Big Week: August 2-9

The best events around town this week.

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By Staff

Can't stop the music

• The Brookfield Jazz Society hosts an evening of live jazz featuring the Greg "Spats" Studebaker Trio on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the lower-level Jazz Room of Sawa's Old Warsaw, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview.

Studebaker is a multi-instrumentalist who can recreate jazz sounds from Louis Armstrong to Django Reinhardt. Minimum band donation of $7 for Jazz Society members ($10 for non-members). Open to the public. Music starts at 7:15 p.m.

• The Brookfield Recreation Department continues its Outdoor Concert Series with the country music stylings of Smokin' Gunz on Friday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

Concerts are held at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held next door, inside the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Free.

• If you like your music with a side order of classic cars, head over to the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. on Thursday, July 3 at 7 p.m. where North Riverside Parks and Recreation is hosting a concert and car show.

Rock out with Saturday June Band and stroll among dozens of vintage vehicles while enjoying ice cream floats, grilled specials and spiked tea. Be sure to vote for your favorite car in the car show.  

Endless Summerfest

Looking for a summer festival nearby? Head on over to Gordon Park, 150 Linden Ave. in LaGrange for the village's Endless Summerfest on Aug. 4-6.

The event runs from 5 to 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, noon to 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 and noon to 10 p.m. on Aug. 6. There's live music every night as well as carnival rides, a car show (Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.), food, beer and wine, community business booths, bingo, a human foosball tournament (Fri. and Sat.) and a princess tea party (Sun. 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.). The fest closes Sunday night with a fireworks show.

Admission is $3 on Friday and $5 after 5 p.m. on Saturday. Kids under 12 free.

Walk on the wild side

Friends of the Chicago Portage will host a walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 S. Harlem Ave., on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Veteran tour guide Jeff Carter will explore the "birth story" of Chicago from geological beginnings to how the portage functions today. The tour is a half-mile in length on a gravel path through the woods. Wear long pants and walking shoes.

Tours are free and open to the public. Meet at the monumental statue at 10 a.m.

Picnic at The Scottish Home

The Chicago Scots invite the public to the 101st Annual Scottish Home Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Scottish Home, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside.

Bring the family and join the summer celebration, which features live music, including bagpipes, Highland dancers, horse-drawn trolley rides, children's activities, food and drink and a bake sale.

Parking is limited, so come early to ensure a space near the campus. Call 708-813-2978 with questions. 

See the Show, Become the Pro

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a special after-hours event with professional juggler and circus artist Jason Kollum on Friday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy Kollum's amazing feats of juggling and afterward let him show you how he does it during an interactive, hands-on workshop for kids.

The event is free and open to all ages. Register by visiting www.brookfieldlibrary.info, calling 708-485-6917, ext. 140 or visiting the library's youth services desk.

And more

• The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will be collecting school supply donations to help the less fortunate start the school year with the tools they need through Aug. 18 at First National Bank of Brookfield, 9136 Washington Ave.; Edward Jones Investments, 9136 Broadway Ave.; and the Brookfield Farmers Market (Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave).

• North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, hosts its 3rd Annual Touch a Truck event on Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Explore the vehicles –including police cars, fire engines, cranes and even a helicopter -- and meet the folks who drive them. Free.

• Brookfield Zoo is offering Free Kids Days on Aug. 7, 8 and 9 for kids 11 and under (admission for adults and parking fees still apply). The days will feature a variety of kid-centered activities, visits with animal ambassadors, a snack and take-home memento. For more information visit www.CZS.org.

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts an exhibition of work by artist Jason Michael West through the month of August. For more information visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

• The Brookfield Farmers Market continues on June 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the west parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. The market will be held rain or shine every Saturday morning through Oct. 14.

• The Riverside Farmers Market continues on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue. The market runs every Wednesday afternoon/evening through Oct. 11.

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its youth services programs for those registered in the library's Summer Reading Program with Stories & Play (5-under), Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m.; Stories & Snacks (ages 2-5), Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Read Along with Miss Nikki (grades 2-4), Aug. 3 at 3:30 p.m.; and Wii Play Games and Watch Movies (grades 6-12), Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts its annual RAC Members Exhibition and RAC Kids Show through Aug. 5. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

• The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.

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