Big Week: May 13-20

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FitzGerald's Keeps the Live Music Coming

Song-for-Song: Robbie Fulks & Tim O'Brien

Wednesday, May 13, 8 p.m., Facebook Live 

See the two musicians interact on a split screen live event. Free; tips collected to support musicians and venue via Venmo/Paypal. Tickets/more:

Live from Where They Live: Charlie Parr

Thursday, May 14, 8 p.m., Facebook Live

Free; tips collected to support musicians and venue via Venmo/Paypal. Tickets/more:

Live from Where They Live: Ike Reilly

Friday, May 15, 8 p.m., Facebook Live

Free; tips collected to support musicians and venue via Venmo/Paypal. Tickets/more:

Stay-at-Home Concerts

Saturdays, 4 p.m.

The nightclub continues to take the show on the road through May. Sign up for a visit or watch the livestream on the FitzGerald's Facebook page. 

May 16  Prom Theme Dance Party 

May 23  Toronzo Cannon 

May 30  Ryan Joseph Anderson  

While concerts have been in Berwyn and south Oak Park, plans to extend into neighboring communities are a closely guarded secret. For updates, check FitzGerald's social pages or

Fun Home

May 12 to 24, Stream via Vimeo

See the musical staged at Victory Gardens Theater of Chicago during their 2017/18 season and watch the performance of Oak Park teen Leo Gonzalez. Fun Home, which won five Tony's, is inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. Alison sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations – from her coming out to her moving journey to acceptance. $20. More/to purchase:


Crafting with Maria

Tuesday, May 19, 2 to 2:30 p.m., River Forest Library Facebook and Instagram pages

All ages are welcome to make a craft project every Tuesday. Watch live or find it a few days later on the River Forest Library's YouTube Channel. Here you will find previous projects like wax-paper garlands and paper embroidery. You can also learn how to make a no-sew cloth mask. 



Mask Making for
Local Distribution

The Park District of Oak Park is collecting home-made masks to distribute to Oak Parkers, including meal delivery volunteers, first responders and others. Masks are required in all businesses and public areas where social distancing may be difficult. To donate homemade masks, email Mask-making instructions/more:


Wright Sites

Thursdays, Noon, livestream on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

Virtually visit Frank Lloyd Wright-designed public sites closed due to COVID-19. Access via social sites or websites. Previous visits can also be viewed. Free. Brought by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. More:

May 14 Taliesin West, Arizona

May 21 Beth Sholom Synagogue, Pennsylvania

May 28 Darwin E. Martin House, New York


Writers' Word Feast

Sunday, May 17, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Zoom 

Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers' group for all types and genres. Each writer has a chance to read a story, poem or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Sponsored by the Oak Park Public Library. Register:


Try It Thursdays Trivia:
Where in the World?

Thursday, May 14, 4 to 5 p.m., Zoom 

Those in grades 4 to 8 – show what you know with a virtual Kahoot trivia championship. Sponsored by the Oak Park Public Library. Register:


Memory Cafe

Tuesday, May 19, 2 to 4 p.m., Zoom

Join for conversation and enjoyable activities at this welcoming place for individuals living with memory changes along with their families and friends. Sponsored by Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest Townships, with support from the River Forest Library. More:


Unity Temple History Quiz Contest

Through May 29

Celebrate National Preservation Month by testing your Unity Temple knowledge. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Unity Temple has been recently restored and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other Wright buildings. Prizes include a wood display model of Unity Temple (UTRF members only), a model kit and guided tours upon reopening. Brought by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation in partnership with the Little Building Co. of Queensland, Australia. Online quiz:


Community Talkboard 

Stop by the chalkboard at Compound Yellow, read a prompt and express your ideas, thoughts and feelings on the board. Connect with others who have left their thoughts and share in this collective experience. Initiated by local therapist, Vince Murphy. In the side yard of 244 E. Lake St., Oak Park.


NAMI Virtual Open Mics

Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m.

Get together to share creativity and fellowship; bring a story, joke, poem, song, etc. Performing is optional. Virtual Open Mics continue weekly while the Oak Park Drop-in Center of the National Alliance on Mental Illinois (NAMI) Metro Suburban is closed. All are welcome. Questions/login info:

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