Week in Review: July 8

Rounding up the best in local news, this and every week.

We can't be everywhere and neither can you. The "Week in Review" is designed to bring you up to speed on local news in Oak Park and River Forest. Let's get to it:

Drink Up: Changes to Oak Park's liquor laws, including expanded package liquor sales and service of beer and wine before theater performances, at Monday's village board meeting. Related: Downtown Oak Park, a business group representing the downtown area, is collecting answers to a survey soliciting opinions about local alcohol service. Survey here; ends Saturday.

Fireworks Fracas: One Chicago man after a fight broke out on Lake Street and Ridgeland Avenue after the grand finale of the fireworks display at OPRF on July 4. Very special thanks to the Patch readers.

R.I.P. Gus: Gus Kostopulos, who played a role in significant and controversial community issues during two terms as Oak Park Trustee, died early Wednesday morning. .

Struggling on South Marion: The Oak Park Village Board kicked in $34,400 in taxpayer money to help market South Marion Street businesses during the area's construction-heavy $5.4 million renovation. (via Oak Leaves)

Bye Bye Beady: Bead in Hand, a longtime tenant of the Oak Park Arts District, has left the area. The space at 145 Harrison St. is up for sale. (via Wednesday Journal)

Welcome, Arched Rings: South Oak Park's recently installed his sculpture, Arched Rings, at the corner of Ontario and Harlem Street. Oak Leaves has a video of the process. The public art sculpture earlier this year.

"Rutz Redeemed": Craig Rutz, a longtime veteran of the River Forest Police Department, was promoted to Deputy Chief. The new rank comes after years of internal tumult. According to the paper's July 5 editorial, "It is like the long era of daffiness and pettiness within the department has finally closed. Craig Rutz is redeemed and the police department is set right." (via Wednesday Journal)

Did You Know? The guy who illustrated the GEICO gecko, Greg Johannes, will be displaying artwork, along with two other local artists, at the Oak Park Art League's new exhibit, . The exhibition kicks off Friday with a free reception.

Did You Know II: Christopher Koetke, he of seminal culinary textbook, Kendall College instructor and TV personality fame,.

Feeling the Love: Thanks again to all of our Facebook friends and Twitter followers for sharing our stories and spreading the word. 

Kimberly Humphrey July 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Bead In Hand is still here and plans to stay. The owner, Doris Weinbaum, announced that she is ready to sell, but we expect to be in this very spot for many more years.


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