Get in the groove
North Riverside Parks & Rec continues its summer concert series on July 27 with the current and classic country music sounds of Wild Daisy from 7 to 9 p.m. in Commons Park, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Bring your own chairs and blankets, but no outside food/drink is allowed. Concessions available for purchase. Concerts held indoors in case of inclement weather.
Brookfield continues its summer concert series on July 28 at 7 p.m. Head to the bandshell in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues, to catch the blues-based rock of Pete’s Diary. Bring your coolers, blankets and chairs.
Music on Grand also returns this weekend, with expanded outdoor dining along the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard in Brookfield, the south half of which will be closed to traffic from July 28-30.
On July 29, there will be live music from 2 to 10 p.m. on stage at the corner of Grand and Brookfield. The evening’s headliner is Wedding Banned, whose ’80s heavy hijinks will be preceded by Easily Distracted, The Vaughn Building and Deplorable Behavior.
It’s free to attend and enjoy the shows.
Walking tour of Riverside
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society continues its walking tours of Riverside on July 30. The tour will cover the area north of the railroad tracks. Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members).
Tour groups depart at 2 p.m. from the Riverside Train Depot (east side of platform) at 90 Bloomingbank Road. Register in advance (PayPal or credit card) at olmstedsociety.org. Cash/checks also accepted. Customized tours available by appointment.
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National Night Out in Brookfield
The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will host National Night Out on Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ehlert Park, Elm and Congress Park avenues in Brookfield.
Meet and show your appreciation for Brookfield’s first responders from the police and fire departments, and enjoy giveaways, food, fun, games and more during this free, family-friendly event. All ages welcome.
‘Mean Girls’ at Theater of Western Springs
High School Rep/Childrens Theatre of Western Springs will stage a production of “Mean Girls High School Version” based on the hit movie and Broadway show on July 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and July 29 and 30 at 3 p.m. at The Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave.
Follow the trials and tribulations of Cady Heron as she navigates the world of teenage cliques, gossip and notorious Plastics.
Purchase tickets ($15) through the box office at 708-246-3380 or online at theatrewesternsprings.com.
Relive the ‘Swinging 60s’
Join presenter and Brookfield resident Ian Tiele for “British Pop Music Movies of the 1960s” in the meeting room of the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., on July 31 at 7 p.m.
Whether or not you remember the “Swinging Sixties,” you’ll get an audio-visual demonstration that epitomizes the British pop music scene of the 1960s. You’ll see and hear from the likes of Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Dave Clark Five, Cliff Richard, The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits and more.
Register online to attend .
- Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange, presents Pride Café, a monthly in-person and virtual program providing space for LGBT+ seniors who are interested in age-related or LGBT+ related topics, discussion and social opportunities, on July 29 at 11 a.m. This month will be a listening session. Contact Hanah Sebek at 708-603-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom link or with questions.
- The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will hold a Landscape Workday on July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Patriots Park (along West Parkway Road). Come for as long as you like. Supervised children welcome. 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., presents is annual Members Exhibition and Kids Show through July 29. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. There’s also “Summer, Joy and Harmony,” featuring paintings by Joe Fournier at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, through Sept. 29. Viewing hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- The Riverside Chess Club invites players of all skills and ages to meet for casual games at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. Open to anyone. For more info email TheRiversideChessClub@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/TheRiversideChessClub.
- The Riverside Farmers Market operates each Wednesday through Oct. 4 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. 14 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., invites you to take part in the Graphic Novel Book Club (kids ages 8-12) on July 27 at 3:30 p.m., Crafterdark: Upcycled Book Jewelry on July 27 at 6 p.m., a Club de Lectura discussion of “Paradais” by Fernanda Melchor on July 29 at 10:30 a.m., Crocheting & Knitting 101 on July 29 at noon, Stop Motion Animation (grades 6-12) on July 29 at 1:30 p.m., Big and Little Storytime (children w/adult) on July 31 at 10:30 a.m., and Safari ABCs (child w/adult, every other week in Spanish) on Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
- Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Fairytale Storytime (all ages w/caregiver) on July 27 at 10:30 a.m., Pint-Sized Picassos (ages 2-5 w/caregiver) on July 27 at 6 p.m., a Medicare Seminar on July 27 at 6:30 p.m., Yoga Storytime on July 28 at 1 p.m., Book Babies (babies w/caregiver) on July 31 at 10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga (virtual) on July 31 at 11 a.m., Storytime Stars (ages 2-3 w/caregiver)on Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m. and Stories Galore on Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
- Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Mindful Chair Yoga on July 27 at 11 a.m., Friday Outside Storytime on July 28 at 10 a.m., Family Playtime on July 29 at 10 a.m. and Crafting Connection on Aug. 1 at 6:30 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.