Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Microbrew Pub Crawl, from 7 to midnight, Thursday, will feature varieties of high-end beers.
If you're a fan of microbrew get ready for the sampling of all samplings. The Tale of Two Parks, an inaugural Micro Beer pub crawl, will be staged at a number of bars and restaurants in Oak Park and Forest Park from 7 to midnight, Thursday, Feb. 21. Healy's Westside, Old School Tavern, Kinderhook Tap, Amelia's, Poor Phil's Bar and Grill, Marion Street Cheese Market, Lake Kitchen + Bar, Fat Duck Tavern & Grill and Piggy Back Tavern will be stops along the way. Reps from Pig Minds, Tighthead Brewery, Lake Effect Flesk, Church Street, Begyle and Spiteful Brew breweries will be on hand along the route. Tickets are $20, which includes bus transportation to the bars, a collectible tee shirt, beer stein and tote. To sign up ask a bartender at any…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Chef David Johnson tasked with an overhaul to South Oak Park corner tavern.
Starting Wednesday, the Kinderhook Tap gets a new menu. It's the creation of chef David Johnson, who's replacing the chef Laura White in the Kinderhook kitchen. If Johnson's name rings a bell, it's because he was picked to revamp the menu offerings across the street at the Avenue Ale House. But that partnership ended almost as soon as it started. (Johnson calls it a "consultancy period"; an Ale House manager said "it didn't work out but we wish him well.") Anyway, getting the biggest overhaul will be salads and appetizers, which Johnson said had been "kind of weak and on the cliché side." You can still get a plate of sliders or a tray of hummus, but Johnson is also introducing new apps like tempura fried avocados, sweet potato nachos and a…
Friday, June 15, 2012
Starting Saturday, the South Oak Park Avenue tavern will begin serving breakfast.
While we're working on a story about the debut of local chef David Johnson's new menu for the Kinderhook Tap, we found it a good occasion to preview one of the tavern's new features: Breakfast. That's right, starting on Saturday, the Kinderhook Tap will be open bright and early for breakfast. There are ten items on the breakfast menu, ranging from classic bacon and eggs and a breakfast wrap to a ham, cheese and fried egg-stuffed sweet potato waffle sandwich and an Italian strata, a breakfast bread pudding with sausage, red pepper and goat cheese. Click over here to see the whole thing -----------> Also, in a nod to the former NOLA's Cup coffee shop that Kinderhook took over a couple years back, they'll also serve beignets. Kinderhook Tap, …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
For the big game, get out of the house and into some local establishments.
Who's going to win the big game? Who cares. All we know is that you'll be winning off the field with these great local specials: Maya Del Sol: Feast your eyes on seven HD TVs. Feast your belly with tacos, nachos, sopes, mini burgers, ceviche and other football food. Full gameday menu here. Note: They won't be serving their regular menu. Feel like staying home? Let Maya cater the party. 144 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park (708) 358-9800 Avenue Ale House: New chef David Johnson is putting out a $10 chip and dip buffet; $10 Miller Lite buckets; $5 Bloody Marys and Bellinis. 825 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, (708) 848-2801 Burger Boss: Stock up on "Mini-Bosses," a 24-pack of little Burger Boss hamburgers with your choice of cheese; ketchup, …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Another weekend, another chance to get out and explore our amazing area.
Need weekend plans? Look no further. We've rounded up some of the best bets from our Events calendar, and this week's offerings include a few rare Monday night events. FREE COMMUNITY YOGA When/Where: 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Landmark Building, 1515 N. Harlem Ave. Fourth floor. Why Go: Dr. Gerou of White Lotus Chiropractic will lead the community through a free yoga session. Price: Free "BRANDING YOU" CAREER WORKSHOP When/Where: 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the Dominican University Priory Campus, 7200 Division St. in River Forest Why Go: Job seekers and working professionals looking to elevate their career game are invited to this free workshop led by Molly Rudberg-Leshnock, an adjunct professor at Dominican and owner of MRL productions. Price: …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Tell us about your perfect plans.
One observation: It's fairly quiet here at night, even throughout the main business districts. But that doesn't mean Oak Park is boring, right? There's plenty to do here — just check out our "Events" and "Places" pages — and the possibilties are limited only by your ambition. (OK, OK, and by your income and obligations, too.) So, what's your perfect night out in Oak Park? Is it strolling over to Kinderhook Tap or Avenue Ale House for a craft beer? Dining at New Rebozo? Relaxing on your front or back porch? Catching a movie at the Lake Theatre? Taking in a twilight performance at Festival Theatre? An OPRF football game under the lights? We want to know. Hop over to our Facebook page and tell us what you think makes for the perfect night …
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Forget the homemade guacamole and head out to these establishments for gameday specials.
Starting today, Oak Park-River Forest Patch will run a new weekly feature called The List, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off, and more. We hope you'll find the lists helpful to you, your family, friends, and significant other in finding places for everything from Sunday brunch to New Year’s Eve celebrations, pumpkin patches, date night destinations, florists, girlfriend nights out, kids party places, parks and more. This week? The Super Bowl. (Want to suggest a list? Submit your idea in the comment box.) Let's get to it:
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Where you will be watching the game?
Tickets for Sunday's Bears game against that team from up north are reaching prices well beyond what the average fan can grasp. For the rest of us, we have house parties to attend, showcase appetizers to prepare and drinks to drink. But if you're going to head out with your fellow fans, establishments across the area are going all out for the once-in-a-generation game. Here's a look at where to Bear down: Healy's Westside: The founders of the River Forest-based nonprofit Opportunity Knocks are throwing their 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff fundraiser at Healy's. Food and drink specials begin at noon; chili judging begins at 12:30 p.m. Raffle prizes include an Apple iPad and Chicago Blackhawks tickets. There is a $20 suggested donation for …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
From kid-friendly to kids-forbidden, we've got you covered for holiday happenings.
Ah, New Year's Eve. Depending on your age, experience and energy, it's a night to be loved or loathed. Nailing down plans can be tough — reservations fill up fast, noisy amateurs pack the local haunts and transportation is tricky. Not to worry. We've compiled a list of some of the area's best bets. First, a few events that are either fun for the family, easy on the wallet or provide a healthy alternative to the booze-fueled feasts: Oak Park Public Library: Get your family dance on with JiggleJam, a free daytime concert from Jodi Koplin at the library that will feature Koplin's mix of everything from "rock & roll to calypso to boogie & blues." Free. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets available at the Main Branch, 834 Lake Street, or by calling …
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
New bar and grill offers Oak Park renovated ambiance and organic menu.
Though one restaurant bit the dust at Van Buren Street and Oak Park Avenue, another opened Aug. 18 at the same spot, but with a new name, a new look and a new menu. Owners Kristin Graham and Marci Hughes have totally renovated the former site of Nola's Cup into their little slice of neighborly heaven, Kinderhook Tap, located at 800 S. Oak Park Ave. The renovations feature a long custom-made bench to accommodate patrons waiting for a table to become available. Rich wood paneling wraps the main room, which is packed with cherry wood chairs and shiny, copper-topped tables. The original terrazzo floor shows a century of character, and new lighting fixtures hang from a bronze-toned tin ceiling. Included on Chef Laura White's menu are Bill …