Community Art Exhibit: CONNECTIONS+ 

View anytime through June 30th, with By Discovery

Through community donation of found objects, By Discovery artists created an installation in unused real estate space that is inspired by Surrealism and artist Joseph Cornell’s assemblages. 159 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

“Re-Imagining Connection”

Reception Friday, June 18, 6 to 9 p.m., 3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International (CSI)

The new CSI space located in Bucktown is opening its first group exhibition, which “showcases works expressing the sensibilities of our inherent human nature and our desire to connect.” It features nine Chicago-area artists, including Forest Park’s Gina Lee Robbins and Oak Park’s Michele Silvetti-Schmitt. Co-curated by Bryan Northup of Oak Park. Attend in person or livestream the reception. In-person/livestream panel talks scheduled June 26 and July 30. RSVP:

Exhibition through July 30. Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m., by appointment, mask required. More: 1912 N. Damen, Chicago.

Reading Colors Your World

Sign up and start now, with the Oak Park Public Library 

Kids ages 3 through rising ninth graders can participate in the summer reading program that’s about rediscovering joy in reading and learning. The goal is to find joy everywhere – in books, in mind and body, in art, in music, in science and nature, and in the world. There are prizes and beads for completing categories. Track participation through Beanstack. Younger children can join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Sign up/more:

Music Trivia Contest

Wednesday, June 23, 7:30 p.m., Zoom and Kahoot with The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest 

Test your musical trivia knowledge. Two devices are recommended – one for Zoom access and one for Kahoot responses. Limited to 50 players. Each player should register individually within households. Winner will be determined by total score in the contest and will receive a gift basket (shipped anywhere in the continental US). Free. Questions: 708-218-2648, Register:

“Austrian Serenade”

Friday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest presents works by Mahler and Mozart in-person inside, masked and socially distanced. A virtual option is available too. A link will be sent at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 and will be available through Labor Day. Live concert attendees will also be emailed the virtual concert link. $21, in-person; $15, later online viewing. Questions:, 708-218-2648. Tickets: 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  

Side Yard Sounds

Friday, June 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Compound Yellow

See Oui Ennui, whose work builds on “sonic mazes that lead listeners on a dizzying chase through instrumental hip hop, synth explorations, drones, zones and everything in between.” Next up – Friday, June 25, David Boykin. $15. Tickets/more (or pay with cash or card at the door): 244 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Sizzling Summer Dance on the Patio – Latin

Friday, June 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Cheney Mansion

Step out for hot nights of summer dance all summer for both instruction and open dancing on the patio. Individually boxed appetizers available; registration includes two drink tickets. Non-alcoholic beverages available. 21+. $30, Oak Park residents; $39, non-residents. Up next – July 16, Swing; Aug. 12, Line Dancing. 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Chicago’s Newest Murals

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

Travel throughout Chicagoland with historian, educator, and tour guide Beth Sair as she shares some of the newest murals. Learn unique details about Chicago’s history and uplifting elements about the artists and their mural projects that feature communities, celebrities and whimsical characters. This feel-good presentation tells how artists are improving neighborhoods one mural at a time. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. Register:

Friday Night Flicks: “Zootopia”

Friday, June 18, 8 to 10 p.m., River Forest Public Library Lawn 

Bring a blanket and snacks and watch a movie under the stars. Face masks required. Rated PG; ages 10+. Held weather permitting, Register: 735 Lathrop Ave. 

Storytimes in the Park

Wednesdays, June 16 through Aug. 18, 10 to 10:30 a.m., Various Oak Park Parks

The Oak Park Public Library is partnering with the Park District of Oak Park to bring books, songs and more to neighborhoods this summer. For families with kids 0-5. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own blanket and hand sanitizer. Limited to 12 families, with masks. More:

June 16 – Scoville Park, 800 Lake St.

June 23 – Maple Park, 1105 S. Maple Ave.

June 30 – Euclid Square Park, 705 W. Fillmore

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