Oak Park First Fridays

The Park-in-a-POD team was approached by local event marketing agency Unseen Heroes to assist with activating a vacant lot on Broadway for their upcoming Oak Park First Fridays.  We worked with local vendors, musicians, and the Unseen Heroes to create a lively, family-oriented park space.  The event took place on the first Friday of each month from September through December.  We used hay bales to create additional seating, and planting to help accent the spaces.  At night, we projected artwork onto the adjacent wall.  Food trucks, a local musician, and local artisans all set-up in the space to create a temporary outdoor market.  

From Unseen Heroes’ website:

First Friday is an exciting community-oriented event that celebrates all that Oak Park has to offer and transforms the Broadway Corridor into an evening full of shopping, dining, arts installations, a pop up park, and festive community celebrations. It is a perfect place for dates, families, and friends. First Friday in Oak Park spans the Broadway Corridor from 37th Street to Alhambra, and is presented by the Oak Park Business Association and Unseen Heroes.

We would like to thank all the vendors, food trucks, musicians, and sponsors who were are part of the event.  Special thanks to Unseen Heroes for asking us to be a part of this fun community event.

Photo credit: Andrew Wickham, ASLA

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