Arts and entertainment calendar for Oct. 4
Updated: October 29, 2012 1:45PM
Ghost story for adults
Writers at Wright features author Mark Z. Danielewski and a group of actors presenting a theatrical reading of The Fifty Year Sword at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Chris O’Riley, host of National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” will be the pianist. Admission is $10. Visit www.utrf.org.
Halloween Fun Night
Halloween-themed games, crafts, stories, and refreshments will be presented in a family-friendly atmosphere at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Oak Park Dole Branch Library, 255 Augusta St., Oak Park. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Best for ages 4-10 with an adult. Register online at www.oppl.org/events/calendar or call (708) 386-9032 beginning Oct. 12.
Halloween Swing Dance
With music by The Gina Knight Orchestra, Oct. 27 at the Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Swing lesson at 7:30 p.m.; open dancing at 8:30 p.m. Costume contest and more. $12; $10 students. Visit www.willowbrookballroom.com or call (708) 839-1000.
Through Oct. 28 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. After the patriarch keels over, members of the Turpin family try desperately to pull themselves together to plan the funeral, but family and neighborhood dynamics keep getting in the way. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $24-$28; $26 for students and senior citizens. Visit www.circle-theatre.org or call (708) 660-9540.
The Free Readers Ensemble
Presenting “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, adapted by John McCrite, at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Free admission. For more information, visit www.freereaders.com.
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, kicks off its 2012-13 season with August Wilson’s “Jitney,” through Oct. 14. Peformances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $45-$65. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.CourtTheatre.org.
“Love and Drowning”
16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn, presents the world premiere of Will Dunne’s exploration of near-death experience, through Oct. 27. Ella and Hank Harding have drowned. Or have they? After a boating accident that left them both clinically dead, the resuscitated couple now find themselves at a strange, remote institute where life isn’t what it used to be. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. $18 for general admission; $10 for student rush tickets (limited amount available day of show only). Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story”
Presented by First Folio Theatre through Nov. 4 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $26-$37. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“Shaw vs. Chesterton:
Through Oct. 28 at Provision Theater, 1001 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Based on actual debates and exchanges, George Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton — two of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century — square off in a war of words. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $28-$32; $15 students. Visit www.provisiontheater.org.
“Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”
Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ haunting story of survival through Nov. 11 at the Madison Street Studio Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors; $15 students. Call (708) 445-4440 or visit www. oakparkfestival.com.
Through Oct. 28 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$46, with discounts available for students and seniors. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Opening its 30th anniversary season with “Mosaic Masterpieces: Masterworks from William Byrd and Frank Ferko” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest. Tickets: $38 premium; $30 general admission; $15 students. Visit http://bellavoce.tix.com or call (877) 755-6277.
Chicago a cappella
Presents “Genius in the Synagogue: A Musical Portrait of Max Janowski” at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. Tickets are $35 for preferred seating, $28 for general admission, $22 for seniors; and $12 for students. Call (773) 281-7820 or see www.chicagoacappella.org.
Chicago Chamber Musicians
Debussy Festival, celebrating the music of Claude-Achille Debussy, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Gottlieb Concert Hall at the Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago. Tickets: $25-$45; free for college students. Call (312) 225-5226 or visit www.chicagochambermusic.org.
Hosting violinist Sharon Chang, cellist Jocelyn Butler and pianist Jeffrey Panko at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. The program includes music by jazz composer Fred Hersch as well as works by Brahms, Franck and Rachmaninoff. $20; $18 seniors; $5 students. Families (two adults, five children) can buy tickets for $45. Visit www.MusicAtBethel.com or call (630) 279-4040.
New Philharmonic Orchestra
Presenting “Brahms — Blissful and Bold” at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Guest pianist Yeol eum Son joins New Philharmonic to showcase two of Brahms’ works, created at the height of his career. Tickets: $38; $36 seniors; $28 youth. Call (630) 942-4000.
The Orion Ensemble
The chamber music ensemble presents “Orion Beginnings” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Memorial Hall, 430 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The program includes works by Bartók, Huydts and Schumann. Tickets: $26; $23 seniors; $10 for students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. Call (630) 628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.
St. Olaf Orchestra
St. Olaf Orchestra from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: $10; free for students. Visit www.stolaftickets.com or call (800) 363-5487.
The Agape Ringers
Performing at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. The program includes works by Handel and Rossini, contemporary songs of worship, compositions for handbells, and various folk and pops favorites. Free-will offerings accepted. Visit www.agaperingers.org.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Oct. 5, 9 p.m.: Mike Mangione & the Union, plus Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, and Brooks Ritter (rock). $12. Oct. 5, 9 p.m.: Ralph Covert’s Acoustic Army in the SideBar, $10. Oct. 6, 9 p.m.: Junior Brown (country). $20. Oct. 7, 6 p.m.: Grandstand Big Band. $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Oct. 10, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m.: Alligator Records party featuring Curtis Salgado in the SideBar Music Room (blues). $15. Oct. 11, 8 p.m.: Exposure with Heather Treadway, Trevor Parker and Johnny & the Beloveds (rock). $5. Oct. 14, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Oct. 17, 8:30 p.m.: Uncle Lucius CD release show (rock). $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: Ron Lazzaretti CD release show, plus James McCandless (roots). $10. Oct. 19, 9 p.m.: Pat McLaughlin and his Nashville Band, plus special guests Cannonball (rock). $15. Oct. 20, 9 p.m.: Rico, plus The Shams Band (rock). $10. Oct. 21, 6 p.m.: The Brienn Perry Orchestra (jazz). $15; $5 for ages 17 and under. Nov. 2, 9 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute). $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Nov. 10, 9 p.m.: The Red Elvises (rock). $15. Nov. 17, 9 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks with special guest Big Head Todd (blues). $20.
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through Oct. 5: Illinois Watercolor Society Show. Oct. 12-Nov. 16: Second annual Carriage House Gallery National Juried Exhibition. Opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12.
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 386-4700. Hours are 2-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through October: Paintings by Chicago resident Marilyn Fitzmaurice.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Through Oct. 31: “Iterations: 20 Years of Self Referential Work,” by Janice Elkins.
Park District of Oak Park
Hosting an opening reception from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 13 in Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park, for Leonard Ursachi’s sculpture, “Well,” which will be on view through 2015. Visit www.pdop.org.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Guerin Prep High School
8001 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove, seeks crafters and vendors for its 32nd annual craft show, to be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27. Call (773) 777-2349.
Oak Park Women’s Exchange
seeks crafters for its 38th annual Holiday Art & Craft Show, to be held Nov. 4 at Oak Park River Forest High School. For an application, visit www.opwe.org.
Bourbon and Beer Tasting 2012
The benefit for the Pro Musica Youth Chorus will be held from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, featuring whiskey, beer, wine and non-alcoholic offerings, food, live music by Mar Caribe, dance lessons, trivia contest, lawn games and more. Tickets: $60 in advance; $75 at the door; $475 for groups of 10, advance only. Visit www.promusicayouthchorus.org.
BOOKS & POETRY
2012 Barbara Ballinger Lecture
Author Louise Erdrich discusses her newest novel, The Round House, at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. The free lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.
Book Worms Book Club for Seniors
Discussing The Warmth of the Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson from 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 25 at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. Copies of the book are reserved at the Oak Park Public Library Main Branch. Fee is $2 for nonmembers.
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. Oct. 7, 3 p.m.: Robert Olen Butler discusses and signs Hot Country. Oct. 14, 2 p.m.: Jeffrey Siger discusses and signs Target: Tinos (the fourth Inspector Kaldis mystery in modern Greece). Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: Discussion of Some Girls, Some Hats & Hitler: A Memoir of 1938 Vienna by Trudi Kanter at deedee & edee, Premier Dress Shop, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park. Oct. 20, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss Fourth Day by Zoe Sharp. Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Leslie Goddard discusses and signs Chicago’s Sweet Candy History. Oct. 28, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) will discuss Munich 1938: Appeasement and World War II by David Favor. Nov. 3, 2 p.m.: Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses and signs The Other Woman and Drive Time. Nov. 4, 1 p.m.: Helen Macie Osterman discusses and signs The Evil Eye (an Emma Winberry mystery). Nov. 17, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss The Sinners: A Criminal Edition by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips. Nov. 18, 2 p.m.: Robert Goldsborough discusses and signs Archie Meets Nero Wolfe.
200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. (708) 524-5383. Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Ruth Hawkins signs Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage. Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: Mark Cirino discusses and signs Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. Books will be sold in the Hemingway Museum bookstore before and after the event.
6729 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 484-7370. www.horrorbles.com. Oct. 6, 7-10 p.m.: Horror author John Everson signs and reads from NightWhere. Oct. 13, 3-6 p.m.: Julie Adams, star of “The Creature from the Black Lagoon,” signs her autobiography, Julie Adams: The Lucky Southern Star, Reflections from the Black Lagoon.
Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
178 Forest Ave, Oak Park. (708) 386-2729. www.19thcenturycharity.org. Oct. 8, 1:15 p.m.: “The Search for the Real Edgar Lee Masters,” presented by Herbert K. Russell.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Oct. 17, 1 p.m.: Discussion of The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich. Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: Jeff Coen and John Chase will discuss and sign Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison.
Oak Park Public Library
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. Oct. 16, noon: Brown Bag Book Group discusses A Lonely Death by Charles Todd. Oct. 19, noon: Read & Reflect Book Group discusses Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Literary Politics discussion group will discuss The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.
Illinois Storytelling Festival
Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science will host the 2012 Illinois Storytelling Festival on Oct. 19 in the Fine Arts Building on Dominican’s main campus, 7900 Division St., River Forest. Three performers will take the stage at 7 p.m., presenting stories for children in grades K-6 and their families. The evening begins with face painting at 6 p.m., followed by a costume parade at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per family or individual. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
1022 Lake St., Oak Park. www.classiccinemas.com. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.: Free screening of the 1995 film “Gumby: The Movie,” rated G.
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Performing the dancing traditions of Mexico at 7:30 pm.. Oct. 6 and 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets: $30-$74. Call (312) 431-2357 or visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org.
The Dance Center
Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 369-8330. www.colum.edu/dancecenter. Oct. 11-13, 8 p.m.: Gallim Dance will perform founder and artistic director Andrea Miller’s “Blush” (2009), with movement that draws on Butoh and ballet. $26-$30.
The Joffrey Ballet
Presenting a mixed repertory program, “Human Landscapes,” Oct. 17-28 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets, $31-$152, available at (800) 982-2787 or www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.joffrey.com.
Halau i Ka Pono
The Hula School of Chicago, 38 Lake St., Oak Park. www.halauikapono.org. (708) 297-6321. Oct. 13:Hula workshops. Modern Hula (Auana), noon-2 p.m., learn basic feet and hand movements during the first hour and a new hula in the second hour. Suitable for beginners and hula dancers wanting to improve technique. $30. Classical Hula (Kahiko), 2-4 p.m., $30. Both workshops are $50.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. Oct. 14, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Ron Smolen Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Oct. 21, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Oct. 26, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. Admission $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after 8:15 p.m. Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Cooper Orchestra, $10. No jeans or gym shoes. Nov. 4: Waltz lessons, 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20. Ballroom dancing to music by The Weiss Brothers Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14. No jeans or gym shoes.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Fall Family Fun Fest
The annual event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Botanical Gardens at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, featuring games, activities, exhibits, a pumpkin patch and straw maze. Food and beverages will be sold by Triton’s Hospitality program. Call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3220, or visit www.triton.edu.
Held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6-7 on the grounds of Casa Italia, 3800 Division St., Stone Park, featuring continuous musical entertainment, food vendors, crafts, and a Wine Garden with wine-, cider- and cheese-making demonstrations and tastings. Also, Saturday Night Dance Party with DJ duo JoJo and Gizep. Admission and parking are free. Call (708) 345-5933.
The Village of Elmwood Park
Farmers Market and Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 14 in Central Park, 75th Avenue and Fullerton Avenue, Elmwood Park. Seeking crafters; for information, call (708) 452-3948.
Hispanic Movie Night
Screening “Pan’s Labyrinth,” rated R, at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in Room B-140 of Triton College’s Student Center (B-Building), 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Free.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com. “Journey Through History … Hollywood Style” film series, hosted by radio announcer Dan Kane. All films are shown at 3:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month and are followed by a discussion. Admission is free. Oct. 12: “Amistad,” starring Anthony Hopkins. Nov. 9: “The Alamo,” starring John Wayne. Dec. 14: “Love Actually,” starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Oct. 7, 2 p.m.: GLBT Documentary Film Festival presents “Trans,” a film about the transgender community. Director Chris Arnold will speak after the screening. Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series presents “Midnight” (1934). Oct. 14, 2 p.m.: GLBT Documentary Film Festival presents “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.” Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series presents “Drums Along the Mohawk” (1939). Oct. 21, 2 p.m.: GLBT Documentary Film Festival features “Inlaws and Outlaws.” Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series presents “The Palm Beach Story” (1942). Oct. 28, 2 p.m.: GLBT Documentary Film Festival presents “Love Free or Die.” Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series features “So Proudly We Hail” (1943). Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series presents “Since You Went Away” (1944). Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series presents “The Egg and I” (1947).
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Oct. 6, 3 p.m.: Screening of “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” rated PG. Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m.: Silence is Golden Film Series features “The General,” a 1926 comedy starring Buster Keaton. Oct. 18, 2 p.m.: Screening of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” rated PG. Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m.: Bogie! Film Series features “The Caine Mutiny” (1954).
Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
178 Forest Ave, Oak Park. (708) 386-2729. www.19thcenturycharity.org. Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: “Our Life is a Shadow: A Combat Veteran’s Life in World War II,” presented by Harry M. Peterson Jr.
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Oct. 11, 2 p.m.: “Old Time Radio & The Great American Songbook” with radio historian Steve Darnall. Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: Lyric Opera of Chicago lecture on “Simon Boccanegra.”
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
break :: the :: box lecture series explores creative nonconformity across architecture, art and culture, in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. For tickets, call (708) 383-8873 or visit www.utrf.org. Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: Writers at Wright:: Chris Ware :: Building Stories. Ware his newest graphic novel, Building Stories, which imagines the lives of the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building. Admission: $10. Tickets can be redeemed for $10 off the cover price of Building Stories on the night of the event.
Oak Park Art League
Plein Air Painting Group meets from 8:30 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays of the month to paint or sketch directly from both urban and natural landscapes. This is a free activity and is not instructed; bring your own materials. Open to teens and adults. Call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com. Oct. 6: An OPAL friend’s yard.
Oak Park Photography Club
Meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22 in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, to view and critique photographs taken by members. All skill levels are welcome.
The Oak Park Writers’ Group
Meetings from 6:30-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St. Writers share their work and discuss it with the group. The Writers’ Group also sponsors a Second Sunday Open Mic, a free performing venue, from 5-7 p.m. the second Sunday of every month at the Eastgate Café, 102 Harrison St., Oak Park. Poets, storytellers, acoustic musicians, comedians, playwrights, singers and dancers are all welcome to perform. E-mail email@example.com.
Salt Creek Music Teachers Association
Hosting a meeting and performance by guitarist Jason Deroche at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. Visit www.saltcreekmusicteachers.org.
TOURS & OUTINGS
Oak Park River Forest Gangster Tour
John Binder, author of The Chicago Outfit, conducts “There Goes the Neighbor Hood” tours of gangster history in Oak Park and River Forest at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14, starting at the Oak Park Visitor Center, 1010 Lake St., Oak Park. The exterior tour visits 15 houses; transportation by minibus with no walking required. $30. Call (708) 848-1500.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
The Oak Park Concert Chorale, led by Paul Lindblad, will present a vocal techinique workshop from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph, Oak Park. The workshop is suitable for beginners through more experienced singers. Free, but reservations are required. Call (708) 383-4742 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, visit www.oakparkconcertchorale.org.