ADDISON – It seems like only yesterday the Chicago area’s brutal winter left town and made room for the sunshine of summer.
Now, with the arrival of mid-August and the approaching start of the school year, summer may feel like it’s already over, but Addison and Bensenville still have plenty of fun activities for families to enjoy before they bid farewell to the season.
1. Rock ‘N’ Wheels
Addison’s annual Rock ‘N’ Wheels summer concert series continues Thursday and Aug. 28 behind Addison Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza.
Joe Kalish will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by Southern Jack from 7 to 10 p.m. A motorcycle will be named Best Vintage by Burkhart Kustom Cycles at the bike and car show.
Food will be the Chef’s Special, and members of Serenity House will be on hand to share information with residents about the organization.
Addison will celebrate its 130th anniversary Aug. 28 at Rock ‘N’ Wheels.
Green Thirteen will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A car will be awarded Best in Show by Hot Rod House, and the Addison Public Library will be available to speak with community members.
2. Family Bike Ride
Local families are invited to enjoy the summer weather with a bike ride at Community Park in Addison.
The one-hour family bike ride will be at 3 p.m. Sunday on the Salt Creek Greenway Trail near the sledding hill.
The 10-mile ride will be led by riders from the Elmhurst Bike Club at a pace of 10 to 12 mph. No special cycling clothes are needed, but a helmet is required for all riders.
Children younger than 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult older than 19 years old.
Registration is required. For information, call 630-233-7275 or visit www.addisonparks.org.
3. Music in the Park
Downtown Bensenville’s Music in the Park will continue rocking from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 27.
Rick Saucedo will perform a salute to Elvis on Wednesday, and the following week’s concert will feature another tribute to a music great, The Beatles, with a performance by American English.
Classic cars also are part of the fun, with Cruise Nights beginning at 6 p.m. both nights. Entry is free.
New this year is Bensenville’s Farmers Market, which will run from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 27. Residents are invited to stock up on the tastes of summer with fresh fruits and vegetables.
4. Pete Seeger at the library
Pete Seeger wrote, arranged and popularized many timeless songs throughout his career, including “We Shall Overcome,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
His music will be performed in this solo concert from folk-singer Steve Justman from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 in the large meeting room at the Addison Public Library, 4 Friendship Plaza.
5. Movies in the Park
What better way to spend a summer night than watching a movie under the stars?
The Bensenville Park District will present “The Nut Job” as part of Movies in the Park tonight at Redmond Park, 735 E. Jefferson St.
“The Nut Job” tells the story of a squirrel and his rat friend who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions.