Stranger Things Night at Maze

Friday, Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m., Maze Branch Library

Stranger Things fans of all ages are invited for a fun and spooky time after the library closes when the Maze Branch turns into the town of Hawkins. Hide at Castle Byers, dance at the Snow Ball, watch out for the Demogorgon, descend to the Upside-Down and visit Vecna’s Attic. For games, try the scavenger hunt, play Dungeons and Dragons, or take a quiz to discover which character you are. Refreshments will be served. Costumes welcome. Register now at 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Illinois Libraries Present: A Conversation With Marlee Matlin

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7-8 p.m., virtually through Illinois Libraries Present

In celebration of Deaf Awareness Month, Marlee Matlin joins Illinois Libraries Present to share the highs and lows of her Hollywood career and journeys as an activist. The youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar, Matlin’s acting career recently achieved another milestone as her 2021 film CODA swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards. Register now at

Craft: DIY Locker Magnet

Thursday, Sept. 8, 4-5 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

Special event in the Storytime Room. Kids in grades 3-5 can learn how to craft their own magnet to decorate school lockers. Register at // 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Dooley Band

Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30-9 p.m., River Forest Public Library

This Irish folk band from the River Forest area has been entertaining the Chicago area for five decades now. This special show will feature the Dooleys outdoors on the library lawn. Feel free to bring your own chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved indoors. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Coffee Monday

Monday, Sept. 12, 10-11 a.m., River Forest Public Library

At this event, community residents can get together over coffee and discuss issues relevant to the neighborhood. Under discussion: the new Home Sharing program, where River Forest donates a bedroom and common space, in exchange for help with small chores. Also: information about new book releases. This will take place in the Barbara Hall Meeting Room. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Oak Park Porchfest

Friday, Sept. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., private home

Two performers, Ovation Academy and Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade, will be featured. Bring your own chairs or blanket – event is free (with tip jar). 533 S. Wesley Ave., Oak Park. 

Michelle Billingsley

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s

This folkish alt-country singer will knock ‘em dead on FitzGerald’s patio lounge. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

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