Target comes to Oak Park, IL!

Celebrate!  I see the news regarding a small Target near Lake and Harlem! I love how the residents and sometimes officials state they want to preserve the “heritage” of Oak Park, IL with its “feel” and architecture and such. Well, putting a Target near one of the busiest intersections around the village and area is the greatest way to do that! Great going morons! Where did the city planners get their degrees? In a Cereal box???

The traffic in this area and this intersection is already a mess so let’s add a huge name brand store and not add enough parking spots in the area because that is the intelligent thing to do. I love the fact that Chicago corruption has hit Oak Park, Il in a major way because there is no way this seems reasonable to the average resident’s sensibilities those who profess the glory of Oak Park, Il’s individual uniqueness.

Now this area of Harlem and Lake has been set up to be as bad as or ten times worse than the area where Forest Park, Il has the Walmart on Roosevelt and Desplaines Avenues. No longer can Oak Park, Il state it is unique it has become like every other village or town that has poor planning and terrible grasps of its own traffic problems. There are tons of places and empty spaces for a Target on Madison avenue but that would be thinking and logical, alas Oak Park, IL in its vanity is not about that.

Once they see the crowds a Target brings (which is almost as bad as Walmart crowds) they will realize someone has sold Oak Park, Il’s already pitiful soul to the devil, but then it will be too late to make changes. Changes in the infrastructure, streets etc., and no I did not forget about all the small unique businesses around Harlem and Lake that a small Target will kill once introduced into the area.

Bravo! Thank you Oak Park, IL for proving me right and that you are the biggest combination of idiots and hypocrites of them all!

Here is the link spreading the joy of my continued on the point opinion about Oak Park, IL:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/11-29-2016/Target-store-coming-to-downtown-Oak-Park/

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Ernest Hemingway the (Oak Park, IL) Dominican University-Hemingway Society partnership

Ah, remember when I said that Oak Park, Il or the group that runs the Ernest Hemingway museum and birthplace should pair up with a volunteer group to properly promote Hemingway and these two locations as it relates to Hemingway week?

Where I found some information: http://ehfop.typepad.com/the_ernest_hemingway_foun/

The International Hemingway Society had a conference at Dominican University during July 17-22, 2016 with presentations done by filmmakers (documentaries) and authors that pertain to Hemingway during scheduled dates. My question is that even though this is exactly what is needed why is it done at Dominican University? Why not the local high school which is even closer to The Hemingway House and museum? Why does Oak Park, Il’s association with River Forest have to take precedence over the convenience of a possible tour and a strategic placement to the Hemingway locations?

It seems to me something else that Oak Park, Il has bungled where the International Hemingway Society has not, in fact, they have organized it better than Oak Park, Il has, maybe because their events are done out of love for the man, the author, Hemingway and not just to exploit him.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-hemingway-week-tl-0707-20160701-story.html

 

Oak Park, IL’s Fourth of July parade

Ah Oak Park. IL your 4th of July parade was unexpected and very underwhelming. Do not get me wrong this was great for kids, families and that kind of thing but it was like a homecoming parade in scale and fanfare than anything else. I believe this parade may have been mentioned in the Oak Park, IL newsletter, you know one of those multipage flyers no one really looks at, but I was taken by surprised that it was occurring.

As I stated there was no fanfare or mention on local Television stations regarding the parade which is great for the exclusive Oak Park, IL (non-social) residents but does nothing for those who are trying to travel into and out of the area, whether they are residents or just passing through. Plus, there was only a small part (I saw at least) or entry where veterans were represented and participated I wish there was more, since they helped keep this freedom of expression still possible.

If you were trying to see what businesses that were open in Oak Park, IL on the fourth and there were quite a few, you would have the headache of driving around Oak Park, IL to get pass this parade on Ridgeland avenue. There were no signs reminding people there was a parade nor, were there any signs stating that the parade was going on at blockade points on the various side streets. This would have been a great chance to promote Oak Park, IL and its local businesses, giving times of the parade and the old where it starts plus where it ends would give residents (who have other things to do) and visitors to Oak Park, IL the needed information to either join in enjoying this parade or simply navigate around it without getting a headache.

This is classic Organization Development 101 telling the people what is going on is essential for any event, product, etc., to become a success, it also helps the participants of such events increase their visibility too. Instead of engineering an event that looked like a parade for one of the local high school’s winning a national championship.

I do have to point out that many local businesses were out there being promoted -YES! This the kind of thing that needs to be done here in Oak Park, IL giving these businesses a push in the right direction and telling the residents who knew about this parade and attended a chance to “see” what businesses are out there. Most of the tie we are all so busy that we pass by a place and state “that is interesting” in your heads, but never go in. This type of event strokes that curiosity pushing the individual to actually patronize the business or at least walk into the door. Giving the business a face and humanity helps in bringing in customers.

At the parade, this on a basic level some of the signs were very professional and others were on poster board. There was candy thrown to children from these businesses without any type of logo or branding on it that I saw from the ones I picked up off the ground. No, I did NOT eat candy off the ground I picked it up because I wanted to see if there was a logo, really! This was a good attempt on Oak Park, IL to promote businesses by alas it was a failure, there was no uniformity when it came to the businesses’ signs.

Which is really crazy when you think about it, this is the village that will spend about 133k on updating the signage around here, but cannot help or set requirements for this parade to make it an effective promotional tool for these business participants. Also the fact that the candy was thrown, not given or handed to only children, not us sugar loving adults, did not help. Handing promotional material to adults who are the ones who would spend money in these businesses that are participating in the parade is essential, it cements the connection at the event between the business and potential customer.

Although it was very blah, it was an attempt but I am not one of these new age fools who gives out awards to everyone who participates, either you succeed or you are forgotten. This was a fourth of July parade that besides surprising me by its existence and all the trouble it gave me to get around, the event itself was very forgettable.

Please note I did think I saw Chicago anti-violence activist, Andrew Holmes there, on the east side of the parade, I am not sure why, but I have seen him multiple times on TV and I am pretty sure it was him. Again, everything else about this parade was memorable, nothing exciting or make me tell my neighbors, family or friends,” hey see you at the parade…” not at all.

Has anyone else experienced this “blah” or underwhelming effort at other Fourth of July parades or was it just that this event organized by Oak Park, IL was so bad?

 

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