Garage Galleries

The Garage Galleries art walk celebrates its fifth, and biggest, year, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 25 with 16 garages and more than 40 artists featured. “It’s been amazing to find out how many artists there are in Forest Park that no one even knew. I want to say there’s probably been at least 60 to 80 people in Forest Park who’ve come out of the woodwork,” said Lin Beribak, a member of the planning committee who will be showcasing her watercolor paintings in one of the garages. From painting to pottery to wearable art, the show will highlight the work of fine artists and artisans, including 16 locals, such as Kimberly Adami-Hasegawa, who runs the Galaxie Safari greeting card business. The planning committee said they expect about 500 people to attend the walk, with garages clustered from 122 Elgin to 1508 Marengo. Attendees can pick up printed maps of the garage route the day of the event at Creativita, 7512 Madison St., or visit the website at for online versions of the maps.

Movies in the Park

Grab a blanket, snacks and enjoy a free screening of “Coco” at Aug. 24 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St. Movies will begin at dusk, between 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Yoga for Everyone 

Instructor Mari Morales will teach those 15 and older the basics of yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday through Aug. 24 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St. 


Instructors from Skyline Athletes Staff will teach those 14 and older the basics of tennis from 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday through Aug. 23 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St.

Lucky Diaz Concert and Fall Storytime Open House

Enjoy a special concert by musician Lucky Diaz, meet the storytime staff at the Forest Park Public Library and speak to representatives from local children’s organizations. Library officials will accept diaper and pull-up donations for Sarah’s Inn at the concert. Appropriate for ages 5 and under. Fun runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 25 at 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

WordPress for Entrepreneurs

Whether you want to build a brochure site, launch a new startup, sell products online, join staff at the Forest Park Public Library for a demo on why WordPress is the leading website platform for small businesses. Talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 at 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Opportunity Knocks Classic Softball Tournament

Attend the 12th annual Opportunity Knocks Charity Softball tournament from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St. 

Forest Park Virtual Cemetery Tour

Join officials from the Forest Park Public Library for a virtual tour of the village’s cemeteries led by Kenneth J. Knack, author of Forest Park, IL from the Images of America series. Knack will explain cemetery history and tell the stories of notable people who are part of them. Talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 at 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Legally Blonde

The travelling seniors of Forest Park will head to Paramount Theater in Aurora on Sept. 5 to see Legally Blonde, a musical about a woman who rises to the challenge of becoming a lawyer, all while looking fabulous. Lunch at The Paramount is included. A cash bar will be available at the theater. Cost is $85 for residents, $89 for non-residents. Reservations required. Please call the Howard Mohr Community Center at 708-771-7737 to sign up.


Enjoy music and ribs at the village’s annual Ribfest, which will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Forest Park Picnic Grove, 7824 W. Madison St. 

Pig Roast

Pig out at the ninth Pig Roast benefitting the TK Camp Fund, a fundraiser for children who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. $40 ticket buys unlimited food and drinks. Visit for more information or to make a donation. Party runs from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St. 

Home Team Basketball Training

The Park District of Forest Park is bringing back its basketball class every Sunday, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 28. Classes available for ages 6 to 14. Cost $60 residents; $70 non-residents. Visit 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.