New Open Mic Night

Broadway Babies

Sunday, Aug. 13, 3:00 p.m., Open Door Theater:   

Hear favorite Broadway songs originally sung by favorite leading ladies, including “Anything Goes,” “Into The Woods,” “The Sound of Music” and more. $20. Tickets:, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

A Hot Exhibit

Friday, Aug. 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

Stop by the reception for “Heat” on Friday evening or enjoy the exhibit through September 1 that is an homage to heat in any iteration – subject matter, materials or tone. Info: 708-386-9853. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

See it Before it’s Gone: “The Amish Project” 

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13, 4 p.m., Pleasant Home: 

This play reflects on Amish culture and the limits of compassion. A co-benefit with Oak Park Festival Theatre. $22. Tickets/info:, 708-445-4440, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Elaine Dame Trio 

Sunday, Aug. 13, 3 to 5 p.m., West Suburban Temple Har Zion:

Hear a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on what would be her 100th birthday. The trio will also perform jazz greats from the American songbook. $25, adults; $20, student/seniors. Tickets:, 708-366-9000. 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest.


Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., River Forest Public Library:
Learn the wizarding world’s favorite sport. No need for a Hogwarts letter; open to Grades 5 and up. Wear closed-toed shoes. Registration required:, 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop.

Family Garden Workshop

Saturday, Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wonder Works Children’s Museum:
Join master gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension for a discussion about herbs and spices. Children’s crafts afterwards. Workshop covered by general admission, $7. Info:, 708-383-4815. 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park.

New Open Mic Night

Monday, Aug. 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:

Join The Traveling Mollys. Sign up at 6:30; at 8:00, see featured readers. BYOB, $5 suggested
donation. More: 708-524-2899. 905 S. Lombard, Oak Park. 

Money Management for Seniors

By appointment, Oak Park Township Senior Services:

Residents of Oak Park and River Forest with limited incomes can get help managing their finances, including bill sorting, budgeting, and more. Sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging. Contact: 708-383-8060, 105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.  

Property Assessment Appeals

Weekdays through Aug. 30, Oak Park Township:

Oak Park property owners wanting to appeal their property tax assessment can get free help from the Oak Park Township Assessor. The Cook County Board of Review accepts appeals through August 30. The local assessor’s office helps identify comparable properties and prepares evidence. Appointments: 708-383-8005. 105 S. Oak Park Ave.

Child Seat Inspections

By Appointment, Oak Park Fire Departments:

Keep your babies and young children safe with free child safety-seat inspections. Bring vehicle owner’s manual and car-seat instructions with child seat(s) to be inspected. No drop-ins; to schedule,


Wednesday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, River Forest Public Library:

Get up close to a real fire truck and police car. Weather permitting. All ages with a caregiver. Info: 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop.

First & Fifteenth: Open Mic Night

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m., L!VE Café:

Writers, singers, poets and spoken word artists are welcome at this twice monthly event. Specialty drinks (21+ entry) and DJ keeps everyone grooving between acts. $5 in advance. To perform, sign up in person or email More: 708-434-5478. 163 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 

Writers’ Word Feast
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Main Library: 

For fiction writers of all types and genres, read a story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from others. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Makin’ Music: Bluegrass Jam

Sunday, Aug. 13, 1 to 3 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Come and make a simple musical instrument or bring your own, then join in a bluegrass jam circle. Everyone invited to play or listen at this free event. Inquire: 708-366-6530, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Frank Lloyd Wright Minecraft

Monday, Aug. 14, 4 to 5 p.m. Idea Box, Main Library:

Create your own structures on unique build sites. Images from the library’s Special Collections inspired FLW MinecraftEdu World. Grades 5 to 8. Register: 708-452-3420, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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.

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