It’s a monster bash

Don your Halloween best and head in to Brookfield on Saturday, Oct. 27 for the 20th Annual Monsters on Mainstreet trick-or-treat event sponsored by the Brookfield Historical Society and the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.

The event includes trick-or-treating in the Grand Boulevard and Broadway Avenue business districts from noon to 3 p.m. Businesses will display pumpkin signs where kids are welcome to trick-or-treat.

Beginning at 2:30 p.m., head on down to the Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave. for refreshments, pumpkin and taffy apple giveaways (to the first 500 costumed participants) and a costume contest.

The costume contest at 3 p.m. is open to kids and adults alike, and will be divided into four age groups with prizes for scariest, funniest and most creative.

A glee club homecoming

The men of Lyons Township High School’s choirs will perform with the Purdue University Varsity Glee Club on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Reber Center of the LTHS North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange. Admission is free.

The performance marks the homecoming of Purdue university senior Peter Xeros, who graduated from LTHS in 2015. The Varsity Glee Club is a select ensemble that performs 50 to 60 times year nationally and internationally. 

Wines in the Wild

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society hosts the annual Wines in the Wild fundraiser at the Discovery Center at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, on Sat6urday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

The theme is An Evening in Disguise” and will feature tastings of wines and champagnes from around the world. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, with chef preparing gourmet items at four food stations.

Ten percent of the proceeds from wine purchases will be donated to Brookfield Zoo. There will also be raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are $120 per person. VIP packages available.

Visit or call 708-688-8393 for more info.

Day of the Dead exhibit

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents a Day of the Dead Community Altar Exhibit from Oct. 24 through Nov. 3. 

Inspired by altar-making traditions in Mexico for Day of the Dead, the project is designed to help people build bridges between the individual and community, life and death, sorrow and celebration.

Photos will be projected at the gallery above homemade, decorated shoebox mini-altars, alternating from one loved one to another, for all to see.

Special dates include: Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., create a luminary in remembrance of a loved one and make a sugar skull treat; Nov. 2 from 7 to 10 p.m., walk through the gallery and enjoy a Mexican hot drink; Nov. 3 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., last day to walk through the exhibit.

Gallery open Thursdays 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tour Riverside’s south division

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society wraps up its 2018 walking tour season with a guided tour of Riverside’s historic south division on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

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

Property assessment seminar

Riverside Township Assessor Fran Sitkiewicz will host a seminar to help residents understand the recent reassessment of the township on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.

Many residents have expressed concern about how their property taxes were affected and this is an opportunity to have your concerns addressed and questions answered.

For more information, call 708-447-7700 or email to Bring an item of non-perishable food to help stock the shelves of the township’s food pantry for the holiday season.

And more

  Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside, invites the community to a Halloween Dance featuring the Dick Elliott Orchestra performing music from the ballroom and swing era, on Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the repair and restoration fund. Costumes welcome. Refreshments available for purchase. Tickets are $12 ($10 with ad from the Landmark). Call 630-452-6423 for more.

  Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Car, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, invites community members and healthcare professionals to a screening of the documentary “Alive Inside” on Nov. 1 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music therapist Mary Helen Ekstam will speak after the documentary. Register required by Oct. 29 at

  The Hollywood Citizens Association will take orders for holiday wreaths, scented pine cones and Northern Lights holiday gifts for their Holiday Wreath Fundraiser through Monday, Oct. 29. Order at

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Are you OK?” featuring paintings by Andreas Fischer in the Freeark Gallery through Nov. 17.and “We Are Beasts” featuring the work of Sarah and Joseph Belknap in the outdoor sculpture garden through December. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

  Riverside Township Radio Players present their annual Halloween show on Oct. 26 with recreations of the “NBC Presents” short story “The Lottery” and “Come to the Bank” from the series “Lights Out.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Free.

  Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration of Halloween will take place on Oct. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular zoo admission and parking fees apply. For more info visit or call 708-688-8000.

  The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold will hold its next 60-to-Win prize drawing on Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. Winner need not be present.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For adults, Unwind at the Library: Meditation and Stretching for adults and seniors on Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. To register for programs call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m.; I SPY: The Game Show (grades K-up) on Oct. 25 at 3:45 p.m.;  DIY Craft Hour (grades K-1) on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.; and DIY Creepy Eye Craft (teens/tweens) on Oct. 27 from 1 to 3 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.