This Week in Mount Prospect

Cruise NightsOLD TIME RADIO HITS: Enjoy a bit of nostalgia on Friday (Sept. 14) from 7 – 9 p.m. when Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) presents an evening of greatest hits of old-time radio. Travel back in time to hear suspense, drama and comedy when actors from Tesseract Theater Ensemble perform four classic radio shows. The event is free but you must register by calling 847/253-5675 or by visiting

SUMMER SLIDE PUB CRAWL: Gather with neighbors and friends at your favorite downtown Mount Prospect eating establishments on Saturday (Sept. 15) from 3 – 5 p.m. for this event sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. Registration is on-going up until the day of the event. Tickets are $10/per person and includes a chance to win one of 24 $25 gift cards from the participating pubs.  For details, visit

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Progress continues on the Illinois Department of Transportation Central Road resurfacing project. Paving operations to install the first layer of asphalt will start on Monday (Sept. 17) beginning at Rand Road and proceeding westward to Arlington Heights Road. A second paving operation to install the pavement surface will be scheduled after the first layer is complete. Central Road will remain open to traffic with at least one lane in each direction. The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions. In a related project, the Village of Mount Prospect is coordinating a street light project on Central Road between Mount Prospect Road and Emerson Street. The poles are scheduled to be installed starting the week of September 24.

NEW PARK IN TOWN: The Village is in the process of developing the Edwin and Elsie Meyn Busse Pocket Park at the northeast corner of East Busse Ave. and South Emerson St. The Village purchased the two parcels of land at 19 and 21 South Emerson Street and hired the architectural design firm, Altamanu, Inc. Altamanu will hold the next public meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 24) from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Board Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Any questions should be directed to the Planning Division at 847/818-5328.

CRUISE NIGHT: The cooler temps are perfect for enjoying the weekly Bluesmobile car show on Saturday (Sept. 15) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.) This week, cars from the 70s and 80s are on display. Entertainment provided by The Mosquitos.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Peaches were aplenty last week at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market! Find that and more on Sunday (Sept. 16) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.) In addition to produce, you’ll find gourmet items, cheeses, breads, bakery items and artisan works. The Market closes for the season on Oct. 14.

CONCERT IN THE PARK: The last day of summer is quickly approaching. Enjoy the still warm temps and music by The Johnny Burnett Band when they perform on Sunday (Sept. 16) from 5 – 7 p.m. on the grounds of Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.) Top off the night with a yummy confection from Mount Prospect’s favorite ice cream shop.

BIKE THE BARNS: Join the MP Bike Club for a special ride on Sunday (Sept. 16) beginning at 8:30 a.m. Meet at 1700 8th St. Reedsburg, WI 53959. Enjoy a day of biking or busing to local farms to support farmers and the local economy. The event features area CSA farms, farm fresh local food, craft libations and live music. The short bike route is 26.5 miles, long bike route 56-59 miles or you can Bus the Barns which includes a visit to 3-4 farms with a private tour guide. For this event, visit For updates and to register for the bike ride, visit

FREE COMMUNITY MEALS: Those in need can enjoy a delicious dinner at area churches from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations: Friday (Sept. 14) St. Theresa Catholic Church (455 N. Benton St. PAL), Sunday (Sept. 16) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd.) Tuesday (Sept. 18) First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights (1903 E. Euclid Ave. AH.) Wednesday (Sept. 19) St. James Catholic Church serving at Knights of Columbus (15 N. Hickory AH), Thursday (Sept. 20) Faith Lutheran Church (431 S. Arlington Heights Rd.)

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories, poetry or another creative format? Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Sept. 18) from 7 – 9:30 in Meeting Room 2A at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience, in all genres. Bring up to five double-spaced pages and copies to share (approximately 10) with group members. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. The Writers Group meets the third Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Laird Larsen at


—-JAMMIN’ WITH JEN: Indulge in a perfect evening of farm-to-table buffet dining on Friday (Sept. 14) from 6 – 11 p.m. at Maryville Jen School (1150 N. River Rd. DP.) You will enjoy produce from the Jen School garden, tours of the garden and greenhouse, beer and wine, dancing under the Big Tent and a raffle and auction. The cost is $70 per person and proceeds benefit the Jen School. For tickets, visit For more information, contact Tina Hock at or call 847/294-1982.

—-PIONEER DAY: Spend some time on Sunday (Sept. 16) from 1 – 5 p.m. at Elk Grove Historical Museum (399 Biesterfield Rd. EGV) Events will include a petting zoo, crafts and games, music and dancing and historic demonstrations. Make an elk-styled hobby horse to display on your front porch. View work by local artists and tour the farmhouse. This is a free event. For more info, visit

—-PROTECTING YOURSELF & COMMUNITY: Attend a program on how to handle an active shooter situation on Thursday (Sept. 20) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lutheran Home (800 W. Oakton St. AH.) Officer Matthew Mills of the Buffalo Grove Police Department will make the presentation. The cost is $5 per person and lunch is included. To attend, RSVP to Linda at 847/368-7404.