ABCs of Chicago Southland Family Fun
A is for Attractions - From family fun centers to horse shows to sporting venues, you’ll find a fun activity for anyone!
B is for Bicycling - The Chicago Southland boasts miles of cycling trails and the Big Marsh Bike Park.
C is for Carnival - Throughout the summer and fall seasons, you’ll find community festivals full of carnival rides and games.
D is for Dragon Boats - The 5th Annual Blue Island Dragon Boat Festival in June is an exciting competition you won’t want to miss.
E is for Egret - The Chicago Southland’s forest and nature preserves are home to scores of wildlife - among them the great egret.
F is for Food - With a huge variety of ethnic cuisines and eateries, you’ll be able to find whatever you’re craving.
G is for Golf - With over 600 holes, the Chicago Southland is an ideal spot for a golfer’s getaway.
H is for Hotels - You’ll find comfortable accommodations throughout the area, including the Chicago Southland’s first boutique hotel, La Banque.
I is for Indoor Racing - Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events lets you fill that need for speed on an indoor track where there’s no need to worry about the weather.
J is for Jig - Get your Irish on and do an old-fashioned jig during the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest that takes place Memorial Weekend.
K is for Kayaking - Take time to enjoy kayaking in one of the Chicago Southland’s lakes or waterways.
L is for Lotton Art Glass Gallery & Studios - See works of art being created out of hot glass by experienced glass blowers.
M is for Music - Listen to local bands, orchestras, college bands and big-name stars at a multitude of live music venues.
N is for Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - You’ll be wowed by this outdoor sculpture park on the campus of Governors State University.
O is for Orchestra - The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra performs a number of concerts throughout the year in the Chicago Southland.
P is for Passion - The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is a 30-acre site featuring 40 life-sized sculptures in realistic scenes resembling a journey through the Holy Land.
Q is for Quarry - The Chicago Southland is home to one of the largest quarries in the world. The Paarlberg Homestead, built in 1870, has a foundation of stone mined from the quarry.
R is for Railroad - The Southland is full of railroads and train-themed attractions where you can learn about rail history or watch trains roll down the track.
S is for Soccer - Visit SeatGeek Stadium to see professional women’s soccer and some of the Chicago Red Stars players that helped lead the USA to a FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.
T is for Tinley Park Convention Center - Attend a number of annual events there including the annual golf expo.
U is for Union Street Gallery - Take some time to see the works of local artists and peruse the gift shop.
V is for Veterans Memorials - Visit one of fifteen memorials dedicated to those who have served their country in the Armed Forces.
W is for Waterfall - Take in the beauty of the man-made waterfall at Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens.
X is for Xylophone - Test out a series of interactive music pieces in Harmony Park in Tinley Park.
Y is for Yodeling, which you are likely to hear during the annual Tinley Park Oktoberfest along with hearty doses of beer and bratwurst.
Z is for Zoo - The Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo will amaze animal lovers with habitats and encounters of all kinds.
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