Rebecca Keller, “Portable Candle Garden 1,” 2021

New work at Riverside Arts Center

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents a new exhibition “Portable Memorials and Abject Objects” featuring the work of Rebecca Keller from Oct. 23 through Nov. 27.

Keller’s work derives from her interest in ad hoc, informal tributes, like congratulatory wreaths and roadside memorials, as well as objects that sit on the border between public declarations and private sentiment – between beauty and kitsch, the comic and the tragic.

An opening reception will be held Oct. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m., with an artist’s talk scheduled for Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

You can also view the installation “Consonance” by Julietta Cheung, a series of photographic street posters exploring the nature of public speech through Nov. 18. The installation is on the center’s public-facing rear fence. It’s part of a multi-site project.

Gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat. 1-5 p.m. Visit for more.

Final Olmsted walking tour of 2021

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society hosts its final Riverside guided walking tour of the year on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The tour, which highlights the village’s design, history and architecture, will focus on the area south of the BNSF Railroad tracks, including Swan Pond Park, Indian Gardens, Scottswood Common and architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, William LeBaron Jenney, John Drummond, John Vinci, Purcell & Elmslie and Olmsted’s partner, Calvert Vaux.

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.

Holiday Bazaar at North Riverside Village Commons

Who says it’s too early to get some Christmas shopping done? Get a jump on your shopping lists at North Riverside Parks & Recreation’s annual Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Vendors will be selling crafts, artwork, homemade jewelry and other one-of-a-kind items. Concessions available for purchase. There’s no entrance fee to shop.

Call 708-442-5515 with questions.

Megan Wells

Ghost Stories with Megan Wells

Brookfield Public Library invites you to join award-winning actress and master storyteller Megan Wells for “Ghost Stories,” a spine-tingling journey through the great ghost stories of the world.

The special Zoom program will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Registration required. Call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit

Radio Players serve up Halloween chills

The Riverside Township Radio Players present their annual Halloween show Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.

The group will perform two seasonal programs, including “Slurp! Goes the Amoeba”   from the radio horror series “Lights Out” and “The Devil’s Doctor” from the series “The Witch’s Tale.”

Admission is free. Masks must be worn by all in attendance. Visit for more.

And more

  • Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. in Western Springs, presents “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon. Show runs Oct. 21-31. Tickets are $23/$25, students $15. Call the box office 708-246-3380 or visit
  • All current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to be guests of honor during Riverside-Brookfield High School’s Military Appreciation Football Game on Oct. 22. The sophomore game is at 5 p.m. with varsity game at 7:15 p.m. Veterans will be honored on the field between the games. Fundraisers will benefit Hines VA Hospital. Let ticket takers know you have served to enter the game free.
  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will host their next Landscape Workday on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon, collecting seeds along Riverside Road. 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. 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 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.
  • 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. There’s also the hybrid monthly cooking program Spice Club on Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m., Yoga & Meditation in-person on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Mary’s Monthly Movie featuring the animated film “Coco” on Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.

Kids ages 4-up can choose either in-person or Zoom attendance for Lapsit Storytime on Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m.; After School Art Escape (in person only) on Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m.; Learn with Lester the Llama on Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m.; ABCs and 123s on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m.; Story Safari on Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m.; and Builders Club (Zoom only) on Oct. 27 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. 21 at 11 a.m. and Movie Matinee featuring “What We Do in the Shadows” on Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. Visit the library’s online events calendar to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you attend College Financial Planning via Zoom on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., a movie screening and discussion of Ron Howard’s “Pavarotti” on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room and a visit with New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian via Zoom on Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

There’s also Outdoor All-Ages Storytime on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., Friday Flix for teens in the Teen Room on Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. and After School DIY for teens on Oct. 27 at 3:30 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.