Skate Fest – Landing a Cure for Cancer

Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ice Arena, Ridgeland Common: 

See a figure skating exhibition, participate in raffles and silent auction and enjoy food and drinks while supporting Wellness House and ThyCa (Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association). $10, individuals; $15 families. Cash or check at door. 415 Lake St., Oak Park. 

19th Annual Chair Painting 

Saturday, Sept. 21, Noon, Buzz Café: 

Stop for a bite to eat and paint a chair for free, then return to visit it all year. Event lasts until all the chairs are painted. 903 S. Lombard, Oak Park.

Songs about YOU, Part 2

Monday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Oak Park Arms: 

Hear pianist Jeremy Kahn and bass player Larry Kohut as they perform some more of the many songs that have “you” in the title. Free; all welcome. 408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Shop Local and Meet the Designer: Liz Williams

Friday, Sept. 20, noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 22, Noon to 4 p.m., Manouche:

Meet Oak Park Fashion Designer and owner of Coat Check Chicago as you shop her latest collection and get ready for fall with locally made outerwear – rainwear, blazers, overcoats and jackets. Collection on display through Sunday. More:, 103 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Strike Down Stigma With NAMI

Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 to 3 p.m., Striker Lanes:

Enjoy an afternoon of bowling fun. Tickets include bowling, shoes, food and soft drinks. Proceeds support National Alliance on Mental Illness Metro Suburban. $40. Tickets: Questions:, 708-582-6434. 6728 16th Street, Berwyn.

Friday@Hemingway’s: Art Show

Friday, Sept. 20, 7 to 9 p.m., Ernest Hemingway Birthplace:

See the art of Grace Hall Hemingway, Ernest’s mother, and works of her great granddaughter, Sarah Sanford. Both Sanford and Foundation archival staff will discuss the background of these works. $0 – 10. Tickets: 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Authors on Tap: John Galligan

Monday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

Galligan, in conversation with Keir Graff, talks about his atmospheric thriller, Bad Axe County. In partnership with The Book Table. More: 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

Chris Ware in Conversation with Chip Kidd 

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

See graphic novelist/cartoonist Chris Ware discussing his new release Rusty Brown, “a major graphic novel event more than 16 years in progress.” $15; $40, includes book. Brought by The Book Table. Tickets/more: 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

“Sally Rand: American Sex Symbol”

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Meet author and former Oak Park resident William Hazelgrove and hear stories from his newly published book. Sally Rand became famous during the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, launching her as a cultural icon for 40 years. This rags-to-riches story tells of a woman who broke sexual barriers and made the 1933 World’s Fair profitable. More: 834 Lake Street


Friday, Sept. 20, 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, Noon to 10 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Listen to live music, enjoy fall foods from local restaurants, drink specialty craft beers and visit the Kids’ Root Beer Garden. Free. More: Marion St. and North Blvd., south of Lake St.

Wine, Dine & Dance

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

Enjoy an evening out. Appetizers, beer and wine are provided, followed by lively dancing guided by OP Park District dance instructors and a DJ. No experience necessary. 21+. $40, includes appetizers and two drink tickets. Register:, 220 North Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

“The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act”

Monday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m., Pine Room, Ascension Church: 

View the film and participate in a lecture/discussion. 601 Van Buren, Oak Park.

Let’s Talk About Podcasts: The Dropout

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wild Onion Tied House:

This new program brought by the Oak Park Public Library is for those who love podcasts and want to discuss them. ABC Radio’s “The Dropout” follows Elizabeth Holmes as she tries to conquer Silicon Valley by any means necessary – a tale of when ambition and greed go wrong. Meets every other month covering a different podcast. 1111 South Blvd., Oak Park.

Good Shepherd Jazz Night

Friday, Sept. 20, 7:10 p.m., First Baptist Church:

Enjoy live jazz with the theme “acceptance.” Hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Recurs on the third Friday through May. Free; all welcome. 820 Ontario St., Oak Park.

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