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The Weekender: January 22nd - 24th in Chicago Southland

Whether you’re looking stay indoors and listen to great tunes or explore winter nature, there is something to do for all interests Just Beyond the City Limits.


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Arts & Culture


Friday, January 22nd
SHEMEKIA COPELANDCopeland
Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre
410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
(708) 747-0580
Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music power and a heart-pounding urgency. Dubbed as the new “Queen of the Blues,” she has headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama. “Copeland embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops.” -National Public Radio.
7:30PM

Saturday, January 23rd
GRAFFITI ON THE FOURTH WALL COMEDY IMPROV TROUPE
Tinley Park Performing Arts Center
16801 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 342-4200
G4W, now in its 21st year, is a professional improv company with almost 900 performances under its belly-laughable belt. They will perform their newest comedy revue, including sketch comedy and improv from audience suggestions.
7:30PM

Sunday, January 24th
AN AFTERNOON WITH SWITCHBACK
John and Angeline Oremus Theater at Moraine Valley Community College
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the award-winning duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers, and festivals around the world for 20 years. The concert features a mix of original and traditional Irish music and Americana tunes. Their music has been described as “breathtaking scenery for your ears.”
2PM & 5:30PM

Sunday, January 24th
OPERA UP CLOSE - SEASONS OF SONGSeasons_of_Song_Opera
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 235-2222
Spring flowers, the vibrant colors of fall, sultry summer night and romantic winter snowfall - the change of seasons has inspired composers for centuries. Explore the connection between music and nature set against the spectrum of the four seasons.
4PM

Explore Nature


Saturday, January 23rd
RAPTORS IN WINTER
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Learn about Illinois raptors and how they survive in winter. Ages 12 & up. Registration required. Limit 30.
1:30PM

Saturday, January 23rd
SURF THE WHITE WINTER WAVE
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont
(630) 257-2045
Join us for a Polynesian take on winter. After skiing the frozen wave, relax and enjoy surfing videos and live updates on surf conditions from Oahu's North Shore. Dress Hawaiian and win a prize.
9AM-3PM

Saturday, January 23rd
Sand Ridge Winter Tree ID Hike WINTER TREE ID HIKE
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Learn to identify trees in the winter based on shape, bark and twigs. Be prepared to hike outside.
1:30PM

Family Fun


Saturday, January 23rd
SUNDAY AFTERNOON WINTER STORY TIMEbiggest snowman
Paperback Trading Co.
8825 South Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 598-8442
Sunday Afternoon Winter Story Time is free and will feature the book "THE BIGGEST SNOWMAN EVER" with a Winter Craft and Activity for the 3-6 year olds.
4-5PM

Learn Something New


Saturday, January 23rd - Sunday, January 24th
BEGINNER CROSS-COUNTRY SKI LESSONS
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont
(630) 257-2045
Learn to ski with a professional instructor. Lessons cover the basic skills of flatland skiing and getting up and down easy hills. Ages 12 & up. First come, first serve. Limit 12. Reservations not accepted. Please arrive by 9AM for registration and equipment fitting. $20/person
9:30AM

Ongoing
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: SELF MADE IN AMERICA
Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
700 East Tri-State Tollway, South Holland
(708) 596-8300
Last year the exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln: Self Made in America" came to the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis. The traveling exhibit was created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The exhibit features eight kiosks and covers Lincoln's childhood, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 27th Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination and other important periods and events in his life. This is a temporary exhibit, so don't miss the opportunity to learn about a famous part of America's history!
Open 7 days a week


Shopping for Deals


Friday, January 22nd
JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTIONS
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 997-0245
Auctions will include antiques, collectibles, furniture and more!
6PM

Saturday, January 23rd - Sunday, January 24th
SWAP-O-RAMA FLEA MARKET
The Great Hall at the Tri-State Swap-O-Rama
4350 West 129th Street, Alsip
(708) 344-7300
Chicagoland's most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices.
7AM-4PM

Sunday, January 24th
PARAGON MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(269) 323-9483
It's time to shop for new and used motorcycle parts, bikes and leather. Food and beer will be available. There are vendors from all over. Early bird admission begins at 7AM and cost $10. General admission is $7.
10AM-4PM

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