Freeark House | Courtesy Vinci Hamp Architects

Modern in the middle of Riverside

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Public Library invite you to the Zoom presentation “Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses, 1929-1975” on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

Riverside residents Michelangelo Sabatino, of the IIT College of Architecture, and Serge Ambrose, will spotlight Riverside’s Freeark House and engage in conversation with the home’s current owner Kim Freeark and its architect John Vinci.

Click here to register. You will receive a link to the presentation when you register.

Brew Moon Beer & Band Fest

Support worthwhile local charities by attending the 10th Annual Brew Moon Beer & Band Festival fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the McCook Athletic and Exposition Center, 4750 Vernon Ave. in McCook.

More than 70 breweries will be pouring more than 125 different beers. Sip craft brews while enjoying the ultimate rock experience courtesy of Chicago area favorites Infinity, who play rock ‘n’ roll classics from Boston to Bon Jovi.

Proceeds benefit BEDS Plus, Chicago Area Alternative Education League and The LeaderShop.

Beer tasting tickets are $51 ($55 at the door). General admission tickets are $16 ($20 at the door). Beer tasting runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Buy tickets in advance by visiting

Great Pumpkin Challenge

North Riverside Parks & Rec presents The Great Pumpkin Challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

This action-packed event is designed to thrill. Meet costumed creatures and join the flashlight pumpkin hunt in the park. Bring your flashlights! Registration is required and the cost is $6 per person.

Call 708-442-5515 or click here for more details.

On the trail of Nancy Drew

Riverside Public Library invites you to a special Zoom presentation “Nancy Drew: The History of America’s Favorite Teen Sleuth” on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

Leslie Goddard investigates the history of the smart and fearless fictional heroine who has captivated readers since 1930. The presentation looks at both Nancy and author “Carolyn Keene.”

Registration required. Visit the Riverside library’s online events calendar.

Wonder Woman through the decades

Join film, TV and comics writer Jarett Miller as he presents a comprehensive look at the past, present and future of the popular DC comics superhero Wonder Woman during “Wonder Woman: A History,” a special Zoom program on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

The presentation will touch on every medium in which Wonder Woman has appeared, from comic books to TV to motion pictures.

Register to get Zoom access by visiting the Brookfield library’s online events calendar.

And 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 the Longcommon 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.
  • Boo! at the Zoo, the annual Halloween celebration at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., continues on Oct. 16-17, and 23-24. Don your favorite costume and take memorable snapshots at the many Halloween-themed photo frames and vignettes. Youngsters will receive sweet treats as they exit the park. For more information, visit
  • The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its 60-to-Win raffle drawings every Thursday through Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. You can also watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Winners’ names will be posted each week at
  • 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.
  • Riverside Arts Center presents “Porcelain Utopia: Mid-Century Lustron Homes in Illinois and Beyond,” an exhibit of photographs by Dirk Fletcher in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, through Dec. 31. Free. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Brookfield Farmers Market continues every Saturday through Oct. 16 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 you to explore your family tree by visiting their Ancestry Help Desk every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. through November and the in-person presentation by Tricia Kelly “Lizzie Borden: Did She Do It” on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

Kids ages 4-up can choose either in-person or Zoom attendance for Lapsit Storytime on Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m.; ABCs and 123s on Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m.; Story Safari on Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m.; and Builders Club (Zoom only) on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

Visit the North Riverside library’s online events calendar to register for all programs.

  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites you to Chair Yoga via Zoom on Oct. 14 at 11 and Northerly Island, Hollywood and the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, a Zoom presentation by movie historian Kelli Marshall on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

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

  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to join the Riverside Landscape Advisory Commission and play with their circulating nature kits and look through nature viewer during Treetops from the Terrace on Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s also Outdoor All-Ages Storytime on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.; Friday Flix for teens in the Teen Room on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m.; Mini-Movers Storytime on Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and Preschool/Kindergarten Storytime on Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Registration required.

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