Big Week | July 15-22

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In Person Tours at Hemingway Birthplace Home

Saturday July 18 and 25, top of each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Learn about the home, the author's family, his early years and more. Printed translations are available for most foreign languages. $15; $13, seniors/students with valid ID; free, children under 10. 339 N. Oak Park Ave. Or for those in quarantine or living long-distance, Live Virtual Tours of Hemingway's Birthplace are Wednesdays through Sundays, 1 and 3 p.m., on Google Meet. Join a knowledgeable docent on a live tour at Ernest Hemingway's Birthplace Home in Oak Park while interacting with visitor questions along the way. Up to 15 may join each live tour. $15; $5 each additional viewer. Tickets/more:

Libraries are scheduled to open

Wednesday, July 22, Oak Park Public Library, Main Branch

The Main Library (not Maze or Dole branches) is scheduled to move to Phase 2, "open with specific capacity limits and some onsite staff for materials, technology support. Public computer use by appointment only." 834 Lake St. More:

Monday, July 27, River Forest Public Library

More: 735 Lathrop Ave.


Get the Dirt

Sing up now for Thursday, July 23, 7 to 8 p.m., Zoom with the Friend of the Oak Park Conservatory

Get your garden questions answered virtually in this live Q&A session filled with advice and tips from the Conservatory's master gardeners and Director of Horticulture. Plus, learn what to be doing in your garden right now. Come with your questions or submit in advance by emailing Free. Register:


Pleasant Home Open for Tours

Fridays, 2 to 4 p.m.

Take a self-guided tour of the main floor of the historic home. Free. The home is also open for self-guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. $5.  

Saturdays and Sundays, Noon and 1 p.m. 

Learn from a docent-led tour that covers the first and second floors of the home. $10; $8, seniors/students 18+ with I.D.; $7, ages 6 through 18; free, 5 and under and Illinois teachers. Tour sizes are limited to 8. More: 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.


Mutt Strut  

July 17 through 19, virtually with the Animal Care League (ACL)

Join in raising funds to provide medical care, food, enrichment and more for the homeless animals of ACL by taking part in the 5K (3.1 mile) walk or run anywhere you choose with or without your fur friend. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers. $23.25 to participate. Register:


Hotel to Home Project

Housing Forward is moving 110 individuals and families from hotels to permanent homes. Community support is needed to put together necessary household items to make an empty apartment into a home, such as linens and towels, dishes, cleaning supplies, etc. Either shop from the Target registry, find items yourself and arrange for a drop off, or create your own campaign and involve others you know. More:

Queerios Summer Meetups

Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m., Zoom through the Oak Park Public Library

Queerios is an LGBTQ positive group for those in in grades 6-12. It is a way to get together, discuss different issues, share favorite books, support activism and more. In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of Julian and Brooks Middle Schools. 

July 18 Mask of Shadows and other teen LTBTQ books discussion

August 8 D&D and Honey Heist virtual tabletop gaming



Memory Café

Tuesday, July 24, 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:


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