Bird Painting Workshop: Black-capped Chickadee

Trailside Museum of Natural History, Friday, Jan. 20, 1 – 3 p.m.

Sketch and paint a black-capped chickadee. For beginners and experienced artists. Ages 13 & up, $5. Materials provided. 708-366-6530,, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 

Idea Box: MLK Lorraine Motel Memorial Window Exhibit

Through Jan. 31, Oak Park Public Library (Idea Box) 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this month’s window display transports viewers to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, room 306, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Visitors can view images, quotes, and a copy of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, as a memorial to his profound legacy of peace and racial justice. If you would like to be a part of the display, stop by the service desks in the Main Library Children’s Services Area or at the Dole or Maze branch libraries to request a Dream Hand. Write out your dream for the future, and we’ll add your Dream Hand to the display throughout January. Learn more at 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Henry Fogel Presents: Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon

Monday, Jan. 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

Susan Nigro has the distinction of taking the contrabassoon all over the United States, as well as to areas such as Salzburg, Montevideo and Rome. She is one of the few practitioners of that instrument to make a career of playing solo recitals, a sure sign that she is in full command of her abilities. Nigro will perform a selection of pieces accompanied by piano. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Organized Crime In Chicago During Prohibition

Monday, Jan. 23, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

Author and historian John Binder discusses organized crime in Chicago during prohibition, with special emphasis on the bootlegging gangs, particularly Al Capone. Free, although $15 donations from non-members are appreciated. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Louisiana Al

Thursday, Jan. 19, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s

If a person is named Louisiana Al, he’s either a pool shooter or a blues singer. Since FitzGeralds, at the moment, does not possess a pool table, you can assume that Louisiana Al is a blues singer and you’d be correct. Hailing from Simmesport, Al currently resides in the Chicago area, and musically he’s on the soulful end of the blues scale. $15, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m.

Geneaologist Ted Gostin reviews online Ukranian-Jewish resources and how to use them, as well as what can be found in the records. Register for the CST online session at

Curious to See: Discovering America’s Art Museums

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2-3 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library

This online exhibit centers on how art museums became international leaders of the world’s best art collections. Uncover how museums grew to become America’s cultural guardians. Register now at

More Than a Mic: Open Mic Night

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4:30-6 p.m., Oak Park Public Library 

Student artists, showcase your work through various forms of creative expression at this monthly open mic night. Singers, dancers, poets, rappers, and other creatives are invited to bring their best once a month, where they will receive support from peers. For grades 6-12. Register now at 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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