New Lionel Hampton Band

Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m., FitzGerald’s Night Club:

The New Lionel Hampton 10-piece Band features Jason Marsalis, the vibes player chosen by the Lionel Hampton Estate. The band will do two sets beginning at 6 p.m., at 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn. Tickets to the show are $25 and available at the club and TicketWeb For more information on the New Lionel Hampton Band, go to For band videos, go to

For more information on FitzGerald’s, call 708-788-2118 or visit

Independent’s Day

Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

One of those small businesses, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, which began in Oak Park and is now located at 7419 Madison St. in Forest Park, will hold its 3rd Annual Independent’s Day event with 18 authors in attendance at various points through the day. Writers who have confirmed include Craig Cleve, Michael Black, William Hazelgrove, JoBe Cerny, Scott Becker, Renee James, Pat Camaliere, Bob Shiel, Rich Lindberg, E.M & J.D. Kaplan, Patricia Skalka, D.M. Pirrone, Jane Morocco, Patrick McBriarty, Robert Goldsborough, Sue Myers and Cherly Yeko. For more, call 708-771-7243 or visit 

Day After Thanksgiving Waffle Bar

Friday, Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor:

What could be better the morning after Thanksgiving than waffles? Brown Cow will be serving them from 8 till 1 with a buffet of toppings to choose from. They’ll also have bacon, sausages and homemade cinnamon rolls. 7347 Madison St. Call 708-366-7970 for more.

Cleopatra’s ghost

Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., Fat Duck:

Local author John Rice will read from his new book, The Ghost of Cleopatra, and lead a discussion.

Holiday Home Makeover

This year the Park District of Forest Park will hold its 13th Annual Holiday Home Makeover Contest. The best decorated houses in Forest Park will receive free pool passes for up to four family members. On Dec. 15, the park district staff will serve as judges, and drive through the village to determine the winners. Factors being considered are: curb appeal, creativity, use of theme, place, use of yard and house, and originality. Families may win every three years.


Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Outtapace in Berwyn:  

SWAG (Suburban West Actors Guild) hosts SING! Unite! a pop-up chorus and sing-along featuring songs of protest and redemption. Thirty percent of the proceeds will be donated the Suburban Unity Alliance (SUA), a charity that builds empathy, collaboration and awareness about suburban discrimination. 6840 32nd St., Berwyn.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 26, all day:

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, which began in 2010. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, last year more than 95 million Americans visited local businesses that day and spent more than $16 billion.

Shoebox Project 

Through Dec. 10, deliver hope and love at the Park District of Forest Park administration building. Drop off a wrapped shoebox (top and bottom wrapped separately so it can open easily) with personal items for women living in shelters. The items should be similar to what you might give your mom or sister, and bring comfort and love to the women. For more information, visit/

Closed for the holidays

The Forest Park Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24th and Friday, Nov. 25.

‘Bone’ Appetit

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26-27 from 1 to 1:30 p.m., Trailside Museum:

All ages are invited to feeding time to learn about Trailside’s outdoor resident animals. Families welcome, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Call 708-366-6530 for more information.

Calendar Events

As you’ve likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can’t publish everything, but we’ll do our best to feature the week’s highlights.