Enjoy the New Year at Cheney Mansion!

Programming

Thursday, September 15, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Cooking Around the World - Spain!

Join Chef Tara Humphrey of Global Peel for a culinary and cultural tour around the world through food.  In September, explore the depth of flavors of paella, learning seafood techniques and tapas.  In October, as the weather changes, feast on the delicious comforting flavors of Thailand.  November brings the discovery of one of the world’s most historical places. January brings us to Louisiana and the rich flavors embedded in Cajun cuisine.  February, welcome to Greece and create the balanced flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.  Finally March will bring you to Argentina and grilling indoors, creating an asada spread and wonderful dulche de leche. Tara has planned recipes for each session, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor with Tara in a Q&A. Bring along your favorite wine to sip or Tara will send suggested menu pairings. Ages 21+

 

 

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Bonfires and Brews- One Lake Brewing

Are you interested in supporting local breweries and learning about their businesses and their passions? Come to the patio of Cheney Mansion in September to meet the team from One Lake Brewing; October meet the team from Exit Strategy Brewery and in November, One Lake Brewing will return to sample what they are brewing as winter approaches around the fire!  They will all have season appropriate tasting and talk about what makes their breweries and product so great.  We will have snacks to help with your tastings! Ages 21+

 

Sunday, October 2, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Teen Cooking Around the World!

Join Chef Tara Humphrey of Global Peel for a culinary and cultural tour around the world through food.  in our first session with teens, we will begin with Africa wheat the start of all life began with delicious flavors and textures.  Your teen will learn proper techniques in the kitchen, develop knife their knife skills and enhance their knowledge in baking and frying.  Sample your dishes and learn more about the culture of Africa in the dining room of Cheney Mansion. Ages 12-16

 

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Cooking Around the World - Thailand!

Join Chef Tara Humphrey of Global Peel for a culinary and cultural tour around the world through food.  In September, explore the depth of flavors of paella, learning seafood techniques and tapas. In October, as the weather changes, feast on the delicious comforting flavors of Thailand. November brings the discovery of one of the world’s most historical places. January brings us to Louisiana and the rich flavors embedded in Cajun cuisine.  February, welcome to Greece and create the balanced flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Finally March will bring you to Argentina and grilling indoors, creating an asada spread and wonderful dulche de leche. Tara has planned recipes for each session, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor with Tara in a Q&A. Bring along your favorite wine to sip or Tara will send suggested menu pairings. Ages 21+

 

 

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Bonfires and Brews- Exit Strategy Brewery

Are you interested in supporting local breweries and learning about their businesses and their passions? Come to the patio of Cheney Mansion in September to meet the team from One Lake Brewing; October meet the team from Exit Strategy Brewery and in November, One Lake Brewing will return to sample what they are brewing as winter approaches around the fire!  They will all have season appropriate tasting and talk about what makes their breweries and product so great.  We will have snacks to help with your tastings! Ages 21+

 

 

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Jazz Night at the Mansion - October

Our series with Tony Morrison and the Garfield Park Jazz Collective moves to Cheney Mansion for October and November. We will transition to chilly weather and cool vibes from this local favorite quartet. Each month will bring a themed performance of straight up jazz in a wonderful setting.  Light snacks and two drink tickets are included in your registration. Ages 21+

 

 

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tequila Tasting with Maya Del Sol

Cheney Mansion and representatives from Maya Del Sol invite you to experience the variety and depth of tasting tequila. You will learn there are differences between mezcal and tequila and how the flavors and process of distilling differ as well as how important aging is to the taste difference in tequila. Light appetizer from Maya Del Sol’s menu are also included to help clear your palette between tastings. Ages 21+

 

 

Friday, October 28, 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

PDOP Mystery, Murder and Folly on the Trolley

Do you have what it takes to solve this Park District who-done it as you wind your way through clues and Park District locations? Find clues at each stop and work your way through this murderous mystery. Did Miss Apple use the rope at the Conservatory?  Or was it Professor Peach and the candlestick in the kitchen at Cheney? Join us for a fun night of sipping, eating and solving. Start your evening with small bites at the Conservatory, enjoy dinner at Cheney Mansion and finish the evening at Austin Gardens. Costumes encouraged!  Ticket includes food and drink tickets. Ages 21+

 

 

Friday, October 28, 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

PDOP Mystery, Murder and Folly on the Trolley

Do you have what it takes to solve this Park District who-done it as you wind your way through clues and Park District locations? Find clues at each stop and work your way through this murderous mystery. Did Miss Apple use the rope at the Conservatory?  Or was it Professor Peach and the candlestick in the kitchen at Cheney? Join us for a fun night of sipping, eating and solving. Start your evening with small bites at the Conservatory, enjoy dinner at Cheney Mansion and finish the evening at Austin Gardens. Costumes encouraged!  Ticket includes food and drink tickets. Ages 21+

 

 

Sunday, October 30, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Sensory Sensitive Boo Bash!

The Park District of Oak Park and West Suburban Special Recreation Association welcome families in need of sensory-sensitive events to Cheney Mansion for a fun Halloween party! Get in costume and bring your camera for photos with our Great Pumpkin!

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Bonfires and Brews - One Lake Brewing

Are you interested in supporting local breweries and learning about their businesses and their passions?  Come to the patio of Cheney Mansion in September to meet the team from One Lake Brewing; October meet the team from Exit Strategy Brewery and in November, One Lake Brewing will return to sample what they are brewing as winter approaches around the fire!  They will all have season appropriate tasting and talk about what makes their breweries and product so great.  We will have snacks to help with your tastings!  Ages 21+

 

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Cooking Around the World - Israel/Palestine!

Join Chef Tara Humphrey of Global Peel for a culinary and cultural tour around the world through food.  In September, explore the depth of flavors of paella, learning seafood techniques and tapas.  In October, as the weather changes, feast on the delicious comforting flavors of Thailand.  November brings the discovery of one of the world’s most historical places.  January brings us to Louisiana and the rich flavors embedded in Cajun cuisine.  February, welcome to Greece and create the balanced flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.  Finally March will bring you to Argentina and grilling indoors, creating an asada spread and wonderful dulche de leche.  Tara has planned recipes for each session, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor with Tara in a Q&A.  Bring along your favorite wine to sip or Tara will send suggested menu pairings.  Ages 21+

 

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jazz Night at the Mansion - November

Our series with Tony Morrison and the Garfield Park Jazz Collective moves to Cheney Mansion for October and November.  We will transition to chilly weather and cool vibes from this local favorite quartet.  Each month will bring a themed performance of straight up jazz in a wonderful setting.  Light snacks and two drink tickets are included in your registration.  Ages 21+

 

Friday, November 11, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

It's a Wrap Wrapping Party!

Have you struggled with wrapping those special gifts?  Tired of just a gift bag and tissue?  Just in time for the Holidays, bring your 3 toughest gifts as we host an instructional and good old fashioned wrapping party!  We will have tips and tricks and trims for making those gifts shine.  All materials will be provided and we will have snacks and wine to sip while you turn on your creative juices to product spectacular gifts!

 

Sunday, November 13, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Parent and Child Pasta-making Workshop

Many family traditions start with cooking and skills passed from one generation to the next.  Join Chef Tara Humphrey from Global Peel with our first generational cooking class at Cheney Mansion.  What better way to start than with learning to make fresh pasta, sauces and cannoli–delicious Italian classics to continue to make together at home.  Taste your creations with your classmates and discuss all things Italian with Chef Tara.  Registration fee is for parent and child.  Ages 12+ with Adult

 

Thursday, December 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Wreath Making

Kick off holiday decorating or create the final touch with a beautiful wreath.  We will have materials on hand for you to create a beautiful holiday wreath to adorn your favorite spot in your home or on your door!  We will use a mixture of materials and craft elements to welcome the season!  Note:  Registration will close 2 days prior to the class to purchase materials for all participants.  Enjoy a glass of wine and snacks as you create your wreath!  Ages 21+

 

Friday, December 30, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Eve of the Eve Wine, Dine and Dance!

Don’t want to be out with the amateurs on New Year’s Eve?  Come to Cheney Mansion the day before and have a lovely dinner, wine and lively dancing with your partner, guided by teh Park District Dance instructors and a DJ spinning your through the evening!  Our evening will be a speakeasy theme so there may even be an opportunity to roll the dice and take your chance with a spin of the wheel.  Dressing in the theme is a bonus!  Registration for 2 includes dinner, dancing and drink tickets.  Ages 21+

 

Thursday, January 19, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Cooking Around the World - Louisiana!

Join Chef Tara Humphrey of Global Peel for a culinary and cultural tour around the world through food.  In September, explore the depth of flavors of paella, learning seafood techniques and tapas.  In October, as the weather changes, feast on the delicious comforting flavors of Thailand.  November brings the discovery of one of the world’s most historical places.  January brings us to Louisiana and the rich flavors embedded in Cajun cuisine.  February, welcome to Greece and create the balanced flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.  Finally March will bring you to Argentina and grilling indoors, creating an asada spread and wonderful dulche de leche.  Tara has planned recipes for each session, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor with Tara in a Q&A.  Bring along your favorite wine to sip or Tara will send suggested menu pairings.  Ages 21+

 

Friday, January 20, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

A Spanish Dinner and Wine Tasting with Maya Del Sol

Join representatives from Maya del Sol for an evenig of wonderful spices and depths of Spanish food paired with wines from this rich country.  Whites and reds to match wonderfully with the rich cuisine of local favorite Maya Del Sol.  Ages 21+

 

Thursday, January 26, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Stews and Braising with Carnivore!

The cold months of winter call for rich, wonderful stews and the long, slow and delicious flavors of braising meat or fish.  Join the experts from Carnivore in the kitchen at Cheney for a hands-on demo of the best fish to create a warm stew or the best cut of meat for that perfect braise.  Carnivore will have their own delicious examples for you to taste.  Bring along your favorite beverage to drink while you enjoy a Q & A.  Ages 21+

 

Friday, January 27, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Frozen Castle Party!

Cheney Mansion  turns into the home of your favorite winter Princesses for one night of fun, game and the coolest dance party in town.  You and your princess will be treated to a meet and greet and hanging out, while our Princesses take up residence at Cheney Mansion. We will have snacks and treats for each guest.  Price is per couple and a parent must accompany their child. You do not need to register both attendees.  Additional registration is available, if you wish to add extra guests to your couple. Ages 4-8

 

Friday, February 10, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Wine, Dine and Dance!

Step out with your favorite Valentine at Cheney Mansion for an evening of dining and dancing!  Dinner and cocktails will be provided followed by lively dancing with your partner guided by the Park District Dance Instructors and a DJ spinning your through the evening!  No dance experience is necessary.  Registration for two includes dinner, dancing and drink tickets.  Ages 21+

 

Saturday, February 11, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Valentines Sweetheart Lunch and Party!

Cheney Mansion becomes immersed in conversation for the fun Valentine Lunch and party.  Hearts and games will be all around to get you going with lunch, fun, games and dancing around a conversation heart dance floor!  Price includes one adult and one child–no need to register both.  Registration for an additional guest is available if you wish to add extra guests to your Valentines conversation!  Ages 4-10

 

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Cooking Around the World - Greece!

Join Chef Tara Humphrey of Global Peel for a culinary and cultural tour around the world through food.  In September, explore the depth of flavors of paella, learning seafood techniques and tapas.  In October, as the weather changes, feast on the delicious comforting flavors of Thailand.  November brings the discovery of one of the world’s most historical places.  January brings us to Louisiana and the rich flavors embedded in Cajun cuisine.  February, welcome to Greece and create the balanced flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.  Finally March will bring you to Argentina and grilling indoors, creating an asada spread and wonderful dulche de leche.  Tara has planned recipes for each session, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor with Tara in a Q&A.  Bring along your favorite wine to sip or Tara will send suggested menu pairings.  Ages 21+

 

Thursday, February 23, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bonfires and Brews - February to be announced

Are you interested in supporting local breweries and learning about their businesses and their passions?  Come to the patio of Cheney Mansion in September to meet our featured brewery and sample what they are brewing this winter around the fire!  They will all have season appropriate tasting and talk aobut what makes their breweries and product so great.  We will have snacks to help with your tastings!  Ages 21+

 

Friday, March 3, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Super Hero Training!

Do you have a child that thinks they have super-human powers?  Do they have a nonstop need to save the world?  For one night only, Cheney Mansion will play host to some of our favorite heroes as they welcome you and teach your young hero the meaning of “with great power, comes great responsibility!”  An energy building dinner is included in your evening.  Price includes 1 parent and 1 child —–no need to register both.  An additional registration is available if you wish to add extra guests to your dynamic duo!  Ages 4-8

 

Thursday, March 9, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Carnivore Roasts!

A perfect roasted chicken with a lovely pan sauce can make you a superstar with your partner and family!  Join Carnivore in the Cheney Kitchen to make what is the core element to being a great cook!  Bring along your favorite beverage to enjoy with the finished product provided by Carnivore Oak Park.  Ages 21+

 

Thursday, March 16, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Cooking Around the World - Argentina!

Join Chef Tara Humphrey of Global Peel for a culinary and cultural tour around the world through food.  In September, explore the depth of flavors of paella, learning seafood techniques and tapas.  In October, as the weather changes, feast on the delicious comforting flavors of Thailand.  November brings the discovery of one of the world’s most historical places.  January brings us to Louisiana and the rich flavors embedded in Cajun cuisine.  February, welcome to Greece and create the balanced flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.  Finally March will bring you to Argentina and grilling indoors, creating an asada spread and wonderful dulche de leche.  Tara has planned recipes for each session, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor with Tara in a Q&A.  Bring along your favorite wine to sip or Tara will send suggested menu pairings.  Ages 21+

 

Thursday, March 16, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Bonfires and Brews - March to be announced

Are you interested in supporting local breweries and learning about their businesses and their passions?  Come to the patio of Cheney Mansion in September to meet our featured brewery and sample what they are brewing this winter around the fire!  They will all have season appropriate tasting and talk aobut what makes their breweries and product so great.  We will have snacks to help with your tastings!  Ages 21+