Happenings in Oak Brook, IL

Only In Oak Brook will you find everything from a romantic getaway, to a world-class shopping safari, to an endless array of dining, entertainment, and family-friendly fun. So, be sure to take advantage of these events and discover all that Oak Brook has to offer.


Opening April 9, 2021

The Morton Arboretum’s next outdoor art exhibition, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature), will inspire awe and wonder as it connects people and trees.

 Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created five 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum that will be featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It will be his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world. 

Dinos Everywhere

through September 6, 2021

Over 40 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than ever before have arrived at Brookfield Zoo. Dinos Everywhere features acres of earth shakers, including the largest—argentinosaurus—that was estimated to measure more than 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons. Through September 6, zoogoers will be able to search for these amazing life-like animatronics located throughout the park.


Frida Kahlo Timeless

June 5 - September 6, 2021

Presented by the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, this comprehensive presentation of the life and works of the artist Frida Kahlo will feature 26 original pieces as well as an immersive historical exhibit that provides a framework of the life, circumstances and events that led to Kahlo becoming one of the most important painters of the 20th century and of our time.

Alongside the 26 original works, this immersive exhibition features:

  • a multimedia timeline with reproductions of Kahlo’s clothing

  • more than 100 photographic images from the artist’s life,

  • a family-friendly children’s area

  • a Frida Kahlo-inspired garden designed by Ball Horticultural

Frida Kahlo: Timeless considers the many elements at play in Kahlo’s work. The complexities of Kahlo’s paintings can not be fully understood or appreciated without insight into her person and the world she was a part of. Specifically the role of Mexico City as a center of international art and culture in the early and middle 20th century, as well as Kahlo’s lifelong refusal to allow illness to restrict her diverse and intense passions. In many ways, Kahlo’s painting, politics, and identity were ahead of her time, and are extremely relevant today. Kahlo explained that she “painted her reality”, this exhibition hopes to provide insight into that reality while allowing the viewer intimate access to her world. 

Zoo Brew

Saturday, August 28th, 12:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's 10th annual ZooBrew!

ZooBrew is a fun-filled, 21 and over, unique beer-tasting event!

3 sessions to choose from:

  • Half Session - 12:00 to 2:00 pm

  • Full Session - 3:30 to 7:30 pm

  • VIP Session - 2:30 to 7:30 pm

Forever Plaid

September 17th - November 7th | see website for times and tickets

On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a “guy group” specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the ‘50s and includes hits such as “Three Coins in the Fountain” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.”

Cantigny Car Show

Sunday, September 19th | 10 AM – 3 PM

Have a cool car, motorcycle, truck, or anything that has wheels and you want to show it off? Display it in our car show!

Enjoy our annual auto show featuring a variety of vintage cars, entertainment, and food trucks. 

Registration information coming soon.

Pink 5k

Saturday, October 2nd | 8:00 AM

Help fight breast cancer in stride at the Oak Brook Park District Annual Pink 5k Run/Walk.

A portion of your registration will be donated to the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund.

Enjoy this fun, family-friendly, scenic, chip-timed race through Central Park. 


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