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Intersections Art Fair Coming to Oak Park!

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Celebrating the Arts & Diversity
July 12, 2014

intersections art fairIntersections is a juried one-day art fair  providing artists with the unique opportunity to showcase work that expresses, embraces, and celebrates cultural and artistic diversity. Using art as a platform for exchange, dialogue, and sharing of personal histories, Intersections seeks participating artists and makers committed to the value of the creative process as a means of expanding our understanding of one another.  Sponsored by the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, Intersections promotes the value of the arts in society, specifically within the multi-cultural environment of Oak Park.  With a history of supporting equal housing opportunities and encouraging diversity through various public programs, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center is dedicated to promoting the role of the arts in celebrating our differences.

Partnering with the Pleasant Home, The Oak Park Regional Housing Center will provide artists with a National Historic outdoor venue highlighting Oak Park’s architectural legacy to showcase their work, philosophy/mission, and process as well as opportunities to interact with supporters of the arts. This is a wonderful event for both artists and art organizations to promote diverse approaches of the creative process. The park is nestled in a tree shaded location adjacent to exquisite dining experiences for both vendors and visitors. Oak Park is located just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago and is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.  An affluent community of working professionals, Oak Park is an ideal venue for artists/organizations seeking to expand their audience of collectors and supporters. Select artists will be featured in a syndicated publication by the Tribune with an audience of 10,000. All artists will be provided with postcards for direct mailing and digital graphics for on-line promotion.  Additional marketing by both the Pleasant Home and the Oak Park Regional Housing Center will ensure a healthy attendance at a desirable summer time location.

The show is open to all artists 18 years and older.

Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. The jurying processes will insure a well-rounded event that promotes a diverse range of unique artists and groups.

Set Up & Cost
Application Fee:  $35.00
Individual Rate:  $125
Shared Booth (up to 2 artists): $150
Non-profit/Organization info booth (inside the Pleasant Home): $100

This one-day event is completely outdoors. RAIN OR SHINE. All booths are 10’x10’ and include 2 chairs and a table.  Artists will supply their own tent canopies or rent a canopy for an additional fee (discounted rental fees will be available for artists using a preferred vendor). Shared booths can either be arranged by the Oak Park Regional Housing Center or by a collective group of artists applying as one group at the time of application. Artists are responsible for providing all exhibition material including any mounting or support panels. Please note that there will be limited access to electricity.

Information tables that are placed inside the Pleasant home are only for displaying marketing materials and/or providing a location for direct person-to-person outreach. Art work will not be permitted to be displayed within the Pleasant Home.

Artists are not charged a commission on their sales and retain the right to keep 100% of sale proceeds of any work sold during the event. No multiple booth discounts.

Application Process
Artists/Exhibitors must submit the following:

  • Artist Statement/Mission/Description of how the work fits into the theme, etc.
  • 10-20 images of representative work (72 dpi, no larger than 1200 pixels in any direction—higher resolution files will be needed for marketing purposes if selected)
  • Image list detailing sizes/scale of work to be exhibited, materials and processes, etc.
  • Signed application form
  • Application payment of $35 (via PayPal or personal check made out to Oak Park Regional Housing Center)

Materials may be submitted either electronically or by mail with images placed onto a CD to Oak Park Regional Housing Center, 1041 South Boulevard, Oak Park IL 60302. E-mail any questions and submissions to: with the subject line “Intersections”.  Directions regarding on-line payments will follow electronic submissions.

Schedule of Events
Application Deadline:  May 1, 2014
Notification Date:  May 15, 2014
Registration and Non-Refundable Deposit Deadline: June 1, 2014
Marketing Material Out to Artists: June 15, 2014
Event date:  July 12, 2014

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Rock The House Update

We are happy to announce that Rock the House is officially sold out!  We look forward to seeing you at the event this Saturday!


Rock the House Fundraiser

Rock the House - 6 Craft Beers, 5 Special Chef Recipes, and 2 Rockin' Bands make for a fun evening to support two great causes!

UPDATE: The event is from 7pm – 10pm on February 1st (one hour longer!)

6 Craft Beers, 5 Special Chef Recipes, and 2 Rockin’ Bands make for a fun evening to support two great causes.

This evening is strictly fun. No speeches or awards. Just a good time and a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t forget. Sip craft beers from accomplished home brewers and taste culinary delights from chefs that call Oak Park home.

Music by Golden with the School of Rock band opening.

Chefs include:

Melissa Elsmo – Melissa makes you believe you can enjoy every meal just as she does: fully and enthusiastically. A trained chef and cook with passion, Mel, is a local crackerjack on cooking and dining. Shortly after winning a Jambalaya contest in 2011, she was tapped as contributing food writer for Sun-Times Media and she is currently developing her own cookbook. Mel may have an affection for fine dining, but loves kicking back with a craft beer just as much.

Karl Bader- Karl’s Craft Soup is an Oak Park-based custom homemade soup service that specializes in fresh, small-batch soups prepared thoughtfully with the season’s best ingredients. A longtime Oak Park resident, Karl Bader owned a small eatery (S3 Kitchen) where soups were a mainstay and also the foundation for a variety of healthy-eating lunch projects at several OPRF grammar schools. Karl’s Craft Soup can be delivered locally or available at seasonal farmers markets, a variety of retail stores and on-line. for details.

Su Jang – Owner of New Rose Catering grew up in her family’s Chinese restaurant. Her father told her to learn to cook and she would always have a job. New Rose Catering was formed 4 years ago out of necessity after Su was laid off from her healthcare marketing position and remembered her father’s words and quickly began helping Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park busy families answer the dreaded “What’s for Dinner?” question. In addition to providing weekly dinners as a personal chef, New Rose Catering also provides delicious and fun twists on classic dishes for small events catering. Search for New Rose Catering on Facebook.

Rich Klevgard – Graphic Designer Rich Klevgard, from Oak Park has been recreating BBQ classics for well over a decade. His obsession with southern barbecue traces back to his boyhood boarding school days in Chattanooga, Tennesseea car ride down an unpaved road through trees to a shack in the woods where the only smell was burning hickory and the sweet awe inspiring flavors of pork. Today Klevard’s dry rubs vary from sweet to savory with a hints of coffee, caramel, coriander, and a touch of smoked anise. His sauces, often based from locally harvested honey or herb infused rye whiskey, satiate but never overplay the deliciousness of smoked pork. Generous and enthusiastic, he enjoys using his culinary skills as a means to support various causes in the community.

Ron Martin – Cooking Instructor for Cheney Mansion

And now a 6th Chef!
Steve Skrine of Skrine Chops

Craft Brews include:
Session IPA – Dave Kahlow has been brewing for about 23 years and enjoys learning nuances about the brewing process and sharing the brewing experience with people throughout his life. Dave enjoys taking what appear to be simple ingredients and converting them into a variety of beer styles that can be shared with friends and family. Oh yeah, and Dave lived in Portland where he picked up a lot of good tips.

Rye IPA – Nate Hutchinson likes the smell of grains steeping, hops hopping, and the fermentation happening in his home. Sharing his homemade brews is something he has enjoyed for some time. “Sharing your own brew is better than sharing a store-bought brew.”

Hoppy Wheat Beer – Doug Schenkelberg started brewing because of his love of craft beer and wanting understand the art and science behind making a good beer. He has been known to use spreadsheets to keep track of beers. He continues to brew to learn, share, and come up with fun names for the things he create. It also gives him a reason to use the word “saccharification.”

Belgian Blonde – Rick Boltinghouse, Renaissance Man. Father of Seven. Devoted Husband. Ardent Homebrewer.

Milk Stout – Tom Hollinden says there isn’t just one reason he likes to brew – its a combination of having fun, trying new things and the excitement around always ending up with a something that tastes great.

American Brown Ale – John Chapman-Reinstra This brew has dense layers of malt, caramel, baking chocolate, and a hint of roast coffee. John Chapman-Rienstra was inspired to home-brew due to his love of craft brews and increasing beer snobbery, insistence on learning how to do everything, and desire for a new expensive hobby. He is a living testament to, “If this guy can brew craft beer, anyone can.” (He will also have some bottles of Autumn Amber Ale, his first craft brew, on hand, to prove how easy this is.)

National Fair Housing Month



April marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Fair Housing Act. For National Fair Housing Month numerous groups throughout the region and nationwide are celebrating the passing of this law through fair housing lectures, workshops, and other events.

The Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) is a consortium of fair housing and advocacy organizations and government agencies committed to the value of fair housing, diversity, and integration. This group grants you access to fair housing leaders within Illinois and provides sound insight on how to implement fair housing practices within your jurisdiction. If you work within the fair housing field, we highly recommend that you connect with CAFHA and become a member.

To increase the awareness of affirmatively furthering fair housing, CAFHA is hosting many National Fair Housing Month events to get the community involved.  The first event is April 3rd at the James R. Thompson Center.  The meeting will feature a recap of the momentous Campaign to Amend the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to include Source of Income.  Panelists include guests from:

  • Cook County Commissioner Garcia’s Office
  • Open Communities
  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization
  • Chicago Lawyers for Civil Rights Under the Law

This event is open to all, RSVP to save your seat.

CAFHA is also hosting is a member’s only event at the end of the month, located at Charter One in Downtown Chicago. If you are already a member of CAFHA or are interested in becoming one to attend this meeting, email CAFHA for more information.

If you happen to be in the Springfield area, the Illinois Department of Human rights (IDHR) is planning a two-day conference at the capitol. It’s a great opportunity to connect with groups advocating for fair housing all throughout the state of Illinois. To receive updates about this event, email IDHR.

Make sure that you know your rights when it comes to renting or buying. Advocate for fair housing so that your neighbors, friends, and families are aware of this law and have equal access to opportunity and quality housing. Utilize the events offered through the month of April. Join the fight for fair housing!


By Kathryn Miner, Fair Housing Policy Intern

WCHC is Hiring: Foreclosure Outreach Specialist


The West Cook Homeownership Center is hiring a Foreclosure Outreach Specialist to conduct door-to-door outreach in Oak Park, Forest Park, Maywood, Bellwood, and Austin. Supportive outreach tasks including preparing mailings, making phone calls, and other follow-up activities. The Specialist will also provide office support, including database entry and maintenance.

Click the link below for details:

Foreclosure Outreach Specialist

West Cook Homeownership Center