Prisms of Winter

Friday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Virtually with the OPRFHS Music Department

See a performance from the typically sold-out show safely at home, featuring the school’s choirs, orchestras and bands. Free. Access here: 

Bedtime Story with Santa

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 7 to 8 p.m., Virtually with the Park District of Oak Park

Get snuggled in, open up your device and listen to some holiday stories from the jolly old elf. $5; $8, non-residents. Register: 

It’s Christmastime in the City: Chicago and its Yule Time Traditions and Contributions

Thursday, Dec. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

Join historian/entertainer Clarence Goodman as he highlights Chicago’s holiday traditions from the windows on State Street to the Sears Wish Book. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. Register: 

Christmas Music from Latin America

Sunday, Dec. 19, 4 to 5 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Take a musical journey to Latin America as singer Miguel deLeón and his five-piece band play some of “the most famous and beautiful” villancicos (Christmas songs) that are sung during the holiday season. Free. Register: 

Chess Champs

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 4 to 5 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Attend a chess workshop and take part in an open play chess club led by Luis Tubens. Have a chess board ready or place a hold on a Discovery Kit Chess bag, print out a board and pieces or draw your own board and pieces. Recommended for ages 5-13. Register:

Chicago’s First Black Banker

Monday, Dec. 21, 1:30 p.m., Virtually with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association 

Author Don Hayner tells the story of Jesse Binga, who came to Chicago in 1892 with $10 and became a millionaire realtor and Chicago’s first Black banker. His story traces the origins of racial change in one of the most segregated cities in America and tells how he stood as a national symbol of hope for communities isolated by racial animosity. Register: 

Holiday Party Concert

Friday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Virtually with Chicago a cappella

The group that performs annually in Oak Park comes to town virtually with live solo performances of ensemble members’ favorite holiday songs, two new choir performances — “Ave Maria” by Javier Busto and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (with lyrics on the screen to sing along) — and videos from past holiday concerts. $8. Tickets/more: 

Legal Options for Family Caregivers

Thursday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to Noon, Zoom with Oak Park and River Forest Townships

Center for Disability & Elder Law address legal services for Power of Attorney for healthcare and property as well as Living Will declarations. More: Register: 708-636-8850. 

Holiday Boutique

Through Dec 27, Expressions Graphics

Shop for art and gifts made by local artists in the gallery on online. Gallery hours: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon; Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m. More: 29 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Jazz Prayer

Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., and after, Virtually with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Join this third Friday of the month jazz prayer program. December’s theme is nativity prayer. Music selections include A Child is Born, a Celebration of Christ’s Birth and Cry Me a River. Tune in: facebookLive@goodshepherdlc 

Holiday Storytelling

Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Virtually with The Actors Garden

Celebrate the holidays with magical stories. At the end of the workshop, act some of those stories out. For ages 7-10, $15. Register: 

Try-It Thursdays & Queerios: Comic Drawing

Thursday, Dec. 17, 5 to 6 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Join an interactive workshop with Chicago webcomic artist and game designer Ashlynn Barker, creator of Fake Gamer Girl comics. Her work covers topics including being trans and mental health. Come ready to draw with pens and sketchpad or blank paper, and be prepared to ask questions about comics, art and games. Best for grades 5 through 8. Register: 

The No Shush Salon: Zig Zag Claybourne

Thursday, Dec. 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Hear from the author of The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan and its forthcoming sequel Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe. Then, listen to performances by local creatives and share works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors. Presentations limited to 15 minutes. Spectators welcome. Register:

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