Creative Open Gym (COG)

Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m., Outta Space, Berwyn

This event is a summit meeting for artists, dabblers, creators, crafters or just someone who wants to chill, chat and explore art. Bring your own arts & crafts supplies, projects or just walk in and feel free to mess around with the supplies provided. There will be an open bar. Future events will feature workshops, talks and guest DJs. 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. $5 suggested donation. 6840 S. 32nd St., Berwyn.

Lydia Loveless, Andrew Sa

Friday, Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s, Berwyn

Loveless is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, and she will be joined by Sa, a local artist who describes himself as “cosmic country.” $49. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Chicago Blues Angels

Friday, Dec. 31, 10 p.m., FitzGerald’s (Side Bar), Berwyn

Roosevelt Road will not be quiet tonight. Mondo Cortez is back with his band, the Chicago Blues Angels, bringing a touch of West Coast swing to the traditional Windy City Blues sound. Free. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Midday Meditation

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 12-12:30 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library

The benefits of meditation for managing stress, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy are many. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. This is a welcoming group of meditators, old and brand new. The session starts with Kundalini breath practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible. Register now at

Writers’ Word Feast

Sunday, Jan. 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library

This is a showcase for writers of all types and genres. Bring your words and words yet to be written. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will spend some time writing. Register now at

Noon Year’s Eve

Session One: Friday, Dec. 31, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Session Two: Friday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., River Forest Public Library

Celebrate the coming of the New Year by making arts and crafts with a festive flavor. Recommended for children of all ages and caregivers. Due to space constraints, the library will be doing this program multiple times throughout the day. It is recommended that you sign up child participants for just one session. Free. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Evening Worship

Friday, Dec. 31, 7-8 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest

Special worship service with Holy Communion. Free. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

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