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Forest Park

Sredni Vashtar | Dec 21, 200403:08 PM

Furthering its reputation as the "Bucktown of the Western Suburbs" (an amusing description used by one of the local papers a year back or so), apparently the Todd & Holland tea store in River Forest is moving to Forest Park. This adds a new level of "upscale" shopping to a town which has recently became something of a mini-mecca for upscale dining. This gives "doopers" (a derogatory Forest Park term for people from Oak Park) another reason, other than buying package liquor, to visit Forest Park.

Back in the day, Forest Park (because it was the closest "wet" town, surrounded by "drys") was a destination for locals wanting to dine at a supper club. Otto's was one I recall. I recall pictures in the local paper of Elizabeth Taylor dining there when she visited the grave of her husband, Michael Todd. Giannotti's had a reputation for being mobbed up and was close to the Armory Tap, a former "Momo" Giancana hangout on Roosevelt Rd.

The Pines Restaurant on Harrison is one of the last throw-backs to that era.

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