Broadway comedy classic in North Riverside

The North Riverside Players will stage their fall production, the classic Kaufman and Hart comedy “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” for two weekends, Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20 in the gymnasium of the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

The show tells the story of how an accident “injuring” famous New York media personality Sheridan Whiteside upends the domestic tranquility of the Stanley family’s Ohio household, with visits from movie stars, convicts and other crazy characters.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matiness are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults ($18 seniors, $16 students, $15 kids 12-under) can be ordered online at or by calling 708-512-7015. Group rates (10 or more) available. Pre-show wine tasting included on Oct. 19.

Property Tax Town Hall

Join state Rep. Celine Villanueva, state Rep. Chris Welch and Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi as they speak about property tax reform and the proposed fair tax referendum at a special Property Tax Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stickney Village Hall, 6533 Pershing Road.

Free and open to the public.

Sweet fun run for kids in North Riverside

North Riverside Parks and Rec invites all kids to lace up their sneakers and join in the Kids’ Sweet Feat Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. in Commons Park, behind the Village Commons building at 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Runners ages 5-14 will receive a swag bag and will be grouped by age to race through the park, where volunteers will hand out bite-sized goodies. All finishers receive a sweet medal and can enjoy a dance party at the end.

The fee is $15 per entry. Call 708-442-5515.

Riverside Lions host Candy Days

The Riverside Township Lions Club will join Lions clubs around the state for their annual Candy Days on Thursday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 11. The days raise more than $1 million annually to help the blind, visually impaired, deaf or hearing impaired.

Volunteers will be posted on local street corners, in shopping areas and other public areas in Riverside and North Riverside accepting donations. The funds help support programs including hearing screenings for children and adults, used eyeglass collections, vision screenings and Camp Lions for visually and/or hearing-impaired children and adults.

Funds collected by the local club also benefit community organizations, social service agencies, libraries and school groups.

Wise guys

Join author John Binder and learn about the history of the Chicago Outfit’s suburban ties at “Organized Crime in the Western Suburbs” on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave.

Binder will trace the mob’s influence from before Prohibition to the present day, its ties to local businesses and politics, notorious violent incidents and well-known resident criminals.

Boo! at the Zoo returns to Brookfield

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, invites little ghosts and goblins to its annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration of all things Halloween on Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27.

The not-so-scary event features candy stations, a corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations and Halloween-themed crafts and activities each week.

The event is included in the price of the zoo’s regular admission ticket. For more information, visit or call 708-688-8000.

And more

ν North Riverside Parks and Rec offers a Parent Escape Night on Oct. 11. Schedule a dinner date, pencil in time with friends, go shopping or just take a nap. Drop off your kids ages 4-12 for activities of all sorts. Dinner for kids provided. $15 for the first child, $10 each additional. Call 708-442-5515 for info.

ν Join the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 10 and every Thursday through Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield, for their weekly 60-to-Win prize drawing, the organizations biggest annual fundraiser. Each week the chamber gives away $1,000 – one $500 winner and five $100 winners. Tickets are sold out but join in the fun.

ν The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will host their next Landscape Workday on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon for seed collecting along Riverside Road. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.

ν Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, continues “The Color of Music,” an exhibition of artwork by Ken and Robin Koukola through Nov. 2. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

ν Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents work of Jaclyn Jacunski in “Dream Additions,” in the outdoor sculpture garden through the end of November. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

ν The Riverside Farmers Market concludes its 2019 season on Oct. 9 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue.

ν The Brookfield Farmers Market concludes its 2019 season on Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Visit for special events, vendor info and music lineups.

ν Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to join its Genealogy Club on Oct. 10 and every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

ν Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to create Zodiac Constellation Coasters using alcohol inks and acrylic paints on Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. and then invites you to learn how to avoid getting your stars crossed and creating future problems at Astrology101: What Planet is to Blame? on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or at

ν North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

Adults and seniors can learn about photos and stories of famous, infamous and fascinating people buried in Chicago area cemeteries during Chicagoland Cemetery Safari on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers through age 5) on Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m.; Free Build Fridays (grades 1+) on Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.; Columbus Day Movie and Pizza Lunch (grades 1 must pre-register) on Oct. 14 from noon to 2 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Oct. 15 at 11:30 a.m.; Books & Bingo (ages 3 ) on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; and Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingues (ages 2-5) on Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m.; and String Art (grades 6-12) on Oct. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.

ν 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.