Big Week June 26 - July 3

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38th American Music Festival 

Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 6, FitzGerald's:

See 60+ acts on three stages over four days, along with food and drinks, all at one neighborhood institution. Highlights include JD McPherson, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers and the Waco Brothers (July 3); Blackfoot Gypsies, The Cactus Blossoms and NRBQ (July 4); Tab Benoit, C.J. Chenier and The Suffers (July 5); Alejandro Escovedo, The Iguanas and Marcia Ball (July 6). $50, advance purchase per day online or in person at FitzGerald's; $40, day-of cash purchase first hour on site; $150, 4-day pass, advance purchase online only; $10, children 12 and under at the door with parent - welcome until 10 p.m. Tickets/Times/Complete line-up: 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Patriotic Pops Concert 

Saturday, June 29, 6:30 p.m., Pillars Lawn, Concordia University Chicago:  

Enjoy the University Band featuring River Forest soprano Katherine Keberlein singing works by George and Ira Gershwin. The band will also play patriotic songs, big band music, selections from My Fair Lady and more. Hear interesting facts on each piece. Free. Rain location - Chapel. Doors open at 5:30. Ice cream, boxed meals available. Bring blankets or chairs. Questions: 708-209-3555, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Photorama Project and OP-RF Historical Society Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 27, 7 to 8 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation by Oak Parker Mary Vostal,
 who "photographed all the homes in the FLW Historic District and put them together, block by block."
She is donating 83 photo blocks to the museum. Free; all welcome. 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

Pride in the Park Picnic and Pride Walk 

Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Proksa Park, and 2 p.m., Berwyn's Depot District: 

Join the Berwyn United Neighborhood Gay and Lesbian Organization (BUNGALO) for a potluck picnic (3001 Wisconsin Ave., Berwyn); burgers/hot dogs provided. The family-friendly walk celebrates the LGBTQ community and area unity. Meet at the James Joyce Irish Pub (7138 W Windsor Ave.) and proceed along the Depot District with a gathering at Karasek Park (6844 W Windsor Ave). After party at Lavergne's Tavern (6546 W. Windsor Ave.). Walk info: Picnic RSVP:

Happy Hour Mind Boggle: What about Vaccines?

Thursday, June 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Hear Dominic Gaziano, MD, lead the discussion. Dr. Gaziano specializes in adult primary care and has a "down-to-earth approach." Free; cash bar. Next Mind Boggle: How to Fight Fake News, Aug. 22. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Author Talks

Thursday, June 27, 7 to 9 p.m., Scoville Room, Main Library: 

Oak Park native Callie Feyen discusses her book Twirl: My Life with Stories, Writing, and Clothes, meant to inspire you to decide who you want to be and encourage you to go for it. 

Saturday, June 29, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Author Ian Saxine, also an Oak Park native, speaks on Properties of Empire, where "struggles over landownership brought Native Americans and English colonists together in surprising ways to preserve Indigenous territory."

Sunday, June 30, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet author William Farina and hear stories from his book Saint James the Greater in History, Art and Culture. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Growing with the Gundersons

Saturday, June 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Longfellow Park Pavilion:

Learn how the Gunderson Brothers developed the neighborhood and other interesting facts. $10; $8, OP-RF Historical Society Members. Tickets/more: 610 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Eye Opening Ceremony & Celebration

Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Zen Life & Meditation Center:

Celebrate the move into a new home with a traditional ceremony, food, drink and live entertainment. The Eye Opening Ceremony inspires people to seek personal growth and awakening through acts of kindness, generosity and compassion. All welcome. 46 Lake St., Oak Park.

No Shush Salon

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Maze Library: 

Hear a reading from C.S.E. Cooney, a Rhysling Award-winning poet and Carlos Hernandez, author of a critically acclaimed short story collection. An open mic for creative types follows. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

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Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m., Open Door:

Echo Theater Collective's Reverb Ensemble brings a night of song, theater and more. $20. Tickets/more: 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. 

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