Summer concerts heat up
You won't lack for choices in live musical entertainment this week, with a full slate of concerts planned through the weekend.
• The tunes kick off on Thursday, July 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. with a free concert and craft show at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
• The music will be provided by The Millennials, who play classic rock from the 1960s through the 1980s, including Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Beatles, Aerosmith, Gun N' Roses and more.
Root beer floats will be the concession special, and adults can enjoy $2 beers.
• The Brookfield Recreation Department follows suit on Friday, July 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a free concert by Sway Chicago, "an ultra-hip, high-energy dance band specializing in Motown, Soul, Disco, Top-40 and Big-Band music."
Concerts are held at band shell in Kiwanis Park, which is next door to the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Food will be available for purchase. The concert will be held in the village hall in case of inclement weather.
• You can also catch two acts this weekend at Brookfield Zoo's Summer Nights concerts series which continues Friday, July 13 with classic covers from Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press and on Saturday, July 14 with the Boy Band Review, bringing the greatest hits from boy bands from the 1990s and 2000s.
Summer Nights kick off at 4 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. on the East Mall of the zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield.
Finally, Brookfield Zoo hosts the first of its family-friendly Summer Sunday concerts on July 15, starting at 1 a.m. with The Happiness Club performing on the East Mall, followed at 1 p.m. by Ralph's World, who will lead the audience through a jamming set of dancing, singing and good old-fashioned fun.
Concerts are free with regular zoo admission. For more information, visit www.CZS.org.
Abe and family
Explore the Lincoln family legacy in Illinois, from Abe's arrival as a young man in 1830 to Robert Todd's departure for Vermont and Washington, D.C., in 1911 during "Abe, Mary and Robert Todd" at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., on Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
Illinois-themed refreshments will be provided by Benjamin's Gourmet Popcorn, Filberts Old Fashioned Flavors and Brookfield's own Zoo City Treats.
Registration is required at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
Classic Cars everywhere!
Fans of classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and more will have ample opportunity this week to bathe in the reflected glow of vintage auto cool.
You can get a good sampling at the next Riverside Cruise Night, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. on East Burlington Street in downtown Riverside. Stoll among the vehicles and grab some treats or a meal from vendors or restaurants in downtown Riverside.
Then get some rest and be prepared to turn out for even more vintage Americana at the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Classic Car and Bike Show on Sunday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard in downtown Brookfield.
In addition to the vehicles, there will be plenty of fun, food, music and prizes. Free admission for spectators. Bring your camera.
Anyone wishing to enter a vehicle in either event can get more information at
Movie night in Riverside
Riverside Parks and Recreation along with state Rep. Michael Zalewski invite the family to Big Ball Park, Delaplaine and Longcommon roads in Riverside, on July 13 for a free Movie in the Park, featuring the 2016 animated film "Moana."
Bring a blanket or lawn chair. No alcoholic beverages allowed, but sweet treats will be available from Aunt Diana's
Activities start at 8 p.m.; the movie beings at dusk.
Radio Goes to War
Steve Darnall, host of the long-running classic radio show program "Those Were the Days," presents the program "Radio Goes to War," examining the ways that radio brough World War II into the lives of listeners with presidential speeches, news from overseas and entertainment shows for the troop that also boosted morale at home.
The program will be held July 18 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. Free.
LaGrange Craft Fair
The LaGrange Business Association and the village of LaGrange will host the 44th Annual LaGrange Craft Fair, featuring nearly 200 artisans from throughout the Midwest on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown LaGrange.
Artisans will be selling handmade clothing, jewelry, soaps and accessories along LaGrange Road from Burlington to Cossitt and on Harris Street from LaGrange Road to Ashland.
Free parking is available in the parking structure behind the LaGrange Village Hall and in the Cossitt School lot.
Local businesses will also be open, featuring special offers and activities throughout the weekend.
More information can be found at LagrangeEvents.com.
• Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road, hosts a Strawberry Social on July 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. All ages are welcome for cake, ice cream with strawberries, live entertainment, raffles, games for kids, a photo booth and more. Admission is $5; 2-under free.
• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society invites volunteers to help out at its next landscape workday on July 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at Patriot's Park, on Parkway Road. Volunteers will be weeding. Bring your work gloves and water. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E, Quincy St. presents its annual Members Exhibition and RAC Kids Show in the Freeark Gallery and FlexSpace gallery through July 28. Also, Mara Baker's show "A Mountain One Fence High – A Ribbon Two Yards Wide" is in the outdoor Sculpture Garden through July. Admission to gallery is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
• The Riverside's Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 10, in Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave. Weekly scavenger hunt for kids, live music and more.
• The Brookfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 13 in the parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Weekly special events and live music.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Meet the Author: Vu Tran, who will be on hand July 17 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of her book "Dragonfish." Copies of the book available at the checkout desk. For more info contact Adult Services at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on July 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, there's Pizza and Games Night (grades 1+) on July 16 at 6 p.m.; Stories & Play (through age 5) on July 12 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday Stories and Snacks (through age 5) on July 14 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2 ) on July 18 at 10:30 a.m.; Story Walk (ages 1-10) on July 12 at 3:30 p.m.; Legos (grades 1 ) on July 13 at 3:30 p.m.; Mini Crafters (ages 3-6) on July 17 at 10:30 a.m. (design a treasure box); Mega Crafters (ages 7 ) on July 11 (DIY kites); Wii Play Games and Watch Movies (teens/tweens) on July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.; and No Bake Cooking (teens/tweens) on July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Riverside Public Library presents Brian Michalski as he talks about "Vagabonding around the World" on July 12 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Get insider info as Michalski takes you along on his 22-month solo backpacking journey in Asia, Australia, Cuba and more.
• 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.