Autumn Fest & Chili Cook-Off

North Riverside Parks & Rec invites the community to welcome fall during the 2021 Autumn Fest and Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Enjoy live music by Hello Weekend, vote for your favorite chili, enjoy carnival games, a petting zoo, food and beverages, live pumpkin carving and cap the evening off with a spectacular fireworks display.

Free admission. No outside food, beverages or coolers allowed. Some vendors accept cash only.

Olmsted 200 Seed Hunt

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society invites you to help celebrate the 200th birthday of the village’s renowned designer during its Olmsted 200 Seed Hunt on Sunday, Sept. 19 at noon.

Each Seed Hunt meets at a different area in Riverside to ensure that the seeds reflect Riverside’s full native species diversity. Each also features a guest nature guide. The Sept. 19 guide is Scott Stewart, executive director of the Millennium Park Foundation, who is passionate about the value and role of public space and has published extensively on topics ranging from the evolving roles of public parks to rare plant species propagation and conservation.

Though free of charge, advance registration is required. RSVP by visiting olmstedsociety.org.

Latin Dance Lessons

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to grab a partner and celebrate Latinx Heritage Month by taking Latin Dance Lessons, an in-person event on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.

Join Professora Corazon as she teaches you a combination of traditional dance styles. Registration is limited at northriversidelibrary.org.

Touch-A-Truck in Riverside

Riverside Parks and Rec invites families to its annual Touch-A-Truck event, allowing participants to interact with village vehicles and other large vehicles, on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot west of the main Riverside Fire Station, 31 Riverside Road.

Police and fire department personnel as well as those from public works can show you around the vehicles they use around town and tell you how and what they are used for.

Lovely Lustrons

Riverside Arts Center presents “Porcelain Utopia: Mid-Century Lustron Homes in Illinois and Beyond,” an exhibit of photographs by Brookfield resident Dirk Fletcher in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, through Dec. 31.

Over the past three years, Fletcher has photographed more than 300 Lustron homes, the postwar brainchild of industrialist Carl Strandlund to provide prefab enameled stainless-steel homes for GIs returning from World War II.

Who will win the big bucks?

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will once again be giving away $1,000 every Thursday, beginning Sept. 16 (after the chamber’s first after-hours meetup of the year) through Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. to those who bought tickets for its annual 60-to-Win raffle.

You can hear you name announced in person at the weekly raffle drawing at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield, or you can watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Winners’ names will be posted each week at brookfieldchamber.net.

More than just rum and Coca-Cola

Riverside Public Library invites you to join food historian Cynthia Clampitt for a special Zoom presentation “The Rule of Rum” on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Clampitt will share the history of rum, including how pirates got involved, who really said “Yo, ho, ho,” and how it helped unite the 13 colonies and became an issue that led to the Revolutionary War.

Registration required. Visit riversidelibrary.libcal.com/calendar.

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 Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. The tour will cover the area north 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 tours@olmstedsociety.com or visit olmstedsociety.org for more.
  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will host their next Landscape Workday on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Gardens. RSVP required at least 24 hours in advance by emailing to workdays@olmstedsociety.org 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.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts two exhibitions through Oct. 16. In the Freeark Gallery and Sculpture Garden there’s “Coded: Coated” featuring the work of Jonathan Castillo, Hannah Givler and Paul Somers. The FlexSpace Gallery hosts “Proposals and Speculations” featuring the work of Shir Ende and Lancer Livermont. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Habakkuk Theatre and Open Door Theater present an outdoor production of “Coastal Disturbances” at Ehlert Park, 4338 Congress Park Ave. in Brookfield, on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door or online at habakkuktheatre.org.
  • 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 meet virtually or in-person for the Writers Group on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. You can also take part in the library’s Virtual Immigration Series on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. with “Immigration 101: Overview of Immigration Benefits.”

Kids ages 4-up can choose either in-person or Zoom attendance for Lapsit Storytime on Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m., ABCs and 123s on Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m., Every Child a Reader on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m., Story Safari on Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and Builders Club 2.0 on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.

Visit northriversidelibrary.org/events-new to register for all programs.

  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., offers in-person and virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week.

Learn to turn outdated threads into something fashionable during Upcycling Apparel 101, an in-person program on Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Then on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. image consultant Nancy Plummer shares how to develop your personal style during the Zoom program Fashion Styling Basics.

Visit brookfield.evanced.info/signup to register for programs.

  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to a Lyric Opera Lecture and Discussion of Verdi’s “Macbeth” presented by Rick Grennman in the Community Room on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and a Medicare Seminar on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Registration required.

Visit riversidelibrary.libcal.com/calendar to register for programs.

  • Riverside Chess Club, open to anyone age 5 through adult, meets in person each Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Guthrie Park, Riverside and Bloomingbank roads in downtown Riverside. Players of all levels welcome. Children under 7 require caregiver over 13. Email sean@riversidechessclub.org for more info.