Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at Constitution Park:

The River Forest Service Club, River Forest Parks Foundation, River Forest Park
District, and the village of River Forest sponsor the 92nd Annual Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. and travels from Constitution Park south on Ashland Avenue to Lake Street, then west to Keystone Park, where it will finish with a free hotdog lunch. The parade grand marshal is Captain John Gall, U.S. Army, 1969-1972.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29 at 9 a.m., Scoville Park, Oak Park:

All veterans, their families and all area residents are invited to attend the Oak Park/River Forest Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29, at 9 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Peace Triumphant Monument in Oak Park’s Scoville Park, at the corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. America’s entry into World War I, 100 years ago last month, will be noted in remarks. President Lincoln will speak. The History Singers will lead patriotic singing. Officers from the Oak Park police will form a color guard and offer a rifle salute. A bugler, in Civil War uniform, will play Taps.

One World, One Home

Saturday, May 27, buffet at 6 p.m., concert at 7, Pilgrim Church, Oak Park:

A benefit concert and buffet will be held this Saturday to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia, specifically digging wells for fresh water. The buffet includes authentic cuisine from Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Chicago. The concert features the Sing to Live Chorus Ensemble and Kyle Stephens and Friends. Tickets are $25 adults; $10 children under 12 at 460 Lake St.

Farmers Market is back

Oak Park Farmers Market is back in business this Saturday in the parking lot of Pilgrim Church, 460 Lake St. (between Elmwood and Scoville), featuring dozens of vendors from around the Midwest. Early risers can get first pickings by showing up at 7 a.m. when the market opens. If you’re not one of those who enjoy an early morning rise on a weekend, make sure you don’t sleep in too late because the market closes shop at 1 p.m.


Judy Steed will be featuring her work at the library during the month of May in the lobby of the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop. Steed will donate 50% of proceeds to Encore Illinois to help establish singing groups at both Northwestern and Rush hospitals for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers because her mother died from the disease. For more, call the library, 708-366-5205.

The Murph

Monday, May 29, doors open at 6:30 a.m., heats start at 7 a.m. and run every hour, CrossFit Spero, Oak Park:

All proceeds from ticket sales to the first annual Memorial Day “Murph” challenge will go to Rags of Honor, a Chicago-based screen-printing company employing and supporting local veterans. The Murph workout consists of a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another one-mile run for time. The workout was named in memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28, 2005. This workout was one of his favorites. “Murph” is completed on May 29 at CrossFit affiliates across the country. Participation fee: $25 (all active and retired military may participate free of charge); fee includes event T-shirt made by veterans. A BBQ will follow the work out. Participants should bring a dish and beverages to share. Register at

The Good, the Bad and the Confused

May 26-28, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and June 1-4 (Thursday at 7:30 p.m.), Madison Street Theatre, Oak Park:

Women of the Bible: The Good, the Bad and the Confused will be presented by Magnified Gift Theater Company. Tickets available at or call 708-449-5840. Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

Wright at 150

Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 3 p.m., River Forest Public Library:

June 8 marks the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth. Celebrate with art historian Jeff Mishur and learn more about Wright himself and his architecture in the Midwest and elsewhere. This program is presented in partnership with River Forest Township.

Join the July 4th parade

Deadline: Friday, June 2

The Oak Park Community Relations Commission is looking for groups to join this year’s July 4th Parade. Application online at The parade committee is also looking for volunteers to help with traffic control. For more, call 708-358-5407 or email

Into the Beautiful North

Thursdays and Fridays, 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., through June 17, 16th St. Theater, Berwyn:

The play by Karen Zacarias, based on the novel or the same name, set in the dangerous world of the U.S.-Mexico border, has been extended through June 17. Tickets are $22/ $18 seniors, students. 6420 16th St., Berwyn. or call 708-795-6704.

Broadway to Hollywood

Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of Our Lord, 7400 Augusta, River Forest:

The Oak Park/River Forest Encore Chorale, a choral group for senior citizens, presents songs by Stephen Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The chorale is affiliated with Encore Illinois/Encore Creativity for older adults (55 plus). Concerts are free. For more information, visit, email or call 630-441-5157.

Holy Shakespeare!

Wednesday, May 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library: 

Author Maisie Sparks explores how William Shakespeare filled his plays, poems, and sonnets. For more information, visit 834 Lake St.

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