International Gardening

Wednesday, July 19, 4 to 5 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

Families and seniors are invited to work in the All Ages All Abilities Garden, harvest food and more. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. Ages 4 to 10 with a caregiver. Weather permitting. Held again Aug. 16. Info: 708-452-3420, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

Third Friday Gallery Walk 

Friday, July 21, 6 to 10 p.m., The Oak Park Arts District:

Harrison Street galleries display owner’s art as well as guest artists’. This month, say goodbye to Harrison Works, after 14 years, at a special closing event. Dine in the district at Eastgate Cafe, Trattoria 225, or the Buzz Café on Lombard.  More: Between Ridgeland and Austin.

Momenta Summer Showcase

Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Movement & Music: 

Dancers explore choreography in this showcase where both new and experienced students create works. $5. Info: 708-848-2329. 605 Lake St., Oak Park.

Party in the Park

Thursday, July 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Constitution Park:

Come hear Ben Tator & The Tator Tots, a jazzy, funky food-themed band with a horn section, Conga lines, freeze dancing and more. Also, face painting, balloons, hot dogs and frozen treats. Free, all ages. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Questions: 708-366-6660. 7715 Greenfield Ave., River Forest.  

Bill Brickey Concert for Kids

Thursday, July 20, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Come to hear this musician from the Old Town School of Folk Music perform to help “Build a Better World.” Register/info: 708-452-3420, 834 Lake, Oak Park.

Gangster Tours

Sunday, July 23, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Oak Park Visitors’ Center: 

Tour the exteriors of 14 houses once owned by gangsters in Oak Park and River Forest, including Tony Accardo, Sam Giancana, “Tough Tony” Capezio and more. Historian and author John Binder discusses the history and interesting features of the houses and the careers of the mobsters. Two hour and 15 minute tour. $30. Tickets/info: 708-848-1500. 1010 Lake St.

Hard Conversations

Thursday, July 20, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Dominican University Priory Campus:

In conjunction with One Book, One Oak Park: “Being Mortal,” Dominican University presents “Hard Conversations about Serious Illness and Mortality.” Julie Bach, from the School of Social Work, and Rachel Hart Winter, director of the Siena Center, discuss how to approach serious illness and dying with loved ones. Free. Info: 7200 W. Division St., River Forest.

Electric Toys and Magnets

Friday, July 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Wonder Works:  

This Oak Park museum, for children from birth to age eight, offers a different hands-on science theme each Friday. Make electric circuits, take a turn with the electric railroad, learn how battery-powered toys work, build with magnetic construction materials and more. Program covered by general admission, $7. Info:, 708-383-4815. 6445 W. North Ave.

Totally Tie Dye

Thursday, July 20, 2 to 4 p.m., River Forest Public Library:

Bring your own clothing to tie-dye. Library provides colors and tips on how to make the best designs. Held outside, weather permitting. Info: 708-366-5205. All ages. 735 Lathrop.

See them before they’re over


Wednesday through Saturday, July 19 to 22, 8 p.m., Austin Gardens: 

A Jeff Award-recommended Shakespeare play examining the chaos and destruction created by a tyrannical ruler. Tickets/info: 708-445-4440 or 167 Forest Ave.

It Don’t Just … Shake Off

Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, 8 p.m., Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m., Open Door Theatre:

Set in a 1920s juke joint, this new musical is based on the partnership of bluesmen, “Tampa Red,” The Guitar Wizard and “Georgia Tom,” The Father of Gospel Music. Info/tickets: 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Family Fishing and Wildlife Watch

Saturday, July 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., and Sunday, July 23, 10 a.m., Trailside Museum: 

On Saturday, during “Family Fishing,” learn fishing safety, how to bait hooks and cast, then fish in the pond. Rods supplied or bring your own. Free, space limited. Register: 708-366-6530. On Sunday, at “Wildlife Watch,” adults and kids 10 and older can come out for a very quiet hike with many stops to view wildlife. Free, no registration. More: 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

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