Extend season's enchantment with outdoor events
Last updated 8/25/2021 at 2:22pm | View PDF
Wait, summer’s not over yet!
Yes, the resumption of school and the winding down of Hinsdale Community Pool operations can make it feel like the fun-in-the-sun times are setting into the horizon. But lament not, for delights still abound in this season’s final movement.
Speaking of music, the village’s Uniquely Thursday series has been extended an extra week due to the weather cancellation back on kick-off night. So if you can’t get to Burlington Park to hear Semple Band tonight, clear the schedule Sept. 2 to enjoy fan favorite The Millennials.
The free weekly live Sunday concerts at Cantigny Park in Wheaton also continue into the first week of September, and Burr Ridge’s Concert on the Green series extends into October. And if you’re looking for a treat this weekend, Cantigny is hosting a special outdoor performance of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra on Saturday.
Who likes ice cream? Was that a scream, y’all? Head to Robbins Park, Burlington Park or Peirce Park between 1 and 4 p.m. this Sunday for free grab-and-go ice cream treats courtesy of the AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale administrative team and its foundation’s junior board.
Work off those satisfying scoops with a hike. The guided Evening Forest Hike from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook will be sure to burn some calories. Less rigorous but more atmospheric is the Mayslake by Moonlight walking tour from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 20 and 21, complete with a history of Oak Brook’s Mayslake Peabody Estate and some spooky tales. If wading in the water is your thing, Get Your Feet Wet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville will highlight the importance of streams while participants search for aquatic wildlife.
September is probably the best month to go camping in the Chicago area with warm days and cooler nights. Learn the skills of outdoors-ing at Share the Trail: Camping 101 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at Camp Bullfrog Lake, 9600 Wolf Road in Willow Springs. You can even get help setting up that tangled tent sitting in the crawlspace. Families are welcome.
How about a little competition? The Pickleball Round Robin Tournament on Sept. 11 on Hinsdale’s Brook Park courts will test players’ abilities with brackets for both intermediate and advanced entrants.
Those new to the sport can learn from USPA ambassador Bill Voigt by joining a two-week small-group workshop during the month of September at Brook Park. Equipment will be provided.
While the name Harvest Fest conjures images of autumn, the Graue Mill & Museum’s annual event on Sept. 12 falls well within summer’s boundaries. The whole family can enjoy food, drinks, fishing, make-and-take crafts and more from 11:30 to 4 p.m. at the historic Oak Brook site along Salt Creek.
Many of the programs listed above require registration, and some carry a fee. Find details in the Out & About listing starting on Page 18 — and summer on!