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.

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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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 26, 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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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 28, 2017 - GAELIC PARK'S FEBRUARY EVENTS
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
Come into the Carraig Pub to watch all kinds of sports games, sample delicious food, enjoy some of the free entertainment which the Carraig hosts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursday evenings, join in the traditional Irish Music Session. Every Tuesday with Quiz Master, Tim Tobin, testing your knowledge on all kinds of topics. Join The Big Game Party, Sunday, February 5th. Admission is $40.00 and includes open bar from start of game to final whistle, a delicious hot food buffet at half-time, snacks and raffle prizes. On Tuesday February 14th, the Carraig is hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner.
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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 28, 2017 - STEP BACK INTO A 1950s VALENTINE'S DAY
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
The museum is decorated in vintage Valentines Day decorations including die-cuts and Vintage Valentines. The classroom is decorated for a 1950s Valentines Day class party. Adults $5; 12 and under free
W & Sa 1-3:30PM or by appointment
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Feb 1, 2017-Feb 28, 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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Feb 2, 2017-Feb 28, 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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Feb 4, 2017-Feb 26, 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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Feb 6, 2017-Feb 23, 2017 - ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-708-7738
This annual art exhibition of local area high school students is curated by Professor Rebecca Slagle and juried by Prairie State College faculty. Reception and Awards: February 9, 5-7PM
M-Th 9AM-3PM; W & Th 4-7PM
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Feb 6, 2017-Feb 28, 2017 - JOSHUA BRENNAN | SAMPLE THE REMIX
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Joshua Brennan’s unconventional abstract paintings, made using repurposed billboard prints, oscillate between high and lowbrow aesthetics while exploring concepts of appropriation, defacement, chance and seriality. Reception: Monday February 6th, 2:30-4PM. Artist Talk: 3PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Feb 18, 2017-Feb 19, 2017 - THE HOME SHOW
Georgios Banquets, Quality Inn & Suites Conference Centre
8800 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL
630-385-4000
All exhibitors offer skills and services to home and commercial owners, so bring your plans and ideas and you'll save time and money. Free
10AM-5PM
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Feb 19, 2017-Feb 19, 2017 - BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
All areas of wedding planning including florists, limos, bakers, travel agents, hair dressers, make-up, photographers, mobile food trucks etc will be on display and available to answer all of your questions. Sample wedding cake, view and sit in limousines and pick up some great deals. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a fashion show featuring bridal gowns and special occasions wear from David’s Bridal store, and 40 great giveaways donated by the participating vendors. A grand prize of 2 round trip tickets from Chicago to the bride’s choice of Jamaica, Cancun or Punta Cana provided by Gadabout Travel and Funjet Vacations will also be given away. Admission is $5.00 per person.
12-3PM
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Feb 19, 2017-Feb 19, 2017 - SNOWSHOE HIKE
Little Red Schoolhouse
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Learn how to use snowshoes as we explore the wonderful winter world outside. Requires a minimum 4” snow base. Ages 8 & up. Registration required. Limit 15.
1:30PM
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Feb 19, 2017-Feb 19, 2017 - SAND RIDGE 101
Sand Ridge Nature Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
What can you see and do at Sand Ridge Nature Center? Join us on a guided tour that includes a live animal presentation and cabin tour. Free
1:30PM
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Feb 19, 2017-Feb 19, 2017 - WINTER ECOLOGY HIKE
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Follow tracks and signs of animal life in winter. 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 20, 2017-Feb 20, 2017 - HOLIDAY PROGRAM: CHICAGO MEGAFAUNA, PAST & PRESENT
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Learn about the large mammals that were formerly found in our area and that are now making their way back to their historical range. We’ll have skins and skulls for you to see and touch.
1:30PM
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Feb 21, 2017-Feb 28, 2017 - BEE A BEEKEEPER! INTRODUCTION TO SUCCESSFUL BEEKEEPING
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
This Forest Preserve District of Will County program will meet from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday during the six-week session. Learn how to become a successful beekeeper from advanced beekeeper Mike Rusnak. For a preview of the workshop, read The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum. Books may be purchased at the nature center. The course is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required by Feb. 10. $40 per person
Tu 6-8PM
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Feb 23, 2017-Feb 23, 2017 - CHEFS' AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGE TEEN CENTER
Orland Chateau
14500 South LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Join us as several fine restaurants donate their chefs’ talents and signature entrees to sample at this elegant event to benefit The Bridge Teen Center.
6-10PM
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Feb 23, 2017-Feb 24, 2017 - GREATER CHICAGO COIN & CURRENCY
Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL
708-670-3469
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Feb 23, 2017-Feb 26, 2017 - SPRING AWAKENING
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
John and Angeline Oremus Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical – told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly) – Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS WHICH MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES.
Th-Sa 7:30PM; Su 3PM
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Feb 24, 2017-Feb 24, 2017 - JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone, IL
708-997-0245
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Feb 24, 2017-Feb 24, 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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Feb 24, 2017-Feb 24, 2017 - NATURE PAINTING FOR ADULTS
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
The Forest Preserve District of Will County is offering a nature-themed painting class for beginners that features step-by-step instructions. Participants may bring their own beer and wine to enjoy during the program. Light refreshments and snacks will be available. Canvases and paints will be provided. The program is for ages 21 and older. Registration is required by Feb. 17. $10 per person
6:30-8:30PM
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Feb 24, 2017-Feb 26, 2017 - GOOD PEOPLE
The Drama Group
Studio Theatre, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-755-3444
(COMEDY) Margie is an unemployed single mother and she hopes that rekindling an old flame, with rich, fertility doctor Mike, might just turn the money trick. Through laughter and tears, a witty character study emerges that explores American realities.
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM
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Feb 25, 2017-Feb 25, 2017 - PARK LAWN'S A RHAPSODY IN BLUE SIGNATURE AUCTION
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Alsip
5000 West 127th Street, Alsip, IL
708-425-6867
The event will feature an open bar with a signature drinks, butler passed hor d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and live music. $125 per person / $225 per couple
6-11PM
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Feb 25, 2017-Feb 25, 2017 - ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - OPPOSITES ATTRACT
Lincoln-Way West Performing Arts Center
21701 Gougar Road, New Lenox, IL
708-481-7774
Maestro Darko Butorac takes the stage to deliver a program of considerable contrasts. Excerpted from Verdi's tangled tale, La forza del destino, the overture introduces multiple melodies from the charming Italian opera. Soloists Jasmine Lin and Matthew Lipman, who both hail from the Chicago Southland, appear together on Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, which is considered one of his early masterpieces. This work features unusually rich symphonic texture and is a study in contrasts with the viola tuned a semi-tone higher than normal. On the program's second half, Maestro Butorac says of Prokofiev's fifth symphony, This is a work of incredible positive energy written during one of the darkest periods of human history, deeply affected by the Second World War. Even while knowing its dark roots, your spirit cannot help but soar as you listen to A hymn to the free and happy man.
7:30PM
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Feb 25, 2017-Feb 25, 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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Feb 25, 2017-Feb 25, 2017 - COMMUNITY BUSINESS EXPO & HEALTH FAIR
The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center
10847 LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-479-2468
9AM-1PM
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Feb 25, 2017-Feb 25, 2017 - MORNING BIRD HIKE
Monee Reservoir
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee, IL
708-534-8499
Join a naturalist for a crisp winter morning walk in a Forest Preserve District of Will County preserve to find out how many birds are staying put for winter. Winter is a great time for bird-watching because the birds are easier to spot without the leaves on the trees. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars and favorite bird guide. A limited number of binoculars will be available for loan. The program is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required two days before the program.
8-10AM
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