"The Five-Ton Life"

July 4th Parade and Fireworks

Thursday, July 4, Parade at 10 a.m., Fireworks at Dusk, Village of Oak Park: 

The Independence Day Parade steps off from Longfellow Park (Ridgeland and Adams) and marches north on Ridgeland to Augusta, turning east to disperse near Whittier Elementary at Harvey Ave. Weather permitting, a fireworks display is in the football stadium of Oak Park & River Forest High School, East Ave. and Lake St.

History on Tap

Saturday, July 6, 3 to 5 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

Learn about the history of beer as you sample the libation from One Lake Brewing and hear a presentation by Liz Garibay, founder of the project that investigates history and culture through the lens of alcohol. $25; $20, OP-RF Historical Society members. Tickets/more: oprfmuseum.org/events/history-tap. 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

Game On at the Park District of Oak Park

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month in July with a calendar filled with local events and activities to suit all ages and tastes. New this year: The Pop-up Bike program, which brings games, crafts and more to area parks twice daily through Aug. 23. Schedule: pdop.org/bike. For other family-friendly events, such as visiting the Oak Park Conservatory, a free showing of Much Ado about Nothing, Telescope Nights, summer concerts, and more, go to: pdop.org/freeJuly.

Cruise Nites 

Tuesday, July 2, 6 to 9 p.m., Depot District:

Check out a variety of cars while grabbing food, drinks or desserts at neighborhood establishments. Also July 16 and August 6. Free. Sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar. More: members.whyberwyn.com/events. Entrance at Clinton and Windsor Aves., Berwyn. 

One Book One Oak Park Book Discussions

Wednesday, July 10, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Book Discussion Room, Main Library, and Thursday, July 11, 7 to 8 p.m., Buzz Café:

Connect with neighbors in discussing Palaces for the People by sociologist Eric Klinenberg.  Explore the public good of social infrastructure and learn about his blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. Also, Wednesday, July 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dole Library. More events related to the summer read: oppl.org/one-book. Main Library: 834 Lake St.; Buzz Café: 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.

$1 Morning Movie Series

Wednesday, July 3 and 10, 10 a.m., Lake Theatre: 

Fun family films are playing every Wednesday through early August. Doors open at 9 a.m. with entertainment before the feature. On July 3, see Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is playing on July 10. Up next:

  • July 17The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
  • Jul. 24Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • Jul. 31How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • Aug. 7Wonder Park

Brought by Classic Cinemas and Wintrust. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

“The Five-Ton Life”

Wednesday, July 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Hear author Susan Subak discuss low-carbon culture in west suburban Chicago based on her book. Subak explores Oak Park’s greenhouse gas emissions profile, including fuel mix, the built environment and mobility patterns, grounded in part by a history that pre-dates the widespread use of the automobile. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Junior Citizens Police Academy

Register now, applications at the Oak Park Police Department, OP Village Hall: 

Oak Park and River Forest students, ages 10 through 15, are invited to learn about law enforcement and careers in public safety at this Academy hosted by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, held August 5 through 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. More: oak-park.us/newsletters/mayjune-2019/registration-open-junior-citizen-police-academy. Applications: 123 Madison St., Oak Park.

Native American Artifact Discovery: A Story in the Stars

Tuesday, July 9, 4 to 5 p.m., Dole Library:

Kids ages 5 and up gain hands-on experience handling Native American artifacts, making observations and asking questions. 255 Augusta Blvd., Oak Park.

Jeff Award Recommended: “Elizabeth Rex”

Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 7 p.m., through July 21, Austin Gardens:

See Oak Park Festival Theatre’s telling of Elizabeth I wrestling with the duality of her nature. “Can she ever truly be a woman and rule England as a prince?” Bring chairs, blankets, picnics and adult beverages. Light snacks and soft drinks sold at concessions. Set up allowed one hour prior. $35; $28, seniors; $15, students with ID; free, under 12 and dogs. Tickets/more: oakparkfestival.com, 708-300-9396. 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines

Reception Saturday, July 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library:

Meet artist Alex Velazquez Brightbill, who emigrated from Mexico to Chicago at the age of 10, and view her exhibit of cat paintings on exhibit through July. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Calendar Events

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