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Earth Day the Oak Park Way!

OakParkApartments.com wants to spread the word on some Earth Day goings on in and around Oak Park!

When/Where: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St. in Oak Park.
Why Go: Eat local with a special Earth Dinner menu featuring roasted Illinois asparagus, poached Wisconsin egg, La Quercia culaccia and Sarvecchio parmesan.

Premieres Friday at 12:10 p.m. — with showtimes throughout the day — at theLake Theatre, 1022 Lake St. in Oak Park. 
Why Go: Get up close and intimate with a lioness, a leopard and a cheetah at the debut of Disney’s new nature movie, African Cats, which coincides with Earth Day. (Watch trailers)
Price: Matinee shows, children under 12 and seniors $6; all other tickets $8.50

When/Where: Begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. in Brookfield
Why Go: The zoo will highlight the plight of polar bears with a wealth of educational and fun activities. Participants will help create a huge sidewalk mural, take a pledge to go green and plant some vegetation.
Price: Child and senior, $9.50; all other $13.50

When/Where: 4 p.m. Friday at Wonder Works, 5445 W. North Ave. in Oak Park.
Why Go: Kids can decorate their very own six-inch planter and plant with a selection of flowers to bring home.
Price: $5 donation; proceeds benefit the Wonder Works Organic Garden.


2,700 Votes Cast & A New Leader Emerges

There was a surge in votes cast yesterday! One charity is working hard to get the word out about OakParkApartments.com 25th anniversary charity contest!

Keep the momentum going for your favorite charity and get friends and family to vote – tell them, email them, facebook, twitter…. so many ways to let people know that they have 10 more days to cast a vote!

Happy 75th Birthday Lake Theater!

OakParkApartments.com just turned 25 this April and wanted to wish fellow Oak Park business, The Lake Theater, a happy 75th birthday as well!  The Lake Theater celebrated being 75 years old by showing “The Ghost Goes West”, the same movie that was shown back when they opened on April 11th, 1936.

OakParkApartments.com wishes you 75 more great years of being in business, Lake Theater! (We hope we have your staying power!)


Pro Musica Youth Chorus Gets Added to OPA's Charity Contest!

OakParkApartments.com loves finding out about new charities in our community and we were glad when Pro Musica Youth Chorus introduced themselves to us via our facebook site.  They asked if they could officially be added to our charity contest list.  We were impressed by the many write-in nominations they had already received so we put them on the ballot!

Pro Musica Youth Chorus: provides exceptional music opportunities for the youth in Oak Park and neighboring communities and has been doing so for over 20 years.  Their kids sing locally, nationally, and internationally.  They have sung with the Joffrey Ballet, the Symphony of OP & RF, and at Carnegie Hall.  The support they receive helps provide scholarships for those members who need financial assistance.

Good luck Pro Musica Youth Chorus!

For those who would like to find out more about this organization, here is their link:


And The Top 5 Charities Are……

The top 5 charities in alphabetical order,  not # of votes (those we’re not telling) are: Animal Care League, Farther Foundation, Hepzibah Children’s Association, L’Arche Chicago and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.  Over 1,800 votes have been cast in just one week – this contest is still anyone’s game so keep spreading the word to your organization’s supporters to go to OakParkApartments.com and VOTE!

The Top 5 @ 5!

OakParkApartments.com will let folks know the 5 charities that are in the lead later today – no particular order.  There have been thousands who have voted in just the first week already!  It’s anybody’s game – so keep the word going and the votes coming in!

OakParkApartments.com Charity Contest Gets More Press!

Brothers Bob (left) and Bill Planek, owners of OakParkApartments.com, stand in front of one of their three-story walk-up apartment rentals in Oak Park. They’re donating $2,025 each month for six months starting in April to the local charity that gets the most votes on their website in celebration of their 25 years in business.  The first months winner will be announced May 1st!  Make sure you vote!

Go to the Oak Leaves link below for the full story!


Find out what charities are in the top 5 tomorrow – here and on Facebook!


25th Anniversary Contest – Find Out About the Featured Charities: Part III

More charities and their missions.  Voting goes live tomorrow!  

Voting rules:

-Each charity can only win once.
-One vote is allowed per person per month.
-Voting for the first charity begins April 1 and will close April 30.
-The first award winner will be announced May 1.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry works together as a community to reduce hunger locally through direct hunger relief services, hunger awareness education and advocacy to influence anti-hunger policy.

Opportunity Knocks has been committed to ensuring that all young people with developmental disabilities within the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park communities are recognized as active and valuable members of their community. With that, it has been our goal to successfully create and foster strong relationships within the community.

Parenthesis seeks to strengthen family bonds and facilitate the development of parents and young children by affirming the parent/child relationship, improving parenting skills, and alleviating family isolation by provide a place where parents can come together for mutual support,  affirm and strengthen the parent child relationship, link families to other community resources,  & encourage the full development of children.

Rotary Club of Oak Park & River Forest supports a wide variety of special community projects ranging from child care, youth services, adult counseling programs to cultural projects. The club has supported international projects to improve healthcare and nutrition in developing countries throughout the world. If you have a desire to learn, if you want to help others, if you want to make new friends and establish new business and professional relationships – Rotary is for you.

Seven Generations Ahead promotea ecologically sustainable and healthy communities. SGA advocates for pro-active community solutions to global environmental issues, and works with municipal, business, and community decision-makers to promote green community development, clean, renewable energy, eco-effective products, zero waste strategies, green building design, and fresh, local, and sustainable food raised using healthy practices.

The Children’s Clinic is a community supported health care organization that provides medical, dental and social services for children whose families are unable to afford the cost of private health care. Sponsored by the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society and through partnerships with other community organizations, The Children’s Clinic supports the physical and social well being of children.

Wonder Works Children’s Museum is 6,400 square feet of fun, a place of creative play for kids birth to age eight. Located in Oak Park, Illinois at 6445 West North Avenue, the children’s museum helps kids, their parents and caregivers unleash their imaginations through art, performance, design, building and more.

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory mission is to promote interest in the Oak Park Conservatory, offer educational and recreational opportunities and support projects that benefit the Oak Park Conservatory.

Pleasant Home Foundation: When you make a gift to the Foundation or become a member of Pleasant Home, you help support educational opportunities for children and adults, the historic preservation of a national landmark and Prairie School architectural treasure, and the important role of Pleasant Home in the fabric of Oak Park community life and Chicago architectural history.

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) primary goals are to complete a comprehensive restoration and preservation of the building, promote architectural awareness and education through the use of the space, and introduce a worldwide public to the significance of this one of a kind masterpiece of modern architecture.

Help us celebrate 25 years of being in business in Oak Park by voting for your favorite charity – Oak Park Apartments wants to give back!