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Oak Park

Oak Leaves

July 23, 2008

PHOTOS SHOT

JUNE 27, 2008

by

Richard Bajjalieh

Tamara Bell

Rob Dicker

Rob Hart

Ruthie Hauge

Joel Lerner

Brian O’Mahoney

Buzz Orr

Suzanne Tennant

Brian Valentin

Allison Williams

A DAY IN THE LIFE

The sky begins to lighten as the sun rises at 5:11 a.m. over Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St.

From midnight to midnight, the

award-winning photographers

of Pioneer Press focused their

cameras on Oak Park. They shot

pictures of residents waking up,

connecting with their families,

dining, working and relaxing.

The resulting images can be

seen in this special section and

on our Web site.

ONLINE SHOW

For videos and more photos, visit

www.pioneerlocal.com/oakpark.

24 Hours in Oak Park

JOEL LERNER

ROB HART

Mary Cay Cavanagh (right), a massage therapist at Massage is a Gift, 715 Lake St., works with Katherine

Stevenson on massaging Stevenson’s 5-month-old baby William at 2 p.m.


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OAK PARK:

24 HOURS

If you are reading this, you

most likely live in the unique,

vibrant community of Oak

Park. And you know, as we do,

that this is truly a special

place.

Oak Park is also a place

that is home to ’round-theclock

activity, a 24/7 center of

homes, schools, businesses

and, most importantly, people

like you, your children, family

and friends. From night owls

tipping a couple of pints past

the stroke of midnight to a father

and son checking out a

movie matinee to revelers

kicking up some dust on a local

nightclub’s dance floor,

you can find something energetic

and energizing going on

at all hours all around Oak

Park.

In an exhaustive effort to

chronicle in image and word

virtually every facet of life

here — from midnight to midnight,

with all stops in between

— a team of Oak

Leaves photographers

roamed the streets of the village

June 27, cameras at the

ready. Their mission: To capture

the essence of Oak Park.

As you view the pages that

follow, and our related online

offerings, I think you will

agree that they have done just

that.

I hope you enjoy this

unique photo presentation,

and will visit www.pioneerlocal.

com to experience additional

images and video presentations

from this very special

effort dedicated to a very

special place.

The Oak Leaves, in its various

incarnations, has proudly

served the community for

more than a century, bringing

its unique local focus to bear

on a village that is diverse and

dynamic, exciting and exceptional.

Jeff Wisser

Editor-in-chief

Pioneer Press Newspapers

OVERNIGHT

An Oak Park village street cleaner works its way down Madison Street at about 1:20 a.m.

JOEL LERNER

A CTA worker cleans out a train car at the Harlem Avenue Green

Line station at 1:34 a.m.

JOEL LERNER

Oak Park-River Forest High School custodian Tony Ariola cleans the

girls’ varsity locker room at 2 a.m.

JOEL LERNER

JOEL LERNER

Mike Katz and Peter Phillips, of Oak Park, relax at Poor Phil’s tavern around 12:06 a.m.

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ABOVE At 6:48 a.m.,

Amanda Hendrixson

wakes her son Owen,

2, for the day in their

Oak Park home on the

200 block of Pleasant

Street.

RIGHT Nine-year-old

Etai Lowenstein swims

laps at 7:15 a.m. during

an early morning

session with the Oak

Park Swimmers at

Ridgeland Pool.

MORNING

ROB HART

ALLISON WILLIAMS

RICHARD BAJJALIEH

LEFT Ten-year-old Ariel

Noriega puts on her flippers

at 7:20 a.m. as another

classmate reaches for hers

during an early morning

session with the Oak Park

Swimmers at Ridgeland Pool.

ALLISON WILLIAMS

Commuters walk under

the El along Harlem

Avenue from the CTA

station at 8:10 a.m.


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MORNING

ROB HART

Amanda Hendrixson helps her children, Dylan, 6, and Owen, 2, brush their teeth at 6:59 a.m. in

their home on the 200 block of Pleasant Street.

Brenda Nelson,

an employee at

Prairie Bread

Kitchen, 103

N. Marion St.,

sets up tables

at 6:15 a.m.

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RICHARD BAJJALIEH

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TOP Jill Showalter, owner of the

Yuppie Puppy at 807 N. Harlem Ave.,

praises Luca the Samoyed after his

grooming session.

ABOVE Father Andy Phiri laughs as he

puts on his robes at 8:30 a.m. before

Mass at St. Giles Church.

RIGHT Louise Cafasso writes in a prayer

book at St. Giles Church at 8:25 a.m.

before the start of morning Mass.

For videos and more photos, visit

www.pioneerlocal.com/oakpark.

ALLISON WILLIAMS

MORNING

BRIAN VALENTIN

RUTHIE HAUGE

Buzz Café regular Pat McAnany, of Oak Park, reads the

newspaper and drinks his morning coffee at 10:04 a.m. at

the café, 905 S. Lombard Ave.

ALLISON WILLIAMS


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MORNING

SUZANNE TENNANT

ROB HART

BUZZ ORR

TOP Single parent Abe Thompson and his 15-year-old son, Phoenix, tease each other

during their morning breakfast together at 9:32 a.m. Abe encourages eating fresh

fruit, but in true teenage fashion, Phoenix refuses and sticks with his Fruity Pebbles.

MIDDLE Henrietta Yardley waters plants at 10:05 a.m. at the Oak Park Conservatory,

615 Garfield St.

ABOVE Beth Harvey (left) serves breakfast to guests at her business, the Harvey

House Bed & Breakfast at 107 S. Scoville Ave. in Oak Park.

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MORNING

SUZANNE TENNANT

ALLISON WILLIAMS

ABOVE Father Edward

Salmon reads the homily

at the funeral of Oak

Park poet Gerald Murray

at St. Giles Catholic

Church at 11:05 a.m.

LEFT Participants of a

lacrosse camp, led by

Oak Park-River Forest

High School coach Lyle

Shirley, have their last

match at 11:02 a.m. at

the school’s field on Lake

Street.


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MORNING

RUTHIE HAUGE

Lucy Williams restocks the cookie display at 11:12 a.m. at Buzz Café, 905 S. Lombard Ave.

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Ainsley McConnell,

2, keeps herself

busy with a salt

shaker while her

brother, James

McConnell, 4,

organizes sugar

packets, as they

wait for their lunch

at 11:15 a.m. at

Buzz Café.

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RUTHIE HAUGE

AFTERNOON

ABOVE Katherine Stevenson massages her 5-monthold

baby, William, with Mary Cay Cavanagh at 2 p.m. at

Massage is a Gift, 715 Lake St.

LEFT Kimberly Capriotti, of Chicago, assists Leon Ikler,

of Wilmette, as he photographs products for the Frank

Lloyd Wright catalog, inside the Frank Lloyd Wright

Home, 951 Chicago Ave., at 1:55 p.m.

BRIAN VALENTIN

Matthew Irving, 4, of

Oak Park, plays with

giant bubbles at Rehm

Park at 1:38 p.m.

ONLINE SHOW

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ROB HART


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ALLISON WILLIAMS

Bridget Rowe reads a magazine at 2:25 p.m. while waiting for

her friend to get her hair done at Sister 2 Sister salon, 138

Harrison St.

RUTHIE HAUGE

Kalonna Maulbin, 9, jumps rope at 2:53 p.m. at Maple Park,

during the West Cook YMCA summer camp.

TAMARA BELL

AFTERNOON

TAMARA BELL

Oak Park artist Elizabeth

Gaylord works in her studio

at 2:37 p.m. Gaylord’s

studio/shop, Harrison

Works, is located at 17 W.

Harrison St.

TAMARA BELL

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ALLISON WILLIAMS

ABOVE Two-year-old Charles

Junior Sykes waits to get his hair

cut at 2:09 p.m. at Sister 2 Sister

salon, 138 Harrison St.

FAR LEFT Robert Thomas, owner

of Boots To Wings barber shop at

138 Harrison St., shaves customer

Kenneth Jones of Forest

Park at 4:13 p.m.

LEFT Pedestrians walk past First

United Church at 848 Lake St. at

3:06 p.m.


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AFTERNOON

Linda Hillman feeds her koi fish in the back yard of her South Euclid Avenue home at 4:15 p.m.

TAMARA BELL

RUTHIE HAUGE

ALLISON WILLIAMS

ABOVE Tyler Moore, 3, eats his frozen custard at

Hole in the Wall Custard, 901 1/2 S. Oak Park Ave.,

at 3:45 p.m.

LEFT Oak Park artist Lisa Nordstrom works in her

studio at 2:32 p.m. Nordstrom’s studio/shop, called

Art Gecko, is at 19 Harrison St.


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AFTERNOON

ALLISON WILLIAMS

Clar Wong-Monaco gives a sitar lesson at 3:45 p.m. at his music shop, Wonderwall Emporium

at 329 B Harrison St.

RUTHIE HAUGE

Emily Lowe, Brandi Shepard and Robert Lowe, all of Baltimore, stop to look at the

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Mike Stutz walks with his son Henry, 2, in the rain to see a movie at the Lake Theatre at 4:47 p.m.

ONLINE SHOW

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AFTERNOON

TAMARA BELL

ABOVE Kaitlyn Spillane takes a beginning ballet class at The Oak Park

Academy of Dance and Music, 605 Lake St., at 12:38 p.m.

RIGHT Maggie Goeb, of Just Windows, washes windows before new

residents move into an apartment on Lake Street.

ROB DICKER

TAMARA BELL

Oak Park police officer

Jim Valentine looks

through a wanted

man’s front window on

the 200 block of Maple

Avenue at 4:22 p.m.,

trying to see if he was

inside hiding from him

and a fellow officer.

SUZANNE TENNANT


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ABOVE Peter Caden, 30,

listens to his police

radio/CB in his room while

he waits at 5:08 p.m. for

his mother to pick him up

for the weekend. Peter lives

in a Seguin group home.

RIGHT Julia Barrett, of Oak

Park, and Spencer Daniel

rehearse at 6:18 p.m. for

their upcoming wedding at

St. Edmund Church, 188 S.

Oak Park Ave.

EVENING

BRIAN O’MAHONEY

SUZANNE TENNANT

BRIAN VALENTIN

Three-year-old Eliot Pennington, of Oak Park, plays in the fountain on the 100 block of North

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EVENING

Members of the

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front of First

United Church at

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BRIAN VALENTIN

Auden, 1, and Eliot

Pennington, 3, of Oak

Park, play in the

fountain on the 100

block of North Marion

Street at 6:11 p.m.

BRIAN O’MAHONEY


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EVENING

Margaret Quirk waters the parkway garden in front of her home at 6:31 p.m.

BRIAN O’MAHONEY

At 7:19 p.m., Jhenai Mootz, of Chicago, prepares for a performance of “Much Ado

About Nothing” at Austin Gardens.

BRIAN VALENTIN

Helen Gathman, 91, reaches her floor at 5:30 p.m. at the Holley Court

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ABOVE Swimmers watch

“Shrek the Third” at the

Ridgeland Common Pool

during the Park District’s

“Flick and Float” at 9:32

p.m.

RIGHT Oak Park police

officer Kristen Cook talks

with a driver she stopped

for making an illegal right

turn on red on Ridgeland

Avenue at 9:43 p.m.

ONLINE SHOW

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NIGHT

BRIAN O’MAHONEY

ROB DICKER


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NIGHT

ROB DICKER

ABOVE and LEFT Patrons

of the recently opened

nightclub Velvet Rope, at

728 Lake St., hit the floor

shortly after 11 p.m. and

proceed to dance the

night away.

BELOW Velvet Rope

patrons Niki Olavarria

(left), of Forest Park, and

Janet Ruiz, of Chicago,

talk while sipping drinks

at 11:25 p.m.

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ROB DICKER

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