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Sign up through the Hinsdale Public Library to learn more about Danny Trejo's life and his current restaurant ventures in an Illinois Libraries Present virtual program set for April 4. Turn to Page 22 for details. (photo provided)


Spring Fine Arts Showcase

April 3

Rooney Student Center

Nazareth Academy

1209 W. Ogden Ave., LaGrange Park

Join faculty and students from Nazareth Academy's fine arts department for a visual arts open house, including a reception and gallery tours. The showcase will include works from dozens of Nazareth students, including Scholastic art and writing award winners. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m.

HerStory exhibit


Virgil Catherine Gallery

50 S. Washington St., Hinsdale

See this group exhibition of women artists, including Hinsdale's Maureen Claffy.


Scholarship application

April 7 deadline

Applications for the $1,000 annual Christopher J. Chute Memorial Scholarship are being accepted from members of Hinsdale Central's Class of 2023. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 (unweighted), plan to pursue a post-secondary education at an accredited college or university, have taken four years of a foreign language in high school and intend to participate in a study-abroad program during their college career. A recommendation from an HCHS faculty, staff member or guidance counselor is required. Applications are available at the website above; email [email protected] for more information.



9 W. First St.

(630) 755-5252

Carryout and delivery available. 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.

Café la Fortuna

46 Village Place

(630) 537-1586

Hours: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Casa Margarita

25 E. Hinsdale Ave.

(630) 455-9000

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday.

Egg Harbor Café

29 E. First St.

(630) 920-1344

Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Every Day's a Sundae

14 W. Hinsdale Ave.

(630) 974-6162

Hours: 2 to 8 p.m. weekdays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, closed Wednesday.

Fontano's Subs

9 S. Lincoln St.

(630) 789-0891

Dine in, take out and delivery. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, closed Wednesday.

Fuller House

35 E. First St.

(630) 568-5466

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Giuliano's Ristorante

40 Village Place

(630) 734-1500

Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday.

Hua Ting

777 N. York Road

(630) 789-0505

Hours: 11:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday to Wednesday.

Il Poggiolo

8 E. First St.

(630) 734-9400

Dine-in, delivery and takeout. Dine in hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Jade Dragon

43 S. Washington St.

(630) 323-6959

Dine in, delivery and take out. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.


18 E. First St.

(630) 654-8880

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday & Monday.

Page's Restaurant

26 1/2 E. First St.

(630) 323-9058

Dine in and carryout. Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Sweet Ali's Bakery

13 W. First St.

(630) 908-7175

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, closed Sunday and Monday.

Toni Patisserie & Café

51 S. Washington St.

(630) 789-2020

Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Vistro Prime

112 S. Washington St.

(630) 537-1459

Hours: 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday.

Wild Ginger

44 S. Washington St.

(630) 323-1888

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

YiaYia's Cafe

13 Grant Square

(630) 487-5600

Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily


Egg hunt open house

April 2

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 668-5161

Eggs will be available throughout the day on the Parade Field and replenished periodically. Each child should bring his or her own basket or bag and may redeem five eggs for a prize. Then take a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny or color a ceramic basket, while supplies last, at a cost of $5 each (cash only). The Usborne Book Fair also will be taking place inside the visitors center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Concessions will be available from Joe & Dough, Mamie's Toffee & Treats, Fiesta Taco, Wally Waffles, Go Doggy Run Hot Dogs and Poupee Puf Cotton Candy. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free with $5 parking per car.

Egg hunt

April 8

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets

Kids are invited to the annual egg hunt hosted by the Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department and The Community House. The Easter Bunny also will be available for visits. Participants will be separated into age categories for the hunt, and families are encouraged to be prompt. Time: 10:30 a.m. for 3 and under, 10:40 a.m. for ages 4-5, 10:50 a.m. for ages 6-7, 11 a.m. for ages 8-9 and 11:10 for ages 10 and older.


Spring Planting on the Farm

April 1-May 29

Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

(630) 876-5900

Tour the farmhouse to see how families worked together to get spring planting done, and then watch the farmers work in fields and gardens planting the year's crops (weather permitting) - and maybe help plant seeds in the kitchen garden. Tours begin on the hour; the program is not offered Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: suggested donation of $5 per person.


Madison summer camp supply drive

Through May 9

The Madison Kids Care Club is collecting donations for the Willowbrook Summer Camp supported by The Community House. The camp serves more than 60 children in the under-resourced community. Purchase items on the Amazon Wish List or make a cash donation through the website listed above.


Hinsdale Herd Boys Lacrosse

April 3-May 25

Veeck Park

701 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

This Hinsdale Herd program will meet for skill/practice sessions with boys ages 6-14 Mondays and Thursdays. IYLL league games versus teams in neighboring towns will be held on Sundays. Players must provide a stick, mouth guard, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads and elbow pads. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 6-10, 7 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 10-14. Cost: $395 for younger boys, $450 for older boys. RR

Hinsdale Herd Girls Lacrosse

Thursdays, April 6-May 25

Veeck Park

701 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

This Hinsdale Herd program will meet for skill/practice sessions with girls ages 6-14. IYLL league games versus teams in neighboring towns will be held on Saturdays. Players must provide a stick, mouth guard and goggles. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 6-10, 7 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 10-14. Cost: $255 for younger girls, $300 for older girls. RR

Fencing for Everyone

Thursdays, April 6-May 25

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Young students will develop discipline, balance, coordination and sportsmanship as well as quicker reflexes and the ability to make lightning-fast analysis of tactical situations. All equipment is provided. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. for ages 7-10, 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 11-14. Cost: $280. RR


Navigating with a Map and Compass

April 8

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 719-2468

After some time in the classroom learning the basics of using a map and compass, participants will head out onto the arboretum grounds to practice. Bring a compass if available. Time: noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $46. RR, MD


Mindful Movement

April 1

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Join this session of gentle stretching and movement, led by Westmont Body & Brain Yoga and Tai-Chi, to reduce stress and increase energy. All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. RR

Yoga Chisel

Saturdays through April 29

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Certified yoga instructor Gerri Atkinson will show how to maximize the benefits of yoga practice by combining vinyasa flow yoga with upper body muscle conditioning exercises utilizing light hand weights for a total body workout. The class is ongoing. Participants should bring a mat. Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $15 per class. RR


Animal-Assisted Therapy dogs


Edward-Elmhurst Health is seeking dogs for its Animal-Assisted Therapy program at its hospitals in Naperville and Elmhurst. An online application is available at the website above; applicants will be contacted for pre-screening. Those who qualify will be scheduled for temperament testing within a two-hour time slot on April 28, 29 or 30 at Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville. Selectees will complete mandatory training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 3 & 4, at the hospital. For more information, contact Cynthia Brooks at (630) 527-5305 or [email protected]


Mini hoop embroideries

April 3

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Kids in third grade through middle school are invited to make this unique craft while sharing one another's favorite books. Time: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. RR


Women and the Environment

Fridays through March 31 & Thursday, April 6

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 968-0074

Join this series as guest speakers share about their work on behalf of nature and the stories of the women who inspired them. The March 31 program "Soil Sisters: How Local Women Are Caring for the Land" will feature avid gardener and local food leader Heather Lynch sharing how women-powered support is helping to fuel her personal journey from molecular biologist to farmer and land conservationist. The programs also will be presented via Zoom. Visit the website for the full series schedule. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. for March programs, 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 6. Cost: $23 per session. RR, MD

Danny Trejo talks tacos, Hollywood and redemption

April 4

Actor/author/restaurateur Danny Trejo will discuss in this virtual program how he developed a prolific career in the entertainment industry with a hard-earned and atypical road to success. From years of imprisonment to helping troubled youth battle drug addictions, from acting to producing, and now on to restaurant ventures. The program is sponsored by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

Motown: Music that Moved the World

April 4

Clarendon Hills Library

7 N. Prospect Ave.

(630) 323-8188

Music historian Gary Wenstrup will trace the rich musical journey of Motown from the power soul of "Dancing in the Streets" and "I Heard I Through the Grapevine" to the psychedelic soul of "Cloud Nine" and "What's Goin' On" to the pop soul of the Jackson 5. Time: 7 p.m. RR

Discover Gap Years

April 5

More and more students are embracing the opportunity to step off the traditional academic track and engage in experiences that increase confidence, independence, maturity and college readiness. Join Katherine Stievater, founder of Gap Year Solutions, for this online Hinsdale Public Library presentation and Q&A about the benefits of gap time and how to plan a transformational and purposeful gap year on any budget. Time: 7 to 8 p.m.


Kitty Donahoe with James Curley

April 1

Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

11 W. Maple St.

(630) 941-7797

Michigan Emmy award-winning songwriter Kitty Donohoe brings her love of language and innate sense of melody to this concert, backing herself on piano, guitar and cittern. Her latest album, "The Irishman's Daughter," combines original pieces with traditional music. Philadelphia native James Curley will also perform, part of the Acoustic Renaissance Series. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.


New Plays Workshop

March 30-April 2

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-4043

Enjoy three one-act world premiere plays, including "Down to the Wire" about an FBI desk worker who gets thrust into undercover action, "Just Stuff" exploring a struggling marriage changed by the arrival of a Salvation Army stuff evaluator and "The World's Most Boring Murder" following a small town's police department investigating the town's very first murder. A post-show discussion will be held with the playwrights and directors. Donations are accepted either with online reservations or at the door. Time: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday.


April 12-June 4

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-0111

Meet Rydell High's senior class of 1959, the hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping "Pink Ladies" as Danny and Sandy rediscover their summer fling romance, accompanied by one of the most beloved soundtracks of all time. Times: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $85–$95, with a $5 discount for seniors on Wednesday and Thursday matinées.

'Seussical, Jr.'

Fridays to Sundays, April 14-23

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-4043

Now one of the most performed shows in America, "Seussical JR." is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination - Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Times: 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15, $12 for children.


Unraveling the Myth of Sgt. Alvin York

April 6

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Warrenville

On Oct. 8, 1918, 17 soldiers from the 82nd Division, American Expeditionary Force, led by acting Sgt. Bernard Early, flanked a German machine gun nest that had inundated their unit with withering fire. Acting Cpl. Alvin York, a member of the patrol, received credit for taking control of the squad and single-handedly killing 20 Germans, capturing 132 prisoners and eliminating 35 machine guns, for which he received the Medal of Honor, was promoted to sergeant and rose to fame and glory. In this in-person and virtual program, historian James Gregory Jr. tells the story of the other 16 soldiers who took part in the battle, recovering the part they played alongside York while revealing the process of myth-making in 20-century America. Registration is required for online participants. Time: 7 p.m.


Babysitters Training

April 1

Clarendon Hills Community Center

315 Chicago Ave.

(630) 789-7090

Youth ages 11-15 will learn the knowledge and skills needed to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. The class includes a participant workbook, an emergency guide and a Red Cross Babysitters Training certificate. Attendance is required for the entire day to receive certification. Participants should bring a nut-free sack lunch and a drink. Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $85. RR

Genshin Impact Co-op

April 1

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Those looking for someone to help grind for primogems, fight that Hypostasis or explore Teyvat are invited to bring their device, with app already downloaded, and plenty of resin to spend. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. RR


Soccer Shots Classic

Sundays, April 2-May 21

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Kids ages 3-5 will learn basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting through creative and imaginative games, along with a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation. Time: 4 to 4:35 p.m. Cost: $125. RR, MD

Junior Expedition

April 3, 10 & 17

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 719-2468

Children ages 3-5 will explore the changing seasons in this three-week drop-off program, including a search for signs of animals and instruction on how life adapts. Participants will engage with nature through play and discovery, deepening their observation and inquiry skills. Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $125. RR, MD

Discover Dance

Mondays, April 3-May 22

Clarendon Hills Community Center

315 Chicago Ave.

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 3-5 will discover the magic of imaginative play with live singing, structured explorations and skill development. Class offer and outlet for creative expression, physical growth and social interaction. Children will explore the essence of movement that will lead to the discovery of multiple styles of dance. Please wear comfortable, form-fitted clothing and bare feet. Time: 11:35 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Cost: $72.

Little Sprouts

April 5 or 11

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 719-2468

Children ages 3-5 with an adult will explore nature in a sensory-based program at the arboretum through hiking, playing, listening to stories and engaging in science and art activities. April's topic is Puddles and Petals. Time 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $27. RR, MD

Coed U6 Beginners Lacrosse Clinic

Thursdays, April 6-May 25

Veeck Park

701 E. Chicago Ave, Hinsdale


Kids ages 4-6 will have fun, make friends and learn the basics of the game from East Avenue Lacrosse coaches and players. No experience is necessary, and all equipment and a free jersey for first-time players will be provided. Players should bring mouth guards and wear athletic footwear. Time: 5 to 6 p.m. Cost: $150. RR


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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