Community Events Calendar


February 13, 2020

Enjoy improvisation and some of the best material from The Second City's vaults Saturday at the McAninch Arts Center. See Page 30 for details. (photo provided)


Young Artist Night

Feb. 23

Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center

21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale

Community members are invited to celebrate young artists and the animals they love, and vote on their favorite pieces. Young artists from kindergarten will participate in this inaugural event with the theme, “We Love Animals,” and presented by the HHS Jr. Board. Prizes will be awarded. Tickets will be available at the door. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Admission: $10, $5 for ages 12 and under, $25 for families; artists attend for free.

Exploring Watercolor

Tuesdays, Feb. 25-March 31

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

This intermediate-advanced, open-studio-style class will provide independent and group projects, with guidance from the instructor and feedback in group critique sessions. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $125. RR

Volunteerism art exhibit

Through February

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Photographer/explorer/storyteller Roxanne Engstrom shares images from her work in the humanitarian sector and the volunteers who fuel the missions of several nonprofit organizations in Chicagoland in “A Wider Family: Images on Volunteerism” is the upstairs LyArts gallery space. Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

‘Toy Stories Too’

Through February

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

The library’s winter art exhibit, on display in the Quiet Reading Room, features works by Benedictine monk Kevin Coffey, who combines and arranges different varieties of toys to create unexpected scenarios and situations, revealing timeless qualities in human behavior and relationships. Each painting intermingles the awkward, ironic, cute and surprising with the sometimes harsh and edgier moments in life that have the potential to become surprisingly relevant experiences over time. Library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

‘Pollinators in Action’ submissions

Through April 15

Artists are invited to submit artwork for “Pollinators in Action: Flowering Journeys,” an art exhibit featuring pollinators that will run May 6-June 29 at Mayslake Peabody Estate at 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. In addition to eye-catching art, the exhibit will feature fun facts about pollinators to help visitors connect the beauty of pollinators to the critical role they play in our ecosystem. Artists are encouraged to show diversity in their submissions. Find the submission form and guidelines at the website listed above. Questions can be directed to Shannon Burns at



Feb. 22

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Stage Door Fine Arts will hold singing and dance auditions for this production for those in grades two through eight. Those in fifth grade and under will sing a song from the show. Those in sixth grade and up will sing a song of choice in the style of the show (contemporary musical theater/Disney.) An accompaniment track with no vocals must be brought to the audition; a capella singing is not allowed. A dance audition will be taught. Callbacks will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 if needed. Rehearsals will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays, split into increments, and, starting in April, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Performances are scheduled May 29-June 7. Tuition: $400 plus any costume fees. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Feb. 29

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Stage Door Fine Arts will hold singing and dance auditions for this spring musical for those in high school and up (eighth-graders doing Moana may also audition). Attendees will sing a song of their choice in the contemporary pop musical theatre style. An accompaniment track with no vocals must be brought to the auditions; a capella singing is not allowed. A dance audition will be taught. Callbacks will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. March 1 if needed. Rehearsals will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays and, beginning in April from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Performances are scheduled for June 11-14. Auditions can be scheduled on the website listed above. Tuition is $400 plus any additional costume fees. Audition hours: 4 to 8 p.m.

Kramer Foods


Gospel and Arts performance

Feb. 23

Christ Church Oak Brook

501 Oak Brook Road

Gospel recording artist Huntley Brown will join Timothy Botts, a master calligrapher and illustrator who has published books containing calligraphic inscriptions of Scripture, in a fusion of sight and sound. Time: 3 p.m.


Farm Life in Winter

Thursdays to Mondays through February

Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

(630) 876-5900

Harvest ice on the lake, watch repairs in the wagon shed, check for new lambs or enjoy a sleigh ride. The daily activites offered are posted at Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Admission: $5 per person suggestion for ages 3 and up.


Luggage for Freedom

Through February

Kaehler Luggage

28 E. First St., Hinsdale

Kaehler’s Luggage for Freedom drive supports women transitioning out of domestic violence shelters. The public is encouraged to drop-off a gently used bag at the store and receive a discount coupon toward a new bag from Briggs & Riley. The donated bags will be packed with new towels, new sheets and new toiletries to help women and their children start a new chapter in their lives with pride and dignity. In-store customer purchases during the month will also be entered into a drawing to win a free Briggs & Riley Baseline Carry-On Spinner.


Boys Lacrosse

Sundays, March 1-June 7

Spring Rock Park

4400 Central Ave., Western Springs

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 5-13 will be introduced to and develop basic skills using fun games and coaching techniques. A soft ball will be used. Players can bring their own stick or use one provided; no other equipment is necessary. Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: $325. RR



Native Landscaping: All About Plants

Feb. 23

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook

(630) 850-8110

Learn about the benefits of native plants and their root structures, and get tips and tricks for planting natives at home to attract pollinators and other wildlife. Attendees should bring drawings of their yard showing trees and other garden features. Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $10. RR



Feb. 29

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Various scents can relax and soothe us. Adults 21 and older are invited to learn about natural aromas and their healing affects. Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. RR


Mentors needed

(630) 570-8284

Hinsdale Central’s Career Internship Program is looking for mentors to provide students with real-world experience to help inform their future career decisions. The program is seeking unpaid internship placements for the summer and/or the 2020-21 school year in which students will work 40 to 60 hours outside of the school day in their field of choice, including accounting, business, finance, health care, law, marketing, medical research, physical therapy, real estate and veterinary medicine. Students must complete an interview prior to taking a position. For information or to offer an internship, contact Karen Russo using the information listed above.


Lunch with the Lincolns

Feb. 22

Immanuel Hall

302 S Grant St., Hinsdale

Meet President Lincoln and the First Lady at this fun and interactive drop-off program for kids in kindergarten through third grade. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $25. RR, MD


3D Printing for Grown-Ups

Feb. 25

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Learn how these printers work, the types of things one can print, where to locate the model files needed and how the library can help turn model files into physical prints. The features to look for in a home 3D printer also will be discussed. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR


Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Feb. 20-23

Hammerschmidt Chapel

Elmhurst College

208 W. Alexander Blvd.

(630) 617-5534

The 53rd annual festival features a lineup including The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Floyd, Dennis Mackrel, Bobby Shew and Gary Smulyan, along with college and high school groups. Visit the website listed above for a full schedule. Tickets: $100 for the weekend package, $80 for students and seniors, $10-$42 for individual performances.


‘The Great Gatsby’

Feb, 27-March 8

Theatre of Western Springs’

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-3380

This classic work by F. Scott Fitzgerald, set in 1922 on Long Island during a time of loose morals, jazz, and pretensions, follows fledgling writer Nick Carraway, who has rented a cottage next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire named Jay Gatsby. Across the bay lives Gatsby’s cousin, Daisy, and her womanizing husband, Tom Buchanan. Nick is drawn into the world of the super-rich and their loves, illusions and tragic flaws. Times: 8 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 5-6, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 1, 2:30 and 8 p.m. March 7, 2:30 p.m. March 8. Tickets: $22-$24.


Feb. 28-29, March 6-7

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(800) 838-3006

The Community Revue is back with its always hilarious send up of Hinsdale happenings and behavior. No one is safe from their biting humor. The show is for ages 21 and up, and tickets include complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres prior to the show and complimentary beer, wine, and dessert at intermission. The first 160 people to purchase VIP tickets receive premium seating, a special gift and a chance to participate in the show. Proceeds benefit The Community House programs. Time: 6:45 p.m. cocktail hour, 7:45 p.m. show. Tickets: $125-$150.

The Capitol Steps

Feb. 29

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Just in time for primary season, everyone’s favorite equal opportunity offenders offer their political parody with plenty of fresh laugh-out-loud songs and original sketches, including a mix of material from their newest album, “The Lyin’ Kings.” A private, pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, along with coffee and dessert at intermission, is available for an additional $30. Times: 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $42-$49.

‘Jeeves Saves the Day’

Through March 1

Mayslake Peabody Mansion

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 986-8067

Jeeves and Bertie are back in this world premiere production as Bertie, once again, finds himself suffering the slings and arrows of misfortune at the hands of his relatives. Caught between the magisterial machinations of his fierce Aunt Agatha and the plaintive pleadings of his cousin Egbert, not to mention the imperious Sir Roderick Glossup — who fully expects his daughter Honoria to save Bertie from his ill-advised bachelorhood — and it’s another priceless predicament that only the redoubtable Jeeves can overcome. Times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays; 3 p.m. Thursdays & Sundays; 4 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $34-$44, $29-$39 for seniors and students.

‘The Cake’

Through March 1

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble will perform this Bekah Brunstetter play set in Della’s bakery in Winston, N.C. When Jen, the girl Della thinks of as her goddaughter asks Della to make her wedding cake, not for one bride but two, it’s hard to follow one of her tried and true recipes as faith, family, food and love meet in the mix. The play, from a writer of NBC’s hit “This is Us,” contains adult themes and language. Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42, $40 for seniors.

An American In Paris

Through March 29

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-0111

Based on the Academy Award winner for best picture, “An American in Paris” brings to the stage breathtaking moments of dance set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Come away with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The storied streets of the City of Lights become the dance floor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love. Show 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: $60-$75.


Chinese Readers Theater

Feb. 23

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Enjoy this chance to read and act out classic Chinese stories. The first hour will focus on learning and practicing the stories — “Three Little Pigs” and “The Enormous Turnip” — and the second half on performing on stage and enjoying snacks. Advance registrants will receive a character and the story ahead of time. People are also invited to drop in to watch the show. Time: 2 to 4 p.m. RR


Jaguar Land Rover grand opening

Feb. 21

336 E. Ogden Ave., Hinsdale

The dealership invites the public to tour its new facility while enjoying hors d’oeuvres with an open cocktail bar and the musical stylings of local artist Diva Montell. Valet parking will be available on the east side of the building. RSVPs are requested by Feb. 18. Time: 4:45 p.m. ribbon cutting, 5 to 8 p.m. open house.

Enchanted Railroad

Through Feb. 23

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

The popular Enchanted Railroad pulls into the arboretum, where families can experience tiny versions of tree collections from around the world and more than 10 model trains winding through the intricate two-level display. Pick up timed tickets at the visitor center information desk Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Admission: $15, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for kids 2-17 and free for children under 2. MD


Eleanor Roosevelt

March 1

McCormick House

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 260-8162

Living history actor and scholar Leslie Goddard explores the life of this American First Lady, statesman and humanitarian as part of the Women’s History Month observance. The program is suitable for ages 10 and up. Time: 4 p.m. Admission: Free with $5 parking. RR


Teen Climbing 101

Tuesdays, Feb. 25-April 7

Annerino Community Center

201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook

(630) 789-7090

Aspiring climbers ages 12-15 will learn basic knowledge of rock climbing techniques such as three points of contact, footwork and balance. Bouldering also will be introduced along with basic knots, gear and commands. Time: 6 to 6:50 p.m. Cost: $30. RR


Nature Tots

Second and fourth Fridays through May 22

Lake View Nature Center

17W063 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 789-7090

Toddlers ages 1 1/2-3, with an adult, will explore the wonders of nature through “loose parts” play while learning teamwork and sharing skills. There will be outside play each class. Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $10 per class.


Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest

Feb. 22

Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St.

(708) 688-8000

Warm up at the zoo with more than 30 seasonal wines and whiskeys accompanied with small bites. Enjoy live entertainment along with opportunities to meet several of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. Attendees, who must be 21 or older, receive a commemorative 5-ounce glass to sample wines and whiskeys and admission to the zoo for the entire day beginning at 10 a.m. Designated driver tickets are also available that include unlimited soft drinks. Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: $95, $45 for designated drivers. RR, MD

Hinsdale Restaurant Week

March 1-8

Various locations

Enjoy breakfast and lunch specials and three- to five-course prix fixe dinner menus from $25–$39 at Hinsdale’s best restaurants. Participating eateries are Altamura, Baldinelli, Giuliano’s, Harry & Eddie’s, Il Poggiolo, Nabuki, Sweet Ali’s, Vistro, Wild Ginger and Yia Yia’s. No tickets, passes or coupons are necessary. Reservations are recommended.


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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