Cook County Calendar of Events Feb. 15 – Feb. 20

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road., Glencoe, will be holding its Orchid Show from Feb. 14 to March 16.

Feb 15

Drawing for Those Who Don’t Think They Can
10 a.m.
Women’s Exchange, 630 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Participants will discover a new appreciation for learning to draw. Artist and teacher Marla Synder will lead the class in an easy step-by-step drawing process. All supplies will be provided. For more information, send an email to or call (847) 441-3406. 

Radio and the Great American Songbook
2 p.m.
Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights

Join Steve Darnall for an audio-visual feast examining radio’s role in shaping The Great American Songbook, with rare radio performances by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and others. Darnall is the host of “Those Were the Days,” a weekly program on WDCB that airs shows from and information about the Golden Age of Radio.

“Good for My Small Business?”
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kallsen Center, Tinley Park Village Hall, 16250 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

CPA Kathryn Humecki will discuss recent tax changes and strategies attendees can use for their corporations, LLCs or sole proprietorships. Seating is limited. Make a reservation by calling (708) 444-5111.

Feb. 16

Third Friday Gallery Walk
6-10 p.m.
Harrison Arts District, Harrison Street between Ridgeland and Austin, Oak Park

Stroll the galleries and take in the artwork of the gallery owners and their guest artists on Harrison Street. Many of the neighborhood’s businesses will keep late hours that night.

Feb. 16-25

“Life in a Sandcastle”
7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24
3 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25
Madison Street Theater, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park
$10 and $15

In this play, written by Jayme McGhan, two getaway weekends on the shore of Lake Michigan collide when childhood friends from two separate worlds find themselves battling for the same fire pit at a beach resort in South Haven, Michigan. Politics, economic privilege, regional proclivities, educational barriers, and a mess of cheap sirloins and pickled quinoa quiche quickly become both shields and weapons as the women fight for the sandy square footage they feel is rightly theirs. The production is presented by The Collective Theater Group of Concordia University Chicago. Get tickets at

Feb. 17

Birch Leggings and the Birkie
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St., Lemont

How did an infant prince from the 12th century inspire the world’s most famous Nordic ski race? Learn the history the Birkebeiner Ski Race and how it became “the greatest show on the snow.” Ski with wood skies and wool knickers or dress like a Viking and win a prize. For more information, go to or call (630) 257-2045.

Feb. 19

Maker/Nature Holiday Day Camp
9 a.m.
Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 W. Chicago Ave., River Forest

Enjoy creative art projects and active nature exploration at children’s one-day day camps, held during school holidays. Register at

Feb. 20

The Adoption Process from A to Z
7-9:15 p.m.
New Trier High School, 7 Happ Road, Northfield

An adult continuing education class will explain how to adopt a child. The one session-class is offered through the New Trier Extension Community Education Program. For information, call (847) 446-6600. To register, visit


–Cook County Calendar of Events Feb. 15 – Feb. 20–