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The Weekender: October 14th–16th in Chicago Southland

There is something to do for all interests this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re looking for music, art or family fun events, you will find it
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Arts & Culture


Friday, October 14th
GRAFFITI AHEAD: A DOCUMENTATION OF THE MIDWEST GRAFFITI WRITERS ARTWORKS BY FELIX FLEX MALDONADO
Dorothea Thiel Gallery at South Suburban College
15800 South State Street, South Holland
(708) 596-2000 x2445
A proud native of East Chicago, Felix is a self-taught artist with 25+ years’ experience in painting, murals and graffiti art. In 1995, he received his BFA in Advertising from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His work has landed him at several ad agencies in Chicago directing and producing award-winning spots for companies like Culligan Water, Peoples Energy, Roto-Rooter, Head Tennis and ATA Airlines.
9AM-4PM

Friday, October 14thYou Deserve More
KATE SHANNON | YOU DESERVE MORE
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
Kate Shannon uses digitally manipulated photographs, animations and videos to explore notions such as happiness, love and loss.
9AM-4:30PM

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MORAINE VALLEY FLUTE CHOIR - WHIMSICAL FLUTES
John and Angeline Oremus Theater at Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
Come experience the lighter side of the flute choir repertoire. The program will include selections such as The Typewriter, Piccolos in the Pub, The Snowman’s Prayer and many more. Free admission
7PM

Saturday, October 15thphilharmonic
ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OPENING NIGHT
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 481-7774
The IPO's 39th season opens with New Zealand-born Maestra Holly Mathieson, who will lead a program that guarantees to pluck at the heartstrings beginning with Ives' haunting and poignant work. Next, guest violinist Stefan Milenkovich joins the IPO for Sibelius' thrilling violin concerto, a signature work by the Finnish master. The second half of the program is dedicated to Beethoven's revolutionary third symphony (the Heroic), one of the greatest symphonies in the entire repertoire.
7:30PM

 

 

 

Expos and Shows


Saturday, October 15th - Sunday, October 16thReptile Breeders Conf
NORTH AMERICAN REPTILE BREEDERS CONFERENCE
Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park
(708) 342-5485
The shows are the best places for the general public and breeders alike to come out and meet many of the World's top Reptile Breeders.

Saturday, October 15th
COMMUNITY EXPO 2016
Sandburg High School
13300 South LaGrange Road, Orland Park
(708) 349-2972
The day’s activities will include the exhibitors, food samples at the Culinary Corner, Advocate Children’s Hospital Kid’s Fair Extraordinaire and entertainment provided by local students. Free to the public.
9AM-1PM

Saturday, October 15th
BUSINESS SHOWCASE / OLCHS HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW
Oak Lawn Community High School
9400 Southwest Highway, Oak Lawn
(708) 424-8300
More than 40 businesses are expected to participate by showcasing their various products and services as well as 100 crafters. Flu shots will be available for a fee, along with free blood glucose testing and blood pressure screen. A full spectrum of healthcare providers, financial & banking representatives, home improvement specialists and more.
10AM-3PM

 

 

Explore Nature

 

 

 


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CANYON TOURS
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont
(630) 257-2045
Sagawau Canyon will highlight the geology of Northeastern Illinois. Hike is over rough terrain, wading through a stream is necessary. Registration in person or by phone, starts the Monday prior to the program date. No groups. Space is limited.
10AM

Friday, October 14th-Sunday, October 16th
RECYCLE YOUR BICYCLE
Monee Reservoir through the Forest Preserve District of Will County,
27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee
(708) 534-8499
Donated bicycles will be given to local recycling centers that refurbish them for youth or individuals with physical challenges. Bikes can be in any condition: new or beyond repair. This program runs from Oct. 4-16. Once, you've donated your bike, explore the beautiful nature surrounding Monee Reservoir.
6AM-5PM

Saturday, October 15th
NAME THAT OAK
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Learn some tips for identifying oak species common to the area. This program will include a 2-mile hike and registration required. Interested teens & adults. Limit 10
1:30PM

Saturday, October 15thstroll through calumet
A STROLL THROUGH CALUMET
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Go back in time to when this region was under glaciers, when Sand Ridge was a shoreline and when settlers arrived. Cabin tour included.
1:30PM

Saturday, October 15th
NIGHT SKY PROGRAM
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Peak at the universe through telescopes; guided by the Chicago Astronomical Society. No registration required.
7-10PM

Sunday, October 16th
FALL COLOR
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont
(630) 257-2045
Enjoy the fall palette of reds and yellows. Learn how these colors are produced as plants slow down for winter.
10AM

Sunday, October 16th
ACORN SCAVENGER HUNT
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Did you know there are approximately 600 different species of oak trees worldwide? Discover the many species of oaks that live here by participating in this unique scavenger hunt. Registration required. Ages 6 & up. Limit 10.
1:30PM

Sunday, October 16th
FALL COLOR WALKScience of Fall Colors
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Join us as we go on a 2-mile hike around Lost Beach Trail to enjoy the many colors of the season.
1:30PM

Sunday, October 16th
SAND RIDGE 101
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(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

 

 

 

 

 

Farmers Markets


 

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Family Fun


Friday, October 14th - Sunday, October 16thhalloween hallow
HALLOWEEN HOLLOW
Main Park
10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena
(708) 390-2401
Halloween Hollow is the largest annual event in Mokena and provides many different attractions, such as great amusement rides, Monster Market, Home Depot Pumpkin Painting, Jack-O-Lantern and Costume contest, great food, musical entertainment, pony rides, hayrides and more!
F 5-9PM; Sa 1-8PM; Su 1-6PM

Friday, October 14th - Sunday, October 16th
BENGTSON'S PUMPKIN FARMBengtston
Bengtston's Pumpkin Farm
13341 West 151st Street, Homer Glen
(708) 301-3276
Bengtson Farm is a family owned and operated Pumpkin Farm that has served the Homer Glen area for over 35 years. The farm is “Stroller Friendly,” so bring your strollers or wagons. The farm is about 90% paved, but there are some gravel paths. Don’t forget your camera! Plenty of FREE Parking. Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm is a great place for the young and the young at heart. It’s an annual activity that parents love because of all the fun, interactive pumpkin farm attractions for the little ones to enjoy.
F - Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 10AM-8PM

Friday, October 14th - Sunday, October 16th
PICK. AT GARDEN PATCH FARMS
Pick. at Garden Patch Farms
14158 West 159th Street, Homer Glen
(708) 301-7720
Entrance to Pick's Fall Fest will be FREE the whole month of October! The fall fest includes: a full scale petting zoo with different exotic animals added every weekend in addition to our regulars - pigs, goats, tortoises, turkeys, etc., a bounce house, mini straw maze, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, straw mountain, hay rack rides to our orchards where you can pick apples from bins and the pumpkin patch! Pony rides are available for $5 per ride. They also have locally famous apple cider mini donuts made fresh on site where you can watch them be made! We are also serving apple cider slushies and hot and cold apple cider by the cup! Please note our fall fest runs Saturday and Sunday only. It's also time to start prepping for Halloween! There all kinds of pumpkins and gourds in a wide variety of colors, textures, sizes and shapes! they also have tons of other fall favorites too like corn stalks, hay bails, decorative corn, jams, jellies, pancakes, syrups, salsa, pickled goods, candy apples, caramel apples and all different types of fall inspired goodies.
9AM-6PM

Friday, October 14th - Sunday, October 16th
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Odyssey Fun World
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 429-3800
The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is fun for all ages! It is a 110 acre farm with a 13 acre pumpkin patch that you will be able to walk through to find the perfect pumpkin for your family. The exclusive corn maze is 15 acres! There's also a 5 acre courtyard full of family friendly activities: The Odyssey Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, corn cannons, pig races, a cow train, hay rides and pony rides! (Pony Rides only available on Saturday and Sunday. Max weight of 90lbs.) Smoking and alcohol are strictly not permitted within The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. Smoking is only permitted within the front parking lot. No outside food or beverages allowed on the Farm!
10AM-6PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn Something New


Saturday, October 15th
STEP BACK INTO A 1950s HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest
(708) 481-4252
The museum is decorated in vintage Halloween decorations including die-cuts and Halloween Gurley Candles. Adults $5; 12 and under free.
1-3:30PM

Sunday, October 16th
PEOTONE WINDMILL TOURS
427 West Corning Avenue, Peotone
(708) 328-4072
Tour and explore three floors of the largest Dutch/German Illinois Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques and exhibits.
1-3PM

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 13th 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


Saturday, October 15th - Sunday, October 16th
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, October 16th
CHICAGOLAND PETROLEUM & ADVERTISING SHOW
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(815) 436-4733
Join the Gas Guys Promotions, Inc. for some of the best deals in vintage signs and gas products. There will be a home style breakfast and lunch made available.
8AM-1PM

 

 

Sports


Sunday, October 16th
CHICAGO FIRE VS. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTIONchicago Fire
TOYOTA PARK
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview
(888) MLS-FIRE
The teams are meeting for the third time this season and the Revolution have won the first two, both at Gillette Stadium. The Fire have a four-game undefeated streak alive at Toyota Park, with a 2-2 draw there last July 25, then a 3-1 victory on Oct. 3. The Revolution have won just twice all-time at Toyota Park – a 2-1 win in 2006, then a 1-0 victory March 9, 2013.

Sunday, October 16th
BEARS GAME CHESS TOURNAMENT
John H. Blakey Center
1 South Rebecca Street, Glenwood
(708) 925-9447
Play Chess and Watch the Bears Play the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday. Price $7 for members $17 for Non-Club members. Cash only at the door. USCF RATED Registration 10:30 1st round 11am 2nd, 3rd and 4th round ASAP. Please bring chess sets and clocks. Root beer and hot dogs will be served. For the members of the Village of Glenwood there is no charge. Just use the special code: YCSMEU4F at www.glenwoodchessclub.com Please register before October 15th so we can have an accurate count.
10:30AM

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