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Make room for Labor Day leisure

Plenty of end-of-summer fare to add enjoyment to the three-day weekend


Last updated 8/28/2019 at 11:31pm | View PDF

Among the local attractions for residents to enjoy this Labor Day weekend are the Beatles tribute band American English performing favorites by the Fab Four at Cantigny Park on Monday and Civil War reenactors setting up camp at the Graue Mill & Museum Saturday and Sunday. (photo provided/file photo)

Labor Day Weekend is here, to the disgruntlement of many. Summer is packing up, pools will soon be drained and all those fun, enriching activities planned for the season will have to wait another year.

Or will they?

A slew of events and activities are taking place this holiday weekend to send summer off with a smile. That includes, of course, Hinsdale Community Pool's swan song, with hours from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and noon to 6 p.m. Monday (the wading pool opens at 10 a.m. Saturday for the little ones).

Over at the Cook County Forest Preserve's Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W. 111th St., Lemont., the Hummingbird Sit program at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, invites people to watch the resident hummingbirds in the center's viewing area while a naturalist discusses their behavior and how to attract them to one's yard.

Naturalist Lorrie Ward said the program has been a popular one with the facility's guests.

"People enjoy relaxing and watching the birds in our hummingbird and pollinator garden that we have," she said. "We do the program in front of the garden, so then they get an idea of what their gardens look like and what flowers they can use."

She said some bring in their feeders for guidance on maintenance or location in their yard.

"We take questions and leave people time to relax. We loan out binoculars for people to use," Ward said, encouraging people to bring their own binoculars and lawn chairs, if desired.

The program lasts about two hours, and people can come and go freely. All ages are welcome

Registration is not required for the free program. For more information, call (630) 257-2045 or visit

• Also on the schedule at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center is Grasshoppers at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. All ages are invited join this hike to observe these abundant insects.

The program is free and registration is not required. Call (630) 257-2045 or visit

• Sign up for Ophidiophobia at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs.

Overcome your fear of snakes by learning more about these fascinating reptiles.

Call (708) 839-6897 or visit

• Kline Creek Farm, 1 N. County Farm Road, West Chicago, is the place to find out what made 19th-century farms go. From horses and hand pumps to windmills, people power and pulleys, learn all about it at Farm Power! from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Visitors can also stop by the wagon shed to see the blacksmith demonstrate the tools and techniques of the trade.

Farmhouse Museum Tours at the farm are given on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, to Monday, Sept. 2. Explore the lifestyle of a successful farm family and learn how the home was a place for work as well as relaxation and how it served as the building block of the rural community.

Admission to the farm is free and registration is not required. Call (630) 876-5900 or visit

• Members of the 10th Illinois Regiment and their families will spend Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 & Sept. 1, on the grounds of Graue Mill & Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook.

The reenactors will depict what life was like in a Union military camp, including use of authentic clothing, weapons and tools, black powder firing demonstrations and drills, cooking, toys and crafts, to transport visitors back in time to the 1860s.

The encampment will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Admission is free. Visit

• Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, will host two live music events this weekend in its band shell venue.

On Sunday, Sept. 1, Chicago Tribute Anthology will perform covers from Chicago, one of the most popular and enduring bands of all time, featuring a seven-piece horn band. Then on Monday, Sept. 2, American English, considered one of the nation's best Beatles tribute band, will capture the very essence of John, Paul, George and Ringo on stage.

Both concerts start at 3 p.m. and feature lawn seating; chairs and blankets are welcome.

Admission is free with $10 parking. Call (630) 668-5161 or visit

• This is the last chance to be captivated by the Drury Lane Theatre's production of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." Ten strangers - each of whom holds a murderous secret - meet on a clandestine island. Tension, fear and the macabre come together to weave a tale unveiling who will pay the ultimate price and keeping the audience guessing until the final curtain. The play is rated PG-13, and the production includes gun shot and strobe effects. Dinner and show packages are available. Drury Lane Theatre is located at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.

Tickets range from $50 to $65. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit

Author Bio

Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 630-323-4422, ext 103


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