Big Week: March 21-28

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Easter Egg hunts and more

If you're looking for a kid-centric Easter-related event in the next week, there will be plenty of options nearby.

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to noon at Ehlert Park (intersection of Elm and Congress Park avenues).

Bring the family for fun, candy and a visit from the Easter Bunny, who will stop by at 10 a.m., before the hunts kick off at 11.

Riverside Parks and Recreation will host its Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. at the Public Works garage, 3860 Columbus Blvd. in Riverside Lawn.

The free event is for kids ages 10 and under, accompanied by an adult. Bring a camera if you'd like pictures of your child with the Easter Bunny.

North Riverside Parks and Rec hosts Bunny Bingo for the family on Friday, March 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Play several rounds of bingo (everyone gets one sheet with three games; buy additional sheets for 50 cents). There will be multiple winners per game and hundreds of prizes, including a chance to win Easter dinner with all the trimmings.

Tickets are $9 per person in advance ($16 at the door, if available). Reservations of 6 or more accepted in advance. Call 708-442-5515.

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, hosts its annual Easter Celebration on Saturday, March 24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the food court.

Meet Marshall from Paw Patrol, the Easter Bunny and your favorite dance crew and DJ. The event features music, face painting, a balloon artist and a magician. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, and the first 200 kids receive a free bunny plush toy.

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, hosts Breakfast with the Easter Bunny for families on March 24, 25 and 31 with seatings at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Discovery Center.

Enjoy live jazz banjo music and indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet breakfast. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For ticket information visit www.CZS.org/events or call 708-688-8355.

WGN's Tomasulo at TWS

Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave., presents a night of comedy with Pat Tomasulo, WGN-TV's "Man of the People" at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

The evening opens with the music of Rosie and Rivets and a special guest comic.

Tickets are $30 ($25 TWS subscribers). Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or buy online at www.theatrewesternsprings.com.

Piano Jazz

Help the Brookfield Jazz Society celebrate its 13th anniversary by enjoying a concert by the Marshall Vente Octet on March 22 in the lower-level Jazz Room at Sawa's Old Warsaw, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview.

Doors open at 7 p.m.; music starts at 7:15. Cover charge is $10. All are welcome. 

Radio Days

The Riverside Township Radio Players present re-enactments of "The Midget Radio" from Life With Luigi and "The Mystery Letter" from The Adventures of Superman on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. 

Free and open to the public. Visit www.riversidetownshipradioplayers.com.

And more

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the art exhibition "Strike/Slip" featuring the work of John Grod, Stacy Isenbarger, Harold Jeffries and Jennifer Mannebach in the Freeark Gallery of Art from March 11 through April 14. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Women of World War II on March 21 at 7 p.m. featuring author Barbara Warner Deane; a Movie Matinee featuring the James Cagney classic "Shake Hands with the Devil" on March 24 at 1 p.m.; and Family Game Night on March 25 at 5 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), March 27 at 10:30 a.m. and Lapsit Storytime (babies/toddlers with adult) on March 22 at 10:30 a.m.; and Teens and Tweens Music Club (grades 6-12) on March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your own instrument; enter the karaoke contest.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, and Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society host Knocking Down Genealogy Brick Walls with DNA on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Also at the library, a Renters' Rights and Foreclosure Assistance Workshop, sponsored by Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, a Chicago legal aid organization, on March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

Riverside Parks and Recreation, 10 Pine Ave., is a pop tab collection site for Ronald McDonald House Charities during the month of March. Pop tabs, which lead to financial contributions to the charity, will be donated at the end of the month.

The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.

Lyons Township High School invites the public to use the indoor track at the South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Spring on school days from 6 to 7 a.m. through March. No admission charge.

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