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  • Community Events Calendar

    Updated Jun 19, 2024

  • A generation of making Thursdays fun

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Over the last two decades, summer in Hinsdale has become synonymous with Uniquely Thursdays. Each Thursday night from June through August, families and visitors gather in Burlington Park for an evening of live music, food from local vendors, festive beverages, and plenty of fun. The fun continues tonight, June 13, with music by Kelly Daniels. Fans of Daniels know him from Rockstar Rodeo, which was a favorite last year, said Amanda Wagner marketing director for the Hinsdale...

  • A Sunday afternoon in Burlington Park

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    A rainy start to the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival Saturday morning didn't discourage first-time participating artist John Scanlon. "We still had people show up and I had a really good sale right off the bat," Scanlon said Sunday, noting that serious buyers are the ones who come out in inclement weather. Scanlon's decision to skip a show he usually attends in Minnesota to come to Hinsdale last weekend was a good one, and not just from a financial perspective. He was chosen as...

  • Find a healthy pace this spring

    Ken Knutson|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Time to dust off those sneakers and hit the ground running as the frequency of short- and mid-distance picks up speed this season. Whether for fitness or philanthropy - or both! - the selection of events below offers courses for all strides. • Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 83 in Lisle, will debut its new Firefly Race Series, featuring a 3K course at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, and a 10K run at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Be inspired by the facility's rolling terrain, whether taking o...

  • Chamber celebrates century of vitality

    Ken Knutson|Updated Apr 10, 2024

    For 100 years, the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce has been working to grow and galvanize the village's economic enterprises for the benefit of merchants, residents and all who visit town. "The chamber helps bolster Hinsdale's reputation as one of the most desirable suburbs in the Chicago area. It's here to see that the reputation continues, by providing services for the demands of our residents, and the organizational network on which the business community thrives," declares...

  • Christmas carousel

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    In spite of some sprinkles, the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk was well attended Friday night. Santa arrived on top of Hinsdale's ladder truck and later visited with children in his tiny home in Burlington Park. Gabriel and Eleanor Tymowski enjoyed their time on Cookie's Carousel on First Street just west of Washington. Please turn to Page 16 for more photos. (Jim Slonoff photo)...

  • All the bells and whistles

    Ken Knutson|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    When Hinsdale's Memorial Building was constructed in 1929 as a tribute to the village's war heroes, its clock tower housed a bell. The bell was replaced by a carillon system in 1973 for the town's centennial but has been inoperable for years. Until now. A new carillon system was recently installed as part of this year's 150th sesquicentennial celebration, and visitors at the Christmas Walk tomorrow, Dec. 1, will be treated to a special unveiling of the new chimes after the 5 p...

  • Final MIP expenses in 2024 draft budget

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Higher than anticipated revenues in 2023 and rising revenues in 2024 will allow the village to invest more in master infrastructure plan and capital projects. Permit revenue and interest income have outperformed budget projections this year, village manager Kathleen Gargano wrote in a memo to trustees for their Nov. 21 meeting. That, combined with lower employee salary costs due to long-term vacancies not being filled and decreased overtime costs, will leave the 2023 budget with a projected operating fund balance, after...

  • Shop local Nov. 25, throughout the season

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    This season, the village of Hinsdale and the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce are partnering to expand the holiday experience and encourage residents to shop and dine local. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25. Supporting Hinsdale’s small businesses on that day and throughout the holiday season is critical to maintaining the village’s vitality. Residents and visitors also are invited to participate in Hinsdale’s Golden Ticket program throughout the holiday seasons. Participants who collect punches on their ticket from parti...

  • Holiday happenings

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    n ‘A Christmas Carol’ Nov. 24-Dec. 30 Drury Lane Theatre 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace www.drurylanetheatre.com (630) 530-0111 Continue a tradition or start a new one by gathering the whole family for this heartwarming 30th anniversary production of Dickens’ Christmas classic. Complete with falling snow, magical illusions and special effects, the play is a visually-stunning experience, and at one hour long, perfect for children of all ages. On select performance dates, families will have the opportunity to have break...

  • Wine Walking

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce held its annual Wine Walk Oct. 12. With 27 merchants participating and more than 700 tickets sold, the evening was a perfect blend of browsing, shopping and sampling some great wines. Portions of the proceeds will benefit People's Resource Center in Westmont. (Jim Slonoff photos)...

  • Fallapalooza

    Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Mayslake by Moonlight Tour Oct. 19, 21, 27, 28, 30 Mayslake Peabody Estate 1717 31st St., Oak Brook (630) 206-9566 www.dupageforest.org See Mayslake Hall in a new light. After the sun sets, enjoy a guided tour of this historic mansion by flashlight. Take in the architecture and history, and thrill to urban legends, tales of hauntings and stories of mischief. The program is for ages 12 and older; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: $15. RR Pumpkin Night Hike Oct. 20 Fullersburg Woods 3609 Spring...

  • Fallapalooza

    Updated Oct 11, 2023

    Woodland Family Hikes: Fall Color Oct. 13 or 14 Morton Arboretum 4100 Route 53, Lisle (630) 968-0074 www.mortonarb.org Enjoy the intricate beauty of colorful trees in the fall on an hour-long family-paced hike around the arboretum’s Meadow Lake. The program is recommended for families with children 4 and older. Time: 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $17. RR Cantigny Fall Festival Oct. 13-15 Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheato (630) 668-5161 www.cantigny.org The popular fall festival is e...

  • Seasonal synergy

    Ken Knutson|Updated Oct 4, 2023

    Hinsdale's trees have begun shedding their leaves, and the town's denizens are adding layers when heading out. Autumn is in full splendor, and there's no better way to celebrate the season locally than at the 2023 Hinsdale Fall Family Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Burlington Park 30 E. Chicago Ave. The event, put on by the village's parks and recreation department, was moved to the park from its previous Hinsdale Middle School site. Mike Hayes,...

  • Fallapalooza

    Updated Sep 27, 2023

    Fall Color Wine Tasting Sept. 28 Morton Arboretum 4100 Route 53, Lisle (630) 968-0074 www.mortonarb.org Enjoy seasonal wines and live music in The Grand Garden amidst changing trees at the arboretum. Attendees can pre-order their favorite wines with Famous Liquors to pick up at a later date. Cases of wine are 10 percent off. Ten percent of all wine sales will be donated back to the arboretum. Designated driver tickets are available, which include a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage ticket, a cookie and an...

  • Fallapalooza

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    n Oktoberfest Sept. 23-24 Brookfield Zoo 3300 Golf Road (708) 688-8400 www.czs.org/events Toss on some lederhosen and enjoy live polka music at the zoo's beer garden. Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest beer and a seasonal menu featuring brats, sausages, pretzels with beer cheese and more will be available for purchase. Time: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. n Fall Color Wine Tasting Sept. 28 Morton Arboretum 4100 Route 53, Lisle (630) 968-0074 www.mortonarb.org Enjoy seasonal wines and live music in The Grand Garden amidst changing trees at the...

  • Clarke left mark in village and beyond

    Ken Knutson|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Philip R. Clarke, a.k.a. "Mr. Hinsdale," was community service personified for most of his 77 years, both in the village he called home his entire life and in Chicago, where he was a prominent businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. Clarke's life was chronicled in a tribute story, excerpted here, that appeared in The Doings upon his death in 1966. "Born in Hinsdale (in 1889), he was the son of Robert W. Clarke, a founder of the Presbyterian Church in the village which la...

  • Farmers market keeps producing

    Ken Knutson|Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Henry Fredian, 2, was the picture of delight as his newly acquired string-tethered balloon floated above his head at the Hinsdale Farmers Market on Monday. Contentment was abundant on the warm, sunny August morning, as people perused and stopped at the vendor stalls along Chicago Avenue. Families took advantage of one of the final days before school's resumption to let kids frolic around the fountain in adjacent Burlington Park. Henry's mom, Hinsdale's Gabriele Fredian, said s...

  • Uniquely Thursdays had humble beginnings

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Aug 9, 2023

    As a business owner in Hinsdale, Lynette Lovelace was always looking for new ways to provide for the people of Hinsdale - and new ways to attract those people to the village's downtown. Lovelace was at a meeting of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce when she suggested the idea of a downtown concert series to draw people to the business district. The events would be held on Thursday nights to coincide with the later hours of several downtown merchants. "Everybody looked at me...

  • July Fourth parade highlight of summer

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Jun 28, 2023

    The Fourth of July parade has been a summer tradition for generations of kids growing up in Hinsdale, including Tim Balster. From the time he was in elementary school, Balster said he always found a way to not only watch the parade, but to participate. He pulled a model of the Liberty Bell behind his decorated bike and at age 11 traversed the entire parade route via pogo stick. After a few years of juggling while riding a unicycle, Balster landed on his most notable mode of...

  • Summer concert series opens tonight

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Jun 14, 2023

    It wouldn't be summer in Hinsdale without the weekly concerts in the park known as Uniquely Thursdays. From 6 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from June 15 to Aug. 17, Burlington Park in downtown Hinsdale morphs from a quiet park along the railroad tracks to a booming music venue filled with families, food and plenty of fun. The village's 21st season of concerts begins tonight, Thursday, June 15, with Semple Band. The Chicago-based group promises a high-energy performance that will...

  • Summertime certainly a busy time in Hinsdale

    Updated Jun 7, 2023

    Whether you celebrate meteorological summer, which began June 1, or wait for the June 21 solstice for the official kick-off, the fun that marks the season in Hinsdale has begun. The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce held its first event of the season with the 50th annual Fine Arts Festival last weekend in Burlington Park, featuring works by 85 participating artists. Then, on Monday, the first chamber-sponsored Farmers Market took place on Chicago Avenue along Burlington Park. The market, featuring the produce of Midwest farmers...

  • Fine Arts Festival turns 50

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 31, 2023

    The Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival is an event for the family to enjoy - and an exhibition where even the artists are family. Among the 85 participating artists at this year's milestone 50th annual fest Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, in Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., are brother and sister Scott and Teri Causey. Teri, an abstract painter, was the first sibling to present at the show, debuting last June. "A friend of mine had told me about it the year before, saying, 'I...

  • Luck certainly not limited to the Irish

    Updated Mar 15, 2023

    “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough,” the popular saying goes. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow — and with no disrespect to the Irish — we’d like to offer our own twist on the saying. “If you’re lucky enough to be a Hinsdalean, you’re lucky enough.” And so, we offer up the following reasons — an incomplete list, we admit — that Hinsdaleans have to feel the sun shining on their faces and the wind always at their backs. • the volunteers and philanthropists who are willing to share their time, talents...

  • New HCC chair hopes businesses will get involved

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Feb 1, 2023

    As someone who spent her childhood in Hinsdale and returned after college to live and work in the area, Laura Liss has watched her hometown grow and change. Now, she's helping to keep that growth and change going, both as a business attorney and as chair of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. "It's both a personal and a professional sense of pride to be involved," said Liss, who joined the chamber as a member in 2019 and served as a board member and vice chair...

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