FREE! FREE! FREE! Outdoor concert with Scraps of Brass! The Village’s well received series of free concerts at Clocktower Park is returning for another season of good music and family fun this coming summer. These family friendly events are always fun and you can’t beat the price – they’re free! Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket for seating, oh and don’t forget to bring bug spray
Don’t let the rain ruin a great weekend, join a beer brewing club or head to a comedy show with our picks of the top ten things to do around Schiller Park this weekend. For a complete list of events happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Street Dance, 11 a.m. Friday
Join the community to celebrate the summer tradition the includes a car show, children’s entertainment, inflatables, a variety of food, two bands, a beer garden and more. Downtown Franklin Park, Scott Street and Grand Avenue, Franklin Park. Free.
2. Jeff Fest, 6 p.m. Friday
The three-day festival features drum circles, barbecue, food trucks, live music and beer vendors. A bags tournament is also scheduled. Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., Chicago. $5-$7; free for children under 12.
3. Guided Bicycle Tour, 9:30 a.m. Friday
Explore the historic Oak Park neighborhoods on a guided bicycle tour of 22 structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sites include Wright’s Home and Studio, Unity Temple, Frank Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, Furbeck House and more. Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park. $30-$35.
4. The Oak Park Conservatory Uncorked, 6 p.m. Friday
Stop by on the fourth Friday of the month through September for this event. Tickets include two drink tickets, a food token, showcase tours, music, art and more. You must be 21 or over to participate. For more information, visit www.fopcon.org, email email@example.com or call 708-725-2400. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. $15.
5. Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, 11 a.m. Friday
There are both amateur and professional bike races throughout the day. The course is a 1.2 mile criterium course around Elmhurst College. Amateur racing begins at 10:50 a.m., professional women and men begin at 4:40 p.m. and 6:30p.m. Families are invited to casually ride on the professional course during the Olympia Chiropractic Family Fun Ride at 5:50pm. All proceeds exceeding the event’s cost support local area charities. Volunteer opportunities are available. Elmhurst College, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Free.
6. Jay Pharoah, 8 p.m. Friday
A performance by comedian Jay Pharoah best-known for his wide array of celebrity impressions, his roles on “Saturday Night Live” and his role alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in “Ride Along.” Performances at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on July 25 and 26. For ages 21 and older. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30.
7. Young Choreographers Showcase: ‘Dreams and Fantasies,’ 8 p.m. Friday
This year’s showcase features an original piece by high school student Maddy Tyma that has been funded by the Illinois Arts Council Agency as part of their youth employment in the arts project. The new piece is a physically integrated duet between Tyma and co-collaborator Jessica Martin who is a dancer/choreographer with a disability. The concert also features new works by Merril Doty, Max Gorgol and Drew Lewis. The Academy of Movement and Music, 605 Lake St., Oak Park. $5.
8. Homebrewing Club: Brew Day, 10 a.m. Saturday
The Homebrewing Club brews and bottles beer at the library. July’s beer is hefeweizen, a sweet and fruity German wheat beer. An original recipe is used. Bottling occurs in late August and only attendees of this event are allowed to participate. 21 and up. Elmwood Park Public Library, 1 W. Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park. Free.
9. Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Sunday
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast including sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. American Legion Post 974, 9757 Pacific Ave., Franklin Park. $6.
10. Sugar Beet Edible Garden Walk, 10 a.m. Saturday
Get a peek at the Sugar Beet’s edible gardens at the peak of the growing season. Attendees can learn about this garden as well as community gardens and urban agriculture at large. To purchase tickets online, visit sugarbeetegt.bpt.me. The Sugar Beet Co-op, 812 Madison St., Oak Park. $10 for members; $12 for general admission; free for kids and new members
The village of Rosemont has approved an agreement with a company to literally build a 35 to 40-ft. high snow mountain in mid-December that will allow people to slide down its 250-ft. length while riding a tube.
The deal will result in the hiring of Stack Box Structures, a company that uses shipping containers, to erect “Mount Rosemont” as it may or may not eventually be called. The mountain will be located in the village’s entertainment district, MB Financial Park at Rosemont, right in front of the Hofbrauhaus German beer hall.
This is just the latest in a growing list of attractions that will bring people to Rosemont to dine, ice skate, drink, shop, bowl, laugh, and enjoy the sensation of skydiving…
The Lincoln Middle School Band at Chicago Wolves Game at Allstate Arena
If you are looking for something to do this afternoon, come out and support the Lincoln Middle School Chorus who are singing the National Anthem at the start of the Chicago Steel Game today, Sunday, February 23rd at 2:50 pm at The Edge Ice Arena at 735 Jefferson Street, Bensenville, Illinois, 60106. I am sure all of the District 81 students who enjoy the support and the friendly faces. The dividend is that you will get a chance to also enjoy a spirited local hockey game as well.
Schiller Park School District 81′s Washington School students are putting on the musical “Annie” on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 6:30 pm in the Little Theater at Lincoln Middle School at 9640 Soreng Avenue. The 4th and 5th grade students as well as staff have worked very hard in putting this production together.
Everyone should plan on reserving their evening on Thursday to come out and support the children’s performance. This has become quite an tradition for the Washington School students to perform in their annual musical show.
It is great to see the wonderful talent and opportunities for all of the children of the District through the numerous productions and performances that the Schiller Park School District Board of Education and Administration support.
A special thank you needs to go to the District 81 staff for the countless hours that they annually invest in the development and education of the children in these numerous opportunities.