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Fresh air family fun in Hinsdale continues this week

Tom Ogunribido, who played bass guitar at the Uniquely Thursday concert this week, likes to perform outdoors.

“There’s something about the fresh air and the sun,” Ogunribido said. “The sun has energy that is divine.”

The sun was plentiful June 26, although the air was cool in Burlington Park for the second concert of Hinsdale’s Uniquely Thursdays summer series.

Ogunribido’s band, Chicago Soul Review, played Motown and hits from the ’60s and ’70s by singers such as Bill Withers and Etta James.For some people, which band was performing did not matter.

“As long as there is a band playing, we are good,” said Erin Jeschke, who went to the concert with her friend and their four children.

Marty Turek of Clarendon Hills said, at first, the music does not matter.

“But after a half-hour or 45 minutes, it does,” Turek said, as he waited for the concert to start.

Judy Lizak of Lombard got to the park early to save a place for her friends, who were coming from La Grange, Countryside and Naperville. Lizak said she has been to outdoor summer concerts in a variety of places and Uniquely Thursday in Burlington Park is her favorite.

“It’s lovely,” she said, and, “it’s user friendly. You can sit up close or sit back. And I love the shops over there,” she said, pointing to the downtown stores.

Many of the people who come like the setting to talk with friends and let their children fun freely between the park and the front lawn of Memorial Hall.

Turek brought his children age 12 and 8 to the June 26 concert. When he first started coming years ago, his children were younger, and he was not very comfortable with them running around on their own.

“Then the next year I was more so, and now I am completely comfortable with it,” Turek said.

Bill and Eva Chaleff of Harrington Park, N.J. were in town to babysit their two grandchildren, while their parents were on vacation, and brought them to the concert.

“They love the music and they know other kids here,” Eva said.

Six vendors sell burritos, pizza, Dippin’ Dots, Tropical Sno cones, beer, wine and Margaritas. Local businesses also hand out promotional items that amuse the children. Hinsdale Bank & Trust Co. gave away giant squeezable stress pennies.

Normandy Remodeling handed out inflatable beach balls at the first concert and plastic maracas June 26. Caitlin Ioannacci from Normandy Remodeling said they usually bring about 300 items, such as beach balls, Slinkies or water bottles, and give them all away in an hour.

Due to the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the next concert will be on Wednesday, July 2, with the classic ’70s rock band Funhouse performing.

Seven out of the 10 bands booked this summer are new to the Hinsdale concert series, including Funhouse and Voyage on July 10.

For the complete summer schedule, look at the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce website, http://business.hinsdalechamber.com/events/details/uniquely-thursdays-2014-2717.

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