Riverside craft beer fest

Riverside Foods, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society and the Riverside Arts center will host the fourth annual HopStop Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. in front of the arts center at 32 E. Quincy St. in downtown Riverside.

Sample offerings from craft brewers, cideries and Riverside’s own Quincy Street Distillery. An art auction will be staged in the Riverside Arts Center with bidding during the festival.

Enjoy food from Flur and La Barra, and live music from four bands, along with art activities for kids (sign up through the arts center). Proceeds benefit the Olmsted Society and Riverside Arts Center.

Tickets ($40, includes tasting glass) can be purchased at riversidehopstop.com.

Trivia night at the zoo

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, will host its first Trivia Night, for adults 21 and older (photo ID required for entrance), on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the Pavilions.

The evening includes music, food and drinks and plenty of trivia. Winners from each round will receive prizes courtesy of Miller Lite, and animals from the zoo’s animal ambassador program will make appearances throughout the event.

Tickets are $35 each or $210 for a table of six and include parking and regular zoo admission, along with three drink tickets. Food is available for purchase.

To make reservations or for more info, visit www.CZS.org. 

Route 66 Car Show

The 28th Annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show will be held on Ogden Avenue between Oak Park and Ridgeland avenues on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One of the area’s biggest car shows, it featured more than 550 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. There’s also live entertainment and food.

Spectator admission is free, and for those seeking an early peek, vehicles start arriving at 7 a.m.

The Great Marijuana Debate

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area in partnership with the Coalition for a Drug Free Lyons Township will host “The Great Marijuana Debate” about the legalization of cannabis on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the LaGrange Village Hall, 53 S. LaGrange Road.

An expert panel representing a wide range of views will present information on the topic as the state considers legalization of cannabis for recreational use.

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

Comboni Fest

The Comboni Mission Center, 1615 E. 31st St. (at Raymond Avenue) in LaGrange Park, hosts its annual Comboni Fest on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The free event, which is open to the public, starts with an outdoor Mass at 3 p.m., followed by the fest, featuring a pig roast, tiki bar, pizza, tacos, cannoli, a basket auction, kids’ activities and more.

Entertainment by the Ballet Folklorico Sones Mexicanos and Nino Folino.

And more

  Brookfield Elks Lodge #1510, 9022 31st St., seeks to offer two 4-hour sessions on how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse from the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). The classes would be free and open to the general public. Before dates are chosen the Elks need to gauge interest and compile a list of potential attendees. If you are interested contact Robert Rolewicz by Sept. 3 at brolewicz@brookfieldelks.com.

  The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will hold its next walking tour of historic Riverside on Aug. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a stroll through the village’s south division. Meet at the east platform of the Riverside train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road. Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors and society members). Learn more at www.olmstedsociety.org.

  Compassion Factory Gallery, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, continues its exhibition, “Paper and Stitch,” featuring the work of artists Chai Wolfman and Don Widmer through Sept. 8. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and first Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m.

  The Riverside’s Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 10, in Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave. Weekly scavenger hunt for kids, live music and more.

  The Brookfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 13 in the parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Weekly special events and live music.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts “Haunted Bachelor’s Grove” on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Wendy Moxley Roe and Karl Kochmann, photographers and researchers for Ursula Bielski’s book, will talk about the history of the Midlothian grove and cemetery. On Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., have “Iced Tea with Amber the Coffee Maker,” featuring Brookfield’s favorite barista. Tasting provided. Registration required for both programs at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, there’s Open Play Drop-in (ages 2-5) on Aug. 23 and 28 at 10:30 a.m. and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2+) on Aug. 29 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.