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. 

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.”

Boo! at the Zoo

Saturdays and Sundays, October 9th to 24th

Gather your ghoulfriends, little ghosts, and goblins for this fun-filled family event. Check out the creatures, creepy crawlers, and more in your costumes at the Halloween-themed event that's perfect for family photo ops. All ages are in for a fang-tastic time, and the kids will leave with a sweet treat. Boo! at the Zoo is spooky, safe, and socially distant!  

Boo! at the Zoo Activities
 · NEW!  Howl-O-Scenes Photo Spot at the Nature Stage
 · Boo! at the Zoo Photo Spots: giant inflatables, photo frames, peekboards, and more!
 · "Crazed Maize" Corn Maze on the West Mall
 · Creepy Carousel*
 · Haunted Hayride*^
 · Pumpkins to the Animals 
      · October 9 at 10:30 am - Goats and Wallabies at Hamill Family Wild Encounters
      · October 10 at 10:30 am - Polar and brown bears at Great Bear Wilderness
      · October 16 at 10:30 am - Black rhinos
      · October 17 at 11:00 am - Kangaroos 
      · October 23 at 10:30 am - Big cats and sloth bears
      · October 24 at 10:30 am - Polar and brown bears at Great Bear Wilderness

Cider and Ale Festival

Saturday, October 23rd | VIP Early Entry: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | General Admission: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Savor hard cider and seasonal beers from over 30 local breweries and cideries. Breathe in the fresh autumn air and stroll among the trees while you sip. Tasting booths will be safely spread out along the Meadow Lake, Frost Hill, and Conifer walking paths.

Ticket Types

VIP Early Entry:

  • Entry entry to the festival at Noon
  • Private restroom access
  • Welcome drink – Enjoy a special tasting before you enter the festival area
  • First access to all 80+ beers, ciders, and meads at the festival
  • …and everything included in the General Admission ticket.

General Admission:

  • 20 – 3 ounce samples
  • Souvenir tasting glass

Ticket purchasers must be 21 or older and present a valid I.D. at check-in.

Reindeer Run

Saturday, November 20th

Grab your glow sticks and running shoes and join us on Saturday, November 20 for the Reindeer Run!  With a 2-mile course entirely within Brookfield Zoo, you and your family can "fun run" under the lights and be the first to see the lights of Holiday Magic!  

Stick around after the Reindeer Run for music and drinks!  Registered Reindeer Run participants that are over the age of 21 will receive a complimentary beverage, courtesy of Revolution Brewing.


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