Members of the TranscenDance Studios perform during the Fourth of July parade which was last held in 2019. (Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer)

Oak Park July 4 Celebration

Monday, July 4, 10 a.m., Longfellow Park

This gala event marks the return of the grand parade, which has been absent for the last two years due to COVID. The march will proceed north on Ridgeland to Augusta. Weather permitting, a fireworks display will begin at dusk on July 4 in the football stadium of Oak Park & River Forest High School, near East and Lake. Groups interested in participating can register at 610 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Surface Depth

Tuesday, June 28 through Saturday, July 16, Oak Park Public Library (Second Floor Gallery)

This exhibit features the photos of Scott Emery, which are bold examples of abstract art. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Illinois Libraries Present: An Evening With Michelle Zauner

Thursday, June 30, 7-8 p.m., virtually through Illinois Libraries Present

Musician and author Michelle Zauner discusses her music career and her best-selling memoir, Crying In H Mart. Joining her will be the acclaimed music writer Jessica Hopper. Register now at

Candid Convos: An Open Discussion on Being an LGBTQ Teen

Wednesday, June 29, 2-4 p.m., Oak Park Public Library (Main Library Small Meeting Room)

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is a time to celebrate, and also a time to reflect on the issues that many people still face. Come join this safe space to receive support and resources, talk about some of the obstacles teens face, and come up with solutions. Register now at 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Telescope Talks: Exoplanetary Life With The JPL

Friday, July 1, 7-8:30 p.m. Longfellow Community Center

Discussion about possible life on other planets, moderated by Mark Benson (in person) and Dr. Morgan Cable (virtually). This subject has been thoroughly researched by NASA, and the findings will be reported. Recommended for astronomy fans of all ages. This will also be streamed on Longfellow’s Facebook page. 610 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Live Performance: Eric Zheng

Friday, July 1, 3-3:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library (Main Library Veterans Room)

Saxophonist Zheng presents a performance of original arrangements and compositions influenced by Chinese music and his classical training background. Through an exploration of his heritage, he seeks to carve a space for Asian-American artists and promote representation in the western model of music. Register now at 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

FitzGerald’s American Music Festival

Friday, July 1-Monday, July 4, 1 p.m., FitzGerald’s

One of the great summerfests in the entire Land of Lincoln makes a comeback, with four full days of classic roots music from the likes of Marshall Crenshaw, Daddy Longlegs, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier and others. $50 per day, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Kids Movie Screenings: ‘Moana’

Thursday, June 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian chief, goes on an adventure to recover a mystical relic. She’s helped by a demigod named Maui. Register now at 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Moana Choreography & Performance Workshop 

Saturday, July 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. (ages 5-8), 2:15-4:30 p.m. (ages 9-12). Oak Park Public Library (Main Library Veterans Room)

If you loved the movie Moana and can’t get enough, you can learn to sing, dance, and perform the music of this Disney movie. Participants will learn the music and choreography of several songs from the film, and put together a brief showcase for family and friends. The performance will take place during the last 15 minutes of the workshop. No experience necessary. Register now at 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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