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The Weekender: October 21st–23rd in Chicago Southland

There is something to do for all interests this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re looking to get more use out of the kid's costumes at Pre-Halloween events, celebrate Fall as a family or catch a show, you will find it
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Pre-Halloween Spookiness


Friday, October 21st - Sunday, October 23rd
HAUNTED HOUSE NIGHTMARE AT THE TERRACE
Worth Park District Terrace Centre
11500 South Beloit, Worth
(708) 448-7080
Will you survive the nightmare? Weave your way through 12+ rooms of terror. Admission $8
7-10:30PM

Saturday, October 22nd - Sunday, October 23rdboo at zoo
BOO! AT THE ZOO
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield
(708) 688-8000
Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin' good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy.
11AM-4PM

Friday, October 21st
FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHTS MOVIES IN THE PARK
Roesner Park
16053 Richmond Avenue, Markham
(708) 596-3366
Bring your lawn chairs & blankets out to our Free Movies in the Park. Note - weather permitting.
Dusk

Friday, October 21st
COSTUME, CANDY & CAMPFIRE
Irons Oaks Discovery Center & Gravel Lot
20000 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields
(708) 481-7313
Experience Trick-or-Treating like never before! Receive candy from local businesses. Then we'll have a costume contest, games, dancing and more! A campfire and s'mores will end the event. $10 per child, adults free
6:30-8:30PM

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BOO AND BREW
The Sanctuary Golf Course
485 Marley Road, New Lenox
(815) 485-3584
The Halloween Party is back by popular demand! Join us for a night of beer tasting and meeting the beer masters. First 200 to Pre-Register receive a “Commemorative” beer glass. $25 advanced, $30 at the door
5:30-11:30PM

Saturday, October 22nd
LIGHTS ON HAUNTED HOUSE
Worth Park District Terrace Centre
11500 South Beloit, Worth
(708) 448-7080
The special lights on edition of our haunted house is for our younger audience or faint of heart. Actors will be handing out candy in each room. Admission $2 all ages
3-5PM

 

 

 

Arts & Culture


Friday, October 21st - Sunday, October 23rd
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The Drama Group Studio Theatre
330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights
(708) 755-3444
In this classic musical, Seymour works at a flower shop, attending a plant who he has named Audrey II (after the love of his life, Audrey). However, his plant is no normal plant. It came from outer space and requires a diet of fresh blood. Seymour starts by giving the plant his own blood, but, when people start dying, the plant wants more than a few drops of blood.
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM

Friday, October 21st
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Freedom Hall at the 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 and Eric Clapton, and has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama.
7:30PM

Friday, October 21st
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

Saturday, October 22ndFinal flyer for Nathan Manilow Insta Meet Up
INSTAGRAM MEET-UP
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 534-488
Join us with @chicity_shots for a free social media event open to the public. Be inspired & find your perfect Instagram post with some awesome sculptures and/or a nature walk. Light snacks will be provided. Hope to see you there, and don't forget your camera and hashtag with us #SoChiMeetUp16. We'll start 11AM on the western side of Governors State University near the Paul sculpture. This will be a great event to talk to other photographers and instagram rockstars while seeing some AMAZING sculptures!
11AM-2PM

Saturday, October 22nd
EVIL AND GOOD
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 235-2222
By popular demand, Crash teams up with Culture Shock Chicago to point its feet a little less and bounce a little more in this conceptual national tour premiere inspired by the gray areas of our conscience. It's street dance with a message, delivered like only Crash can.
8PM

 

 

Comedy Night


Friday, October 21st
NO LIMIT LAUGHS WITH THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV
Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park
(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

Friday, October 21st
MAKE 'EM LAUGH: PUTTING THE "COMEDY" BACK INTO MUSICAL COMEDY
John and Angeline Oremus Theater at Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
Who doesn’t need a good laugh today? Many doctors agree that laughter can lower blood pressure, decrease stress and improve memory. Join vocalist Tommy Hensel as he explores the lighter side of musical theater. Make ’Em Laugh includes selections from some familiar shows and some rare and unusual ones, as well. Be prepared for a few surprises, a little off-color humor and a whole lot of good old-fashioned belly laughing.
2PM & 5:30PM

 

 

Concerts


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SING ALONG AMERICANA WITH ERIC LAMBERT - BOB DYLAN 75TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE
Plum Creek Nature Center through the Forest Preserve District of Will County
27064 Dutton Road, Beecher
(708) 946-2216
Sing along with veteran Americana artist Eric "Feel Good" Lambert, a 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner, as he pays tribute to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan on his 75th birthday. This program will take place outside at the campfire ring. Stone-wall benches are available for seating. For extra comfort, bring along a camp chair. If the weather is uncooperative, the performance will move indoors. The free program is for all ages. Registration is required; call 708-946-2216.
7-9PM

 

 

Expos and Shows


Saturday, October 22nd - Sunday, October 23rd
TINLEY PARK FALL HOME IMPROVEMENT & REMODELING EXPO
Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park
(708) 342-5485
Impress your family and friends during the holidays! Share a new remodel with your loved ones. Whether it be small-scale or a bigger project; there is likely something on your mind you want to improve. Families will have fun with giveaways, prizes, special events, and enjoy food-- while experts answer home improvement dilemmas. Home remodeling specialists are ready to discuss ideas for turning a house into a dream home.
10AM-5PM

Saturday, October 22ndactive aging
ACTIVE AGING - AN EXPO FOR AGES 50+
Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park
(708) 326-9170
This event offers vendor booths, speaker sessions, entertainment, Bingo and free gift bags to the first 500 attendees.
9AM-2PM

 

 

Explore Nature

 

 

 


Saturday, October 22ndmorning bird hike
MORNING BIRD HIKE
Monee Reservoir through the Forest Preserve District of Will County
27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee
(708) 534-8499
Explore and learn which migrating bird species are stopping in Will County forest preserves. Bring binoculars and a favorite field guide. Dress for the weather. Hikes range from 0.5 to 1.5 miles. This free program is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required by Oct. 20; call 708-534-8499.
8-10AM

Saturday, October 22nd
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

Saturday, October 22ndleave no child inside
LEAVE NO CHILD INSIDE: FAMILY FUN DAY!
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Bring the kids to spend some time outside and have fun with our naturalist staff. We will have games, a nature scavenger hunt and more.
11AM-2PM

Saturday, October 22nd
COLORFUL FALL
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Enjoy the splendid colors of fall by joining us on an autumn hike. We’ll discuss how trees prepare for the colder weather to come. Registration required. All ages. Limit 25.
1:30PM

 

 

Farmers Markets


 

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Family Fun


Friday, October 21st - Sunday, October 23rd
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 21st - Sunday, October 23rd
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 21st - Sunday, October 23rd
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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

Saturday, October 22nd
FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL
Central Park Building Gymnasium
15601 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest
(708) 687-7270
Bring your family and a pumpkin to carve and we will supply the rest! There will also be a movie, hayrides and scarecrow making.
12-3:30PM

Sunday, October 23rd
WALK WALTON, A POPUP SCIENCE FUNDRAISER
Homewood's Izaak Walton Preserve
1100 Ridge Road, Homewood
(708) 206-3369
Homewood Science Center invites you to celebrate the science of the season at their first annual fall festival, ‘WALK WALTON, A PopUp SCIENCE Fundraiser'. $25 presale, $30 after October 20th
12-3PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn Something New


Saturday, October 22nd
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 23rd
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 22nd - Sunday, October 23rd
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

Friday, October 21st
JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 997-0245
Auctions will include antiques, collectibles, furniture and more!
6PM

 

 

Sports


Saturday, October 22nd
DASH FOR DISABILITIES
Park Lawn
10833 South LaPorte Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 425-6867
Walk, run or roll your way over to Park Lawn's 1st annual 5K run for charity! The day starts and finishes at Park Lawn. The event also includes water stations, gear check, first aid station and volunteers to guide you through the race course. Proceeds from the event will benefit individuals at Park Lawn with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Programs and resources include residential living, adult day programming, community employment and volunteerism, high school transition services, senior support and home based services.
8AM

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