Like nature each spring, we renew & grow stronger. Experience re·new·al in Downtown Oak Park.
- Every aspect of nature works together in the spring to form a healthy ecosystem. Feel spring-inspired here.
- Breathing in deeply cleanses your body with fresh air. We’re grateful you’re here to experience local.
- Like cells in the human body renew themselves, we become anew each spring.
- Plants and pollinators work together to provide us with food. Grab a bite & don’t forget to thank the bees.
- Find a bench to experience naturally reduced stress levels among the plants & trees. Or stop to give a tree a quick squeeze.
- Your dollars spent here are the seeds to grow a strong community. Spread your seeds!
- Spending here allows jobs in our community to flourish. In return, we offer customer service you don’t find elsewhere.
- When you shop here, you support your friends and neighbors & inspire a place where diversity is encouraged.
- Buying here allows local businesses to thrive in our vibrant community. The heart of our shopping district sparkles when we work together.
- As the trees bloom on Marion Street, the district renews with rain & sunshine.
- Downtown is abloom with spring flowers, lush window displays, cheery merchants & renewing experiences – enjoy!
re·new·al Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 22nd, 12-2PM, FREE gardening gloves + flower seeds
Visit us in Downtown Oak Park — we’ll be out on Marion Street at Westgate giving away free kids & adult (small) canvas gardening gloves & wildflower seeds! While supplies last.
Friday, April 23rd, 12-3PM, outside of 1118 Westgate in Downtown Oak Park
Wheel & Sprocket Bike Clinic
Have an old bike to donate? Bring it with you and donate it to Working Bikes!
Working Bikes gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities. Since its inception in 1999, the amazing community of Working Bikes volunteers, staff, partners, and supporters have enabled new life for 100,000 bicycles across the globe and tens of thousands here in Chicago. You can support our mission through the donation of bikes, parts, and accessories. Learn more about our work and how to get involved at workingbikes.org.
Downtown Oak Park partnered with One Earth Film Festival for their Earth Day Mini Film Fest: April 19 to 25. Enjoy top films and exciting discussions that help you understand the issues and take concrete action to solve climate change, work toward environmental justice and more. Check out their screening schedule & find tickets at www.oneearthfilmfest.org.
Sat, April 24th, 6:30PM, Downtown Oak Park’s Sponsor Spotlight Film
Young Filmmakers Contest Honorable Mention Winners
The One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest awards environmental films created by students from grade 3 to age 25. Films that inspire change or action stream in from across the country each year, with 149 total submissions in 2021. In this virtual event, we feature seven short films (from college to post-grad level), which were just a hair’s breadth away from first place. Zoom discussion with filmmakers from Texas to Washington, DC, will be facilitated by Young Filmmakers Contest Founding Director Sue Crothers. Get tickets here.
Indoor Plant Sale
Purchase plants online & pick-up at your favorite downtown businesses!
SALE HAS ENDED: Pickup purchased plants Tuesday, April 6th through Saturday, April 10th at respective businesses detailed below.
A portion of sale proceeds will be donated to Seven Generations Ahead whose mission is to build ecologically sustainable and healthy communities.