Holiday Walk & Festival of Windows

Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m., Madison Street, Harlem to Desplaines:  

Forest Park Chamber of Commerce hosts live window displays, horse-drawn 
carriage rides, and Santa and his reindeer as just part of the magic of the annual Holiday Walk on Madison Street.

Breakfast with Santa  

Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Park District of Forest Park: 

Come and be whisked away to a winter wonderland with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will enjoy breakfast with their families and get to meet Santa. Please bring your own camera to take pictures. Register early because spots are limited. Residents $9 per person/non-residents $15 per person.

Christmastime in the City 

Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:

Historian and entertainer Clarence Goodman will take attendees on a virtual tour of the Holidays in Chicago. Rekindle memories of everything from the Marshall Field’s windows to the Sears Wish Book, from America’s earliest Christmas trees to timeless toys. 7555 Jackson Blvd. at Desplaines.

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.

Counter Coffee’s Open Mic 

Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 7-10 p.m., Counter Coffee:  

The next monthly open mic will feature piano accompanist Mark Burnell, who coordinates the evening and will play any music you bring. When you arrive, give Mark your name and he’ll add you to the performance list. Each performer sings one song at a time. They usually make it through the list several times, so if you stay and enjoy the other singers, you’ll get a chance to sing more than once. Come even if you don’t want to sing.


Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 to 10 p.m., Outtapace in Berwyn:  

SWAG (Suburban West Actors Guild) hosts SING! Unite! a pop-up chorus and community 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 diversity and discrimination. 6840 W. 32nd St., Berwyn. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained at the door or by contacting us at,, or their Meetup page (Suburban West Actors Guild-S.W.A.G.) for more updates and information.

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/

Calendar Events

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