Find the frogs

Hop on over to the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest, on Friday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to search for the museum’s hidden amphibian friends.

Searchers are tasked with looking for frog statues, many of which are hidden in the gardens all around Trailside Museum, but there are plenty of actual frogs around too, there to serenade you as you search.

This event is free to attend.

Chamber Orchestra of Concordia University

Concordia University’s chamber orchestra returns home after a spring tour of Wisconsin and Illinois with a concert Sunday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of Our Lord on the Concordia Campus, 7400 Augusta St. in River Forest.

The performance draws together Johann Sebastian Bach’s Ricercare a 6 in a new rendition composed by Concordia alumnus Jeremy Zimmer. The show also includes pieces by Francis Poulenc, a percussion concerto from Darius Milhaud, Renaissance suites reimagined by Ottorino Respighi and Peter Warlock, along with a set of folk pieces from Edvard Grieg.

Concordia professor Dr. Maurice Boyer conducts the chamber orchestra, chapel choir and women’s choir. The chamber orchestra covers a wide repertoire, from Baroque to contemporary music, and regularly collaborates with the university’s choirs.

The concert will also be streamed online at

The science of curious thinking

Presenter William Pack leads this curious in-person event at the Forest Park Public Library’s Austin Room, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Wednesday, April 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. 

Attendees will learn how our brains are hard-wired to believe things that defy logic and facts, and Pack will also demonstrate how brains seek patterns to try and assign meaning out of nothing. He’ll also remind those in the audience of the scientifically proven ways to preserve brain health.

This event is recommended for adults. Pre-registration is available at

Music and motion storytime

Join the Forest Park Public Library at their outdoor storytime series for this live reading at Remembrance Park, at the intersection of Randolph Street and Circle Avenue, on Friday, April 8 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

This storytime is designed for movers age 5 and under, who are sure to be up and going during this event, as long as the weather cooperates. Registration is highly recommended at or by calling 708-689-6126.

Library programs are currently mask-option but social distancing will still be observed. Masks will also be available for those who want one.

Duo Diorama and Chicago Symphony Orchestra winds

Unity Chamber Music series artistic directors Winston Choi and MingHuan Xu of Duo Diorama will be joined by Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and horn player Oto Carillo at this fundraiser performance at the Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. in Oak Park, on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

The performance is presented by the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and also features rising star musician Nick Reeves on cello. The program includes trios by Bartok, Brahms and Khatchaturian.

Proceeds from the event, like all performances in the concert series, benefit the foundation’s mission to preserve the temple and provide quality public programming. Ticket prices range from $10 to $30, with foundation members receiving a $5 discount.