Here comes Halloween

Riverside Parks and Rec invites families to Howl-O-Ween, which kicks off in front of the historic water tower, 10 Pine Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 23 with the tower lighting at 6 p.m. and costume parade to the township hall, 27 Riverside Road.

At the township hall enjoy a fun fest and other spooktacular entertainment. The all-ages event is free.

On Saturday, Oct. 26 head over to Brookfield for the 21st Annual Monsters on Mainstreet downtown trick-or-treat event, sponsored by the Brookfield Historical Society and Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. 

Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating in the Grand Boulevard and Broadway Avenue business districts from noon to 3 p.m., followed, beginning at 2:30 p.m., with refreshments and pumpkin and taffy-apple giveaways at the Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave. A costume contest for kids and adults with winners in four categories begins at 3 p.m. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the St. Barbara Food Pantry.

Ghosts of the Great Chicago Fire

Local author and historian Ray Johnson shares haunting stories of Chicago’s terrible, devastating fire of October 1871 during “Ghosts of the Great Chicago Fire” on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Registration is required at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or online at

WWII on the home front

Join Barbara Warner Deane as she recounts how women, children and seniors boosted the morale of hungry, homesick soldiers at train stations across the nation during “Serving Soldiers at the Whistle Stop Canteen” on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

After Pearl Harbor was attacked, troops started traveling across the country for recruitment, induction, training and deployment, and many had never been away from home. Learn how the nation pulled together to help them out.

Chili Cookoff in Brookfield

The Brookfield-Riverside Rotary Club hosts a Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield.

The cost to enter the contest is $25 and judges will pick the top three entries, in addition to a People’s Choice winner, who will receive an engraved ladle.

Tickets to the event are $15 at Babysitting is $5 per child. Kids activities provided by The Leadershop.

Day of the Dead exhibit

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, invites the community to its 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Community Altar Exhibition Oct. 24-Nov. 2.

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

Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A special event on Nov. 1 from 7-10 p.m. includes making a paper luminary in remembrance of a loved one, while enjoying horchata and Mexican sweet bread. On Nov.  2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn how to make Day of the Dead paper flowers.

Happy 150th, Riverside!

All Riverside residents and friends 21-older are invited to the Riverside Sesquicentennial Celebration, hosted by the Riverside Dancing Club and co-sponsored by the village of Riverside and The Chew Chew, on Saturday, Oct 26 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road.

Tickets are $45 each and include live music and hors d’oeuvres in addition to a cash bar. They are available online at or make checks payable to the Riverside Dancing Club, c/o The Lehmkuhls, 110 Lawton Road, Riverside 60546.

You can also email for tickets and information.

And more

ν The Riverside Township Radio Players continue their season of recreating the Golden Age of Radio with their annual Halloween show on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. The troupe will perform “The Mask of the Medusa” from Mystery in the Air and The Shadow People” from Hall of Fantasy. Free. For more info, visit

ν The AAUW-Riverside Branch invites the public to “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap” by Lisa Cherry on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. Free and open to the public.

ν Aging Care Connections continues its Seminar and a Snack Series on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with “How to be Your Own Advocate.” Learn from a hearing assistive trainer how to advocate for yourself whether in a noisy environment, at a movie or performance and the best way to have face-to-face conversation. Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.

T ν he Frederick Law Olmsted Society concludes its 2019 series of docent-led walking tours of Riverside on Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of the village south of the BNSF Railroad tracks. Meet at east platform of the Riverside train station. The cost is $20 per person ($15 for 62+ and Olmsted Society members). Call 708-447-7635 or email with questions.

ν Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Souths & Norths” in the Freeark Gallery, featuring the work of Mauricio Forero, through Nov. 23. The FlexSpace Gallery presents the work of Andy Young in “Ominous Thinkly Devices” through Dec. 19. See the 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 Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, invites families to its Boo! at the Zoo on Oct. 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. Visit or call 708-688-8000.

ν Join the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 24 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 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 Have you met the Riverside Public Library youth desk mascot, Popcorn? Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate his birthday with party games and treats on Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the library, 1 Burling Road.

ν Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., gears up for Halloween with a series of events including You Draw with YouTube: Spooky Edition (grades K ) on Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m.; Halloween Double Feature: “Murders in the Zoo” and “The Black Cat” on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.; and Incredible Bats on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. See bats up close and learn how they are misunderstood. Registration required for all programs. Call 708-485-6917 or visit

ν North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For adults and seniors there’s Spanish Language Book Club for Spanish speakers of all levels on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m.; Intro to Android phones on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.; and Meditation & Stretching on Oct. 28 at 6:30 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. 24 at 10:30 a.m.; Spooky Bingo/Loteria (for the family) on Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m.; Makers Make-Fest Saturdays on Oct. 26 from 1 to 5 p.m.; Creepy Decorations (teen/tweens) on Oct. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Oct. 29 at 11:30 a.m.; and Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingues (ages 2-5) on Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.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.