Join Our Growing Artistic Community
We are home to a thriving artistic community featuring galleries, co-operatives and studios focusing on the visual and performing arts. Many of which offer classes and workshops in a variety of mediums for all ages, year round. Galleries and studios open their doors on the Third Friday of each month with new exhibitions. Always available to the public, the street houses murals, sculptures and hand painted banners and benches.Our Galleries
Businesses are Booming on Harrison Street
Visitors can find businesses offering personal care services, health care and wellness, clothing and jewelry, restaurants and cafés, pet services, social services, and building services. No small feat, many of our small and independent businesses have been successful on Harrison Street for decades. Sharing the Arts District vibe, you’ll find works by local talent exhibited on the walls and live music on the stages of several restaurants and shops.Our Businesses
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The Arts District presents a refreshing model of creative reuse, restoring vitality to a small-scale and walkable urban neighborhood. The semi-residential character and leafy streets create a user-friendly atmosphere for visitors. Access is superb: the CTA Blue Line and the Eisenhower expressway connect the district easily to the whole Chicago metro area.Commercial & Residential Space
2018 Board of Directors
Val Camilletti is our Vice President in-memorium. Owner of Val’s Halla Records for 45 years. Val was an incredible force during her time in the Arts District and on the OPAD Board. Her energy and passion for the District was boundless. She was always willing to try new things and participate in every event with full force. She will be sorely missed.
Mark Finger, Neighborhood Dimensions
In 1993, Mr. Finger launched the business association on Harrison Street known then as the Harrison St. Business Alliance and later renamed the Oak Park Arts District Business Association. For over three decades he has managed or owned numerous residential and multi-use buildings in the area, working to sustain a prosperous and appealing commercial environment for the community where he also resides. Following a thirty-six year career as a landscape architect, Mr. Finger continues the thread by maintaining nine gardens in the District plus assisting in the routine upkeep of the streetscape.
Kim Humphrey, Bead in Hand
Bead in Hand opened in 1993 at its current location before there was an arts district. Kim Humphrey, a frequent customer since 1996 and later an employee, became the new owner in March, 2012. She has seen how the coordinated efforts over the years of the district’s businesses, working together through the OPADBA, have helped the area develop into a busy and friendly neighborhood with restaurants, unique shops, and artist galleries.
Marcia Brown-Jackson, Studio 144
Marcia-Brown Jackson: Studio 144 Boutique is a cozy space offering women’s apparel and accessories located in the heart of the Arts District. We provide a personalized shopping experience for every guest, even those who don’t like to shop. Marcia chaired the 2018 Harvest on Harrison event and manages all aspects of the stages for What’s Blooming on Harrison.
Olya Dailey, Eastgate Cafe
Since 2008 Olya Daily has been an inspirational and pragmatic leader in the development of the Oak Park Arts District as the pioneering business owner of Harrison Street’s Eastgate Café. With the able support of her husband Pat, she has been a vital force in serving the interests of her fellow Oak Parkers, active Board Member of OPAD for over 10 years, investing in property in the district, securing outdoor exhibits for the streets and making mutually beneficial connections with community leaders in neighboring suburbs. Together, the Dailys have made the Eastgate Café a destination all its own for everyone who enjoys the eclectic and creative spirit of the Arts District of Oak Park.
Kathy Reller, Kathy Reller Designs
Kathy Reller Designs opened in October of 2005. Kathy has been a hair stylist for 28 years. She joined the OPADBA three years ago and jumped right into being a key member of the What’s Blooming on Harrison committee, handling the Taylor Street Beer Garden and the music for the May event.