Nanny Nikki Music Concert

Wednesday, July 28, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

All ages are welcome for this special musical show geared toward younger kids. Register:

See it Before it’s Gone – Botanic Garden The Musical

Through Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m., Live Outdoors with 16th Street Theater

When Kate is desperate to get out of a first date, she turns to the one person who can help: her deceased husband. Traipsing through their shared memories of more than 25 years together, this is a tender story of an imperfect marriage. It is a concert presentation of Todd Logan’s and Lindsay Jones’ new musical adapted from Logan’s play. Bring chairs or blankets and food to sit and enjoy in the park at Maple and 15th, Berwyn. Free parking. $22; $18, low income or Berwyn resident; $5, chairs (limited availability). Tickets/more:

Hypostasis: A Live Multimedia Performance by Antibody Corporation 

Saturday, July 24, 7 p.m., Compound Yellow

This performance features “a sonification and vocalization based on the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence and video created for the project ‘Hypostasis of the Aetheric Body,’ supported by a Chicago Dancemakers Forum 2021 Digital Dance Grant. Antibody Corporation creates anti-environments, working across media with a focus on music and performance.” $15. 

Tickets/more: 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour

Saturday, July 24, 1 to 5 p.m., In-person with West Cook Wild Ones

Take a tour of color-filled gardens in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Berwyn to see how native plants can be brought into the home landscape. Gain practical, hands-on information and tips, and inspiration along the way while learning how affordable, beautiful and rewarding native gardening can be. $15; $10, members; free, children. Tickets/more:

Wild about Trivia

Friday, July 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., In-person with Kahoot at the River Forest Public Library

Form a team and participate in a fun evening of family-friendly animal trivia. Only one person per team needs to register. Ages 10 through adult. Pizza provided. Register: 735 Lathrop Ave.

“Austrian Serenade”

View through Labor Day, Virtually with the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest

See a recording of the live concert performed in June at the Nineteenth Century Club. Enjoy works by Mahler, Schubert and Mozart. $15 per household. Questions:, 708-218-2648. Tickets:

History of Jewish Name Changing in America

Sunday, July 25, 2 p.m., Virtually with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

Join Kirsten Fermaglich, author of A Rosenberg by Any Other Name, as she speaks on the topic of name changing. Free. Register:

Taste of Cermak Road 

Thursday, July 22, 5 to 9 p.m., Various locations along Cermak in Berwyn

Enjoy an eclectic mix of small plates and sweets on Berwyn’s “Main Street.” Visit local businesses such as Anthony’s Pizza, Flight 22 Wine Bar, La Lupita, La Parra, Old Fashioned Candies, Wagner’s Lounge and more for food samples and drink specials. $15 for tickets; purchase online and pick up starting at 4:30 BMO Harris Bank, 6655 W. Cermak Rd. A trolley bus is available at the event. Held rain or shine. Register/more: 

Abolition, Restorative Justice & a New World

Wednesday, July 28, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

In this Conversation with Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law, co-authors of Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, learn what abolition actually means and why abolitionists say criminal justice reform doesn’t work. Those who identify as abolitionists also welcome to join the conversation. Register:

Taste of Uncorked

Friday, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Rubinstein Garden, Oak Park Conservatory

Enjoy music and drinks outdoors while celebrating the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s 35th anniversary. Guitarist/composer Andreas Kapsalis provides the entertainment; local beverage sponsors are Anfora Wine Merchants and One Lake Brewing. Held the fourth Friday each month. $15, includes two drink tickets. 21+. Register: 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

Chess Champs

Wednesday, July 28, 4 to 5 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library 

Join in a chess workshop and open play chess club, led by instructor Luis Tubens. Best for ages 5-13.  Have a chess set ready, or, place a hold on a Discovery Kit Chess bag, print out a board and pieces, or draw one of your own. Register:

Side Yard Sounds

Friday, July 23, 7 to 9 p.m., Compound Yellow

See violinist Edith Yokley, whose work ranges from live improv with DJs to performing with the Chicago Sinfonietta and Soulful Symphony of Baltimore of which she is a member of both. Next up – Friday, July 30, Dowd & Drew. $15. Tickets/more: 244 Lake St., Oak Park. 

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