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We're lucky to get to see our dazzling city in movies and TV shows all the time. The price we have to pay as residents is dealing with traffic due to street closings whenever a big movie studio needs to film a thrilling action sequence or to showcase the sprawling modernity that is our home city. The Loop and River North have been seeing a lot of movie action since April 2nd while DreamWorks Pictures shoots their upcoming Christmas comedy called Office Christmas Party. So don't be alarmed to see a low flying helicopter around the Clark, Dearborn, State, and Wabash Bridges this Saturday, 4/9, from 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Follow this link for street closure information that may affect your commute tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.


Old Town Art Center (1763 N. North Park Ave.) is welcoming its latest photography exhibit entitled If Walls Could Talk with a Reception this Sunday, 4/10, from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. The exhibit, by photographer Sanford Bredine, takes an interesting look at wall art from around the world, and the stories that they tell of the culture and people around them. This installment will show until May 5th with Gallery Hours on Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00am - 5:00pm.


Next week from April 10th - 16th is National Volunteer Week so the Oak Park Public Library (834 Lake St.) is holding a Meet and Match event for anyone interested in volunteering to meet with 30 area nonprofit organizations to find a good match for their time and talents. The event takes place on Wednesday, 4/13, from 4:00pm - 8:00pm in the Veterans Room of the Library. Those interested in volunteering from the surrounding communities of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Maywood, Berwyn, Cicero, and Austin are encouraged to come. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registering is preferred and can be done so here. Any questions can be directed to


The Wintrust Bank at 6336 N. Milwaukee Ave. is holding a fun and innovative promotional event in two weeks on Wednesday, April 20th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Come in to Wintrust Bank for its inaugural Swing into Spring Open House for banking The community is being invited to the Open House to learn about Wintrust services such as personal and business banking and retirement preparation while watching the Cubs vs. the Cardinals starting at 12:40pm and the White Sox vs. the Anaheim Angels starting at 1:10pm. There will be complementary hot dogs, snacks, beer, and soda. For more information or to RSVP, call the bank at 773-467-2099.


I hate to break it to you but Orkin® Pest Control placed Chicago at the top of their "Rattiest Cities List" in both 2013 and 2014. The mild winter doesn't help matters since vermin have been able to thrive throughout the season rather than die off in the severe weather. Lincoln Park is anticipating more rodent problems once the old Children's Memorial Hospital at 2345 N. Lincoln Ave. is demolished for redevelopment which will disturb innumerable rat colonies down below and force them upwards to the surface. But the Chicago area is chock full of innovative ideas this week! Enter the Tree House Humane Society's Cats at Work program. Sterilized and vaccinated feral cats are being adopted by families or "hired" by developers to be natural rodent deterrents. Since cats are social animals, the program sets up 2 or more cats at a time in areas in need. They come with lightweight winterized shelters, litter boxes, and heated water bowls. The cats can fend for themselves by chipping away at the rodent population, or just their presence is enough to keep the rats away. It's been such a successful program that there's currently a 2 - 4 week waiting list. Generally a three-cat-placement costs $500 - $600 for years of pest control without poisons or dangerous chemicals. On top of that, the program continues to save thousands of shelter cats from being euthanized. Email Program Manager Paul Nickerson at if you think you can benefit from the Cats at Work program.

Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2016 3:17 PM by Dean's Team


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