Big Week (June 27 – July 4)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

There’s a lot happening in Proviso Township this week. Below is just a sampling of things to do in the area for you and your family:

Help local students while eating delicious food

On Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Urban Pioneer Group, 7503 W. Madison in Forest Park, 209 Together and Kiwanis Club of Forest Park will host a scholarship fundraiser. Each year, several scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors from Proviso’s three high schools to alleviate the burden of the expense of college.

Tickets are $50, which includes wine or beer, delicious food and amazing ambience. The organizers welcome any new sponsors or restaurants who would like to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. For more info, email

Attend #WECANTOO camp

On Friday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Broadview Fire Department, 2400 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview, the village of Broadview will host #WECANTOO, a woman’s leadership camp for young ladies, ages 11 to 15, in order to give them insight into what it’s like to be a leader in the community and engage a workforce that used to be male-dominated. For more info, contact Kris Murphy at (708) 343-6124 (Dial ‘0’).

Revel in ‘Music in the Park’

On Friday, June 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Park, at the corner of 3rd and Oak St. in Maywood, the annual Music in the Park will take place. For more info on this Free event, which is sponsored by the Maywood Safe Summer Committee, contact Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon at (708) 261-9217.

RSVP to see Hermene Hartman in Maywood

On Friday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Francesca’s Restaurant, 7407 W. Madison St. in Forest Park, Hermene Hartman, the founder and publisher of N’Digo Magazine. Hartman will be the guest of the Rotary Club of Maywood/Proviso.

This event, which is $20 for non-Rotary members, provides a networking opportunity for professionals, neighbors, friends, problem-solvers and leaders. For more info or to RSVP, contact Gary Woll at

Spend Saturday walking/running in Bellwood

On Saturday, June 30, 9:30 a.m., at Bellwood Village Hall, 3200 Washington Blvd. in Bellwood, the village’s clerk, Janel Moreland, will host the first annual Pink Divas and Gents Breast Cancer Walk/Run. The event is designed to raise awareness and funds for those battling the disease. $25 registration fee (t-shirt included). Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more info, contact Village Clerk Janel Moreland at (708) 547-3500 Ext. 1103.

Attend an outdoor garage sale in Broadview

On Saturday, June 30, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Village Hall, 2350 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview, the village of Broadview will hold an outdoor garage sale. Table and chairs provided for an additional fee of $25. For more info, call Lily at (708) 681-3600.

Help around Maywood’s Peace Garden

On Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m., at the Peace Garden, located at the corner of 17th Ave. and Madison St. in Maywood, community members will be out in force erecting new artwork, spreading wood chips and weeding. More volunteers, however, are needed! For more info, contact Barbara Cole at (708) 344-3577.

Free summer food

PLCCA’s Summer Food Service Program runs until Aug. 10, Monday through Friday. Breakfast is served from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. (open site only) while lunch is served from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more info and to locate a meal site nearest you, call (708) 865-0605 (ex. 325). No registration required.

I N D E P E N D E N C E  D A Y  E V E N T S

Looking for somewhere to watch fireworks for the 4th of July? We’ve listed the top places to watch the Independence Day displays in the Chicago area:

Forest Park fireworks

You can’t top this one for proximity and pizzazz. On Wednesday, July 4, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 W. Harrison in Forest Park, enjoy a full day Independence Day of activities, including swimming (the pool is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), food and beer tents, musical entertainment and, of course, the fireworks show, which comes at the end. For more info, call (708) 366-7500.

Oak Park fireworks

The many dimensions of diversity in Oak Park are on display when the annual Independence Day Parade steps off at 10 a.m., July 4 from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street. The parade marches north on Ridgeland to Augusta Street, turning east to disperse near Whittier Elementary School at Harvey Avenue.

Weather permitting, a fireworks display usually begins at dusk in the football stadium of Oak Park and River Forest High School, near East Avenue and Lake Street.

Parades in Riverside and Brookfield

If you’re looking for a parade, there’s one in Riverside, which will start at 8:45 a.m., down Longcommon to Guthrie Park, where the celebration will end with a festival to last until 1 p.m. For more info, call (708) 447-2700 (note: no one may be available at this number since the village hall will be closed on July 4).

Want options in the parade category? There’s also the village of Brookfield’s Independence Day Parade, to take place on Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m., at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Garfield Avenue. The route will travel down Grand Boulevard to Brookfield Avenue before ending at Village Hall. For more info, contact (708) 485-7344.

Of course, there’s Chicago

There are a whole suite of ways to celebrate July 4th in Chicago. Of course, we’ll start with the most obvious—Navy Pier’s Independence Day Fireworks Celebration presented by Miller Lite on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at 9:30 p.m.

With large crowds expected on the 4th of July, it is anticipated that at some time during the day, to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests, Navy Pier will reach capacity and the gates will close.

Plan your visit accordingly, including arriving early. And remember, in addition to July 4, there are many other opportunities to see the Aon Summer Fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night now through Labor Day.  For the most up-to-the-minute information, especially throughout the day on July 4, follow Navy Pier on Twitter at @NavyPier.

And if you miss it, there’s always next time (at least during the summer). All summer long, Navy Pier hosts free fireworks displays on Wednesday and Saturday.

Besides, fireworks, there’s also music. Enjoy the Grant Park Music Festival tradition, held on the lakefront on Wednesday, July 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 pm for an evening of patriotic favorites, along with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, featuring 16-year-old pianist, Emily Bear. Christopher Bell conducts.

And if you want to do it all the way up, Wendella’s 4th of July Fireworks Cruise heads out to Lake Michigan for the Navy Pier fireworks.

This kid-friendly cruise will lead you north and south along the city’s spectacular lit up skyline, and includes a brief narrated tour. Any tour time you take will allow you to see the fireworks show, and all tours will return to the dock approximately 30 minutes after the fireworks show, which starts at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $34 to $49. For more info, visit

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