After one of the cruelest winters in recent years, summer is finally here. That means more time in the pool, more time in the back yard, and if you’re lucky enough to live in Hinsdale or one of our surrounding communities, possibly even more time in the park.
That’s because in addition to the usual summertime roster, several of our villages and park districts are offering new festivals and expanded activities to bring the community together for some fun in the sun. Here are five enticing options to add to your summer calendar:
Summer Brew & Q, Hinsdale
The name says it all. Beer pairings and delicious barbeque headline Hinsdale’s first annual Summer Brew & Q event from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on June 14 at Katherine Legge Memorial Park. Featuring a menu from Uncle Bub’s BBQ paired with brews from Hodgkins-based Blue Nose Brewery, participants can enjoy a three-meat specialty buffet with multiple courses, a carving station, and a dessert infused with a Blue Nose brew. The food selections for the evening are exclusive to the event and developed by Uncle Bub’s head chef and Blue Nose Brewery head brewer with food and beer lovers in mind (some vegetarian options will be provided). Live music will be provided by The Wild Earp with there will be lawn games during the event. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes the buffet, beer, and a commemorative event glass (designated driver tickets are $35 and include the food buffet and a commemorative event glass). Reserve tickets in advance by June 7 by calling 630-789-7090 or by visiting villageofhinsdale.org. No one under 21 is permitted to enter the fest (IDs required at entry), including infants in strollers or carriers. Due to the nature of the event, pets or animals are also not permitted.
Farm to Fitness? 43rd Annual Hinsdale Farmers Market
Since 1977, the Hinsdale Farmers Market has been bringing more than 25 Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin farmers and small food vendors to Burlington Park in downtown Hinsdale. A visual and aromatic feast, farm tables are loaded with the region’s freshest, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, ciders, cheeses, meats and poultry, jams, preserves, cut flowers, and nursery stock. Local food artisans also bring coffee, prepared food, and other goodies for a colorful day of shopping and community spirit. In addition to favorite returning vendors (and new ones including Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies and Treasure Breads), a new attraction this year will introduce fitness classes to market day festivities. Several local businesses have already signed on, including Orange Theory, Energie Pilates, Five Seasons, F45 Training Hinsdale, Shred 415 Fitness, and Inner Jasmine Yoga. Classes will be hosted alongside the farmer’s market for a day of fun and fitness in the sun. For more information, visit hinsdalechamber.com/farmers-market.
Burr Ridge “Concerts on the Green”
Not to be outdone, the Burr Ridge Park District also hosts a free summer concert series. Opening June 24 and continuing through August 23, “Concerts on the Green” offer something for everyone’s musical tastes. Musical acts from across genres take the stage from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Friday night on the Village Green at Burr Ridge Town Center (County Line Road and Burr Ridge Parkway). Participants are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, coolers, food, and a favorite beverage for a relaxing, enjoyable night out with neighbors and friends. Food vendors also sell items at the concert. What better way to picnic in the park (or under the stars)? 2019 sponsors include King Bruwaert House, Capri Ristorante, Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce, and Allegiance Insurance Services. For more information, visit burr-ridge.gov.
“Dancin’ in the Street” in Clarendon Hills
For nearly 20 years, residents have been coming together for free summer concerts and family fun on Prospect Avenue in downtown Clarendon Hills. The “Dancin’ in the Street” summer concert series will continue this month (starting June 20) and run six weeks through the beginning of August. Hosted by the Village of Clarendon Hills, the event features food by different participating restaurants and a beverage tent serving beer and wine. Food and beverage is available beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the music kicking off at 7 p.m. The event was founded in 2000 as a way for friends and neighbors to catch up. It’s also a great way to showcase local restaurants and businesses. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. On concert days, Prospect Avenue from Park Avenue to the BNSF railroad is closed to vehicular traffic from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Metra commuter parking lot at the corners of Prospect Avenue and Ann Street. No private alcohol, skates, or skateboards are allowed downtown during the event. For more information, call the Village of Clarendon Hills at 630-286-5402 or visit clarendonhills.us.
“Walk in the Park” wine tour, Oak Brook
Oak Brook Park District hosts a similar free summer concert series, running from June 27 through early August, at the Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion but the big must-not-miss event this month is its “Walk in the Park” wine tour. Starting at 5:30 p.m. on June 27, this summer evening stroll offers a casual guided wine tour of Central Park. You will experience a selection of several wines with light food pairings as you tour the park. The event kicks off at Central Park West and ends at the summer concert venue. Plan to arrive 10 minutes before departure to check in. Stay tuned for participating restaurant vendors who will be selling food during the series and the wine walk. For more information about this and other Oak Brook Park District activities this summer, visit obparks.org/special-events/.