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Last updated 7/21/2021 at 11:08pm

Scribble Monster will entertain attendees with "The Eco Show" at the second Lunch on the Lawn July 14 in Burlington Park. (photo provided)

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Drawing Birds

July 28

Learn the fundamentals of bird anatomy in this online Morton Arboretum program on sketching birds from photos, specimens and live birds. Practice blocking in basic body shapes and feather patterns, and learn to identify species-specific anatomical indicators as well as how to capture personality in bird drawings. Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $27. RR, MD

Frida Kahlo: Timeless

Through Sept. 6

McAninch Arts Center

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

College of DuPage's Cleve Carney Museum of Art and McAninch Arts Center will present this comprehensive presentation of the life and works of the artist Frida Kahlo, featuring 26 original pieces on loan from the Olmedo Museum as well as an immersive historical exhibit that provides a framework of the life, circumstances and events that led to Kahlo becoming one of the most important painters of the 20th century and today. There will also be a family-friendly children's area and a Frida Kahlo-inspired garden. Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, until 10 p.m. Thursdays. Tickets: $28.50, $26.50 for seniors, youth and military/veterans.


Story Trail

July 23

Bemis Woods-South

Ogden Avenue west of Wolf Road, Western Springs

(312) 533-5751

Walk a short-looped trail and experience a story unfold with every step. A related craft will be available to take home after completing the trail, which starts at Grove 7. This drop-in program is available anytime during the hours listed. Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Book Walk

Through July 25

KLM Park

5901 S. County Line Road

Discover a local park, where a featured book will be displayed and available to read. This month's selection is "Plants Can't Sit Still" by Rebecca Hirsch. Books are geared toward families with children under 10 years.

Family Bingo Boogie

July 29

(630) 986-1976

Join this virtual program to play a few rounds of Bingo and dance to some favorite tunes. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. RR

Lunch on the Lawn

Aug. 4

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale

Dan Gogh's Magic & Art Show is the featured performance in the final installment of this series sponsored by the Hinsdale Public Library and the Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department. Bring a picnic blanket and pack a lunch for a family friendly performance not to be missed. Time: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Family Nature Explorers Kit

Aug. 9

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

Pick up a pre-packaged Nature Explorers Kit to learn about the great outdoors. August's theme is Nature Scavenger Hunt. RR


3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Aug. 14

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Men and women are encouraged to grab some friends and form a team to play in The Community House's 2021 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The tournament will be on outdoor and indoor courts, and winners of each age division will win prizes. Teams are guaranteed at least two games, and there will be complimentary water and snacks for players and food available for purchase. Teams must be registered by Aug. 8, and should register by July 30 to be guaranteed shirt sizes. Time: 8:30 or 9 a.m. tipoff. Cost: $190 per team through Aug. 1, then $210. RR

Flag Football League

Registration ongoing

Games at Robbins Park

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Kids in grades one through eight can hone their skills in The Community House Flag Football League. Practices can begin Aug. 27, with two practices per week before games begin Sept. 11 and 12; from then it is one practice per week. Coaches will determine the practice schedule, and games can go into early November with weather cancellations. First-/second-grade and third-/fourth-grade teams play Saturdays; fifth/sixth-grade and seventh/eighth-grade teams play Sundays. Cost: $210 until July 31, then $245. RR, MD


Nocturnal Creatures and a Night Hike: Owls

July 30

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Enjoy an up-close encounter with a nocturnal animal, and then hike the Black Oak Trail to listen and search for wildlife. Masks are required for visitors who are not fully vaccinated, and social distancing should be practiced. Time: 8 to 10 p.m. RR

Fridays in the Field

Fridays through July 30

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

University of Illinois Extension Certified Master Naturalists will connect visitors with nature through inquiry-based activities focusing on a different topics each week, including birds and nests, turtles, waterfowl, stinging insects and nature's colors. Masks are required for visitors who are not fully vaccinated, and social distancing should be practiced. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. RR

Kayaking: Basics

Aug. 5

Herrick Lake

3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton

(630) 933-7248

Learn paddling strokes and safety tips in a one-person kayak. Kayaks (300-pound capacity), paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided. Participants should dress to get wet, and bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, extra shoes and a towel. Those not fully vaccinated must wear a mask. The program is for ages 12 and up; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $20. RR

Gratitude Walk

Aug 14

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

Contemplate seasonal wonders that inspire gratitude on a leisurely guided walk. Participants should bring water, bug spray and a pen and paper to jot down thoughts at four scheduled brief stops along the way. Those not fully vaccinated must wear a mask if social distancing is not possible. The program is for ages 18 and up. Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $10. RR


Advances in Blood Cancer Treatments

July 24

(630) 323-5150

Robert Eisner, hematologist and oncologist with Northwestern Medicine, will discuss the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma, including research updates and emerging treatments as part of this virtual Top Docs Lecture from Wellness House in collaboration with the Leukemia Research Foundation. Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m. RR

Post-Mastectomy Recovery

July 27

(630) 323-5150

Gain insight on what to expect during the recovery process post-mastectomy in this virtual program, including how to manage possible post-operative impairments, exercises to build strength, regain flexibility and improve overall mobility, and how therapy can be an adjunct in the recovery process. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. RR


Break-In Bags

July 29

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Think mini-escape room in a bag form, only instead of trying to break out, players solve puzzles to break in to a bag filled with prizes. Drop in any time from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. RR

'Mary Poppins Jr.'

Saturdays, Sept. 11-Dec. 11

Christian Church of Clarendon Hills

5750 Holmes Ave.

Youth in kindergarten through eighth grade can be part of BAMtheatre's 2021 Broadway Kids production based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. Students will meet over several weeks to study the fundamentals of musical theater performance and also rehearse a condensed musical production, workshop style. Times: noon to 3 p.m. or 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $475 plus fees. RR


Electric and Hybrid: Great Options for Your Next Vehicle

Aug. 4

(630) 986-1976

Learn everything before buying that next car in this virtual Hinsdale Public Library program, including the basics about owning and maintaining electric and hybrid vehicles and the benefits and limitations of both. Tips for finding charging stations, strategies for longer drives and how to get the most out of a hybrid or electric vehicle will be provided. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


West Suburban Symphony

July 31

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Led by Maestro Peter Lipari, the symphony orchestra will present the outdoor program "Together Again," featuring Barber's Adagio for Strings and Mahler's Adagietto from his fifth symphony, as well as Copland's "Saturday Night Waltz" and Hayman's "Pops" Hoe-Down. The orchestra will also perform Berlioz's "Roman Carnival Overture," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Procession of the Nobles" from the opera "Mlada," and the finales of Beethoven's Symphony 5 and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Seating is on the lawn, and audience members are invited to bring a picnic. Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission: Free with $10 paid parking.



July 23

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale

Celebrate Christmas in July with a Movie in the Park, plus visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus and other themed activities at this Hinsdale Parks & Recreation Department program. Pack a blanket and lawn chairs, and grab a bag of free bag of famous parks and rec popcorn. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Movies on the Lawn

Wednesdays through Sept. 1

Oakbrook Center

100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

Have a relaxing outdoor family friendly movie experience on the Oakbrook Center Lawn. The July 28 feature is "Legally Blonde" (PG-13). Time: 7 p.m.


'Something Rotten!'

July 23-25

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

This combined middle and high school Children's Theatre of Western Springs performance will feature both live and streaming shows. The production - put together in just three weeks by CTWS campers - is set in the 1590s and follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom in their desperation to write a hit play in the shadow of the Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." Told by a soothsayer that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the brothers set out to write the world's very first musical. The show is rated PG-13; its runtime is two hours and 15 minutes with intermission. Masks are required for anyone who is not fully vaccinated. Times: 7 p.m. July 23 & 2 p.m. July 24 for live shows; 6 p.m. July 24 & 2 p.m. July 25 for streaming shows. Tickets: $15.

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

Thursdays to Sundays, July 29-Aug. 8

The College of DuPage Theater presents this musical, streaming on demand, based on the work of Charles Schultz. The show follows Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang as they explore life's great questions through playing baseball, struggling with homework, swooning over their crushes and celebrating the joy of friendship. Cost: $16 per household.

'The Tempest'

Thursdays to Sundays through Aug. 21

Austin Gardens

167 Forest Ave., Oak Park

Oak Park Festival Theatre triumphantly returns to its Austin Gardens outdoor performance space this summer to present 21 in-person performances of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece of shipwreck, romance and magic. Patrons can bring their own seating/blankets; lawn chairs are available to rent for $5. Seating is general admission. Times: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $35, $25 for seniors, $15 for students, free for ages 12 and under.

'The Johnny Appleseed Folk Society'

Saturdays & Sundays through Aug. 22

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

Walk along with the action in this Walking Play performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. An eclectic group of folk musicians tell the tall tales of American folk legend Johnny Appleseed, weaving fact and fiction to recount John Chapman's legendary travels and his relationship to the land and the people who lived in the early days of Western expansion. The performance is about 90 minutes and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: see website listed above. RR


Uniquely Thursdays

Weekly through Aug. 26

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale

This annual concert series sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce is back, with Karma Committee performing tonight. Beer, wine and food are available for purchase; private alcohol is prohibited. Bring chairs and blankets. Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Dancin' in the Street

Wednesdays through July 28

Downtown Clarendon Hills

Clarendon Hills' 2021 concert series continues with Libido Funk Circus closing out the series July 28. Prospect from Park Avenue to the BNSF railroad will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Metra commuter parking lot at Prospect and Ann Street. Hours: 6 to 9 p.m.

Rockin' Concert Series

Thursdays through July 29

Central Park

1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook

The Oak Brook Park District is holding its annual live music series, with Good Clean Fun performing tonight. Portable restrooms will be available onsite. No food or beverages will be sold, but guests may bring their own. Register for a socially distant circle for up to six people for a flat fee. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., park opens at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 for front rows, $20 for back rows. RR

Cantigny's Concert Series

Sundays through Aug. 1

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

The series continues July 25 with a performance by June's Got the Cash. Full details are posted on the website listed above. Time: 3 p.m. Admission: Free with $10 parking.

Concerts on the Green

Thursdays, Aug. 5-Oct. 9

Village Center

County Line Road & Village Parkway, Burr Ridge

The Millenials will kick off the return of Burr Ridge's summer concert series. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Arbor Evenings

Thursdays through Aug. 26

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

Mingle while enjoying live music surrounded by beautiful trees on the arboretum's picturesque Frost Hill through this summer concert series. Spoken Four performs tonight. Visitors can bring any kind of sealed, nonalcoholic beverages; reusable bottles need to be empty upon arrival. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. (admission starts at 5:15 p.m.). Tickets: $13, $5 for children. RR, MD

Hinsdale Farmers Market

Mondays through Oct. 25

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave.

(630) 323-3952

Shop the 45th annual market for the freshest in-season fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, cheeses, meats, flowers and more. Weekly fitness classes will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. in the park in conjunction with the market, and there will be children's activities, too. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Dog Wash Day

July 25

Tuthill Family Pet Rescue and Resource Center

21 Salt Creek Lane

The Hinsdale Humane Society will wash dogs and also give attendees doggie ice cream and a goody bag. Sign up for a time slot using the website listed above; one dog per time slot. Dogs must be kept on a leash and be current on vaccinations; female dogs in heat or dogs that are aggressive towards humans or other animals are not allowed. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $20.


Sidewalk Sale

July 23-24

Downtown Hinsdale

The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual sidewalk sale, with merchandise placed in front of participating merchants in the Central Business District. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mobile Mazzochi Office Hours

Aug. 4

Westmont Library

428 S Cass Ave.

(630) 852-8633

State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-47, Elmhurst) and her staff will host traveling office hours to meet with constituents, answer questions and provide residents of the 47th District with easy access to all the resources the district office offers. Appointments are not required but are appreciated. Call the district office at the number listed above. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Military Through the Ages

July 24 & 25

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 668-5161

This annual timeline reenactment allows visitors to walk through a history of military encampments, ranging from ancient Rome to the American Revolution, the Civil War, the World Wars through the Vietnam War, and more. See how soldiers lived and fought throughout the history of civilization as well as the progression of weapons, clothing and technology. The encampments will be laid out in chronological order, and visitors are guided by friendly historians every step of the way. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Park Storytime

Thursdays in July

Burns Field

320 N. Vine St., Hinsdale

Join Hinsdale Public Library librarians for stories, fingerplays and music in the park. The program is recommended for ages 2-5. Time: 10:30 to 11 a.m. RR

Anything Goes

July 26

Burr Ridge Community Center

15W400 Harvester Drive

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 3-5 can start the week off with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including assorted games, crafts and outdoor exploration. Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $20. RR


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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