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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton

Every day in Oak Park’s Art District, art comes alive. Sidewalks boast outdoor displays, vibrant street banners adorn the streets, and lively street festivals cater to families and neighbors. Meanwhile, numerous makers refine their craft, services, and offerings within shops, galleries, and businesses, catering to the diverse and thriving neighborhood that is Oak Park.

What's Happening in the Arts District

Highlights from What’s Blooming Street Fest and Art Fair

Oak Park's biggest spring festival, "What's Blooming," was a hit again this year! This Saturday, Harrison Street came alive with over 120 booths from local artisans, small businesses, and makers. Add carnival rides, an art auction, a performance stage, a beer garden,...

Enhance your Mental Health and Well-Being in the Arts District

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and many of the local shops and businesses within the Arts District offer services for enhancing mental health and whole body, mind, and spiritual wellness. From therapy and counseling to studios specializing in Reiki, meditation,...

Register for a Summer 2024 French class with l’Institut français d’Oak Park!

Summer is a great time to start learning French or progress from your current level by taking a six-week French class with l’Institut français d’Oak Park! Registration opens on Monday, April 29 for classes that will take place from June 11 through July 17 in the Oak...

What’s Blooming on Harrison 2024 – Lineup Announced! 🎶

What’s Blooming on Harrison 2024 - Lineup Announced! 🎶 Get ready to celebrate spring at the annual What’s Blooming on Harrison, happening RAIN OR SHINE on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in the vibrant Oak Park Arts District! From 11 AM to 7 PM, with our Beer Garden and Music...

Save the Date for What’s Blooming on Harrison Street Festival – Saturday, May 18

Oak Park’s Largest and Favorite Spring street festival is in Full Bloom! Since 1999, Harrison Street between Humphrey and Culyer is transformed every May with Booths including an art fair, crafter booths, local business booths, food vendors, children's carnival rides,...

WOW! Celebrating Women-Owned Works for Women’s History Month

The Arts District was buzzing with YELLOW on Saturday as shoppers visited the many women-owned businesses in celebration of our 7th annual WOW event. Celebrating Women's History and Unique Women-Owned Businesses Each year in March, the Oak Park Arts District...

Art & Wine Walk

It’s time for a little Sippin’ & Shoppin’ in the Oak Park Arts District!  Come to our first annual Art & Wine Walk! on Saturday, Dec 16 from 3-7pm.  It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to some wonderful wines, magnificent art, delicious hors d'oeuvres and...

What’s Blooming on Harrison is May 20th

By Kelly Pollock, feature writer for The Buzz Cafe What’s Blooming on Harrison has become Oak Park’s largest street festival.  This year’s event is on Saturday, May 20, and runs from 11am to 7pm.  The Craft Beer Garden and Main Stage will operate until 9pm. ...

Who is NEW in the Oak Park Arts District!

By Kelly Pollock, feature writer for The Buzz Cafe It’s spring in the Oak Park Arts District!  The weather is getting better every day and it’s the perfect season to check out some of these businesses that have opened in the last few years.  If you haven’t been on...

2023 WOW! Women Owned Works Event

By Kelly Pollock, feature writer for The Buzz Cafe Each year in March, the Oak Park Arts District celebrates Women’s History Month with WOW! Women Owned Works.  Gail Coughlin of Elevate Creative (321 Harrison Street) was inspired to start the event in 2017 after...
2 for $22 Pizza Night at @Trattoria225 Every Tuesday and Thursday

Every Tuesday and Thursday, all wood-fired pizzas are 2 for $22 at Trattoria 225. Offer is good for dine in, curbside pick up and free delivery.

Conversation Café @L'Institut Français d'Oak Park every second and fourth Wednesday

Join l‘Institut français d’Oak Park for a casual French-only conversation group every second and fourth Wednesday of the Month from 7-8pm via zoom and drop in.

Check out highlights from our Annual What's Blooming on Harrison Art Fair

What's Blooming on Harrison

This family-friendly May event has highlighted the Oak Park Arts District since 1999 with an art fair, children’s carnival, music stage, food, beer garden, makers booths and more!

A space to meet, to gather, and for neighbors to be neighbors

There is a new artisan bakery in town! Publican Quality Bread recently celebrated its grand opening at 211 Harrison St. in the Oak Park Arts District

2024 Oak Park Arts District Board

LAURA MAYCHRUK

LAURA MAYCHRUK

President

As owner of Maychruk Real Estate, Laura is focused on providing a high-quality client-centered approach to real estate services to those looking to buy, sell, and invest in the Oak Park, Forest Park, and River Forest Communities. Laura has worked in the Arts District to bring it to its full potential for over 20 years. 

MIMI COMERFORD

MIMI COMERFORD

Vice-President

Mimi and her husband moved to the Arts District 2 years ago after buying the building at 341 Harrison and renovating it into their home with one retail space. We have been awarded 2 stewardship awards in that short time. I want to see the neighborhood continue to prosper so am proud to serve as a new board member and co chairing the What’s Blooming event.
MONA NAVITSKY

MONA NAVITSKY

Treasurer

Principal of Harrison Street Ventures, the largest owner and developer of commercial property on Harrison Street.  Their portfolio includes investment properties throughout the Midwest. 

Carey Carlock

Carey Carlock

Director

Founder of Mosaic Counseling & Wellness, Carey Carlock passionately believes in therapy. Carey served as the CEO of Riveredge Hospital, the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Illinois, for 13 years. The need to create and provide high-quality, integrated outpatient care within her own community has become her newest calling/mission.

MARCIA BROWN-JACKSON

MARCIA BROWN-JACKSON

Director

Marcia-Brown Jackson owns Studio 144 Boutique, 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.

KIM HUMPHREY

KIM HUMPHREY

Director

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.
DR. ANN VIERNES

DR. ANN VIERNES

Director

Purple Sun Arts LLC is an immersive arts experience located in the Heart of the Oak Park Arts District designed for those who seek purpose and meaning. Our space offers purchasable art, wall decorations, jewelry, collectable glassware and crystals. In addition to the shop we offer Cosmic Smashbooking™ and Cosmic Coaching™ lounge where Dr. Ann Viernes, our founder, holds her workshops and transformational life coaching sessions..

Deep Roots

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 to participate in every event with full force. She will be sorely missed.

Mark Finger, Neighborhood Dimensions, is our Treasurer Emeritus. In 1993, he 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 worked to sustain a prosperous and appealing commercial environment for the community where he also resides. We are indebted to his tireless efforts.

How We Got Started

Beginning life as the Harrison Street Business Alliance in 1993, the rebranded Oak Park Arts District captured the new reality of a growing artistic community on Harrison. Encompassing the half mile of Harrison Street from Austin Boulevard west to Elmwood, the area is home to a thriving artistic community as well as a diverse variety of small enterprises.

Our Mission

To further establish the Oak Park Arts District (“the District”) as an important gateway to Oak Park by promoting the interests of its business community and, in cooperation with other stakeholders, by developing the area as a desirable destination for shopping, entertainment and dining, enriched by cultural activities and community service.  The District boundaries shall be defined as Harrison Street from South Austin Boulevard to Elmwood Avenue and beyond.

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