Craft beer event at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., invites craft beer enthusiasts 21 and over to ZooBrew on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Enjoy samplings from a selection of over 80 beers, lagers and ales at the zoo’s 10th annual beer-tasting event. There are three tasting options: half session ($40) from noon to 2 p.m., full session ($60) from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. or a VIP session ($95) from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Designated driver tickets, featuring unlimited soft drinks, are also available for each session.

All tickets include commemorative swag and admission to the zoo. VIP attendees also receive exclusive samplings of select specialty brews, food and visits with animal ambassadors. Children not allowed. Photo ID is required upon entry.

Visit to buy tickets.

Urban bird migration

Riverside Public Library and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society present the virtual presentation “A Look into Urban Bird Migration and What Role We Play” on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

Local bird expert Henry Griffin will give an overview of local birdlife found throughout the seasons with a special focus on migration. Learn about important conservation theories, how birds follow natural landmarks and where and when to spot them. Register to get meeting details at

Then on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 7 a.m. you can join FLOS and Griffin on a free guided 90-minute bird walk at a forest preserve near Riverside. Visit to register and get further details.

Riverside Library renovation celebration

Join the folks at Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. as they celebrate the renovation of the facility’s lower level.

From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a family-friendly party featuring snow cones, music and games, followed at 3 p.m. by a ceremony to dedicate the new Dr. David Bonnette/REEF Teen Room and the Friends of the Library Terrace.

Visit for more info.

Watch ‘Labyrinth’ at Kiwanis Park

Brookfield Parks and Recreation invites you to its final Movie in the Park offering on Friday, Aug. 27 in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave., immediately following that night’s concert in the park.

For “throwback night” settle in for a screening of the 1986 fantasy film “Labyrinth” starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and directed by Jim Henson. A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother.

Bring a blanket or chairs.

Final concert in the park

Send out summer in style by enjoying the power pop sounds of Evil Burrito, who will play the last of Brookfield’s concerts in the park on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

Evil Burrito

Evil Burrito is a six-piece band that delivers energetic, hook-laden, guitar-driven music from the late 1970s through the 2000s.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be made at 3 p.m. on concert day.

And more

  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society continues its series of guided walking tours of Riverside, highlighting the village’s design, history and architecture on Sunday, Aug. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. The tour will cover the area south of the railroad tracks. Tours are $20 per person ($15 seniors/Olmsted Society members) and depart at 2 p.m. from the Riverside Train Depot, 90 Bloomingbank Road. Email or visit for more.
  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will host their next Landscape Workday on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at Scottswood Common. RSVP required at least 24 hours in advance by emailing to or calling 708-447-0226. Wear a face covering and bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.
  • The Riverside Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave., in downtown Riverside. Social distancing encouraged. Face coverings are required for those who are not vaccinated and no pets are allowed.
  • The Brookfield Farmers Market continues every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. for locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods and artisan ware. Live music and a picnic area. Social distancing is encouraged and face coverings are required for non-vaccinated guests.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites adults to Club de Lectura en Espanol via Zoom on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. They will be discussing “Mujeres de Alma Mia” by Isabel Allende. There’s also Spice Club via Zoom on Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Register in advance to receive free dry ingredients.

Visit the North Riverside library’s online events calendar for more info.

  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on the library’s Facebook page.

For adults/seniors, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Aug. 26 at 11 a.m.; teens are invited to join the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer’s Society in person on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m.; and kids in grade 1-5 can create a raincloud in a jar and explore what happens when colors collide during Geek Lab: Colliding Colors on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m.

Visit the Brookfield library’s online events calendar to register for programs.

  • Riverside Chess Club, open to anyone age 5 through adult, meets in person each Wednesday through Aug. 25 at 6:45 p.m. in the Community Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. Players of all levels welcome. Children under 7 require caregiver over 13. Registration required. Visit the library’s online events calendar.
  • The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo the second Sunday of every month. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. with cash payouts. Next bingo night is Aug. 8.