Skating returns to Brookfield Zoo

Lace up your skates and head over to Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, and take a few laps around the Chicago Wolves Skating Rink, a 40-by-80-foot rink open daily from noon to 4:30 p.m. throughout the winter season, and in the evening during Holiday Magic. Located on the East Mall, the surface is not ice, but a synthetic plastic.

The cost to skate for an unlimited time is $7 in addition to regular zoo admission and parking. A limited number of skates are available to rent for $5. Visit for more info.

RBHS stages fall play

The Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, theater troupe stages its fall play, “Peter and the Starcatcher” Nov. 7-10 in the auditorium.

The play, which isn’t strictly a musical though it contains songs and dancing, is for anyone who loves Peter Pan, because you get to see how Peter’s story began. Characters in this play often break the fourth wall and talk to the audience.

Show times on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 are at 7:30 p.m. There’s a matinee on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 students) and can be purchased online at

Pop-up art show at Compassion Factory

Put a little class into you early holiday shopping by browsing the artwork for sale at two special pop-up shows at Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave.

 The gallery will be open to browse on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

If you’re an artist interested in being a vendor, you can contact for more information.

State rep town hall

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will host a talk with Rep. Michael J. Zalewski of the 23rd District in the Illinois General Assembly on Thursday Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Zalewski’s information should be important to all Illinoisans as he was a driving force behind much of the legislation passed this spring, including expanded casino gambling, the “Fair Tax” referendum in November 2020, and expanded sports betting.

Zalewski can answer questions about the above issues as well as other issues that residents may have on their minds.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit

Motown magic

College of DuPage professor Gary Wenstrup traces Motown’s musical journey in “Motown: The Music that Moved the World,” on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Wenstrup will walk you through Motown history, from the power soul of “Dancing in the Streets” to the psychedelic soul of “Cloud Nine” to the pop soul of The Jackson 5.

Register to attend online at, by calling 708-486-6917 or in person at the library.

Zoo hosts Veterans Day event

The Chicago Zoological Society invites the public to a special Veterans Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to a ceremony honoring veterans, there will be a display of military memorabilia and vehicles, ambassador animals, a performance by the Legacy Girls and more. 

Admission to the zoo on Nov. 11 is free for all guests (parking still applies). Parking is free for all veterans.

Visit for a full schedule.

Family Jammie
Movie Night

North Riverside Parks and Rec invites families to spend some quality time – in your pajamas – at their Free Family Jammie Movie Night on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Bring a blanket and get comfy in the gym while you watch “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” Concessions sold all night long. All children must be supervised by an adult.

Welcome to Utopia

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to enjoy a close examination of an iconic small town with authors, Michelangelo Sabatino, Nancy Mangum McCaslin, and Ben Nicholson during “Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony” on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Their book presents an in-depth study of New Harmony, Indiana, a unique town renowned as the site of two successive Utopian settlements during the 19th century. It presents provocative ideas about how history is interpreted through design and historic preservation.

And more

  • The Brookfield Aging Well Team presents “A Senior’s Guide to Annoying Questions” like what there is for seniors to do, how to stay actively involved and what kinds of transportation are available on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Light refreshments available.
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, invites the community to the Ramona A. Suffern Annual Mission Dinner on Nov. 10 at noon. Tickets are $10 for adults ($5 ages 6-14) available at the door or in advance at 708-442-5250.
  • Aging Care Connections continues its Seminar and a Snack Series on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with “Exemptions for Cook County Real Estate Taxes.” Lyons Township Assessor Barbara Weyrick will talk about the six exemptions and whether you qualify. Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.
  • North Riverside Parks and Rec offers a Parent Escape Night on Nov. 8. 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.
  • Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, hosts Water Exercise Techniques (WET), an adult level fitness class on Wednesday nights Nov. 6 through Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. No swimming involved. $36 for six classes. Email Noelle at for info.
  • The grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets Nov. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a special Game Night. Take the opportunity to take a break and play bingo. Win prizes from local businesses. RSVP by Nov. 8 to or 708-485-2000.
  • 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.
  • Join the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 7 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.
  • Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to learn about Honor Flight Chicago, a way to provide a trip of a lifetime for a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam vet on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to visit a Preschool/Kindergarten Provider Fair. Reps from local programs will be on hand to answer questions. Then on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Molly Page will teach you how to Bundle Up and Explore winter fun in Chicago.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

 For adults and seniors there’s Crafterdarks: Painted Rock Cactus Garden on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.; Meditation: Staying Relaxed through the Holidays on Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.; and Medicare 101 on Nov. 13 at 2 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 Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m.; Free Build Fridays (grade 1+) on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m.; Yoga with Mrs. Bee (ages 3 with adult) on Nov. 8 at 10:15 a.m. and Nov. 9 at 11:15 a.m.; Make a Mini Movie (grades 5-12) on Nov. 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m.; Books and Bingo (ages 3 ) on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.; and Bilingual Storytime/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 2-5) on Nov. 13 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.