40 Acres: Celebrating 20 Years of Arts and Culture in the Heart of Oak Park

Pipeline Newsletter

We hope that you can join us on Saturday, May 6 for a day of family fun at the 40 Acres Street Fest. The festivities will take place from 11am – 4pm at Esther’s Park to celebrate the 40 Acres Art and Cultural Center’s 20 year anniversary. The event includes community vendors and resources with giveaways, electric car test drives, kids activities, and free food!

The Street Fest will also feature a 40 Acres Passport for guests to win prizes by visiting each of the 40 Acres businesses including Underground Books, Fixins Soul Kitchen, World Class Faders and Old Soul. There will also be booths hosted by St. HOPE Public Schools, Wellspace, Asian Resources, and Friends of Oak Park Library, among others.

Located in the heart of the heart of Oak Park at 35th Street and Broadway, the 40 Acres Art and Cultural Complex was formerly known as the historic Woodruff Hotel and Guild Theater. In desperate need of repairs, the building was renovated by the St. HOPE Development Company. The 22,000 square foot facility reopened as the 40 Acres Art and Cultural Complex in 2003 and is now a successful mixed-use retail complex that includes the 12-Upper Room Apartments, The Guild Theater, Underground Books, and more.