Saddle up for Bike Brookfield

Celebrate the great outdoors and the village’s 125th birthday with hundreds of other well-wishers at the third annual Bike Brookfield 10K cycling tour through the heart of Brookfield on Saturday, May 19.

The Village of Brookfield is pleased to announce the third annual Bike Brookfield! This free community event will take place on May 19th, 2018. (If thunderstorms occur on the 19th, the rain date will be May 26th.)

The event includes a Bike Rodeo, sponsored by police, to promote kid bike safety at 9 a.m., followed by a short Kids Ride around Kiwanis Park at 10 a.m. The 10K Community Ride through the downtown, Eight Corners and Salt Creek Trail starts at 11 a.m., followed by an after party in Kiwanis Park that will feature raffles, music and surprises.

The event is free. Register online at to avoid lines on the day of the event. To register on the day of the event, come to the registration table as early as 9 a.m. at the Brookfield Historical Society, 8820½ Brookfield Ave. 

3 new shows at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents three new exhibits, kicking them off with an opening reception on Sunday, May 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.

In the Freeark Gallery is “Women Painting Men,” featuring the work of six artists, while “Golden Rule,” featuring the work on Amy Babinec will be in the FlexSpace gallery. Both exhibitions run through June 23.

In the outdoor Sculpture Garden, enjoy the work of Mara Baker and her show “A Mountain One fence High – A Ribbon Two Yards Wide.” The installation will be on view through July.

Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.  

Dance the night away

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Street Dance on Saturday, May 19 from 5 to 11 p.m. along Broadway Avenue at Eight Corners.

Enjoy an evening of music, dancing, food, drink and fun. Admission is free, with food and beverages available for purchase. Vie against your fellow residents at the cornhole and contest area. A kids area features face painting and a balloon artist.

Don’t miss the flash mob!

Battle of the Bands returns

The village of Brookfield A Sound Education hosts their 13th Annual Battle of the Bands on Sunday, May 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, Brookfield and Arden avenues.

This year, Brookfield is serving as a regional battle, meaning bands performing will be from all over the area, and winners will qualify for the state competition.

In addition to the music, food from Salerno’s will be available for purchase, and there will be two free raffles, including two for a Fender electric guitar donated by A Sound Education. Free admission. 

Up on the roof

Brookfield police officers once again will be up on the roof of Dunkin Donuts, 9208 Ogden Ave., from 5 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 18 as part of the 2018 Cop on the Rooftop fundraising campaign for the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, which supports Illinois Special Olympics.

Anyone who visits the store that day and makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a free doughnut coupon. Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug and a coupon for free medium coffee.

Officers hope to top last year’s total of $5,476. 

Chris Kudla fundraiser

The Riverside Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #39 hosts #KudlaStrong, a fundraiser to help for Riverside Officer Chris Kudla in his fight against cancer on Saturday, May 19 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Pub and The Max, 4750 Vernon Ave. in McCook.

Kudla, who was diagnosed with Stage IV renal cell carcinoma in late 2017, continues to work, patrolling the streets of Riverside.

This event will feature live music, a silent auction featuring Cubs and White Sox tickets, sports memorabilia and a variety of other items. In addition, there will be a large amount of items up for raffle including restaurant gift certificates.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a buffet dinner. A cash bar will be available.

For more information, visit and look under the #KudlaStrong tab.

And more

  The Riverside Township Radio Players host their final performance of the 2017-18 season on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. by recreating a pair of shows from the Golden Age of Radio, including “Blackie and the Fur Trade” from Boston Blackie and “that Old Closet Routine” from Fibber McGee and Molly. Free.

Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave., presents the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on May 19. The 18-member orchestra plays many original Miller arrangements as well as more modern selections. Tickets are $40 ($35 for TWS subscribers). Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or buy online at

Members of North Riverside Firefighters Union Local 2714 will be out at the intersection of 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue on May 18 and 31 raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the 2018 Fill the Boot campaign.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a “Rocket Men” book discussion on May 19 at 2 p.m. in conjunction with its Brookfield Reads! program and “The Space Race,” on May 22 at 7 p.m. Michelle Nichols from the Adler Planetarium gives an in-depth look at images and information, much of which is less than 20 years old. Moon and meteorite samples will be present. Visit or call 708-485-6917 for more info.

  North Riverside Parks and Rec continues its monthly Free Popcorn and a Movie matinee series on May 18 at 1 p.m. with a screening of “Paris Can Wait,” starring Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard and Alec Baldwin. The film will be shown in the council room of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Free. Reserve a seat by calling 708-442-5515.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, there’s Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), May 22 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult) on May 17 at 10:30 a.m.; and a RBHS Finals Survival Kit Giveaway May 21-23, all day. Available to North Riverside students with ID.

  Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, continues its spring WET Class, an adult-level water exercise class every Wednesday night through May 23. No swimming involved. Email Noelle at

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.