Architect and bon vivant

Compass Rose Quartet

Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m., Historic Pleasant Home: 

Compass Rose Quartet’s original compositions and innovative arrangements take a fresh approach to instrumental music, drawing from a wide range of international influences. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the first floor and a wine & cheese reception during intermission. Wine will also be served when doors open at 7 p.m. The performance will begin right at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for general admission ($15 for Pleasant Home Foundation members). Corner of Pleasant Street and Home Avenue.

Gershwins in Hollywood

Sunday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m., Open Door Theater:

A Charles Troy presentation with Jeff Dean and Bob Moreen. In August of 1936, the Gershwin brothers arrived in Hollywood to write two Fred Astaire movie musicals. Little did they know it would be the last year of George’s life. Learn the shocking story of this fateful 12 months, interspersed and leavened with abundant video clips of the numbers from the two Fred Astaire classics, as well as live performances of the music. Tickets: $20. Visit or call 708-386.5510 (voice mail). 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Cubs home opener

Monday and Wednesday, April 10 and 12 at 7:05 p.m., FitzGerald’s: 

Watch the Cubs home opener on April 10 plus the World Series Ring Ceremony and the game on April 12 all on the big screens in the club and yard. The Cubs face the Dodgers, but first the World Series Championship flag goes up. On April 12, watch the players, dressed in special uniforms, get their World Series rings. Admission is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information on FitzGerald’s, go to, call 708-788-2118 or email 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn.

Architect and bon vivant

Monday, April 10 at 1:15 p.m., 19th Century Club:

Docent and lecturer Steven Monz paints a portrait of Benjamin Marshall through several of his projects in Chicago, including residential buildings you might recognize along East Lake Shore Drive, including the Drake and Blackstone Hotels. Hear about the man and the “sensation.” $10 suggested donation. Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Call 708-386-2729 or visit

Sing to Live

Sunday, April 9 at 4 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:

The Sing to Live Community Chorus presents your favorite songs from favorite Broadway productions. Tickets are available at General admission $22, students $17, breast cancer survivors free. Tickets at the door: General Admission $27, student $22, breast cancer survivors free. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Medicinal food

Tuesday, April 4 at 10 a.m., West Suburban Medical Center:

The “Food is Medicine” food-prescribed pantry celebrates its first anniversary. Patients experiencing medical issues like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease can fill prescriptions for a different kind of medicine: in the form of vegetables, fruit, and lean protein. The Eat and Be Well Medical Food Pantry is located on the 4th floor of the professional office building on the West Suburban Medical Center campus, 3 Erie Court, Oak Park.

Hidden Hemingway

Thursday, April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Oak Park author Robert Elder will tell stories from Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park, part time capsule and part biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author. The hardcover coffee table book features never-before-seen items, such as family photos, teenage diaries, bullfighting tickets, love letters, and even a dental X-ray. Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, visit 834 Lake St.

Waiting for Godot

Thursday (preview) at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m., April 6-9, Dominican University Performing Arts Center:

And for something to take your mind off the existential abyss known as the Trump administration: Dominican University’s Performing Arts Lab Series presents a student production of Samuel Beckett’s iconic tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot. Interpretations of the play’s social, political, psychological and religious undertones have been debated since it debuted in France in 1953. Tickets for the play are $17/$5 for students. For more information or to order tickets, visit or call the box office at 708-488-5000.

And more

Courtesy of the Oak Park Area Arts Council:

Wednesday, April 5

Pleasant Home Foundation, 217 Home Ave. in Oak Park, presents a Maher & Silsbee in Edgewater Lecture at 7 pm. Free & open to the public. Info:

The Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents Tom Tresser, Hilary Denk, & Amara Enyia, authors of Chicago Is Not Broke, at 7 p.m. 

Thursday, April 6

Oak Park & River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville in Oak Park, presents a choral performance. Info: 708-434-3719.

Friday, April 7

Oak Park & River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville in Oak Park, presents I.T.S. #5405 Fundraiser: 23rd Annual Evening of One Acts on Apr. 7 & 8. Info: 708-434-3719.

Bead In Hand, 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents a Rosary Workshop, a jewelry class from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $30. Info:

Saturday, April 8

Open Door Repertory Company, 902 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park, presents Therapy Players at 8 p.m. $15 general admission. Info: 708-386-5510.

Sunday, April 9

Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave. in Oak Park, presents a concert by Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats at 4 p.m. $11/$8 members/free for children under 1. Info: 708-383-4815.

Calendar Events

As you’ve likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can’t publish everything, but we’ll do our best to feature the week’s highlights.

Join the discussion on social media!