7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9
Kani ka pila at Eastgate Café
Hawaiian for “playing music together.” Weekly gathering of ukulele players, but if another string instrument is what you’re all about, you’re welcome. Hosted by WonderWall Music Shoppe & Emporium, 754-7026. Eastgate Café is the Oak Park Arts District’s newest eatery, at 102 Harrison, at Lyman.
6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9
Crafty Diva Night
Bring an unfinished project to Briolette Beads and More and get a little coaching on how to get through it. Or find a new project there. No service fee. 7322 Madison, Forest Park. 366-8318, www.briolettebeadsandmore.com
8 to 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9
Contra, circle and square dances at the Nineteenth Century Club. No worries about a costume or a partner-just energy and an open mind. 178 Forest, Oak Park. 386-2729. $8, free parking
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10
Halloween Dance Workshop
Six- to 12-year-olds can shake their sillies out in ghoulish style. $15 for Oak Park resident, $23 for others. At Fox Center. Registration required. Call 383-0002, www.oakparkparks.com.
7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10
After a quarter century without a haunted house, Forest Park is-as of Friday night-scoring a spooky compound once again. The frightful complex will be one of the Chicago area’s biggest. Daring souls can enter for $10; $8, 65 and older; 18 and younger, and for members of the armed forces. 7501 Harrison, Forest Park. 369-4225, www.pdofp.org.
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10
Beatles tribute band
Three sets from American English, a band that’s channeled the Fab 4 in the U.S. and Liverpool, too. $10, $12 at the door. FitzGerald’s Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com
10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11
Wright beyond architecture
The Frank Lloyd Wright tour of what’s inside 951 Chicago Ave., rather than about its lines and what’s around it. During “Living Beautifully: Beautiful Spaces of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio,” you’ll learn about the architect’s take on interiors, from the furniture and light fixtures he designed to the nature-scene paintings, Japanese prints and arts and crafts vases he collected. $18 for members, $22 for others. 848-1976, www.gowright.org
Saturday, Oct. 11
Building with the blocks Wright played with
Wonder Works, the children’s museum, is teaming up with the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to sponsor Froebel block workshops for 5- to 8-year-olds. Froebels are the building blocks Wright played with. The workshops are free with museum admission; just choose the time that’s right for your budding architect and call to reserve his or her spot, because space is limited. 11a.m. to noon: 3- to 4-year-olds; noon to 1 p.m.: 5- to 7-year-olds. Wonder Works is at 6445 North Ave. in Oak Park. 383-4815, www.wonder-works.org
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11
Concert for Peace
Headliners among six local groups is the activist band Guitars for Peace. Also on the bill are John Hasbrouck, Natural Bob Holdsworth, and rockers Jack and the Rippers. $10; $5, students; $25, a family. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/41070 or call 1-800-838-3006. Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park.
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12
NFL watch party
Drink specials all afternoon the Bears play the Panthers. Avenue Ale House, 825 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 848-2801, www.avenuealehouse.com
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12
An original one-man musical
Paul Amandes-Oak Park guitarist, vocalist and a tenured member of the Columbia College Chicago theater department-performs Local Wonders, the story of a U.S. poet laureate that he calls a play with songs in it. Free. At the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake. www.oppl.org
4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12
Wine talk and tastings with Raffi
An Italian wine specialist talks shop. Whole Foods Market. 7245 Lake, River Forest.