Spending 'A Day In Our Village'

38th Annual festival highlights the 'Oak Park experience.'

As it has for the past 37 years, the Village of Oak Park is showcasing a dazzling array of the area's civic, cultural, religious and social organizations with A Day in Our Village.

The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday with activities planned at and .

It's a big affair, with an entertainment stage, a handful of restaurant serving up specialty foods and more than 150 booths highlighting various Oak Park groups. Activities throughout the day will include hands-on art projects, history games, aikido demonstrations and a chance to bring home a freshly planted vegetable and flower.

Let Patch help you navigate the action with our handy guide. (And if you have an iPhone, you can take the guide with you — just download the free app from the iTunes store.)

First, here's a look at the entertainment lineup at the Scoville Park Stage, located at Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue:

Time TBD: OPRFHS Battle of the Bands Winner
11 a.m. Tim Coan (Singer/Songwriter)
Noon Verismo Opera Club (Opera)
1 p.m. Mondongo (Latin Jazz)
2 p.m. DAVY Awards - honoring the most creative, fun and interactive booths. (Presented by OPRF Chamber of Commerce)
2:15 p.m. Compass Rose (World Music)
3 p.m. Chi-Town Authority (Chicago Tribute Band)
4 p.m. Pro Musicia (Youth Chorus)
4:45 p.m. KTP Band (R&B, Dance)
5:45 p.m. The Rocking Johnny Blues Band (Blues)

Of course, you're going to have to eat. For that, here's a look at who's dishing up special food — and drinks to wash it all down — at the Food Court, located at the Library Plaza at Scoville Park:

— chicken wings, beef kebabs, soda, beer
— pizza slices, soda, water
— hot dogs, hamburgers, brats chicken sandwiches and kebabs, soda, water
— gelato
Optimist Club of Oak Park — roasted corn, soda
— ribs, rib sandwiches, chicken sandwich, polish sausage, funnel cake, soda
— meatloaf & pulled BBQ pork sliders, mac & cheese, guacamole & chips, lemonade
— hummus, alfredo pasta, mushroom bruschetta, wine, vodka and rum drinks, soda

Properly fed and watered, it's time to bring the kiddos over to Rehm Park for a wealth of family friendly activities from 1 to 6 p.m. Organizers have set up a free shuttle between the two parks to make the trek easier:

  • Old-fashioned carnival games
  • Finding Nemo Inflatable Experience
  • Mutiny on the Bouncer inflatable pirate ship
  • Wind Jammer amusement park ride
  • David Lyons balloon artist
  • Greenline Wheels Wacky Bike Parade
  • Free tennis lessons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $4 swimming at Rehm Pool from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Food from Madly Pop’n Popcorn and Domino’s Pizza pizza


  • Stop in for free yoga sessions at 10 a.m. an 7:15 p.m. and , 441 South Blvd.
  • Get wacky and visit Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., for the wacky bike parade
  • Take a stroll through the historic , 217 Home Ave.
  • Get reacquainted with the village all over again at Visit Oak Park, 1010 Lake St.

The 38th Annual Day in Our Village festival is sponsored by the Village of Oak Park, Marion Street Cheese Market, Park District of Oak Park, Greenline Wheels, Wednesday Journal, Oak Leaves, West Suburban Medical Center and supported by Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest, Oak Park Regional Housing Center and the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.

Ellen Plourde June 02, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Great article, thanks, Patch! Don't forget that the DAY can't hapen without Oak Park's wonderful volunteers! We need more to make sure that this event can happen for a 39th year!!!! Stop by the Info booth in Scoville on Sunday, or call Community Relations at the Village of Oak Park!


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