Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins to hold Highland Park benefit


Benefit poster for HP at ZuZu's
Benefit poster for HP at Zuzu’s

If you pass Madame ZuZu’s, a café/tearoom and music event space on First Street in Highland Park, IL, you will see a sign with an angel and a couple of cute animals that says “Together and Together Again” (7.27.22).

The sign is an invite to a virtual benefit concert put together by ZuZu’s owner, Billy Corgan and partner Chloé Mendel, for the Highland Park Community Foundation.

Yes, it’s the North Shore town that never expected its July 4th parade to be on the news for a mass shooting. And yes, Corgan, frontman of Smashing Pumpkins, is an HP resident.

To be held July 27, 2022, 8 to 10 p.m., the concert will include, among others, Corgan, Smashing bandmate Jimmy Chamberlin, Frank Catalano (Jazz sax), the Bob Moses duo of Tom Howie and Timmy Vallance and the classical Lincoln Trio. Other entertainers will be named later.

Attendance and items to purchase are virtual through the Smashing Pumpkins YouTube site. For more info visit event.  Zuzu’s is at 1876 First St., Highland Park, IL.



Around Town: Remembering July Fourth in Highland Park


Chicago area events are holding a minute of silence for the tragic deaths and gun injuries at the July 4th parade in downtown Highland Park. Some area events have been canceled and/or rescheduled and some church services have been scheduled.


The Concert in the Plaza on Tuesday, July 5 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville has been canceled. Kaleidoscope Eyes, a Beatles tribute band, will play on Tuesday, August 23. See the Lake County Forest Preserves concert schedule for more information. The LCFP statement read: “Our hearts are with all those impacted by the tragic event that took place in Highland Park, and we recognize the importance of solidarity during this difficult time.”

Ravinia Festival, located at the south end of Highland Park, has cancelled all concerts through July 10. for more information visit Ravinia Festival.

Community Vigils

Visit Welcome to Highland Park, IL ( for service information. The site will be updated. So far, five congregations are holding vigils, four on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.  A Vigil is also held at Veterans Park  at St. Johns and Central Avenues in Highland Park. For more HP information visit Welcome to Highland Park, IL (