Join us at Barrie Fest 2017

Barrie Fest 2017
Celebrating the  Southeast Oak Park Community!

Saturday, September 9 in Barrie Park
(Lombard at Garfield)
Noon until  5 PM

Lots of Activities!

Bounce House and Obstacle Course
Climbing Wall
Organization and business Fair
Live music from School of Rock and others
Oak Park Fire Department truck
Bike registration by the OP Police Department

Food from The Ministry of Sandwiches (Carnivore) and
Happy Apple Pie Shop

Thanks to our lead sponsor:
Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest


SEOPCO’S Election Forums


Be an informed voter this Spring!

SEOPCO is sponsoring candidate forums for the upcoming District 97 and 200 school board races, the village trustee and clerk contests and the District 97 referenda.

All forums will be held at Irving Elementary School Auditorium – 1125 S. Cuyler

District 200 (OPRF) School Board Candidates  Date: Thursday, March 2 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

District 97 (elementary and middle schools) School Board Candidates Date: Thursday, March 9 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Village Trustee and Clerk Candidates Date: Wednesday, March 15 Time: 8:00 – 10:00 pm

District 97 Referenda Forum Date: Thursday, March 16 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

At the candidate forums, each contender will make an opening statement and respond to questions submitted in advance. Then we will move to the cafeteria, where you can have small group discussions with each candidate, and ask your own questions.

At the referenda forum, a District 97 representative will present, then we expect to hear from advocates on both sides, followed by your questions.  If you have suggestions for questions for the candidates at any of these events, please submit to

Thanks to all for your participation.

2017 SEOPCO Goals

2017 SEOPCO Goals

  • Continue to keep SEOP residents informed on local issues relating to our Mission.
  • Maintain and communicate a positive identity for our neighborhood.
  • Continue to work with Citizens for Appropriate Transportation and the Village of Oak ParkP on the I-290 redevelopment
  • Possibly hold a forum to communicate with neighbors
    • Discuss and encourage diversity
  • Ongoing discussion of this topic and how it relates to who we are and where we live
  • Consider holding a diversity forum, partnering with the Housing Center
  • Continue annual events
  • Movie night with the Park District
    • Back to School pizza party with Irving School
    • Tentative date is Friday, September 8
  • Barrie Fest
    • Tentative date is Saturday, September 9
  • Encourage and support a “Green” Community
    • Ongoing discussion and collaboration with local organizations to encourage conservation and recycling
  • Hold an election forum for Village government candidates and the D97 referendum

SEOPCO Accomplishments in 2016

  • Informed our neighborhood about local events, communicating  via Facebook, our email list and Twitter.
  • Organized our annual Barrie Fest, which took place in September.  Live bands played throughout the afternoon as approximately 400 neighbors enjoyed visiting our business fair and jumping in the bounce houses, This year we also added a climbing wall, which was quite popular. Local artists and bands provided live entertainment. The Oak Park Fire Department stopped by, as well as the Oak Park Library’s Book Bike. Our new food vendor, Carnivore, was busy throughout the day selling delicious sandwiches. It was a wonderful afternoon to visit with friends and meet neighbors!
  • Held a public forum on the District 200 Referendum in October with speakers representing the District 200 Board, as well as the Yes and No positions. This was followed by a moderated question & answer session from the audience. We broadcast this forum live via Facebook video.
  • Worked with our new Neighborhood Resource Officer, Derrick Verge as he hosted monthly meetings at Barrie Center. Each month Officer Verge and other members of the police force gathered to discuss how to increase safety in South East Oak Park.
  • Partnered with Culvers for an October fund raiser to help raise funds for the Holiday Food and Gift Basket program at Irving School.
  • Collaborated with the Oak Park Park District and the Irving PTO to plan annual Movie Night in conjunction with Irving’s Back-to-School party. A great time was had gathering to visit and eat pizza, but the threat of rain forced the cancellation of the movie. We’ll try again next year.
  • Monitored developments on the Eisenhower Transportation Corridor. There was no significant movement this year, but SEOPCO continues to stay in touch with this important transportation issue, with the help of Citizens for Appropriate Transporation.
  • Held a successful membership campaign with about 50 neighbors making contributions.

South East Oak Park Community Organization