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Chicago's top "Queen" tribute act, The Queen Explosion!!, will perform at the Theatre of Western Springs tomorrow night. See Page 32 for details. (photo provided)

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n Light Through the Trees

Sept. 28

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 719-2468

Join photographer and environmental scientist Peter Vagt for a photographic journey across 20 years of his color photography in a new book celebrating The Morton Arboretum, "Light Through the Trees: Photographs of The Morton Arboretum." Hear stories behind the photographs, examine why the arboretum became his creative muse and a source of serenity, and explore the creative process of capturing meaning through nature photography. Copies of the book will be available for purchase; a Q&A session and book signing will follow the program. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $17. RR, MD

n Begin to Draw Nature

Thursdays, Sept. 29-Oct. 20

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 719-2468

Learn the basics of drawing nature - everything from how to hold a pencil to what kind of paper to use ­- in this four-session course designed for beginners in a no-pressure setting. Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $180. RR, MD

n Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World

Through Oct. 31

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 668-5161

Explore beautiful, vibrant Mexican folk art throughout the grounds of Cantigny Park at this outdoor art exhibit, featuring dozens of mythical animals masterfully crafted by artists in a traditional Mexican art style. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free with $5 parking, $10 on weekends.


n Altamura

9 W. First St.

(630) 755-5252

Curbside pickup, delivery and Grubhub delivery available for take-and-bake pizzas, cooked pizzas and other items. Hours: 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

n Café la Fortuna

46 Village Place

(630) 537-1586

Curbside pickup and Door Dash available. Hours: 7 a.m. to noon Monday to Saturday.

n Casa Margarita

25 E. Hinsdale Ave.

(630) 455-9000

Indoor dining, delivery available through DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. Hours: noon to 9 p.m.

n Egg Harbor

29 E. First St.

(630) 920-1344

Indoor and outdoor dining, carryout and delivery available. Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

n Fontano's Subs

9 S. Lincoln St.

(630) 789-0891

Takeout, pickup and delivery available. Only three customers are allowed inside the shop at a time. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

n Fuller House

35 E. First St.

(630) 568-5466

Indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash and Uber Eats available. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

n Giuliano's Ristorante

40 Village Place

(630) 734-1500

Indoor dining, regular or noncontact delivery and carryout available. Hours: starting at 4 p.m.

n Hua Ting

777 N. York Road

(630) 789-0505

Indoor dining, takeout available. Hours: 11:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Tuesdays.

n Il Poggiolo

8 E. First St.

(630) 734-9400

Indoor and outdoor dining, curbside carryout and delivery with DoorDash and Grub Hub available. Hours: noon to 2:30 p.m. weekdays for lunch, 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 5 to 10 p.m. weekends for dinner.

n Jade Dragon

43 S. Washington St.

(630) 323-6959

Indoor dining, carryout available. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

n Nabuki

18 E. First St.

(630) 654-8880

Indoor and outdoor dining, curbside pickup available. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

n Page's Restaurant

26 1/2 E. First St.

(630) 323-9058

Indoor and outdoor dining, carryout available. To preorder doughnuts, send a text to (708) 476-0900 with name, quantity and day to pick up. Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

n Sauced

114 S. Washington St.

(630) 654-4600

Indoor dining, curbside pickup and free delivery available, plus frozen pizzas available. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

n Sweet Ali's Bakery

13 W. First St.

(630) 908-7175

Curbside pickup available. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

n Toni Patisserie & Café

51 S. Washington St.

(630) 789-2020

Indoor dining, carryout and delivery through Door Dash and Grub Hub available. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

n Vistro Prime

112 S. Washington St.

(630) 537-1459

Indoor and outdoor dining. Hours: 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays.

n Wild Ginger

44 S. Washington St.

(630) 323-1888

Indoor dining, carryout and delivery available. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

n YiaYia's Cafe

13 Grant Square

(630) 487-5600

Indoor and outdoor dining, curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats available. Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.


n Candor Golf Fundraiser

Sept. 26

Ruth Lake Country Club

6200 S. Madison St., Hinsdale

(630) 325-1900

This casual and fun event features 18 holes of golf, lunch and a gourmet dinner, a silent auction and prize packages. Proceeds support health eduction for kids in Hinsdale and the Chicago area. Spaces are limited. Time: 11 a.m. warm-up and lunch, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, 5 p.m. cocktails, dinner and silent auction. Cost: $500, $2,000 four foursome, $125 for dinner only. RR


n Drumming Circle

Sept. 26

Fullersburg Woods

3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

Encourage fall's arrival in a new way: by drumming at Fullersburg. Bring a drum or borrow a homemade percussion instrument. No experience necessary. The program is for ages 12 and older; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5. RR

n A Story From the Land

Tuesdays to Saturdays through Sept. 30

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

From prehistoric times to the present, the land has provided food, shelter, joy, inspiration and purpose. Hear highlights from this amazing story - and find your place in it. The program is for ages 18 and up. Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. weekdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $5. RR

n Camping Without Limits

Oct 1-2

Camp Bullfrog Lake

9600 Wolf Road, Willow Springs

(847) 533-2060

In partnership with Adaptive Adventures, this introductory camping experience provides a rich and challenging outdoor adventure experience along with adaptive cycling, climbing and kayaking for individuals with physical disabilities, their friends and families. RR

n 'Winnie the Pooh'

Weekends Oct. 1-30

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

The October Walking Play will feature a family friendly adaptation of the first book in the famous series by A.A. Milne. Meet Christopher Robin, Pooh and his forest companions in the arboretum's version of the 100 Acre Wood as they find friendship, mischief and honey. The play is performed by professional local actors, runs about 90 minutes long and will not exceed two miles in hiking distance. Times: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $15 for children. RR, MD

n Forest Hike

Oct. 3

Fullersburg Woods

3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook

(630) 933-7248

Enjoy some healthy exercise on a quick-paced 3.8-mile guided hike through the wonders of the preserve. Time: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Cost: $5. RR


n DIY Plant Propagation Station

Sept. 29

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Join this Crafternoon program to make a simple DIY plant propagation station that is useful and attractive. Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m. RR

n Chicagoland Daylily Society

Oct. 2

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

The society will host Sandy Holmes of Riverbend Daylily Garden in Bellbrook, Ohio, and former president of Region 2 of the American Daylily Society to speak about her unique daylily hybrids and new developments at Riverbend Daylily Garden. There also will be a daylily auction, a photo contest and the election of society officers. Time: 2 to 5 p.m.


n Health & Wellness Week

Through Sept. 25

The second annual event promotes the active pursuit of healthy habits to attain better physical, social and mental well-being. The week will feature specials at local health and wellness businesses. The event is sponsored by the Village of Hinsdale, the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and AdventHealth Hinsdale.

n Puppy Yoga II

Oct. 1

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Experience a yoga class as rescue puppies from Mutts of the Midway roam free throughout the room. The yoga instructor will lead participants through moving, stretching and breathing exercises, at time incorporating the four-legged guests. After class, stay for a small meet, greet and play with the pups. Those 21 and older can enjoy a mimosa while they unwind. Puppies will also be available for adoption. The program is for ages 13 and up; bring a yoga mat and towel. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $25. RR, MD

n Mission Clinic

Oct. 8

Lyons Township High School South Campus gym

4900 S. Willow Springs Road, Western Springs

AdventHealth Hinsdale and AdventHealth La Grange will host this clinic for individuals and families who cannot afford healthcare services, offering primary care, dental exams, eye exams, orthopedics, podiatry, diabetes and nutrition education, laboratory screenings, pediatric care and free medications. Attendees also will be able to receive evaluations and referrals for social services as well as referrals to food pantries, counseling services and social services, ongoing medical care and access to affordable medications. Support with housing needs and spiritual care will be available. To register, visit the Events section of the Facebook page listed above. Walk-ins are also welcome. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

n Healthy Driven Take a Hike! Challenge

Through Oct. 27

The DuPage Forest Preserve District and Edward-Elmhurst Health is holding its eight-week challenge through which participants will receive hiking tips and insights and have access to special programs. Those who complete and track six hikes will receive a Take a Hike! Blaze Award, which includes a walking stick with a commemorative medallion for first-time participants; past participants get a commemorative pin. Visit the website above for details.

n Fitness in the Park

Mondays through Oct. 24

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale

The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this weekly series in conjunction with the Farmers Market. The series is led by a rotating group of fitness centers. The next session is Sept. 26 with Just Lift. Time: 8 a.m.


n Wellness House volunteers

(630) 323-5150

Hinsdale-based Wellness House, supporting those on the cancer journey, is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk, at The Courtyard consignment shop in downtown Hinsdale on Saturdays, as cosmetologists/coordinator at the salon, in database support, and as a professional photographer for events.


n Madison School Dash & Bash

Sept. 25

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale

This 12th annual 3K race event will be followed by a bash at the school adjacent to the park complete with food trucks, a DJ, inflatables, balloon artist and face painters. Time: 9:30 a.m.


n Princess in Black Party

Sept. 28

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St., Hinsdale

(630) 986-1976

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can celebrate Princess Magnolia by wearing princess, goat boy or superhero finery. The first 20 sign-ups will receive a free "This Princess Wears Black" T-shirt. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. RR

n Get Pampered Spa Divas

Sept. 29

Westmont Community Center

75 E. Richmond St.

(630) 789-7090

Girls ages 4-11 are invited to join Glitzy Girlz for a night out in their PJs and get pampered with hairdo fun braids and sparkles. Participants learn skills in a mini pedi and mani session and polish nails and toes with glitter, neon, and pastel polishes. End the evening with some music and fun dancing to some disco lights with props for pictures, and go home with a goodie bag and jewelry glam bag. Time: 6 to 7:15 p.m. Cost: $33. RR

n First Aid for Kids

Oct. 8

Clarendon Hills Community Center

315 Chicago Ave.

(630) 789-7090

This American Red Cross class for children ages 5-9 will teach basic health and safety tips focusing on shock, bleeding, choking, the Heimlich maneuver, burns, poisons and more. Hands-on activities will provide additional reinforcement, and participants receive a Red Cross certificate. Time: noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $31. RR

n Animal Advocate Academy

(630) 323-5630

The Hinsdale Humane Society invites youth to join its new Animal Advocate Academy for exclusive access to programs, special events and more, including Books Barks Meow, Compassionate Kids Corps, Animal Advocates Club as well as summer camp registration perks, $50 off a birthday party at HHS and three free seasonal events. Cost: $50 per child, $10 for each additional child.


n Helping Kids in Their Digital World

Oct. 4

To kick off its 2022-23 virtual Speaker Series, Nazareth Academy will host Dr. Devorah Heitner to present the program, "Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World." The program will be shown via Zoom, and registration is required using the website above, under the Parent/Student tab. Time: 7 p.m. RR


n The Amazing Howard Levy

Sept. 24

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

149 W Brush Hill Road

The Grammy Award-winning performer and composer who invented a totally brand-new way of playing the harmonica will perform his own Harmonica Concerto. Ted Hatmaker will lead a pre-concert conversation at 5:45 p.m. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $35, $32 for seniors, $12 for students.

n Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto

Sept. 24 & 25

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

The New Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by guest pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion for Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. The program also includes excerpts from Prokofiev's Opus 64, "Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suites." Times: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 3 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets: $53.

n Soweto Gospel Choir

Sept. 30

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

The three-time Grammy Award-winning group will performs a special program, "Hope–It's Been A Long Time Coming," celebrating American and South African artists who have championed the struggles for civil rights and social justice, including Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte and Mahlia Jackson. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $55-$65.

n Mariachi Herencia de México with Lupita Infante

Oct. 2

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Chicago's Grammy-nominated Mariachi Herencia will pair up with Lupita Infante for an unforgettable night of classic mariachi music. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $42-$55.

n Ellis Delaney with Emily White

Oct. 8

Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

11 W. Maple St.

(630) 941-7797

Spreading joy is what singer/songwriter Ellis Delaney does best, and it permeates throughout her new album, "Ordinary Love." Even amidst illness, loss, climate change and gun violence, Ellis finds joy and meaning from family, community connection and ordinary life. The concert is part of the Acoustic Renaissance Series. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.


n Queen Explosion!!

Sept. 23

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-4043

Experience Chicago's top "Queen" tribute act, The Queen Explosion!!, as part of the TWS Performance Series of Fundraisers. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. MD

n 'Clybourne Park'

Thursdays to Sundays, through Oct. 9

McAninch Arts Center College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble will perform this provocative, satirical exploration of race in America wrapped in a Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play. A post-show discussion will be held Sept. 16. Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42, $40 for seniors.

n 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Through Oct. 23

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-0111

Enjoy this production of the classic Agatha Christie whodunit. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The next morning, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed, his door locked from the inside. Isolated with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on famed detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer before they strike again. Times: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $69-$84, $5 senior discount for Wednesday and Thursday matinées.


n Class of 1977

Sept. 24

Five Seasons Family Sports Club

6901 S. Madison St., Burr Ridge

[email protected]

Join classmates for a cocktail party (cash bar). Time 7 to midnight. Cost: $20 cash at the door.

n Class of 1982

Sept. 24


1828 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

[email protected]

Celebrate the 40th reunion with two hours of an open bar, 90 minutes of buffet and putt putt golf. Cash bar will be open for third hour. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: $125.


n Rotary Run

Oct. 2

Hinsdale's Family Run

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

The 28th annual Rotary Run Charity Classic offers the whole family run/walk race opportunities while raising money for local and international charities. The morning features the Hinsdale Bank & Trust 10K Run, the Rooney Family 5K Run, the MPS Loria Financial Planners 3K Run, the Jaguar-Land Rover Hinsdale 5K Walk, the DeSitter Flooring 3K Walk, and the Murphy Construction The Mutt Strut for pets and strollers. Participants receive a T-shirt; register by Sept. 21 to guarantee size. Times: 8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. starts. Cost: $25 per person, $95 per family through Sept. 25, then $30/$10.


n Fall prevention seminar

Sept. 28

Westmont Centre

1 S. Cass Ave., Suite 205

(630) 852-8633

A licensed physical therapist will teach older residents how to keep their balance, prevent falls and maintain their independence. Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


n Storytelling Workshop

Sept. 24

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Become a master storyteller as storyteller and coach Jill Howe teaches how to tell one's true stories in a captivating way. Learn the fundamental elements of narration and the process of constructing a good story on the page and on the stage. Howe serves as a resident storyteller at the Field Museum, and has presented a Tedx Talk focusing on vulnerability through storytelling. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. RR

n Citizen Police Academy

Wednesdays Sept. 28-Dec. 14

This 11-week program will provide participants a better understanding of law enforcement and the Hinsdale Police Department, covering topics including investigations, forensics, traffic stops, training, specialty teams and critical incidents, as well as the challenges officers face while serving the community. The course will include classroom instruction, interactive discussion and hands-on practical exercises. Applicants must be 18 or older and live or work in Hinsdale. Applications are available at the website above. For more information, email officer Karen Kowal at [email protected] Time: 6:30 p.m.

n 'Fiddler on the Roof' at The Lyric Opera

Sept. 28

Depart from The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Experience the full power of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and a production that is both grand in scale and intimate in its power to bring you directly to the heart of the village of Anatevka as Tevye, his wife, Golde, and their five daughters experience the real joys and sorrows that have made this work so enduring. Round-trip motor coach transportation is included. The production is three hours 15 minutes with one intermission. Times: 11:30 a.m. departure, 6:30 p.m. return. Cost: $120. RR, MD

n Petoberfest Chili Cook-Off!

Oct. 9

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane

(630) 323-5630

Come watch the Bears vs. Vikings game and either enter the best chili contest or purchase an entry ticket. Purchase 10 tickets to take part in the whiskey tasting, beer pull, snacks and more. A Hinsdale fire truck will be on hand for the kids. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $20 to enter contest; $10-$15 to attend; purchase 10 tickets for $10 for the whiskey tasting, beer pull & snacks.


n Drop-In Cosplay Day

Sept. 25

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Come dressed as a favorite character from any anime, manga, movie, book or video game and browse the library's manga collection, play fandom-themed Kahoot games and more. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m.

n Arts and Crafts Fair

Oct. 2

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Enjoy the Cook County Forest Preserve District's 57th annual arts and craft fair, featuring art of all styles inspired by nature for sale. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

n Hinsdale Farmer's Market

Mondays through Oct. 31

Chicago Avenue from Garfield to Washington

Twenty vendors will display the area's finest homegrown and homemade products. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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