Big Week: March 18-25

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'Phone first'

For those who remember the old Bell Telephone ads, the Phone First slogan was meant to prevent the mistake of making a trip somewhere only to find the place closed earlier, the show was sold out or it was the staff's day off. Now, due to precautions being taken during the coronavirus pandemic, events are planned and then being rescheduled or canceled. It is hard to keep up. Despite our best efforts, what we have written here may have changed.

We recommend checking with the organization or venue before stepping out your door. In Big Week, we typically include where to get more info. While institutions such as the Oak Park and River Forest Libraries have pledged to keep updates on their websites ( and, some arts organizations do not frequently update websites, so calling or sometimes emailing may be the better means of reaching them. If only a website is listed here, phone or email contacts are usually found on the websites. For more on coronavirus The Village of Oak Park has a webpage for community-specific, state and country-wide resources:

OP Township has cautioned against fraud during this time and has directed residents to ask any coronavirus-related questions here: call 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV


Local Art

Through March 29, Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall,
Concordia University Chicago

View the Student Invitational Art The show, which feature an array of student work selected by the University's art faculty. Many works are for sale, from ceramics to photography, paintings, jewelry, drawings, original fine art prints, sculpture and graphic arts. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More:  708-209-3013. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Through April, Forest Park National Bank

See charcoal drawing by Melanie Minnix, who began studying drawing after retirement. She brings to life "a unique and somewhat abstracted view of familiar objects, to challenge the viewer to see them in new ways and, hopefully, to connect with the underlying movement and emotional charge of the image." Brought by the Oak Park Area Arts Council. Questions: call OPAAC at 708-358-5692. 7348 W. Madison St., Forest Park.


Eco-Sensitive Garden Clean-Up

March 22, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
Compound Yellow

At this hands-on workshop in the garden, learn to think ecologically to respect nature that lies within and then to get cleaning up and keeping as much biodiversity as possible. No heavy labor involved. Please bring gloves and gardening shears. Questions: 244 Lake St., Oak Park.


Virtual Concert and Support for Nightclub Employees

Saturday, March 22, 6 to 9:30 p.m., livestream from FitzGerald's Nightclub

Tune in to a virtual concert in partnership with Shout Section Big Band and WDCB. Go to or Click on the donate now option to support the band, "much needed income for professional musicians at a time like this." Also, support FitzGerald employees with the purchase gift cards online for a future night out. They never expire: And, get your t-shirt, "I stayed home from FitzGerald's Nightclub and all I got was this lousy t-shirt (c. 2020)," $25.

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