HopStop returns!

After a COVID-induced two-year hiatus, Riverside Foods and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society invite the community to their HopStop craft beer festival at the Riverside train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road, on Sept. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sample offerings from local craft brewers and distilleries while listening to live music by the Bleacher Bum Band, ROM and The Buzz. Food will be available for purchase.

A commemorative glass is provided with each ticket sold. Proceeds benefit the Olmsted Society.

For more info and to buy tickets visit

Meet the Creek in Brookfield


Get up close and personal with Salt Creek on Sept. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. when the Brookfield Conservation Commission hosts Meet the Creek in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues.

After a ribbon cutting at the new canoe launch, visitors can enjoy canoe and kayak rides, fish displays, a Cook County Forest Preserve District booth, a scavenger hunt, nature crafts, food, games and more. Free and open to the public.

Final Music on Grand of 2022

Evil Burrito

The village of Brookfield will host its final Music on Grand weekend of the year, offering expanded outdoor dining by closing off the south half of the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard all weekend, from Sept. 23-25.

A stage at Brookfield Avenue will feature live music all day on Sept. 24, beginning at noon, and closing with a double bill of Petty Cash (Johnny Cash and Tom Petty covers) at 6 p.m. and the power pop of Evil Burrito, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Touch-A-Truck in Riverside

Kids and adults alike can check out some of Riverside’s big rigs during the Parks & Rec Department’s Touch-A-Truck event on Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the water tower rec center, 10 Pine Ave.

Come make the lights flash, honk the horn, sound the siren and get to uncover the mysteries of big vehicles like fire engines, dump trucks and more. Free. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Library hosts STEAM Fest

Explore the many facets of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at the 5th Annual STEAM Fest hosted by the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Families can drop by an enjoy a variety of activities, including 2-liter rocket launches, maker studio demonstrations, art projects and more. The featured event is “Fire & Ice” by Mad Science Chicago at 11 a.m.

Free for all ages. Visit online for more.

Radio Players usher in 24th season

The Riverside Township Radio Players open their 24th season on Sept. 23 recreating two shows from the Golden Age of Radio. The new season kicks off with a performance of the episode “The Missing Bridegroom” from “The Adventures of the Saint” followed by the pilot episode “Granby Quits His Job” from the short-lived comedy series “Granby’s Green Acres.”

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. Free and open to the public. For more info, visit

And more

  • Aging Care Connections hosts its Aging Well Neighborhood Community Resource Fair at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No advance registration is needed. Connect with professionals who support older adults become educated on the many services available in our area to support older adults, their families, and their caregivers. Over 30 vendors, health screenings and raffle prizes.
  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society continues its seasonal walking tours of Riverside on Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The tour will cover the area north of the railroad tracks. Tours are $20 per person ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members). Groups depart at 2 p.m. from the Riverside train depot (east platform) at 90 Bloomingbank Road. Reservations required. Email or call 708-447-7635 to make reservations. Payment is made via PayPal or credit card only at
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Semblance: Unfolded and Brought to Life,” by Chicago photographers Alice Hargrave and Barbara Diener in the Freeark Gallery and “Endless,” featuring the work of Darrell Roberts, in the outdoor Sculpture Garden through Oct. 29. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. There’s also an exhibition featuring the work of Madelyn Roldan and Oakley McCormack in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, through Sept. 29. Regular viewing hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more.
  • The Riverside Farmers Market operates each Wednesday through Oct. 5 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park, at Forest Avenue and Longcommon Road. The Brookfield Farmers Market returns every Saturday through Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents Crafterdark: Falling Leaves Mobile on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., Chair Yoga on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Morning Munchkin Stories with Ms. Karen on Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m., Monthly Movie Club (“Back to School” starring Rodney Dangerfield) on Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. and Story Safari (kids with adult) on Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Chair Yoga (virtual) on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., Maker Studio 101 (en Español) on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., Read to the Dogs on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. and Art Therapy for Seniors on Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Create Craft: Wine Glass Etching (Cricut) on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., Mindfulness Together meditation with Gina Barsotti on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m., Friday Storytimes (all ages) Sept. 23 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., Legopalooza on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon and Using Newspapers and Directories for Genealogy Research on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. To register for programs, visit online.
  •  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.
  • Brookfield Aging Well Team invites the senior citizens of the community to participate in a special Q&A with Brookfield First Responders on Sept. 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.