Music Fest 2018

Forest Park will be the center of Chicagoland’s music scene for three days — on the weekend of July 20-22. That is what the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce is hoping for as they partner with Star Events to stage the ambitious
street festival on Madison between Circle and Desplaines.

On the east stage at Madison and Circle, the headliner band on Friday evening will be American English, starting at 8:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. on the west stage at Madison and Desplaines, the featured group will be Infinity. 

On Saturday night, Boy Band Night will be featured on the east stage and Too White Crew will be on stage with the popular Blooze Brothers Band and Libido Funk Circus headlining on Sunday.

Let’s play ball

 …or at least watch it. The 50th annual No Glove Nationals tournament will run from July 26 to 29 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St. Visit for lineup information and more.

Author Discussion and Signing with David Krugler

Attend a discussion and book signing of local historian, novelist and teacher David Krugler’s latest work, “RIP the Angels from Heaven,” which is about naval officers struggle to stop the Soviets from getting the atomic bomb—but also trying to save himself. Talk starts at 7 p.m. on July 18 at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St. 

Animal Care League Sidewalk Sale

Shop discounted clothing, books, housewares and more at the Animal Care League’s third annual Sidewalk Sale. All proceeds benefit the Animal Care League. Sale runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 27; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 28; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 29. On July 29, there will also be 50 percent off items as marked from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Get ready to shop at the Second Chance Shop, 808 Harrison in Oak Park.

SWOT: A Business Feasibility Analysis Workshop

A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool that helps prospective and current business owners identify their strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities and threats that may exist in specific business situations. Let staff from the Forest Park Public Library help you create one at 6 p.m. on July 26 at 7555 Jackson Blvd.

West Suburban Jazz Bus Tour

Healy’s Westside and Kagan & Gaines in Forest Park will join area venues in hosting jazz shows at 6 p.m. on July 25. Buy your tickets at Produced by Jazz Desires, a nonprofit that brings music to youth.

Eastland Disaster Bus Tour

Join the Historical Society of Forest Park in celebrating the 103rd anniversary of the Eastland Disaster, by touring the graves of the victims buried in Forest Park. Attendees will receive a booklet with the locations, names, and bios of the victims of the infamous passenger steamer crash. Fun starts at 1 p.m. on July 29 at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St. Buy tickets online for $25 at

St. John Choristers Children’s Choir Day Camp

St. John’s will hold its annual, 10-day choir camp from July 30 to Aug. 10. Attendees will receive training in vocal technique, stage craft, improvisation and much more. The camp is open to all children older than second grade, regardless of school or religious affiliation. The camp culminates in an informal concert to be held on Aug. 10. Camp costs $200 and runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Cultural Park Outreach

Have your say on the design of the proposed Cultural Park. The public hearing starts at 4 p.m. on July 25 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.

Computer and Internet Basics 

Instructors will teach attendees how to turn on a computer, use a mouse and visit a specific website. Talk starts at 10:30 a.m. on July 18 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

DIY Flip Flops

Add some sparkle to your step. Learn how decorate flip flops from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on July 23 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St. Ages 14 and older. $20 residents; $25 non-residents. Bring two pairs of flip flops.

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.