CZS/Brookfield Zoo

Boo! at the Zoo

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Calling all ghouls, witches, and superheroes: Boo! at the Zoo is making a spook-tacular comeback to Brookfield Zoo this Saturday. Bring your friends and family to this Halloween themed event every Saturday and Sunday from October 7 to October 22. This is the perfect opportunity to dress up in your best costumes to win the Zoo-wide costume contest. However, guests over 13 are not permitted to wear full-body costumes that cover their head. Boo! at the Zoo will have a Pumpkin Patch in the Beer Garden, where children can decorate pumpkins,  and a Boo! Draw Wall at the Nature Stage. Guests can collect sweet treats along the animal pathways. Admission is $29.95, children ages 3-11 is $20.95, and seniors 65 and over are $24.95. For more information, visit Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St.

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After School Art Escape 

Thursday, Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

School got you down? Come escape the responsibilities of school at the North Riverside Public Library this Thursday! To kick off the first week of October, this Art Escape session will be a Ghost-A-Thon. A variety of art supplies will be provided for painting, drawing, sketching, and crafting. Kids ages 2 and up are welcome, but adults must accompany children 8 years and younger. Join this event and escape to an artistic, creative, colorful world outside of Math, Science, and English. North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Desplaines Ave.

Lego Club 

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Parents: Does your child love Legos? Bring them over to the Lego Club at North Riverside Public Library for an hour of building and crafting. This club is for kids of all ages, so all are welcome. However, children under 8 years old must be with an adult. All Lego creations will be put on display for everyone to see. This is no B.Y.O.L- Legos will be provided by the library. If, for some reason, schedules are too tight to attend the 4th, Lego Club will also be meeting on October 18, November 1, and November 15. Come create!  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Desplaines Ave.

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Benefit for the Riverside Arts Center

Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 -10 p.m.

The Riverside Arts center celebrates 30 years of bringing creativity and the arts to Riverside and the community. The anniversary gala is a festive night of food, libations, song and art. Auction items include limited edition framed prints from 13 Chicago artists. Get your tickets now to celebrate with us as we raise funds for the future of arts programming in Riverside! Tickets are $100 to $150 with student and artist discounts. Find them here: Riverside Swim Club, 100 Bloomingbank Rd.


Saturday, Oct. 7, 1:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

October without attending an Oktoberfest is against fall rules: Bring your friends and family to the Holy Guardian Angels Parish Family Fall Fest. The fest brings you all sorts of fun, like live music, kids games, Bingo, traditional food, and a cash raffle. Live music will be provided by the Jim Drnek Polka Band from 4-7 p.m. and The Sylvie Brothers from 7-10 p.m. Beer and wine will obviously be on-site, because what would an Oktoberfest be without booze! Holy Guardian Angels Parish Center, Harrison Ave. & E. 31st St.

Vinyl Thursdays

Thursday evenings

Imperial Oaks ditches the digital Thursday nights and spins your favorite records while you sip suds. Vinyl is back, ya know. Hang with the cool kids. Imperial Oak, 9526 Ogden Ave.