any Oak Park Arts District business and get 15% off your entire transaction!! 217 Harrison

Happy Hour is BACK at Mora Oak Park!

Favorite items are up to 50% off! *Tue-Fri, 4-6pm, Bar/lounge only. Not applied for take-out. 708.613.4546. 201 Harrison

Weekly Deals at Trattoria 225

Wednesdays - Senior Night, ages 60+ get 20% off
Thursdays - All wood-fired pizzas are 2 for $20 every Thursday night and offer is good for dine in, curbside pick up and free delivery. 225 Harrison


Local Business Here to Serve You

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

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SAVE THE DATE for What's Blooming on Harrison

We are cautiously moving forward with bringing What's Blooming back to the community on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Over the years, this family-oriented May event has highlighted the Oak Park Arts District through artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances and an art fair featuring selected guest artists and local crafts people.
For more info click HERE.


Thank you for supporting the small businesses of the Oak Park Arts District.

We look forward to seeing you on Harrison Street!

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