Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a SummerFest in La Grange Park to a vintage arts event in Berwyn, mariachi music in an outdoor concert to a trivia contest for charity and the highly anticipated "Taste of the Arts," mixing food and entertainment in support of Theatre of Western Springs.
SUMMERFEST FAMILY FUN
WHERE: St. Louise de Marillac Parish, 30th Street and Harrison Avenue, La Grange Park
WHEN: July 18 to 21, from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 1 to 4:30 and 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday
COST & INFO: Fees vary; www.slmparish.org/summerfest, 708-352-7388
Four days of music and carnival fun are in store at SummerFest, also featuring food, games and a beer garden. In addition to a showcase of local bands on opening night, entertainment will include Infinity, Hairbangers Ball, The Sylvies, Free Radical and The Generation Gap. Food will be provided by the St. Louise Cafe, Al's Pizzeria, La Cabanita, Genoa Italian Concessions, Paul's Pizza & Hotdog and The Strawberry Patch.
TWS 'TASTE OF THE ARTS'
WHERE: TWS, 4384 Hampton Ave., Western Springs
WHEN: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20
COST & INFO: $50 in advance, $60 at the door, which includes beer, wine and soft drinks; 708-246-4340, www.theatrewesternsprings.com
With a little help from noted restaurants and food purveyors, the always creative Theatre of Western Springs has cooked up a benefit for the main troupe and its Children's Theatre. Guests can sample cuisine, bid in auctions and vie for prizes in a raffle that includes a Hawaiian getaway option. Staged indoors and out, festivities include live entertainment. Among the restaurants are Davanti Enoteca, Café Salsa, Mécénat Bistro, The Chew Chew, Emilio’s Tapas, Francesca’s Bellezza, Now Serving Cafe and Tate’s Ice Cream, plus Events by Tommy R’s and Whole Food Market. Event Chair Martha Niles said, "Our largest fundraiser, … (it) helps make it possible for the western suburbs to have amazing theater at great prices.” TWS notes that more than 400 students are enrolled in the children's theater education program for first-grade through high school students.
'MUSIC, ART AND VINTAGE'
WHERE: Stanley and Grove avenues, Berwyn
WHEN: Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21
COST & INFO: Free; www.berwynevents.info, 708-788-8100
The Depot District will be transformed into an outdoor art and vintage treasures bazaar for a Sunday Funday event, the third annual "Music, Art & Vintage in the Street." There will be music, an art show juried by the Berwyn Arts Council, and a vintage market. In addition, an “Antiques Roadshow” style tent will offer appraisals for $3 an item from 1 to 4 p.m. (excludes fine jewelry and original art). Entertainers include Caliente, YNot, DWI, Underbelly and other artists. Festivities are designed for all ages, and are dog friendly.
PADS TRIVIA COMPETITION
WHERE: Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25
COST & INFO: $35 per person; www.westsuburbanpads.org, 708-338-1724
You can put your knowledge to the test while helping others at the third annual PADS Trivia Night. All proceeds from the friendly competition will go to West Suburban PADS, which helps the homeless. There will be trivia, games, food, drinks and plenty of fun to fill the evening at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub. Teams can be formed with up to six players, and people who don’t have a team will be matched with one at the event.
MARIACHIS IN THE PARK
WHERE: Proksa Park, Home Avenue and 31st Street, Berwyn
WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20
COST & INFO: Free; www.berwynparks.org, 708-795-2892
The sights and sounds of Mexico will fill Proksa Park in Berwyn with a special afternoon of music at Mariachis in the Park. The all-ages event will have food available for purchase, to accompany music and fun for every member of the family. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating at the outdoor summertime concert.