Big Week: Oct. 16 - 23

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The Importance of Local Media

Join the League of Women Voters as they host local journalists in a dynamic discussion on why local newspapers are so vital in educating and informing our communities. Guests include Dan Haley, publisher of Wednesday Journal; Maria Maxham, editor/reporter of the Forest Park Review; Michael Romain, editor of Austin Weekly News and publisher of Village Free Press; Stacey Sheridan, editor/reporter of Wednesday Journal, and other contributing reporters. 7353 Madison St., Forest Park.


Creating a dementia-friendly community

Thursday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m. to noon, Nineteenth Century Club: 

Join community leaders in learning about and discussing dementia and its impact on Oak Park, sponsored by the village of Oak Park, Oak Park Public Library, the Park District of Oak Park, and Oak Park-River Forest Township. 178 Forest Ave. RSVP to For more, 


Friday@Hemingway's: Cello Concert

Friday, Oct. 18, 7-9 p.m. Hemingway Birthplace:

Cellist Molly Rife presents a mix of classical and pop selections. She has performed with a hip-hop band, a folk singer, or with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. 339 N. Oak Park Ave. For more,


Fallin' for Our Stars

Friday, Oct. 18, 7 to 11 p.m., Cheney Mansion: 

West Suburban Special Recreation Foundation (WSSRF) hosts "Fallin' for Our Stars." Starlit Casino Night features Beer, Wine & Signature Vodka Cocktail; Appetizers & Sweet Table; Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Craps, Star Pull & Live Auction. Celebrate "Our Stars," WSSRA participants. 220 N Euclid Ave, Oak Park. Tickets: $100 each | $180 for two | $120 each at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at For more, call 847-455-2100 or visit


Fright at Night

Friday, Oct. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oak Park Conservatory:

Bootanical Conservatory promises tricks, treats and Halloween fun. Take a spooky walk through the Conservatory; enjoy crafts, magic and a Halloween puppet show with Mister Kipley. Admission every half hour. All ages welcome. Under 2 years old, Free. $8 Pre-registration tickets/$10 admission at the door, limited availability. 615 Garfield St. For more,


Chamber Music Series: Duo Diorama

Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Unity Temple:

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation presents violinist MingHuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi. Both perform worldwide and teach at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. $30; $25, members. Season pass (six shows): $105; $90, members. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.  


True Unity Classical Concert: Heine Lieder

Saturday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Unity Lutheran Church:

Baritone Kevin McMillan and pianist Gabriel Dobner perform a full recital of works by German composer Robert Schumann. The Schumann works are based on poems by Heinrich Heine. Free. 6720 31st St., Berwyn.


Frank Lloyd Wright Races 

Sunday, Oct. 20, 7:45 a.m., OPRF High School Field House: 

Featuring the 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and the Youth Mile. Get more details and learn about street closings on race morning due to the racecourse at


Tales of the Tombstones Cemetery Walk

Sunday, Oct. 20, first tour at noon, last at 1:30 p.m., Forest Home Cemetery:

"Bad to the Bone," this year's 28th walking tour of Forest Home Cemetery features tales of the macabre, the creepy, and the scandalous. Visitors will meet Adolph Luetgert, a butcher whose wife mysteriously disappeared; Adam Heyer, gunned down in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; and lonely hearts murderer Belle Gunness, just to name a few. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for others. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the walk or on website, 863 Desplaines Ave., Forest Park. For more, 708-848-6755. Rain date, Oct. 27.


OPRF Spoken Word 

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Little Theatre, OPRF High School:

Spoken Word Club Fall Showcase, tickets $5. 201 N. Scoville Ave.


Stand Tall 

Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Oak Park Country Club:

Sarah's Inn's signature event of the year. Enjoy drinks, delicious food, entertainment, the Zippy Photo booth, and live and silent auctions, all to support Sarah's Inn. Silent and live auction items include: A VIP Blackhawks tour, a one-of-a-kind pickleball party hosted by board member Bruce Ulrich, an eco-lodge stay in St. Croix, a Sanibel Island getaway, Broadway in Chicago's Mean Girls tickets, a farm-to-table dinner from Carnivore, bagels from Oak Park's popular Daly Bagel with Rare Bird preserves and Wise Cup coffee. Contact For more,


No Land Beyond

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., First United Church:

Hear the Oriana Singers, City Voices and The Rookery perform music at the intersection of civilization and nature, of utopia and dystopia. $20. $15, seniors; free, students through college. More: 848 Lake St.

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