OAK PARK – It’s been exactly 10 years since the 40 Acres Business Complex opened its doors with great fanfare. The Complex is located at the corner of 35th Street and Broadway in Oak Park.
Fortunately, the Complex is one of the few business units that have continued to grow, in an area that is now seeing other businesses move into the area.
The Complex that once housed a Starbucks Coffee Shoppe and art gallery, is still a staple in the community and has lined up many activities to celebrate its 10th year in existence.
On May 18, the 40 Acres 10th Year Anniversary Celebration will feature the Sounds of the Platters. The festivities starts at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP reception ($40 including general admission), followed by a show at 8:00 p.m.
General admission at the door is $25.
Other events taking place during the month of May will include a meeting hosted by Indivizible (May 20) at the Guild Theater; a book signing and discussion at Underground by master chef Richard Pannell (May 11), entitled “Succulent Sensibilities; and, a panel discussion hosted artist Milton Bowens (May 17).
May 18, before the Platter’s concert, Vicki Ward will have a book signing and discussion at Underground Books featuring nine authors.
On May 31, a Community Book Discussion for James Williams’ “Fugitive Slave in the Gold Rush,” is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Underground Books.
The discussion will center around the account of a self-taught escaped slave and underground railroad worker lured in by the California Gold Rush.
The 40 Acres Business Complex encompasses Underground Books, the Guild Theater, Uncle Jed’s Cut Hut, Old Soul Coffee Company, and 12 apartment units on the second story of the complex.
The 40 Acre Art Gallery is also a part of the complex, but is not currently in use (only for special events).
Continue to watch out for more information, scheduled times on each event and planned activities for the month of June.
For tickets to the Sounds of the Platters concert at the Guild, call (916) 628-9296.