Cook County Calendar of Events June 20 – June 28

Eight unique gardens will be open to the public, and “plein air” painters will demonstrate their creativity in some of the gardens, during Garden Walk 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid and The Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garland, Oak Park.

June 21

Make Music Tinley Park
All-day celebration
Throughout Tinley Park

Make Music Tinley Park will be part of an all-day celebration of music that will occur concurrently in 800 cities in 120 countries across the world. Chicago is the only other city in Illinois taking part in this monumental day of song. Approved events will be listed on the Make Music Tinley Park app, which will help music lovers find the gigs and events that best suit their musical tastes. Venues that would like to book their own entertainment also should sign up so they can be included on the app. The Make Music Day App is available to download for Apple and Android devices.

Downtown Sip & Stroll
5-8 p.m.
Downtown Evanston

Sip, shop and stroll your way through downtown Evanston on the fourth annual Downtown Sip & Stroll. Stop in at the businesses listed below to sample a range of wines or other beverages and take advantage of special sales and promotions. Check in at Bottle & Bottega, 1016 Davis St., or Vinic Wine, 1509 Chicago Ave., to get a wristband and Sip & Stroll map. After that, stop by Fountain Square plaza to enjoy live music by Chip Ratlif and the Dirty BluCrue, as part of Evanston’s Thursday Night Live concert series.  Reserve your spot for free via Eventbrite.

June 23-24

4-8 p.m.
Brookfield Zoo, 1st Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield
$85 VIP tickets, $55 general admission, $35 for designated drivers

Sample 80 ales, lagers, stouts, porters and malts while taking in the wildlife and nature at the zoo. This event is for people 21 and over. 

June 23

June Revel: Putting on the Ritz
7 p.m.
Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park
$100 for general public, $90 for members

Pleasant Home’s annual gala fundraiser will celebrate the Roaring 20s.  Don your fedora or flapper dress if you wish and enjoy an evening of drinks, food, jazz music, live entertainment and Art Deco decor.  An after-party will begin at 10 p.m. Tickets are $50. RSVP for both events at or 708-383-2654,

June 24

The Garden Walk 2018
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, and
The Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garland, Oak Park
$15 in advance, $20 day of the event, free for children under 12

Eight unique gardens will be open to the public, and “plein air” painters will demonstrate their creativity in some of the gardens. This is a self-guided tour, and transportation will be needed from one garden to the next. A copy of the Garden Guide will be available the day of the walk and will be required for entry. Pick up a guide between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Cheney Mansion or the Oak Park Conservatory. Purchase tickets at the Visitors Center, 1010 Lake St.

June 28

Chicago SummerDance
6-9 p.m.
Grant Park Spirit of the Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

The summer season of dance lessons and music begins June 28 with Brazilian samba. Swing Brasileiro will perform the music and Passistas Samba Dance Group will teach and lead the dancing. Go to for the complete schedule that runs through Aug. 25. Also, note that some locations change.

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

As part of the New Trier Extension Community Education Program, attorney Sally Wildman will present the fundamentals and legal steps necessary to take to prepare to adopt. She will explain the types of adoption available, including agency, private, foreign and foster parent adoptions. For more information, call 847-446-6600.


–Cook County Calendar of Events June 20 – June 28–