Festivals & Events

Come Celebrate in the Southland! All year long, visitors will find fun and excitement at any of the hundreds of festivals and events held throughout the Southland.

Antique and craft shows, music and theatre festivals, historical re-enactments, holiday festivities and ethnic celebrations are just a few of the events offered in the Chicago Southland every year. More information is just a phone call away. Just call or visit the website of the event of your choice to find out more about regional festivals and events.

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Below are the next 30 upcoming events in the Chicago Southland. Use the form above to search for specific events.

Jan 1, 2017-Jan 29, 2017 - SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET
4350 West 129th Street
Alsip, IL
708-344-7300
Chicagoland's finest-most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices - every weekend.
W 7AM-2PM; Sa & Su 7AM-4PM
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Jan 1, 2017-Jan 31, 2017 - WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes.
Warming house/Skate Rental Hours (subject to change) M-Th 4-8PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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Jan 1, 2017-Jan 31, 2017 - CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS OPEN
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Sagawau Nordic is open daily 9AM-4PM. Trails will be opened and groomed as snow conditions permit and could include a late start or early finish. Rentals available until 2PM. Equipment is for use at Sagawau only.
9AM-4PM
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Jan 2, 2017-Jan 26, 2017 - SMALL BUT MIGHTY: A NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-708-7738
This exhibition of small works by artists from throughout the US will be juried by Aron Packer of Aron Packer Projects and will feature small works in all media. Reception: January 12, 4:30-7PM
M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 5PM-7PM
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Jan 3, 2017-Jan 31, 2017 - MARY KING: TWO STORIES
Governors State University Visual Arts Gallery
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
Mary King is an artist based in Chicago, IL, and Hamburg, Germany. King received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Chicago and a Master of Arts from Western Michigan University. Her concurrent exhibition at the Hyde Park Center, War Stories runs through January 22, 2017 and complements People You Know and Beautiful Industry featured in Visual Arts Gallery in this exhibition. Artist Reception and Drawing Workshop: Wednesday, January 25; 4:30- 7PM with remarks at 5PM
M-Th 10AM-5PM; F and other times, by appointment
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Jan 3, 2017-Jan 31, 2017 - MVCC ART FACULTY | NEW WORK
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Art Faculty share recent work with the college, their students, and community in this popular group show. Reception: Thursday, January 26th, 2:30-4PM. Artist Talk: 3PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Jan 3, 2017-Jan 31, 2017 - VILLAGE OF ROBBINS - OPEN AIR MARKET
13900 Claire Boulevard
Robbins, IL
708-385-8940
Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor/or shop till you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Tu,Th & Sa 6AM-3:30PM
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Jan 4, 2017-Jan 25, 2017 - KIWANIS BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-6200
Bingo, $4400 guaranteed payout. Doors open at 4:30pm. Early special at 6:15pm. Bulls eye, Fireplug, Raffle, Food, Free Coffee and Progressive Raffle.
W 6:30PM
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Jan 4, 2017-Jan 25, 2017 - MORNINGS WITH MOTHER NATURE
Little Red Schoolhouse
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Children 3-4 years old and their favorite adult are invited to spend their Wednesday mornings exploring and learning through play. Registration required. Registration includes all four Wednesdays in the month. Limit 15. $40/month.
9:30-11:30AM
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Jan 7, 2017-Jan 29, 2017 - BEGINNER CROSS-COUNTRY SKI LESSONS
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Learn to ski with a certified Professional Instructor of America. Ages 12 & up. Registration is required by phone or in person only. Registration for each lesson starts the Monday prior the program date. $20/person
Sa-Su 9:30AM
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Jan 8, 2017-Jan 29, 2017 - TINLEY PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & CHAPEL
Tinley Park Historical Society Museum & Chapel
6727 174th Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-429-4210
Tours of the museum, one room schoolhouse and the landmark chapel built in 1884 with beautiful stain glass windows. The chapel is available for weddings and special events by reservation. Various community events are held throughout the year. Check Facebook: Tinley Park Historical Society
W10AM-2PM; 1st Su 1-3PM; 2nd Th 6-8PM
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Jan 21, 2017-Feb 21, 2017 - ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - SLAVIC SOUL
Lincoln-Way East Performing Arts Center
201 Colorado Avenue, Frankfort, IL
708-481-7774
The IPO rings in the new year with conductor candidate Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C, with an exciting program of Eastern European works. Kodaly, like his peer Bartok, was a master of incorporating Hungarian folk melodies into his compositions, and the Dances of Galanta are no exception. Written as recruiting songs to show a soldier's life as endless fun, these dances will delight. Similarly, Ligeti's work draws on his Transylvanian heritage with tuneful folk melodies. Closing the evening is Rachmaninoff's demanding Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring guest pianist Sean Chen. This work was featured in the movie Shine, the true story of Australian concert pianist David Helfgott. Rachmaninoff's piece is one of the most challenging of all Romantic-era concertos...and the most exhilarating. Truly, this concert will set your soul on fire!
7:30PM
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Jan 27, 2017-Jan 27, 2017 - NO LIMIT LAUGHS WITH THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV
Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Time to ‘get your funny on’! Join the ‘No Limit Laughs’ Orland Park Comedy Improv players for an unforgettable night of improvised comedy. Each show is guaranteed to be a unique experience, as the audience’s suggestions fuel ‘off the cuff’ fun!
8-10PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - 22ND ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF
Village Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
815-469-3356
Free to enter, Free to taste, Prizes awarded!
12-2PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - GUITAR GREATS STARRING JAMIAH ROGERS
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
Blues prodigy Jamiah Rogers and guest artists bring home the beat with a tribute to the best guitarists of all time, from Prince and Buddy Guy, to Jimmy Hendrix, and Carlos Santana. Jamiah brought the house down at his first GSU appearance last March performing alongside Billy Branch, and now a fortunate few can experience what all the fuss was about in this on stage blues jam.
8PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - THE SECOND CITY - WE'RE ALL IN THIS ROOM TOGETHER
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Providing the in-your-face entertainment Netflix can’t provide, this must-attend show features improvised comedy, audience interaction, and of-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second City made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. Never the same show twice, join us in the “Room” where it happens. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.
7:30PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - CHILLY WILLIE CHILI CHALLENGE
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
$5.00 all you can eat until the chili is gone!
2PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - HOMEWOOD'S INDOOR FARMERS MARKET
Marie Irwin Center
18120 Highland Avenue, Homewood, IL
708-798-3000
Indoor Market is held the last Saturday of January, February, March and April. Purchase hydroponics, micro greens, olive oils, baked goods, body products and more!
9AM-1PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - CELEBRATION OF WINTER
Coyote Run Golf Course
800 Kedzie Avenue, Flossmoor, IL
708-957-0300
Break your cabin fever and get out and enjoy winter! We will be celebrating all the fun winter has to offer snow or no snow. Willey's grill will have food and drink specials throughout the evening so come play and stay to eat. 3-6PM Cross Country Skiing, Hayrides, S'mores, Snowman Building (bring your own accessories) 4-6M Karaoke and interactive DJ. Free
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - NIGHT HIKE: OWLS
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Hike with interpreters as they search for owls in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. After the hike, participants will sip hot cocoa and warm up next to a cozy fire at the nature center. The program also includes information on Will County owls and why their calls can be heard at this time of year. Dress for the weather, and be prepared to hike 1.5 miles on natural surface trails. Registration for the free all-ages program is required by Jan. 20.
3:30-6PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - WINTER TREE ID HIKE
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Learn to identify trees in the winter based on shape, bark and twigs. Be prepared to hike outside.
1:30PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - WINTER SNOWFLAKE BALL
Little Red Schoolhouse
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Dress up in your favorite winter character attire while we explore the beautiful world of snowflakes. Science experiments, activities and a nature walk will delight children of all ages. Registration required. Limit 15.
1:30PM
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Jan 28, 2017-Jan 28, 2017 - WINTER BIRD FEEDER WATCH
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
What birds are visiting the feeders this winter? We’ll help you identify our resident birds and winter migrants and share ways to attract them to your own yard. This program will NOT take place if the ski trails are open. Call 630-257-2045 or check Sagawau’s Facebook Page for trail conditions.
10AM
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Jan 29, 2017-Jan 29, 2017 - WINTER WANDERING
Sweet Woods
Cottage Grove & 183rd Street, Glenwood, IL
708-868-0606
Put on your winter boots, bundle up and join us for a brisk 4-mile hike along Thorn Creek. Meet at Sweet Woods, Cottage Grove & 183rd Street in Glenwood.
1:30PM
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Jan 29, 2017-Jan 29, 2017 - PAINTING NATURE
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Learn to capture natural history subjects in color. Bring your favorite materials or use some or ours. Adults and teens. This program will NOT take place if the ski trails are open. Call 630-257-2045 or check Sagawau’s Facebook Page for trail conditions.
1PM
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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 1, 2017 - ASTRONO-MONEE
Monee Reservoir
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee, IL
708-534-8499
Winter is a great time to view celestial objects because darkness comes early and the skies are cold and clear. This Forest Preserve District of Will County Program will start indoors at the visitor center where participants will learn how to read and use a star chart. If skies are clear, the program will move outdoors for sky viewing with telescopes and binoculars. If the weather is uncooperative, a more detailed indoor presentation will be offered. The free program is for ages 8 and older. Registration is required two days in advance.
7:30-9PM
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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 17, 2017 - WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes.
Warming house/Skate Rental Hours (subject to change) M-Th 4-8PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 22, 2017 - KIWANIS BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-341-3161
Bingo, $4400 guaranteed payout. Doors open at 4:30pm. Early special at 6:15pm. Bulls eye, Fireplug, Raffle, Food, Free Coffee and Progressive Raffle.
W 6:30PM
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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 22, 2017 - MORNINGS WITH MOTHER NATURE
Little Red Schoolhouse
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Children 3-4 years old and their favorite adult are invited to spend their Wednesday mornings exploring and learning through play. Registration required. Registration includes all four Wednesdays in the month. Limit 15. $40/month.
9:30-11:30AM
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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 26, 2017 - SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET
4350 West 129th Street
Alsip, IL
708-344-7300
Chicagoland's finest-most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices - every weekend.
W 7AM-2PM; Sa & Su 7AM-4PM
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