Community Events Calendar


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Join folk music's John McCutcheon for an all-request livestreamed concert April 18. (photo provided)

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Nature Photography Workshop: The Minimalist Image

May 12, 15 & 19

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 719-2468

In this online and in-person class, explore the stark beauty of minimalist nature photography, stripping compositions down to the bare essentials and removing clutter that distracts viewers from the main subject. Learn to use minimalism to produce artistic and visually soothing images with plenty of breathing room (white space) by creating a sense of scale and considering color, contrast, texture and patterns. The first and final sessions will be online, with outdoor field trip at the arboretum with the instructor in between. Times: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. May 12 & 19 (online), 8 to 11 a.m. May 15 (in-person). Cost: $80. RR, MD

Frida Kahlo: A Politics of Subjectivity and Self-Representation

May 23

Frida Kahlo’s work, little known and appreciated during her lifetime, acquired importance and preeminence in the light of second-wave feminism, precisely because of its distinctive qualities that relate it to the feminist motto “The personal is political.” This talk will examine and contextualize specific works by Kahlo in order to illuminate the relevance of her work to contemporary issues of subjectivity, performativity and self-representation, suggesting a reading of the upcoming “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibit through this lens. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $14.50.


American Youth Symphony Orchestra

May 30

The AYSO is holding virtual auditions for all string, wind, brass, percussion and piano musicians ages 7-18. Students must have a minimum of two years of instruction/playing experience and should perform one level-appropriate piece/movement up to 5 minutes in length; memorization is strongly encouraged. The auditions will be conducted via Dropbox. An additional audition dates is set for June 27. Fee: $25.


Mother Daughter Tea and Shopping Event

May 15


14 W. First St., Hinsdale

In honor of Mother’s Day, moms and daughters can spend some quality time together sipping some tea and enjoying a variety of finger sandwiches and sweets catered in by DiLeo’s. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $20. RR

‘Marvelous Mothers of History and Today’

Available on demand throughout May

(630) 323-8188

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Clarendon Hills Library presents this program by educational entertainer Martina Mathisen, in which she will weave true stories of extraordinary women doing extraordinary things into a special tale for this annual celebration of mothers. The program may be viewed on demand through the website listed above.

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‘10 Ways to Survive Life in Quarantine’

Streaming now

Hinsdale Central Drama presents its Freshman Show all-virtual production, featuring 17 members of the class of 2024. The show is set in the spring of 2020 with America’s teens desperate to find a way to keep themselves occupied while stuck endlessly inside of their homes. Tickets: donations will be accepted.



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.

Baldinelli Pizza

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.

Café la Fortuna

46 Village Place

(630) 537-1586

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

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.

Egg Harbor

29 E. First St.

(630) 920-1344

Opening soon at new downtown Hinsdale location.

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.

Fuller House

35 E. First St.

(630) 568-5466

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

Giuliano’s Ristorante

40 Village Place

(630) 734-1500

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

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.

Il Poggiolo

8 E. First St.

(630) 734-9400

Indoor dining, outdoor dining in heated tent, 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.

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.


18 E. First St.

(630) 654-8880

Indoor dining, outdoor dining in heated tent, 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.

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.

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.

Vistro Prime

112 S. Washington St.

(630) 537-1459

Indoor dining. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday & Tuesday through Thursday; 5 to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday; closed Mondays.

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.

YiaYia’s Cafe

13 Grant Square

(630) 487-5600

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


Hinsdale Book Walks

May 7-23

Burns Field

320 N. Vine St.

Discover a Hinsdale park and read a book during this new series co-sponsored by the village and the Hinsdale Public Library. Each month a book geared toward families with children under age 10 will be featured and displayed in a village park; this month’s title is “Play Outside” by Laurent Moreau. Additional walks are planned for June, July and August in different parks. Participants are invited to tag the village and library using @HinsdaleParks and @HinsdaleLibrary.

Mom and Me Tea
May 20

Westmont Community Center

75 Richmond St.

(630) 789-7090

Moms with their daughters or sons ages 3-10 will design and decorate a teapot planter and bracelets or keychains with charms. Participants will be provided their own kit with supplies just for them to take home. A keepsake surprise also will be provided. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: $28 per couple, $26 for each additional child. RR

The Progressive Farm: A Barnyard Tour

Through June 28

Kline Creek Farm

(630) 876-5900

Join a costumed heritage interpreter and explore the connections between farming at the end of the 19th century and today, looking closely at the farm’s buildings, implements and animals. Masks are required, and tours are first come, first served with a 10-person limit. Times: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. tours Thursdays through Mondays.


Shredding event

May 15

Hinsdale Village Hall

20 E. Maple St.

American Legion Post 250 is hosting a shredding event fundraiser, with shredding provided by Citadel Information Management. Cash donations or checks made out to American Legion Post 250 will be accepted. Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Chicago Elite Youth Volleyball

Tuesdays, May 11-June 1

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

This program is designed to introduce children to the game of volleyball and continue to improve their individual skill development in the sport with instruction in passing, setting, attacking, blocking, serving, defense and movement. Players will be divided according to skill level and age and challenged accordingly. Times: 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 6-11, 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 11-14. Cost: $80.

Pickleball Summer Kick-Off

May 21

Brook Park

Third and Columbia streets, Hinsdale

Find out what pickleball is all about. Players of all levels are invited to a fun night of open play, skills contests, round robins, prizes, music and pre-packaged snacks. Beginners are encouraged to come learn about the sport; some equipment will be available. All ages are welcome; those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20 per person. RR


Blackwell Family Campground Opens

May 7

Blackwell Forest Preserve

Butterfield Road west of Winfield Road, Warrenville

(630) 933-7248

Spend a night under the stars at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s family campground at Blackwell. The campground, open weekends through Sept. 25, has restrooms, showers and hand water pumps along with a water-fill station and a dump station for RVs. Campsites have electricity and can accommodate visitors with tents, trailers and motor homes. Each has a gravel parking pad, fire ring and picnic table and can hold up to eight people, two tents and one vehicle. Camping permits must be purchased at least three full business days in advance.

World Migratory Bird Day Walk

May 8

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Take an early morning walk through various habitats in search of birds making their way north. Bring binoculars; some are available for loan. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 7 to 8:30 a.m. RR

Warbler Walk

May 22

West DuPage Woods

Route 59 just north of Roosevelt Road, West Chicago

(630) 942-6200

Search for the bright, colorful feathers of neotropical migrants on a guided hike. The program is for ages 18 and up, and masks are required. Participants should bring binoculars and water. Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost: $5. RR

Mayslake by Moonlight

May 26 & 27

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

After the sun sets, enjoy an outdoor walking tour of Mayslake’s grounds while hearing about urban legends, tales of hauntings, stories of mischief and the property’s history and ownership. The program is for all ages; those under 18 must be with an adult. Masks are required, and participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15.


Perennial and English Garden Basket Sale

May 8

Hinsdale History Museum

15 S. Clay St.

The Garden Study Club of Hinsdale will hold its yearly sale, offering perennials from members’ gardens as well as English Garden Baskets, houseplants and more. Proceeds help fund the club’s ongoing maintenance of the Hinsdale History Museum Garden and other community projects. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Native Plant Sale

Through May 13

(630) 933-7247

Gardeners are invited to plant local and think global by buying native plants through this annual DuPage County Forest Preserve District event. A catalog with photos, descriptions and prices is available at the website listed above. Plant pickup will be curbside May 14-15 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. There is a five-plant minimum on orders and no in-person shopping this year. Proceeds from the sale will support forest district educational programming.

LEAP Club plant sale

May 15 & 16 pickup

Casten home

8 E. Third St., Hinsdale

Hinsdale Central High School’s LEAP into Africa Club is holding its seventh annual plant sale fundraiser, featuring many heirloom tomato plants as well as pepper and herb plants. All proceeds will be donated to the LEAP Science & Maths Schools for children in South Africa. Order online at Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Color Theory Series

Wednesdays, May 19-June 30

Learn about and apply color theory using different mediums — colored pencils, crayons and markers. This is a six-week series that will build each week; participants are asked to commit to the full series. No class June 9. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. RR

Arboretum Wellness Challenge

Through May 31


This free month-long program is designed to inspire people to establish healthy habits and spend time in nature to gain the wellness benefits trees provide. Registrants will receive weekly wellness inspiration and be entered into prize drawings, including arboretum classes and a one-year membership. Participants are asked to use #MortonArbChallenge to share how they’re incorporating nature-centered wellness into their lives. RR


The Picture Book Club

May 20

The Hinsdale Public Library is sharing some of the best picture books each month over Zoom. This month’s selections are “Black is a Rainbow Color” by Angela Joy, “Speak Up” by Miranda Paul and “One of These is Not Like the Others” by Barney Saltzberg. Read along by reserving a print copy at the library. The program is recommended for grades pre-K through third. Time: 4 to 4:30 p.m. RR

First Folio Bedtime Tales

Through July 15

First Folio Artistic Associates Diana Coates and Michael Goldberg will help read children to sleep with bedtime tales posted new each month and chosen specifically with little ones in mind. Two new videos are added each month.


Your Smartphone Photo Safety Net

May 11

Learn how photo tools from Google and Amazon can make it easier to save and share treasured images in this virtual program from the Hinsdale Public Library. Hear about services that automatically back up and organize digital pictures. Include an email address when registering to receive an online meeting invitation. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

The Role of Veterinary Technicians in Animal Health and Conservation

May 12

Get a behind-the-scenes look on Zoom into Brookfield Zoo’s Animal Hospital’s operations and the support that “vet techs” provide beyond their roles of caring for their animal patients, like support for anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and laboratory analyses as well as for conservation projects and research. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donations appreciated. RR

The Conservation of the Guam Kingfisher

May 25

Join Tim Snyder, curator of birds for the Chicago Zoological Society, as he shares the history and conservation efforts for the Guam kingfisher in this Zoom lecture. He will discuss how the species was close to extinction with the introduction of the invasive brown tree snake to the island as well as exciting current preparations being done in hopes of being able to release the bird back to protected areas on neighboring islands. Also learn how the CZS is contributing to this effort. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donations appreciated. RR

Voyagers Travel Discussion Club: Destination Tokyo

May 26

Join this virtual trip to Tokyo through the Hinsdale Public Library, with stops at the city’s most popular destinations, as well as historical context and cultural background, as Japan’s capital prepares to host the 2021 Summer Olympics. Include an email address when registering to receive an online meeting invitation. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


Chamber Orchestra

May 11

The orchestra, under the direction of Philip Bauman, is a mixed group of instrumentalists consisting of student and community members who will perform a livestreamed concert featuring traditional chamber music as well as jazz, contemporary classical, theater and film music. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $7 per household.

The Tower Chorale Rocks

Through May 11

The Tower Chorale’s mini virtual pops concert, featuring classic rock songs, “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John, “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King and an exciting a cappella eight-part arrangement of “Mr. Blue Sky” by the Electric Light Orchestra, is available on the website listed above. There is no cost, but donations are appreciated and can be made through the website. Time: 3 p.m.

A Salute to Frida

May 15 premiere

Celebrate the heritage of Frida Kahlo through the rhythm and sounds of Mexico, in anticipation of the major exhibit of her works to be held at the MAC in June. The New Philharmonic will perform works by Mexican-born composers Agustin Lara, Arturo Márquez, Manuel Ponce, Armando Manzanero and Rafael Mendez, and feature soprano Michelle Areyzaga, tenor Jesse Donner and bandoneon Ben Bogart. The virtual concert will continue to be available to ticketholders on-demand through June 15. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $51, $49 for seniors.

Rachmaninoff Concertos

Available through June 15

International pianist Wael Farouk and the New Philharmonic orchestra performance from College of DuPage’s McAninch Art Center of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto 1 in F-sharp minor, Concerto 2 in C minor and Concerto 3 in D-minor is available on demand. A video interview of Wael Farouk with MAC Director Diana Martinez and Maestro Kirk Muspratt is also available. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $40 per household.


‘Jason & Elvis’


The Theatre of Western Springs’ newest offering from its TWS Connections series is this 15-minute film written by Steven Simoncic, directed by Angelee Johns, and featuring TWS actor Jason McCargo and Children’s Theatre student Cooper Brown. Use the link listed above and enjoy the sweet, funny and touching story of a shy boy who finds courage and self confidence from the King himself.


Directors’ Workshop

May 15 & 16

Laidlaw Park

4125 Hampton Ave., Western Springs

(708) 246-4043

The Theatre of Western Springs presents three one-act plays about romance: “A Matter of Husbands” by Ferenc Molnar, “A Marriage Has Been Arranged” by Alfred Sutro and “Bothered” by Colleen Neuman. The program should last about an hour without intermission. Seating is limited, and walks-ups are allowed only if capacity is not reached. Audience members should bring chairs and a hat for the sun. Rain dates are May 22 and 23 Times: 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets: At-will donations accepted.

Shakespeare Appreciation Class

May 20

(708) 246-4043

Prepare for the Theatre of Western Springs’ upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with a virtual evening of conversation featuring a lecture by Courtney Beresheim, followed by a discussion of the play. Beresheim is a high school English teacher and also a member of the Director’s Workshop and Playwright Group. To access this Zoom meeting, go to and enter meeting ID 814 7069 5612 and passcode 4384. Contact Nicole Leatherwood at [email protected] for more information. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.


Walk the Walk for Mental Health

May 23

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

This 14th annual fundraising event will take place in person to support access to mental health services in the community. Registrants are asked to walk a mile and take part as a team to collect donations from family and friends. The school team with the highest participation will win a special prize, as will teams with the highest fundraising total and highest number of participants. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Start times will be set to ensure social distancing; walkers must wear a mask. Time: 8:30 a.m. Registration: $30 through May 7, then $35.

Spring 5k Run/Walk

Through May 30

Brookfield Zoo’s first-ever Virtual Spring 5k Run/Walk allow participants to choose the time and place — through a forest preserve, along a waterfront trail or in a neighborhood — or, run the full 5K to compare times with other runners. Each participant receives a beanie, virtual medal and completion certificate. Race materials will be mailed. Cost: $30. RR


Armed Forces Day

May 15

Burr Ridge Veterans Memorial

7660 S. County Line Road

Major General Robert Castellvi is the keynote speaker at this patriotic celebration hosted by the village of Burr Ridge and the Veterans Memorial Committee. World War II veteran Charlie Hartley and Honor Flight volunteer Pat Liss will be presented with the Jack Schaus Patriot Award for their exemplary patriotism in support of past and present military members. Water and snacks will be provided. COVID-19 protocols apply. All are welcome. Time: 10 a.m.

Free mulch

May 15 & 22

Blackwell Forest Preserve

29W220 Mack Road, West Chicago

(630) 876-5920

Homeowners may bring vehicles no larger than a pickup truck to pick up free wood chips from DuPage Forest Preserve District’s native plant nursery. A district employee will be on hand with a tractor to help; people who want smaller amounts should bring hand tools and containers. Masks and social distancing are required, and visitors must exit the nursery by 1 p.m. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aging Well Month

Through May 31

Aging Care Connections is celebrating Older Adults Month by offering 45 free virtual programs tailored for older adults that encourage learning, self-care and socialization. Topics include fitness, estate planning, real estate, music, art and history. Programs are hosted by local businesses and organizations that have an interest in the health and well-being of older adults. To access the Zoom links, visit the website listed above.


Mindfulness for Teens

April 30

(630) 986-1976

Teens are invited to relax their bodies and minds by practicing mindfulness in this Hinsdale Public Library group Zoom session, using breathing methods, guided imagery and more to help reduce stress. Time: 4 to 5 p.m.


Mother Nature and Me: Snakes

May 19

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Children ages 3-5 years old and their favorite adult will learn about snakes through outdoor adventures and activities. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 10 a.m. RR


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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