Happy Fourth of July from Oak Park, IL

Happy 4th of July! I will be taking suggestions of what to write and I will blog further and comment upon articles about Oak Park, Il on other websites in which I have previously commented on. I think that after starting this blog and the multiple web pages regarding the negative underbelly of Oak Park, IL I thought I would be a singular voice but alas I am not! I have found multiple voices out there ranting about the same thing(s) that I usually am.

 

Whether it is parking issues, ignorant neighbors, irresponsible dog owners, etc., there are people out there that do not accept the craziness given to them by Oak Park, IL and have exercised their free right to freedom of speech on the internet. Many have sacrificed to allow people like me to have the right of dissent and to break down areas of pure bullshit like Oak Park, IL and the idyllic stupidity or atmosphere they are trying to display for the masses.

 

I wish all of you a happy 4th of July, and hopefully one day we will all be able to park anywhere we want in Oak Park, Il not because common sense will prevail, but because this is America!

 

Below is a link to some patriotic music (I do not own) on youtube.com that’s can stir the patriotic juices.

 

Happy Birthday, America!

 

American flag wallpaper from: wallpapercave.com

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Fourth of July parade in Oak Park, IL

Hey just in case you want to take in the Oak Park, Il Fourth of July parade that is on the 4th at 10 am click on the link below for more information. That post briefly goes into where the parade starts and ends, the parade starts at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street.

The fireworks or fireworks display is when the fuck ever “dusk” is, and in the football stadium of Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Click here for the tons of information that is provided by the village of Oak Park, IL (that is sarcasm) link on the link for the marvelous job the poster of this information did: http://www.oak-park.us/our-community/special-events/july-4-parade

From Oak Park, IL to the Chicago Cubs World Series parade downtown

Damn I was downtown, at the Cubs parade I could not get any pictures though, because I was packed in with another 5 million people (Cubs fans) and soon as the double deckers came around it was like a wave of people crushing down on my ass! It was worse than the Blackhawks parades, which I left work to go see, yeah I straight told the boss and he was like “hell yeah” and I got some pictures from that but this Cubs parade? No way honey! I realized that I also could not leave my spot otherwise I would not have seen the players and the other people around me would have definitely took it! So I did not drink anything, I was so dehydrated!

Anyway like I have said beforehand there is nothing going on in Oak Park, IL with any Chicagoland sports teams, nothing, absolutely nothing. No honors, no special events, just eh, I mean they will spend 40 million on a pool that their high school swim team can only use, but other than that, it is just dry a stale sliced white bread.

<> on November 2, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

But how about those Cubbies? After 71 years of last going to the World Series, after 108 years of last winning a World Series, then staging a comeback after being down 3-1 in the series, then blowing that lead in Game 7, man it was a story for Hollywood! I really enjoyed going downtown and talking with the other fans and hearing how long they were fans, their experiences with family when going to games. It was truly a fun experience talking and cheering with the fans seeing the players go by. Then I had to go home and damn it was crazy you would think Rahm would have gotten his shit together and worked this out, the CTA Lines (trains) and platforms were too damn crowded. Union Station was crazy people were everywhere I tried to take the Metra home but I thought twice and took the cramped blue line, with again tons of Cubs fan.

It was a great experience even though it was chaotic and disorganized (i.e.: muddy fields of Grant Park) it was a real “high” and tons of fun it was great that people were able to come together and have a peaceful celebration. Of course, the downer was coming back to Oak Park, IL. What is the best way I can illustrate how the change of energy, the change of emotion from coming from the Cubbies World Series parade back to Oak Park, IL? Oh, it is like drinking, dancing with a bunch of great friends at a club/bar and then having some random stranger come up to you and punch you hard as they can in the gut and then they stand over you saying you deserve it. Yeah, it was a real buzzkill, to the rest of the Cub fans I hope to do this again NEXT year! YEAH!!!!! Wooooooooooooo

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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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