Honest Abe tells his story

Come hear Abraham Lincoln himself tell the story of how both he and Illinois rose from humble origins to great heights during “From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830-61” on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or at brookfieldlibrary.info.


Valentine Senior Social 

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce and the Brookfield Aging Well Team invite all senior citizens in the Brookfield area to their annual Valentine’s Senior Social, which will be held Sunday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the lower-level recreation hall at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

The event includes live music, door prizes, a free raffle and light refreshments. All seniors are welcome. For more information and to register for the event, seniors can contact Brookfield’s Recreation Department at 708-485-1527.


Photo exhibit at Compassion Factory

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield presents a new exhibit, “Stand Alone,” from Feb. 6 through Feb. 29.

“Stand Alone,” celebrating the power of the single image, is the gallery’s first juried photography exhibition featuring the work of both professional and amateur photographers. Judges of the show are commercial photographer Saverio Truglia and Dirk Fletcher, a field representative for Canon USA.

Admission is free. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Chicago’s lost restaurants 

Author Greg Borzo dishes out course after course of memories about the Windy City’s most beloved bygone restaurants during his presentation “Chicago’s Lost Restaurants” on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

This trip through Chicago’s iconic “restaurant row” is sure to spark some memories. Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or at brookfieldlibrary.info.


Brookfield Citizens Police Academy

The Brookfield Police Department will host its 12th Citizen’s Police Academy starting on Feb. 20 for 10 weeks, ending in April. The class will run on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Citizen’s Police Academy seeks to build a better understanding of the role of a police officer, develop a trusting partnership with the community, expand the knowledge of laws and police procedures and enhance the involvement of citizens with the police department.

Topics include firearms training, traffic stops, K-9 officer program, knowledge about gangs, an FBI presentation and defensive tactics training.  All participants will also be offered a ride-along opportunity.

Complete an application and return it to the police department. The application is available on the village website at brookfieldil.gov. 

Applications or questions can be emailed to Officer David Kudla at dkudla@brookfieldil.gov.

 And more

Ascension Lutheran Church and Riverside Presbyterian Church will host their annual Taco Dinner on Feb. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Taco Dinner supports a joint mission to host and settle incoming refugees. Pre-order tickets ($12 each/$15 at the door) by emailing ascensionriverside@gmail.com. Children are $5 either pre-ordered or at the door. Ascension is located 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside. 

The grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets Feb. 11 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This month’s program is “Grief 101: Is This Normal?” about reactions to grief as well as the signs and complications. RSVP by Feb. 7 to info@hitzemanfuneral.com or 708-485-2000.

  The Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame seeks nominations of graduates and friends of the district who have accomplished great things. If you know someone worthy of induction, contact the 2020 LTHS Hall of Fame committee at 708-579-6483 for a nomination form. Forms are also available in the main offices at both North and South campus and may be downloaded at lths.net by clicking on “Alumni.” Self-nominations are welcome. The nomination deadline is March 1.

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Line,” featuring the work of artists Diana Gabriel and Azadeh Gholizadeh in the Freeark Gallery and “Energy, Frequency and Vibration” featuring drawings of Andrei Rabodzeenko in the FlexSpace Gallery through Feb. 22. Free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Community Nutrition Network/Meals on Wheels of North Riverside invites you to make a difference in your community by volunteering to help deliver meals to homebound senior citizens, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Linda at 312-207-5290.

Matt Baron, former journalist for the Chicago Tribune, Time and USA Today, hosts “Go Figure: Lies, Damn Lies & Navigating the 2020 Presidential Campaign Trail,” an interactive workshop to show you how to become a more effective consumer and communicator of data and become a more vigilant citizen on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents a film discussion of the Italian film “Twin Flower” on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Register for events at 708-485-0869 or at brookfieldlibrary.info.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites adults and seniors to a Hot Chocolates of the World Tasting on Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m.; Tai Chi on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.; Social Media Basics: Twitter on Feb. 11 at noon; Stream Dreams: Library eMedia on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.; and Book Club, discussing “Confederates” by Tony Horwitz on Feb. 11 at 6:45 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids there’s Lapsit Storytime (thru age 5) on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m.; Free Build Fridays (grade 1+) on Feb. 7 at 4 p.m.; Tales &Treats (ages 2-5) on Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m.; DIY Stickers (grades 5-12) on Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.; Messy Mornings with Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m.; and Books and Bingo (ages 3 ) on Feb. 11 at 6:30 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.

The community is invited to jog, walk or run inside on the indoor track at the Lyons Township High School South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs from 6 to 7 a.m. on days when school is in session through March 20. Free.

This article has been changed to correct the date of the Brookfield Public Library’s presentation on “Chicago’s Lost Restaurants.”