Indulge in the Artistic in the Oak Park Arts District. The annual Holiday Lights celebration kicks off during November’s Third Friday Gallery Walk on the 16th. Special seasonal events within the studios, shops, galleries and eateries continue through the new year. Shop Artfully, Shop Locally… all winter long!

Here are some of the Holiday Lights Highlights

Eastgate Cafe: On Friday 11/16, Lush Life Jazz performs in the evening. Lush Life is a jazz group specializing in music from the 1930s and 1940s, including Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. Piano, clarinet, and percussion with Kim Healy on vocals. Local favorites Ring Shout perform on Saturday 11/17 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Roger Kotecki & Friends perform November 24 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. From Elvis to the Beatles, the Everly Brothers to Linda Ronstadt, the Platters to the Temptations, Roger and Friends will put some cheer in your hearts. And the biggest event of the season, a Wine Tasting & Gourmet Tour of the Balkans. Authentic dishes from Balkan countries and traditional wines served with each course as a live band performs traditional music. $85 per person. Reservations required, 708.660.9091. Sunday, December 1, 6 – 11 pm. 102 Harrison Street

Pearled Shoebox Vintage: Pearled Shoebox Vintage will be the first stop on the Brown Boutiques Holiday Tour. The tour spotlights minority and women owned boutiques. Refreshments provided plus a food vendor on site with a lunch menu. Saturday, November 17, 12 – 5 pm. 140 Harrison Street

Bead in Hand: Bead in Hand opened 25 years ago and celebrates this milestone with a special sale and the start of its annual Holiday Extravaganzas workshops. In anticipation of observing the big “30” in another five years, the shop is celebrating Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, with 30% off all Chinese crystal strands including new inventory. For this year’s workshop, the shop offers its popular snowflake ornaments in three sizes for $6, $12 and $15, materials and instruction included. 2 – 5 pm. Holiday Extravaganzas runs November 17 – December 22, on Fridays from 2 – 6 pm and Saturdays from 2 – 5 pm. Later in December, the shop hosts its annual Winter Break Drop-in Workshops. Ages six and up can make a snowflake ornament or a memory wire bracelet. December 27 – 30 and January 2 – 5, 2 – 6 pm. $6 – $15 depending on project. Please note, this is a drop-in, not a drop off. 145 Harrison Street

Buzz Cafe: It’s Burgers, Beer and Bands! Enjoy an organic burger, BYOB and live music from Prophets of the Elk, 5 pm. Friday night is also the opening of this month’s Local Artist Spotlight featuring Dancing Krow artist, Sandra Ragan. November 16, 6 – 9 pm. 905 S. Lombard Avenue

Open Door Theater: Celebrate the changing seasons with Autumn Splendor- an Evening with Claudia Schmidt. Folk singer and storyteller extraordinaire Claudia Schmidt returns for her third appearance at Open Door. For long-time fans, savor the richness of music created over a lifetime: old favorites, more recent favorites, and works on her latest CD Concinnity. A hint for anyone reaching for your dictionary – the word absolutely reflects Claudia’s relationship to her music. For the exact definition, come see the show. Saturday, November 17, at 8 pm. 902 Ridgeland Avenue

Val’s halla Records: The store will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for Black Friday Record Store Day. There will be tons of limited edition RSDBF titles available, all used product is 20% off, many select new vinyl titles are specially priced and of course LIVE MUSIC ON STAGE ALL DAY!
11 am Big Hair Big Trouble!
12 pm Constantine
1 pm Butterbean
2 pm Scott Williams
3 pm Black Friars Club
4 pm Big Hair Big Trouble
5 pm Southside Exiles
Shayne says, “If you can’t make it on the day due to overwhelming food coma, have no fear! The sale will extend over Small Business Saturday, Something-Or-Other-Sunday and Cyber Monday!” 239 Harrison Street

Black Moon Gallery: The artist collective is happy to announce that Dan Vapid, Jeff Pezzati and Little Dave Merriman are playing acoustic sets at Black Moon Gallery along with the December Art Show! For ages 21+, $12 donation at the door, beer from Off Color Brewing and limited space so arrive early! Win a pair of tickets to The Lawrence Arms Presents the 4th Annual War on Xmas – Night 3, courtesy of Riot Fest! Saturday, December 8, 6 – 10 pm. 17 Harrison Street

Elevate Hair and Beauty Boutique: New arrivals daily! Gail and gang have gathered several new lines & products to freshen your skin, brighten your mood, and accessorize your home. Stop in for the perfect Thanksgiving hostess gift! The salon announces a Holiday Soiree! Check off your holiday shopping list while you mingle and jingle this holiday season. Elevate Hair & Beauty Boutique will have lots of favorite products as well as new guest artists showing their unique goods. Gifts with purchase, door prizes, snacks and drinks! Bring a friend new to the boutique and let loose! Friday, December 14, 6 – 9 pm. 321 Harrison Street