. . . so we called friends Rick and Patty, arranged to meet them on the green at the Burr Ridge Shopping Center, stowed some cold drinks in a cooler (and I hid some chocolate cake in honor of you-know-who’s birthday). We loaded up some lawn chairs, and off we went to a free concert, under the stars, about as far as the crow flies from our house.
We are fortunate to have quite a few free music venues in the good old summertime, mere minutes from our life here on the Cutoff. All summer, we’ve been meaning to take advantage of them. Finally, yesterday, our chance arrived – and we grabbed it.
Burr Ridge Center is a new, smallish center with mixed usage. Restaurants dot the few blocks with trendy stores, a Starbucks, Barbara’s Bookstore and condos nestled in on top. In the center’s planning, an expanse of lawn was laid. A modern, airy and lighted band shell emerges in June. This same lawn hosts a farmers market on Thursdays.
The concert was set to start at 7:30. We arrived an hour early and staked out a good spot amongst other early birds. It was like a mini-Ravinia, which is the crown jewel in outdoor concerts in summer. Groups had rounds of chairs, blankets and tables, wine coolers and sushi, all a-ready for a night of big band sounds, which arrived, right on time, compliments of The Steve Cooper Orchestra, whose musical renditions and vocal accompaniments stirred the crowd, a mixture of ages and backgrounds. They all seemed to be in the mood. We certainly were.