Art Dans La Rue

Tuesday, August 1, 2 to 9 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Savor food, wine, music, dance and all things authentically European. See the “Salon de Paris” art exhibit on Westgate as well as numerous other artists along Marion. Can-Can dancers, mime, French lessons, crepes, a poodle parade (all dogs welcome) and more. Info: Marion St. between Lake and North Blvd. 

Thursday Night Out

July 27, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Oak Park, Marion Street:

Start your weekends early by dining out and soaking in free live entertainment every Thursday through Aug. 31. Pick up a menu and purchase a booklet ($16 for four dine-around tickets) at the kiosk on Lake and Marion. Many area restaurants offer drinks, appetizers, entrees, desserts. Dine in or carry out, rain or shine. Music this week: The Rusty Nails and Jonas Friddle & the Majority, 5 to 7 p.m. More: Marion between North Blvd. and Lake St.

Uncorked at the Conservatory

Friday, July 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Enjoy wine, craft beer and appetizers provided by local vendors on fourth Fridays through September. Featuring live music, an artisan, and showcase tours of the plant collections. 21 and over. Tickets: $16 in advance at or at the Conservatory, $18 at the door. Discount tickets available to members. Info: or 708-725-2400. 615 Garfield St. 

Police Basketball Camp

Monday, July 31, to Friday, Aug. 4, from 8 to 10 a.m. (age 8 to 11), and noon to 3 p.m. (age 11 to 14), Brooks Middle School: 

Register now for a free camp for Oak Park boys and girls that includes one-on-one, group instruction, team play, full-court games, contests and awards. Applications at the Police Dept. in Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and online at; space is limited. More: 708-358-5519, Brooks School, 325 S. Kenilworth.

Exploring Minds & Matter

Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Experiment! Play! Make slime or build a roller coaster! Ask questions and try new things in this teen-volunteer-led, drop-in, interactive science program for kids of all ages. Questions: 708-383-8200. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Caregiver Support Group

Friday, July 28, 10 a.m. to noon, Second Floor, Oak Park Township Senior Services:

Open to all individuals who are currently or have been caregivers, to discuss issues they would like to share and to provide encouragement through group interaction. Free, meets the second and fourth Friday each month. Contact Steven Smith: 708-383-8060. 130 S. Oak Park Ave.

1st Tuesday Film: “Chocolat” 

Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

A French tale of a single mother and her daughter moving to the countryside to open up a chocolate shop and the challenges of befriending the locals. $6, matinee, seniors; $8.50 evening. More:, 708-848-9088. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Fair Maid of the West”

Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 7 p.m. from July 27 through Sept. 2, Austin Gardens:

Festival Theatre presents their second production of the summer outdoor season, The Fair Maid of the West, featuring the 3 Ms: Magic, Murder and Mayhem. Preview performances are July 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Saturday, July 29. The play is directed and adapted by Kevin Theis.

Teen Employment Workshop

Monday July 31 to Friday Aug. 4, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Oak Park residents, age 15-18, learn how to acquire and keep jobs through skills such as resume writing, interviewing and interpersonal relations. Free. Put on annually by the Community Relations Dept. Register now:, 708.358.5407. 834 Lake.

No Shush Salon: Summer Fun!

Thursday, July 27, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library:

Bring your in-progress or finished stories, experimental music, choreographed dances, trial comedy and more to share during an Open Mic. Meets monthly; current theme: Fun! Spectators welcome. Snacks provided, bring some to share (optional). No registration. Adults and Teens. More:, 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

“The Amish Project” extended

Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., July 29-30. Added shows: Aug. 5, 12 and 13, Pleasant Home: 

This play reflects on Amish culture and the limits of compassion. Due to popular demand, three more performances have been added. A co-benefit with Oak Park Festival Theatre. $22. Tickets/info:, 708-445-4440, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

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