La Maison de Bonbons opened in 1921 at 7353 Madison Street, now home to Shanahan's. (Courtesy Historical Society of Forest Park)

The Historical Society of Forest Park kicks off its spring events with a membership meeting April 23 at the Park District. 

“All members are welcome,” said Society President Bob Cox. Members will hear about activities planned by the society as well as make new acquaintances, Cox said. 

The meeting takes place between 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 7501 Harrison Street, 3rd floor.

Saturday, May 3: The society will present a mother-daughter tea at the historic Under the Ginkgo Tree Bed and Breakfast located at 300 N. Kenilworth Ave. in Oak Park.  

“We’ll learn the history of tea while we enjoy the Victorian setting,” said Director Diane Hansen Grah. Mothers, daughters ages 10 and up, grandmothers and best friends will sip tea from Forest Park’s Todd and Holland Tea Co. and dessert will also be served, Grah said. Tickets are $10 per person and reservations are requested for either the 1 p.m. or the 3 p.m. tea time as seating is limited.  The event will last an hour and a half.  

Sunday, May 4: The first Historical Bike Tour of 2014 takes off from the Community Center parking lot, 7640 Jackson Blvd. Led by Forest Park Review columnist John Rice, the wildly popular tour costs $15 and lasts for 1.5 hours.  1 p.m.

Sunday, May 10:  Architecture enthusiasts and lovers of Madison Street will enjoy a journey back in time on a walking tour of Madison Street. 

“You will learn about the many architects, builders and businessmen/women that transformed Madison Street into what it is today,” Hansen Grah said. 

 The tour, which starts at 11 a.m. will walk between Harlem and DesPlaines Avenues and conclude with lunch at Madison Park Kitchen. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Lunch is $10. 

Please contact Diane at 708-232-3747 or email her at for questions or reservations.



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