Walking tour of Riverside

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society kicks off its series of walking tours of Riverside on Sunday, May 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a guided tour of the village north of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members). Participants are asked to meet at the Riverside train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road, on the east side of the main platform.

Special custom tours are available; the cost per person will be based on requirements of the tour.

Call 708-442-7675 or email tours@olmsted society.org for more information.

Women who shaped Chicago

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., welcomes historian, musician and radio personality Clarence Goodman as he explores the lives and experiences of Chicago’s most fascinating woman in “Hell Hath No Fury: The Wicked, Wild and Wonderful Women of the Windy City” on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

Among those featured by Goodman are pioneers, like Jane Addams and Ida B. Wells, as well as contemporary women, like writer Sandra Cisneros.

Register to attend online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info or by calling 708-485-6917.

Electoral College: Yes or No? 

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will sponsor the discussion “Should We Abolish the Electoral College” on Thursday, May 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the LaGrange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. in LaGrange.

Learn more about the history of the Electoral College and engage in discussions of its impact on our democracy and a plan for changing the system.

The discussion is free to attend and open to the public. For more information, visit www.lagrangearealwv.org or email to league@www.lagrangearealwv.org. 

Spidey senses tingling

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Ave. in Brookfield, presents “Amazing Arachnids,” its special exhibit for summer 2018, on Saturday, May 26.

The interactive exhibit focuses on all-things spidery, including 100 live arachnids displayed in three themed areas that highlight their unique characteristics and importance. Hands-on opportunities for guests of all ages. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 3.

The cost to enter the special exhibit is $5 for adults and $3 for children 3-11 and seniors, in addition to regular zoo admission and parking.

For more information, visit www.CZS.org

RAC shows continue

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues showing three new exhibits, into June and July.

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 Mara Baker’s 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.

And more

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

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a Moon Rock Scavenger Hunt (all ages with caregiver) on May 23 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and a “Rocket Men” book discussion on May 24 at 7 p.m. at Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave. in Brookfield, in conjunction with its Brookfield Reads! program. Visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info or call 708-485-6917 for more info.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on May 25 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 27 at 10:30 a.m. and Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult) on May 24 at 10:30 a.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.