Beatles Party and Sing-a-long
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Song sheets will be available to sing along to Beatles songs. Adults and children can create a yellow submarine and a “Here Comes the” Sun to take home, and take photos next to a large yellow submarine. Crafts appropriate for individuals ages 3 and up will be provided.
Friday Nights Live!
Metropolitan Square, 647 Metropolitan Way, Des Plaines
The agents of MISSION IMPROVable Comedy Team are a few audience suggestions away from creating an original production that’s all about whatever the audience tells them. The fast-paced form of comedy is similar to “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” – but there is a bit of a twist. Just like in the old TV series, “Mission Impossible,” the actors in Mission IMPROVable pretend to be agents. The audience members are co-agents and participate in the theater games or “missions” by yelling out suggestions.
Cruisin’ Park Ridge
Park Ridge Public Library parking lot, 20 S. Prospect Ave.
Bring the family to “Cruisin’ Park Ridge,” sponsored by the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the first Friday of the month through September. Guests can partake in music, food, beer and wine, beverages, children’s activities and cars. The band Serendipity will perform.
Brookfield Zoo Summer Nights
Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield
$21.95 ($20.95 online) for adults, $15.95 ($14.95 online) for seniors 65 and older, and
$15.95 ($14.95 online) for children 3-11 years old
Brookfield Zoo’s summertime event is back for a fifth season. See the zoo in a new light with evening weather, enhanced dining, a beer and wine garden, music, roaming performers, kids’ entertainment and a laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature. Purchase online tickets at czs.org.
Millennium Art Festival
11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 6
10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 7-8
Lake Street at Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Popping up for a three-day weekend, Millennium Art Festival is known as one of the top 50 art and design shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The festival showcases the talents of more than 110 juried artists who participate in the city-centric festival. Festival goers will see an array of original artwork, including paintings, ceramics, photography and furniture.
Doggy Beach PAW-ty
Canine Campus, 18200 84th Ave., Tinley Park
Celebrate summer at Tinley Park Park District’s Canine Campus with a Beach Paw-ty. Pools will be set up for four-legged friends. Other activities include a summer photo area and pet bandana decorating station.
Pancake Breakfast in the Woods
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie
$7.50 adults, $5.50 for children under 10
Pancakes with syrup or strawberries, turkey sausage and beverages will be served. After breakfast, take a walk and watch Brush with Nature air painters creating art along the Nature Center trails. Advanced tickets are recommended and available at Emily Oaks. Call 847-674-1500, Ext. 2500 for tickets and information.
There Goes the Neighborhood – Gangster Tour
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Visitors Center, 1010 Lake St., Oak Park
$30, $27 for military and senior citizens
An exterior tour visits 14 Oak Park-River Forest houses once owned by hoodlums. Mob historian and author John Binder will share the history of the former owners of the homes, their time spent there, and features of each home like secret tunnels and hidden rooms. The two-hour tour uses a mini-bus and no walking is required. Tours depart from the Visitors Center. Call (708) 848-1500 to purchase tickets.
Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave.
Marvel at The Moogician and his cow, Dairy-Ann, in a show that includes music, milk, juggling, cheese and magic.
–Cook County Calendar of Events July 4 – July 8–