Oak Park

Oak Park Auto Showroom Listed As Endangered

The Hill Motors Building in Oak Park features a series of automobile related embellishments and fine terracotta details

The Hill Motors Building in Oak Park features a series of automobile related embellishments and fine terracotta details

For 25 years, Landmarks Illinois has worked to save theaters, schools, single family homes, and other historic buildings with its annual list of the state’s most endangered buildings. On May First, the preservation group released the 2019 ‘most endangered’ list; and it includes a different sort of building. First Light host Brian O’Keefe went to find out what makes the old dealer showroom so special

Oak Park-River Forest Museum Executive Director Frank Lipo described the terracotta details of the facade of the former Hill Motors Showroom

Oak Park-River Forest Museum Executive Director Frank Lipo described the terracotta details of the facade of the former Hill Motors Showroom

The former Hill Motors showroom on Madison Street in Oak Park is one of the buildings listed on Landmarks Illinois ‘Most Endangered Buildings’ list. The building has been vacant for about 10 years; but it could become home to a new grocery store in the coming months.

The former Hill Motors showroom on Madison Street in Oak Park is one of the buildings listed on Landmarks Illinois ‘Most Endangered Buildings’ list. The building has been vacant for about 10 years; but it could become home to a new grocery store in the coming months.

Remembering Val Camilletti

When First Light host Brian O'Keefe was planning to do a story for ‘Record Store Day’ this year, he wanted to talk with a variety of independent record store owners. Several people said, “You’ve got to talk to Val.” Val Camilletti owned ‘Val’s Halla’ in Oak Park. Val died this week, just days before the store’s planned anniversary celebration. The 'Valapalooza' continues Sunday afternoon at Val's Halla Records on Harrison St. in Oak Park. When Brian met Val in the spring of this year Val talked about her more than 50 years in the music business

Val Camilletti, the owner of Val's Halla Records in Oak Park died this week. She was 78. Val spent more than 50 years in the music business and was a fixture of music in Chicago

Val Camilletti, the owner of Val's Halla Records in Oak Park died this week. She was 78. Val spent more than 50 years in the music business and was a fixture of music in Chicago

Start of Summer Means The Start of Farmers Market Season

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer…but in communities across the region, another season kicked off in recent weeks. It’s officially Farmers Market season. Last week was the first market day in Oak Park at one of the longest running Farmers Markets in the area. First Light host Brian O'Keefe went to the market with Illinois Farmers Market Association Director Jane Maxwell

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First Light host Brian O'Keefe tours Oak Park farmers market with Illinois Farmers Market Association Director Jane Maxwell

First Light host Brian O'Keefe tours Oak Park farmers market with Illinois Farmers Market Association Director Jane Maxwell

Planning For The 10th Annual Record Store Day

If there’s a record store in your community, you can expect there will be big crowds at it next Saturday. In fact, there may be people lined up in the early morning hours waiting for the doors to open for the start of the 10th annual Record Store Day. In 2007, a group of independent record store owners and employees hatched the idea of a special day to celebrate the special culture associated with record stores and to role they play in so many lives. First Light host Brian O'Keefe has this story

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Val's Halla Records owner Val Camilletti says Record Store Day has become bigger than Christmas for independent record store owners

Val's Halla Records owner Val Camilletti says Record Store Day has become bigger than Christmas for independent record store owners

Naperville's Purple Dog Records

Naperville's Purple Dog Records

Mile Long Records owner Michael Paeth talks to a customer at his store in downtown Wheaton

Mile Long Records owner Michael Paeth talks to a customer at his store in downtown Wheaton