Celebrations for US treasure Betty White are set to begin Saturday in the comedian’s hometown of Chicago, on the outskirts of Oak Park.
Outside the historic Lake Theater in Oak Park, fans of the late actress can gather at 10 a.m., just days before what would have been White’s 100th birthday on January 17.
Although White’s family moved from Oak Park to Los Angeles within two years of his birth, she had parents outside of Chicago until the 1960s.
In honor of White, the Wednesday Journal Newspaper announced plans to publish a special 24-page section this weekend.
“I’ve always loved Betty primarily because of her animal rights activism, as well as for making me laugh,” Lourdes Nicholls said of the Wednesday Journal Newspaper.
There will also be a guest singer on Saturday amid the celebrations.
Cindy Fee, the woman who sang the theme song for “Golden Girls,” arguably White’s biggest hit show, lives in Oak Park and is scheduled to perform at the event.
Opposite the theater, there will be a special adoption event in White’s name, with the participation of several other companies. At Wise Cup, the owners create a unique coffee drink called “Betty White Mocha”.
“We love the idea that this is for Betty and we want to do something special for her,” said Wise Cup owners Shivangi and Naveen Khetarpal. “We know Betty White was a beloved Oak Park native and wanted to be able to celebrate her life with the rest of our community.”
Tre Sorelle, an Italian restaurant in Oak Park, will be serving up a Betty White martini this weekend, which would have been one of their favorite drinks.
“I kind of grew up with Betty White and it was such a pleasure to watch her all of my years that I think the least I could do is have a cocktail in her name on the day she was born. anniversary, ”said the owner of Tre Sorelle. Albert Mancini.
At Sugar Fixe Patisserie in downtown Oak Park, bakers bake limited-edition “Stay Golden” cookies with White’s face on the frosting. The bakery makes all the cookies by hand, so any large orders should be placed in advance.
At Mickey’s Gyros and Ribs, the workers cook a hot dog and special fries, as it was well known that White was a big fan of simple hot dogs.
“She made everyone smile, she loved animals, she loved people, she loved life,” said George Vergados, Mickey’s Gyros and Ribs. “We want to celebrate, the world needs it right now.”