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The Weekender: September 9th-11th in Chicago Southland

There is something to do for all interests this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re looking for concerts, Fall Festivals or outdoor events, you will find it Just Beyond the City Limits.

 

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Festivals


Friday, September 9th - Sunday, September 11thMidwest Wizard of Oz Corn Maize
MIDWEST WIZARD OF OZ FESTIVAL
Odyssey Fun Farm
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 429-3800
Click your ruby red slippers together because there's no place like the Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival! There will be Wizard of Oz costume characters, children/adult costume contests, Auntie Em Pie Eating Contests, Dorothy Gale Farm Area with a petting zoo, cow train and so much more! There will also be four special guest speakers to discuss all things Wizard of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road to Chicago Southland.
F 12-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM

Friday, September 9th - Sunday, September 11thFall-fest-header1
MONEE FALL FEST
Firemen’s Park
5162 West Court Street, Monee
(708) 534-8301
There is no place like Monee for fun. Free admission & parking with great bands, food, beer garden,a parade, carnival and family entertainment. On Saturday, there is a spectacular fireworks display. On Sunday, you’ll want to wake up early for the Cub Scout Pancake breakfast and then view the Classic Car Show. Also on Sunday, is the chance for children with special needs to ride for free from 12-2PM.
8AM-11:30PM

Friday, September 9th - Sunday, September 11th
2009_Oak Lawn fall on the greenIMG_5123FALL ON THE GREEN FESTIVAL
Village Green
9446 Raymond Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 636-4400
Experience the delicious meals from local food vendors, shop from arts and craft vendors, drink and be merry at the beer tent while rocking out to the live musical guests all weekend long. Let the kids enjoy bouncing around on the inflatables and challenging themselves in the obstacle course. There is also a teen area, where all the cool kids will be hanging out. Admission, parking and shuttle buses are free.
F 6PM-12AM, Sa 11AM-12AM, Su 11AM-8PM

Saturday, September 10th - Sunday, September 11th
HOMER HARVEST DAYS 2016
Trantina Farm
15744 West 151st Street, East of Gougar Road, Homer Glen
(708) 301-0522
Homer Harvest Days provides acres of old-fashioned fun that celebrates the rural, agricultural and historical heritage of our country. History comes alive with demonstrations of farm activities and old-time handmade items, old-fashioned entertainment, live animal exhibits, pony rides, antique tractors, hayrides, food, children?'s activities, vendors, live music and other amusements and diversions from a simpler and more rural era. Free activities and parking.
Sa 11AM-6PM; Su 11AM-5PM

Saturday, September 10thSU2014-GGFF-GPK
GOODENOW GROVE FALL FEST
Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
27060 South Dutton Road, Beecher
(815) 727-8700
This popular event pays homage to autumn and features a day of enjoyment for the entire family. Pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, live music, a climbing wall and numerous children's activities are all a part of the fun. Don't forget to visit Plum Creek Nature Center to add even more fun and adventure to your day. Staff will guide you in a host of exciting activities: you can watch birds at the feeders, meet resident reptiles, view busy bees, explore the nature playscape, visit the campfire and check out tiny worm bin creatures under the microscope. There is a lot to see and do during "Fall Fest" and there is always something new to discover!
12-4PM

Saturday, September 10th
FLOSSMOOR FEST
Downtown Flossmoor and Flossmoor Park
Flossmoor Road and Argyle Avenue, Flossmoor
(708) 798-2300
The Flossmoor 5k run will start the day off right with check in at 7AM and the race beginning at 8AM. Bring family and friends and enjoy the great food from Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery, Fresh Starts Restaurant, Siam Thai Restaurant and Wiley’s Grill Restaurant. There will be live entertainment throughout the day. The children's activities include pony rides, fair rides and a kiddie express train as well as crafts by Art 4 Soul and so much more.
11:30AM-10PM

Saturday, September 10thMokena food & wine fest
MOKENA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Main Park
10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena
(708) 479-2468
Taste a variety of food, wines and craft beers from local restaurants. Enjoy the festival atmosphere, browse the artisan booths and listen to live performances. Ages 21 and over ONLY. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL. (This is an outdoor event. For your comfort please dress accordingly).
12-8PM

 

 

 

Shopping for Deals


Friday, September 9th – Saturday, September 10thFetching_Market_Banner
FETCHING MARKET AT FORD HANGAR
Ford Hangar at Lansing Municipal Airport
3250 Bob Malkas Drive, Lansing
(708) 895-9465
Quality vintage and handcrafted wares all within an historic atmosphere! You’ll love shopping for barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, project finds, tables, chairs, lighting, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food, craft beers, cocktails, live music all for a great cause! Find, taste and discover all that Fetching Market has to offer. A portion of the proceeds from the Fall market will benefit Love Wins – Diane Pranske Fund. Happy Fetching!
F 5-9PM, Sa 10AM-6PM

 

 

9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies


Sunday, September 11th
REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
Thornton Village Hall Memorial Grounds
115 East Margaret Street, Thornton
(708) 877-4456
Join us in honoring all victims of 9/11.
10AM

Sunday, September 11th
9/11 MEMORIAL CAR & BIKE SHOW
At The Office Sports Bar & Grill
4901 Cal Sag Road, Crestwood
(708) 388-5520
Showcase Classics presents a very special car and bike show commemorating September 11th hosted by At the Office Sports Bar & Grill.
10AM-4PM

 

 

Concerts


Friday, September 9thblink 182
BLINK 182, A DAY TO REMEMBER & THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
19100 South Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park
(312) 559-1212
The pop-punk trio have Alkaline Trio guitarist Matt Skiba on board and to support the release of their hotly anticipated new album, California, they'll be hitting the road on a mammoth North American tour! With the perfect support acts in the form of A Day To Remember & All American Rejects, you'd better get ready for a night of high energy and awesome music!
7PM

Saturday, September 10thBrad Paisely
BRAD PAISLEY: LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
19100 South Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park
(312) 559-1212
How can anyone resist the charms of this country-crooning cowboy? Wherever Brad Paisley goes, excitement follows. His latest leg of nationwide tour dubbed as ‘Crushin’ It’ promises yet another wild ride of music and revelry for all the Brad Paisley fans out there.
7:30PM

Saturday, September 10th
LOCKROCKS: FREE CONCERT SERIES
Dellwood Park
Route 151 & Woods Drive, Lockport
(815) 838-1183
3 Free Concerts, great bands and a beer tent! June 10th Bad Medicine headlines; Aug. 19th Suburban Cowboys; Sept. 10th Chicago Experience. Come enjoy free entertainment, food and drinks!
7-11:30PM

 

 

Explore Nature


Saturday, September 10th
GREEN THUMB SATURDAYS
Village Hall
2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood
(708) 206-3393
Green Thumb Saturdays provide a free, how-to presentation about various gardening topics, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program and the Village of Homewood’s Tree Committee.
9:30-10:15AM

 

 

Farmers Markets


 

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Family Fun


Saturday, September 10thairshow
RC FLOAT AND FLY
Dolphin Lake
183rd Street & Governors Highway, Homewood
(708) 957-0300
Get your aviators and bomber jackets out for this action packed morning as remote controlled boats, planes and helicopters are buzzing around Dolphin Lake! These war birds will be sure to grab the kids' attention and be a great family event. For more information stay tuned in to hfparks.com.
12PM

Friday, September 9th
MOVIE IN THE PARK
Kasey Meadow Park
8047 West 91st Place, Hickory Hills
(708) 598-1233
Come out and enjoy an evening with your family. We will play a movie the whole family will enjoy. Concession will be available during the movie.
Dusk-9PM

Saturday, September 10th
A WAGGIN' GOOD TIME - OUTDOOR MOVIE
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue, near the Dogout Dog Park, Orland Park
(708) 403-7275
Featuring Hotel for Dogs
Dusk (approximately 7:15PM)

 

 

Learn Something New


Saturday, September 10thThornton Quarry
POP UP SCIENCE IF I CAN'T BE GROWN, IT MUST BE MINED
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood
(708) 206-3369
Explore Earth science and the mining world of Illinois with hands-on exploration for the whole family! Presented by Homewood Science Center in partnership with Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP) & Hanson Material Services of Thornton Quarry.
9AM-1PM

Saturday, September 10th
A PEBBLE IN MY SHOE
Homewood Public Library
17917 Dixie Highway, Homewood
(708) 335-3340
Katherine Flotz outlines her ordeal as she struggled with serious illness, the loss of her parents and eventual escape from a concentration camp. A Pebble in My Shoe is the name of her book. Refreshments will follow.
10AM-12PM

Saturday, September 10th
THE DAY THAT LIVED IN INFAMY
Homewood Public Library
17917 Dixie Highway, Homewood
(708) 335-3340
Jennifer Holik will speak about navigating basic records for World War II research.
10AM-12PM

Saturday, September 10thGraveyard Blues tour
GRAVEYARD BLUES TOUR
Blue Island Beer Co. on the Cal Sag Trail
13357 Olde Western Avenue, Blue Island
(708) 365-9365
Ride along with Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail as we explore the deep heritage of Chicago Blues interred along the Cal-Sag. Stand among the ghosts of Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed and many others while you learn how Blues set the table for Rock & Roll. LIMITED TO 110 RIDERS! For those who don’t bicycle, we can accommodate automobiles at $70 per car. But, limited to 7 cars.
9:30AM-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

 

 

Sports


Saturday, September 11th
SUMMER CIRCUIT 5K
HF Racquet & Fitness Club
2920 West 183rd Street, Homewood
(708) 799-1321
Series of 5K races. Saturday May 14, 2016, Monday, July 4, 2016 and Saturday, September 10, 2016. $30
7AM

Saturday, September 10thchicago Fire
CHICAGO FIRE VS. TORONTO FC
TOYOTA PARK
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview
888-MLS-FIRE
Four matches in September and four in October are all that remain on the Chicago Fire’s 2016 regular season schedule, starting Saturday night at home against Toronto FC. The atmosphere in Toyota Park promises to be buzzing for a much-anticipated visit by the Canadian club. Here are, "Ten reasons to be in the building for Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC Saturday night."
7:30PM

Sunday, September 11thzoo run
ZOO RUN RUN
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield
(708) 688-8000
Each year, more species lose their race for survival. But the race can be won, and you can help.
8:30AM

Sunday, September 11th
SPORTS COLLECTIBLE SHOW
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park
(708) 423-1758
Sports Collectible Show. Sports cards, NASCAR, toys, comic books, collectible cards and other collectible items.
9AM-2PM

 

 

Theater


Friday, September 9th - Sunday, September 11thfantasticks_square
THE FANTASTICKS
Flossmoor Community House
847 Hutchinson Road, Flossmoor
(815) 277-1083
THE FANTASTICKS is the world's longest-running musical.
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM

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