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Wednesday August 26th

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. General admission is $6 per person, child or adult. For more information about Wonder Works Children’s Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

PAINT COVERED WEDNESDAYS - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Paint Covered Wednesdays provide children the artistic opportunity of a lifetime at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Children use a large variety of paints, styles and canvases as they learn to tell their stories, to create new things and expand their understanding of the world around them. Painting helps children by enhancing problem solving skills, improving fine motor skills, boosting self-esteem and gives a positive outlet for expression. General admission is $6 per person, child or adult. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Thursday August 27th

4th ANNUAL TASTE OF MAIN STREET4th ANNUAL TASTE OF MAIN STREET - 5:00 to 9:00 PM - Join us for this annual tradition and enjoy an eclectic mix of small plates and sweets on Berwyn’s Main Street. Stick around for an after-party with live music from Caliente at Wagner’s Lounge (6840 W Cermak Rd) starting at 9:00 PM. Tickets are only $10 and include food samples, entry into a drawing for an Apple iPad, program guide with map of food samples and admission to the after-party.

Tasting is open to all ages, and after-party is reserved for the 21+ crowd. For more information visit www.whyberwyn.com.

NATURE IN THE AFTERNOON DROP-INS - 4:00 to 5:30 PM - Enjoy a range of casual nature activities at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest, from animal encounters, nature crafts, bug hunts, and other surprises. Each afternoon program will be different. This is a free family drop-in program. For more information call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. General admission is $6 per person, child or adult. For more information about Wonder Works Children’s Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Friday August 28th

NATURE AND SCIENCE AT WONDER WORKS: SEA LIFE: SEASHELLS AND SHARKS - 10:00 AM to Noon - To find out what lives in the salty sea, you can sift shells from sand, make a shell collection and a shell craft, and see and sort colorful shells from around the world, at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Ave. Oak Park. Then stare into the tooth-filled jaws of bull and sand sharks.(Don't worry, they are no longer alive.) Collect fossil teeth from sharks that lived during the Ice Age in Florida, and at the end of dinosaur times in Africa. There will be lots of plastic and plush sea life in the Great Outdoors, plus smaller plastic sea life at the play dough table. General admission is $6 per person, child or adult. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. General admission is $6 per person, child or adult. For more information about Wonder Works Children’s Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Saturday August 29th

THE WEATHERTECH® BERWYN RT66 CAR SHOW SPONSORED BY PAISANS PIZZERIA & BARTHE WEATHERTECH® BERWYN RT66 CAR SHOW SPONSORED BY PAISANS PIZZERIA & BAR - 10:00 to 4:00 PM - The WeatherTech® 25th Annual Berwyn Rt66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar will be held along Berwyn’s strip of Route 66 along Ogden Ave between Oak Park Ave and Ridgeland Ave. Berwyn has always been a great Route 66 town with a thriving, dynamic and fast-growing community at its heart. The Route 66 Car Show is the area’s best and biggest car show, attracting more than 30,000 visitors.

On Aug 29, visitors can soak up the classic car culture of Historic Route 66 with a stroll through over 550 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Demonstrations of Automobile Flamethrowing by Roamin’ Chariots Car Club and a Cacklefest with nitro fueled funny cars and dragsters. Don’t try this at home!

The event also features live music including:

  • The Rhythm Rockets will perform old school Jump, Jazz, Swing, Rhythm & Blues.
  • Wireless Soul will perform high energy, Popular Rock music. There will be a Wireless Soul Official Dean Guitar Giveaway at the conclusion of the performance at 2:00 p.m.
  • Erik Lauren and the Blue Blood Sinners will play Blues, Country, Southern, and Classic Rock covers and original songs.
  • Rick “Elvis” Saucedo will perform an Elvis musical showcase.
  • Tony Pellegrino will perform a Frank Sinatra showcase of classic pop and standards.
  • Legendary WLS DJ & Radio Hall of Famer Dick Biondi will sign autographs and award trophies from Noon - 4:00 pm. There will also be a guest appearance from NBC’s meteorologist and Chicago personality Andy Avalos.

Spectator admission is free so bring the whole family! For those seeking an early peek, vehicles start their procession to their parking spots around 7:00 am. The event officially runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sat, Aug 29.

For those interested in displaying their vehicles, online registration is available at WhyBerwyn.com/event/berwyn-route-66-car-show and Facebook @BerwynRt66CarShow. Registered participants receive a t-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag with completed registration. “Fun” awards are also doled out in a wide variety of categories with names including “B-B-B-Bad to the Bone,” “Hog Heaven,” “Impressive Import,” “Hot Hauler,” “Pleasantly Preserved,” and “Slo & Lo” to name a few.

The 25th Annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is presented by Premier Sponsor WeatherTech and Top Fuel Sponsor Paisans Pizzeria & Bar. This event is brought to you by the Berwyn Preservation of Historic Route 66 Commission of the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC).

For more information, visit whyberwyn.com or follow the BDC at facebook.com/WhyBerwynand twitter.com/WhyBerwyntwitter.com/WhyBerwyn and instagram.com/WhyBerwyn.

FARMER'S MARKET - 7 AM - 1 PM - Elmwood and Lake Streets in Oak Park (in the Pilgrim Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, one block west of Ridgeland and Lake). Oak Park's Farmer's Market offers fresh, locally grown produce along with some of the best donuts to be found anywhere!  Come early and stay late for a family friendly atmosphere.  For more information visit www.oak-park.us/our-community/oak-park-farmers-market.

"BONE" APPETIT - 1:00 to 2:00 PM - Join us at feeding time to learn about Trailside Museum's, 738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest, outdoor resident animals. For more information call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

Sunday August 30th

ANIMAL CARE LEAGUESUNDAY FUNDDAY FUNDRAISING BRUNCH BENEFITING THE ANIMAL CARE LEAGUE - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Join us for a Sunday Funday with a fundraising twist at Brian Boru Irish Pub, 7652 Madison Street in Forest Park. Spend one of the last summer Sundays enjoying Brunch, a Bloody Mary Bar, Raffle Prizes and more while helping to raise money for Animal Care League. Baby Shark, a favorite local band, will be performing from 12-2! Get friends, family and co-workers together for our Sunday Fundday and come hungry and thirsty as 10% of the cash register will be donated back to Animal Care League! Pooches are welcome on Brian Boru's lovely outdoor patio, or guests can sit inside at one of the bars in this authentic Irish pub. Be sure to tell the bartender to keep your Special Event Pub Glass full-drink up-it's for the animals! For more information call Hannah at 708-848-8155 or visit www.animalcareleague.org.

PLANTS AND THEIR PALS - 1:00 to 2:30 PM - Join us as we explore plants and the symbiotic relationships these organisms have with animals, bacteria and fungi at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest. This is a free, drop-in family program. For more information call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. General admission is $6 per person, child or adult. For more information about Wonder Works Children’s Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Monday August 31st

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. General admission is $6 per person, child or adult. For more information about Wonder Works Children’s Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

STORY TIME - 11:00 to 11:30 AM - Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and new adventures at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can. General admission is $6 per person, child or adult. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.