Author Events

Into the Light Benefit BASH (Berwyn Art Starts Here)

Saturday, June 22, 1 to 4 p.m., FitzGerald’s:

Celebrate 12 years of 16th Street Theater and their new space with auction items, performances and food from Lavergne’s. $50; $95, couple. Tickets: 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Movies in the Park: “Spider-man Into the Spider-Verse”

Thursday, June 20, Dusk, Scoville Park:

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy a movie under the stars. Free. Next up: Thursday, July 18, The Sandlot. Sponsored by Oak Park Pediatrics. Check weather updates: Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., Oak Park. 

Introduction to Oral History 

Tuesday, June 25, 4 to 5 p.m., Computer Classroom, Main Library: 

Learn about the Oak Park Oral History Project and how to use recording technology and different ways to share stories. Basic computer skills required. Also, Friday, July 12, 11 a.m. to noon. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Author Events

Claire Lombardo 

Friday, June 21, 7 to 9 p.m., Hemingway Birthplace Museum:

At Friday @ Hemingway’s, see the author and Oak Park native talk about her debut novel, The Most Fun We Ever Had, which launches this evening. Part of the novel takes place in Oak Park. $0 to $10. Tickets/more: 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Mary Alice Monroe

Monday, June 24, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet New York Times best-selling author and former River Forest resident, and hear about her new novel, The Summer Guests. Monroe authors novels with an environmental theme and The Beach House was made into a Hallmark movie in 2018. Registration recommended: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi 

Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m., Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore:

The Oak Park author will be reading and signing copies of her new book, This is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines. 7419 Madison St., Forest Park.

Free Summer Concert: Sons of Chicago  

Sunday, June 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Scoville Park: 

Stroll down to the park for family-friendly music. This week, groove to an Oak Park band playing “hard-hitting blues, soul and rock.” Runs weekly through Aug. 18. Up next:

  • June 30 – The Millennials
  • July 7 – The Long Lost

Northwest corner of Lake and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Annual Garden Walk 

Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Various Locations: 

Be inspired by eight Oak Park and River Forest gardens on self-guided tours. Put on by the Garden Club of Oak Park-River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Rain or shine. $15; online or at the Oak Park Conservatory through June 22; $20/day of at Cheney Mansion or the Conservatory. Exchange ticket/PayPal receipt for Garden Guide, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cheney or the Conservatory. Tickets/more: Cheney: 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. Conservatory: 615 Garfield, Oak Park.

90th Anniversary Celebration and New Sustainability Kickoff

Saturday, June 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Celebrate the nonagenarian Conservatory as the “switch is flipped” on new sustainable features – solar panels, beehives, a compost tea system and cisterns. Drop in for a tour, kids’ activities and giveaways. Free. More: 615 Garfield, Oak Park.

Cruise for a Cause Fireworks Fiesta

Wednesday, June 26, 7 to 10 p.m., North Pier Docks:

Support Sarah’s Inn while enjoying Chicago Line Cruise’s flagship vessel, the Fort Dearborn, featuring open bar, fiesta-themed food, music, raffles and a great view of Navy Pier’s fireworks. $75. Tickets/more: 465 N. McClurg Ct., Chicago.

The Dooleys Concert

Friday, June 21, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Lawn, River Forest Public Library:

Hear the River Forest natives who have been entertaining Chicagoland for more than 30 years with “their delightful banter and wide musical repertoire.” Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave.

A Sense of Gravity 

Through June 28, Hofheimer Gallery:

See the large-scale figural works done in charcoal and other media by local artist Jesse Howard, along with works by Cleveland Dean and Sarah Krepp, at this contemporary fine art gallery. Hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 4823 N. Damen, Chicago.

“Her Voice”

Reception Friday, June 22, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Expression Graphics:

See works by female printmakers from different art backgrounds. Exhibit through July 26. Gallery open Fridays, noon to 3 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. More: 708-447-9262, 29 Harrison 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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