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Holiday 2019


ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Strolling down Quincy Street during last year’s Chamber of Commerce Holiday Stroll in downtown Riverside.

■ Riverside Holiday Stroll


■ Brookfield Holiday Celebration


■ North Riverside Tree-Lighting Celebration



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Riverside ready for 45th Annual Holiday Stroll Event features music, magic and merry making for the whole family By JACKIE PISANO


Contributing Reporter

ince 1974, the Riverside Holiday Stroll has marked the official start of the holiday season in town, spreading yuletide cheer through open houses, seasonal activities and neighborly camaraderie. So to mark 45 years of beloved seasonal traditions, Riverside’s Chamber of Commerce welcomes Riversiders and neighbors of all ages to its business corridors for its 2019 Holiday Stroll on Friday, Dec. 6. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., the stroll will feature various locations across town, buzzing with holiday crafts, favorite seasonal snacks and refreshments, Christmas carols and, of course, the lighting of Riverside’s Christmas tree. Brian Brennan, a Riverside resident who is now in his 29th year of helping spearhead

the stroll, says he is proud once again to help unite all corners of the village for the happy holiday kickoff. “It’s the one event where families, friends and businesses come together to enjoy a festive evening and to interact in our community,” he said. Fellow Riversider and stroll organizer Jason Hinsley agrees with Brennan, saying the stroll is perfect for the village in that it offers something for everyone. “The stroll is a special night that brings out the best in us all and showcases the unique character of the community,” Hinsley said. The celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with Santa and Mrs. Claus trekking from the North Pole to downtown Riverside’s Centennial Park (Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue) to meet and greet with guests. The jolly couple will be joined by merry cantors from Riverside-Brookfield High School’s Madrigals singing troupe and students from District 96 and St. Mary School, setting the mood with beloved Christmas carols as the village hits the switch and illuminates the grand tree. Immediately following the tree lighting, the Clauses will head on over to Riverside

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Families wait in line to take photos with Santa Claus during the Holiday Stroll in downtown Riverside. Bank, 17 E. Burlington St., for family photos, while performers from the West Suburban Symphony will entertain the crowds with classic renditions of holiday songs.

Luckily for music lovers, the holiday sounds don’t stop at the beginning of the stroll. Continued on page B4

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RIVERSIDE HOLIDAY STROLL from page B2 Up for hearing Christmas songs on acoustic guitar? Check out Vince Mammoser all evening long at Mollie’s Public House, 31 Forest Ave. Enjoy the sweet voices of local students as Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, welcomes Riverside-Brookfield High School’s Chamber Orchestra at 5:30 p.m., while Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, fills with the sounds of the Riverside Strings (6 p.m.), the Riverside Children’s Theatre Guild (6:30 p.m.) and District 96’s fourth- and fifth-grade choirs (7 p.m.). First American Bank, 15 Riverside Road, is helping ring in the season — literally — with Riverside Presbyterian Church’s acaBELLA Ringers from 7 to 8 p.m., and Quincy Street Distillery, 39 E. Quincy St. will showcase keyboardist Bob Opal, who will encourage caroling. Students from the Liz Berg School of Music showcasing their sounds at Salon Elia, 5 Longcommon Road, and live holiday music can be caught throughout the stroll at LaBarra Ristorante, 2 E. Burlington Road. While inside the restaurant, support Girl

Scout Troop 40054 as they sell hot chocolate, baked goods and homemade hair accessories. Do you like eating and decorating? Stop in to Riverside Parks and Recreation, 10 Pine Ave., where you can make your own Christmas tree treats. Riverside Masonic Lodge, 40 Forest Ave., will be another location with tons going on at its open house, including hot chocolate and snacks, a special dance performance from Beyond Words Dance Company (6:30 to 7 p.m.) and juggling performances (7 to 8:45 p.m.). While visiting, make sure to check out the model train display at the entrance and get the kids in line for face painting. While on Forest Avenue, pop in to Mollie’s Public House for hot chocolate, cookies and candy and La Estancia, 25 Forest Ave., for a south-of-the-border seasonal sampling of tamales and warm Mexican fruit punch. Model train lovers are in luck. As always, Riverside Garage, 18 East Ave., will showcase its famous train display. Afterwards, get close with some four-legged friends in the petting zoo, hop atop a pony for a quick ride, and support Girl Scout Troop 50021 by purchasing fun holiday hats and gloves. North Riverside’s Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will also be there with a giveaway booth, so spin the wheel for a chance to win fun prizes. Speaking of trains, Riverside’s historic train station will be home to the Riverside

Junior Woman’s Charity, which will be soliciting donations, presenting holiday movies and offering food and adult beverages. From 6 to 7 p.m., stick around for a holiday music show from the Skai Academy of Performing Arts. Nearby, stop in the library for holiday wooden ornament decorating and then head next door to Riverside Township Hall for Mr. D’s Magic Show (7 p.m. and 8 p.m.), cookies, coloring and holiday crafts. For an old-fashioned activity along Quincy Street, catch a ride on the four-seat pony cart before or after visiting the refreshment open houses at Magos Styling Cave, 6 E. Quincy St.; Colorsmith Stained Glass Studio, 8 E. Quincy St.; Friend Investment Group Inc., 12 E. Quincy St.; Metal Mites, 36 E. Quincy St.; Skills Tutoring Center, 39 E. Quincy St.; and Quincy Street Distillery, 39 E. Quincy St. And, as if Quincy didn’t have enough to offer, satisfy your art fix by walking into the Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., for an arts and crafts sale and winter art exhibit. Say “hello” at the friendly businesses along Burlington Street hosting light refreshments, including Landmark Kitchen Design, 39 E. Burlington St.; Sawmilly Sandwich Shoppe, 35 E. Burlington St.; Chew Restaurant, 33 E. Burlington St.; Salon D’Amore, 52 E. Burlington St.; Riverside Foods, 48 E. Burlington St.; Shamrock Gar-

den Florist, 18 E. Burlington St.; and Gary Potamianos DDS, 16 E. Burlington St. Also welcoming visitors to check out their businesses with warm drinks and light bites include Ridgeland Associates Inc., 1 Riverside Road, and Riverside Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, 3 Longcommon Road. St. Mary Parish, 97 Herrick Road, promises to help keep you warm with its fire pit and s’mores. Be sure to join in for group Christmas caroling and stock up on all your December baked goods at the cookie walk, sponsored by the parish school’s eighthgrade class. Don’t miss Holiday Stroll favorite Tommy Twister, local balloon artists making his unique pieces at Burlington Realty, 21 E. Burlington Road, and make sure the kids don’t let go of the chance to take a photo with Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” at Athletico, 51 E. Burlington Road. Afterward — or before — pop in to Let Hair Go, 23 E. Burlington Road for character face painting. Back for another year of haunted holiday fun is Rich Koz of “Svengoolie” fame at Comic Collector, 3346 S. Harlem Ave. Visitors can catch van rides to Harlem Avenue in the village parking lot across from St. Mary’s between 6 and 8 p.m. Whether on foot or via horse-drawn sleigh rides starting at Riverside Foods, the nearly half-century-old holiday celebration promises an enjoyable night for Riverside lovers young and old.


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Happy Strollin’ from Riverside Parks & Recreation

• Check out what Riverside Parks & Recreation has to offer! Winter/Spring Brochure release date is scheduled for January 3rd, 2020. The upcoming brochure will feature information summer camp information, spring soccer, and adult co-ed volleyball. Start your New Year’s resolutions off right. Sign up for as many of our adult fitness classes as you would like. From yoga, to Tae Kwon Do, to weight lifting we have several fitness options for you to get 2020 off to an amazing start. Winter Spring District 96 After School Class information will be coming soon. Please check our website and expect an email from your school. Register online @ or call us at (708)442-7025

• we ’re hiring! Riverside Parks & Recreation is hiring motivated individuals with a passion for working with children. Become a leader and a pillar within your community by joining our team. Riverside has positions available with flexible scheduling that will increase your skills in youth development, program planning, communication, and problem solving. Look online to see all available opportunities available. REGISTER ONLINE @ WWW.RIVERSIDE.IL.US OR CALL (708) 442-7025 FOR MORE DETAILS.



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Warm up with spiked hot chocolate, do some holiday gift shopping, enjoy seasonal activities hosted by local businesses and sing some carols around the fireplace. Our Holiday High Street Market is an opportunity for neighbors and local professionals to gather together to toast the season.

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Lexi Moss, 3, of Brookfield, talks with Santa at Irish Times as part of Brookfield’s Holiday Celebration. PHOTO BY SARAH MINOR

Brookfield kicks off season with Holiday Celebration An afternoon of food, fun and music caps off with 8 Corners tree-lighting By JACKIE PISANO


Contributing Reporter

rookfield has had a busy year, so what better reason does the village need to unite village officials, business owners and residents for hometown pride and holiday merriment? On Saturday, Dec. 7, the village of Brookfield and Brookfield Chamber of Commerce are once again partnering to usher in the holiday spirit with the annual Brookfield Holiday Celebration — a n afternoon filled with festive family activities from 2 to 6 p.m. up and down the Grand Bou-

levard and Broadway Avenue business districts and at the Brookfield Village Hall. From live music performances from local musicians of all ages to refreshments, art projects and character meet and greets, as always, the Holiday Celebration will be chockfull of lively activities for guests young and old to enjoy. Now preparing to celebrate her second Holiday Celebration in town, Recreation Director Stevie Ferrari says the event is one which she has looked forward to planning. “I’m most looking forward to seeing our community out in the masses, seeing familiar faces and new faces,” she said. “We always see new faces at these larger community events, and it’s really wonderful to see everyone all come together.” From 2 to 5:30 p.m., food and beverages will be in abundance throughout the event. Refreshments and open houses along the Grand Boulevard business district include hot cider and holiday cookies at Emerald Bay Jewelry, 3738 Grand Blvd.; sugar cookies and decorating for kids at Gosia’s Cof-

fee Shop, 8836 Brookfield Ave.; and candy canes and hot chocolate at Zoo City Treats, 3748 Grand Blvd. Have some holiday fun while visiting and taking photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Irish Times Pub & Restaurant, 8869 Burlington Ave.; seeing the old-fashioned model train exhibit at Locha Mocha Cafe, 8858 Burlington Ave.; catching live woodcarving demonstrations at historic Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave.; and participating in a variety of drop-in crafts at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. While you’re in downtown Brookfield, don’t forget to stop by the Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., where from 2 to 5:30 p.m., the whole family can take a keepsake photo with the giant inflatable snow globe, decorate cookies, participate in holiday crafts (including stringing lights on mini houses and felt tree ornament making) and enter for a chance to win holiday plush toys. Continued on page B11


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Proud To Support the Holiday Stroll.

Photo by Sarah Minor

S.E. Gross School Chorus performed in the village hall board room as part of last year’s Brookfield Holiday Celebration.


HOLIDAY CELEBRATION from page B9 Head north for continued fun along the Broadway business district, where visitors can find cookies and hot drinks at Laura Atwood Studio Beads & Trading Co., 9142 Broadway Ave.; hot chocolate with the boys and girls of Boy Scout Troop 90 at Community Gardens at Eight Corners; refreshments and a free beauty consultation at Lorena’s Hair Salon, 9144 Broadway Ave.; and refreshments, cookies and conversation with friendly snowman Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” at Betty’s Flowers & Gifts, 9138 Broadway Ave. After grabbing a quick snack, check out funky balloon art from annual favorite Tommy Twister at Tischler Finer Foods, 9118 Broadway Ave.; stop in and create your own holiday art projects at Compassion Factory Art Gallery & Studio, 9120 Broadway Ave., and make some furry friends at the petting zoo at Eight Corners. If kicking back and listening to holiday carols is more your taste, then you’re in luck. Odd Fellows Lodge #630, 9234 Broadway Ave., will feature the cheery canticle sounds of the International Christian Fellowship Choir (2:30 p.m.), the S.E. Gross Middle School Ukulele Club (3 p.m.), and the Lincoln Elementary School Chorus (3:30 p.m.) Additional holiday entertainment can be found at Brookfield Village Hall by the S.E.

Gross Middle School Band (2 p.m.) and Choir (2:30 p.m.); and Park Junior High School’s Prelude Ensemble Chorus (3 p.m.) Finally, the celebration will culminate with the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial Circle at Eight Corners. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their grand parade to the tree from Irish Times atop a village fire truck, joining Christmas carolers led by Clara D’Onofrio of Miss Clara’s Mini Musicians. While waiting for the tree lighting, enjoy the gingerbread village on display at the Veterans Memorial Circle. Hospitality tents will serve refreshments from 5 to 6 p.m. to keep guests warm and holiday basket raffle drawings for adults will continue through 5:30 p.m., when Santa will lead a community countdown and flip the switch to turn on the 2019 Christmas tree. And, as in years past, courtesy trolleys will be on hand to shuttle visitors across town, with pick-up and drop-off locations scattered along Grand Boulevard, Eight Corners/Broadway Avenue, the Brookfield Public Library and Brookfield Village Hall. Jessica Tamburello, chairwoman for the Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Committee, says overall, she hopes families both from Brookfield and the surrounding neighborhoods come and join in on the celebration. “I’ve always enjoyed going with my family, walking up and down Grand Boulevard and seeing the tree lighting — it’s become a tradition,” she said. “It’s always great to see what the sponsors come up with when decorating. It’s an all-around fun event.”

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The Landmark December 4, 2019


The Landmark, December 4, 2019



The Landmark, December 4, 2019


Handel’s Messiah Sunday December 15 4:00 p.m.

Chorus and Chamber Orchestra Professional Soloists Conductor: Dr. Sally Sloane, Minister of Music

Wassail Bowl Reception A freewill offering will be received to help fund this annual tradition. ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

North Riverside planted a blue spruce in front of the Village Commons in 2017 in order to usher in the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony. Fireworks follow.

Illuminating the tree and sky North Riverside celebrates third annual tree lighting By JACKIE PISANO Contributing Reporter


here else but North Riverside will you find a piano player, Santa Claus and a fireworks display to kick off the holiday season? Come join in the fun with seasonal tunes, snacks and socializing with neighbors at the village’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 7:15 in front of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Now in its third year, the tree lighting has become a new and welcome tradition in the village known as the “small community with a big heart.” Bryant Rouleau, program coordinator for

North Riverside’s Parks and Recreation Department, says the tree lighting has quickly proven to be a fun tradition for North Riverside because it’s a great way to socialize with neighbors and get in the holiday spirit before the hustle and bustle of the season sets in. “With the holidays, you’re supposed to have the warm, fuzzy time,” he said. “It’s a nice beginning to the holiday season.” Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy hot chocolate, light bites and Christmas tunes while the kids have fun decorating crafts and making reindeer food. Along with Santa, the Grinch and Buddy the Elf will be on hand for photo ops and to help lead the 10-second countdown to officially flip the switch and light up the blue spruce tree in front of the Village Commons at 7 p.m. As the tree stays lit for the first evening of the season, stick around for the village’s always impressive fireworks display until 7:15 p.m.

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