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With over 800 Festivals & Events running year round, concerts that include the top touring musical acts, countless farmers markets and car shows in the Chicago Southland, the hard part isn’t deciding IF you should come but rather which event you ARE going to attend.

Whether it is Snow Day Festival at the Plum Creek Nature Center in January, Irish Fest at Chicago’s Gaelic Park in May, any of our year round farmers markets or Lansing Autumn Fest in October, you won’t have to travel far to find family friendly activities for any age.

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Below are the next 30 upcoming events in the Chicago Southland. Use the form above to search for specific events.

Wheelchair Accessible
d Displays/Arts/Crafts
ag Agricultural/Food/Harvest
c Cultural Event
w Workshop/Seminar
$ Admission Fee
h Holiday Celebration
o Outdoor Activity
s Sports Event/Recreational
f Fair, Carnival
e Expo/Consumer Show
p Parade


70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS EXHIBIT AND DISPLAY Feb 1, 2019 - Feb 28, 2019
1950s Park Forest House Museum, St. Mary's Church
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Park Forest residents began arriving August 30, 1948. Incorporation was February 1, 1949. Displays and tours highlight the first five years of Park Forest. $5, 12 & UNDER FREE
W & Sa 1-3:30PM or by appointment
Visit Website $ c
SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 27, 2019
4350 West 129th Street
Alsip, IL
708-344-7300
Chicagoland's finest-most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices - every weekend.
W 7AM-2PM; Sa & Su 7AM-4PM
Visit Website $ d o
STEP BACK INTO A 1950s VALENTINE'S DAY EXHIBIT Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 27, 2019
1950s Park Forest House Museum
St. Mary's Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Vintage Valentines Day decorations including die-cuts, valentines, honeycombs. Classroom decorated for 1950s party. Colorful way to shake the gray days of February. Adults $5; 12 and under free
W & Sa 1-3:30PM or by appointment
Visit Website $ c
NEW WORK - LYNN PETERS Feb 6, 2019 - Feb 28, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
An exhibition of new ceramic works by Lynn Peters, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Moraine Valley, developed during her recent sabbatical. Lynn will talk about her new work and about her residency at the opening reception. Reception Feb 7th 10:30AM-12PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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A RAISIN IN THE SUN Feb 15, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019
The Drama Group
Milord Studio Theatre, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-755-3444
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM
Visit Website $ c
AMERICAN GRIOT Feb 21, 2019 - Feb 28, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.
Th-Sa 7:30PM; Su 3PM
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HOMEWOOD'S INDOOR FARMERS MARKET Feb 23, 2019
Marie Irwin Center
18120 Highland Avenue, Homewood, IL
708-798-3000
Enjoy a little bit of summer at Homewood’s indoor farmers market. Purchase microgreens, cheeses, baked goods, and prepared foods. Indoor Market is held the last Saturday of January, February, March and April.
8AM-12PM
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD HIKE Feb 23, 2019
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Join us to learn about Black History with an educational display and interactive history hike. An imaginary journey follows an Underground Railroad route used in Illinois in the mid-1800s.
11AM & 2PM
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TOT TIME SNEAK PREVIEW Feb 23, 2019
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center Bandshell
8125 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Get a sneak preview of the excitement that awaits your child at Tot Time Preschool! Visit our classrooms and meet the staff. We will be there to give you a tour, answer your questions and help you with the forms.
10-11:30AM
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MOUNTAIN PASSES IN AMERICAN HISTORY Feb 24, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
This presentation by author Barbara Gregorich presents the story of six mountain passes which played a critical role in the growth of the United States.
2PM
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EARLY AFRICAN AMERICAN RESIDENTS PANEL DISCUSSION Feb 24, 2019
Park Forest Village Hall
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Moderated panel discussion with early African American Park Forest residents. Park Forest peacefully integrated in December 1959.
2:30PM
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BEFORE YOU CALL THE PLUMBER Feb 27, 2019
Crete Public Library District
1177 North Main Street, Crete, IL
708-672-8017
Professional handyman Dan Findley will discuss what you can do yourself to stop leaks and keep the drains running quickly. Pre-registration is requested.
6:30-8PM
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MEXICAN FOLKLORE CLASSICS Feb 28, 2019
Posen Civic Center
14401 South Campbell Avenue, Posen, IL
708-388-8797
Classes to learn Mexican dance, performance will be at Cinco De Mayo dance on May 4th
6PM
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FETCHING MARKET AT THE WELL DISTILLERY Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019
The Well at the Distillery
400 East Margaret Street, Thornton, IL
708-877-6222
Our Boutique Artisan Market will showcase a curated line-up of brilliant artists from across the Midwest at this historical venue on March 1 & 2, 2019. $5 in advance; $6 at the door
F 6-10PM; Sa 10AM-4PM
Visit Website $ d
AMERICAN GRIOT Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 3, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.
Th-Sa 7:30PM; Su 3PM
Visit Website $ c
NEW WORK - LYNN PETERS Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 8, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
An exhibition of new ceramic works by Lynn Peters, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Moraine Valley, developed during her recent sabbatical. Lynn will talk about her new work and about her residency at the opening reception. Reception Feb 7th 10:30AM-12PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
Visit Website c d
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS EXHIBIT AND DISPLAY Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019
1950s Park Forest House Museum, St. Mary's Church
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Park Forest residents began arriving August 30, 1948. Incorporation was February 1, 1949. Displays and tours highlight the first five years of Park Forest. $5, 12 & UNDER FREE
W & Sa 1-3:30PM or by appointment
Visit Website $ c
OAK FOREST FLEADH Mar 2, 2019
Cicero Avenue Corridor
151st to 159th on Cicero Avenue, 15536 Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-4600
The Oak Forest Fleadh includes customer appreciation parties, a 5K run/walk, an open streets event (ride, blade, skate), a family parade and a pub and restaurant open house.
5K 8:30AM; Open Bike ride 10AM; Parade 11AM; Pub & Restaurant open house 5PM-3AM
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ST. BALDRICK'S FUNDRAISER Mar 2, 2019
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
All donations will benefit the fight against children’s cancer. More than 70 St. Baldrick’s volunteers, sponsored by donations from friends and family register for the Gaelic Park event and shave their heads in solidarity for children with cancer. St. Baldrick’s is the world’s largest volunteer driven fundraising event to fight childhood cancer. More information on the foundation can be found on their website at www.stbaldricks.org.
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MORAINE CHORALE AND CHAMBER SINGERS Mar 2, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
7:30PM
Visit Website $ c
MAPLE SYRUP MAGIC Mar 2, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
From the earliest times, Native Americans and pioneers of the Midwest made maple syrup from the sweet sap of the sugar maple tree. Learn how it’s made, find sugar maple trees on site and try some real maple syrup. History has never been sweeter! While the majority of the program will take place inside, we will be outside on uneven terrain for a portion of the program. Hiking will be approximately .25 mile on preserve trails. Registration required by Thursday, March 1
1-3PM
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STEP BACK INTO A 1950s VALENTINE'S DAY EXHIBIT (W & SA) Mar 2, 2019 - Mar 9, 2019
1950s Park Forest House Museum
St. Mary's Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Vintage Valentines Day decorations including die-cuts, valentines, honeycombs. Classroom decorated for 1950s party. Colorful way to shake the gray days of February. Adults $5; 12 & under free
W & Sa 1-3:30PM; By appointment
Visit Website $ c
SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Mar 2, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019
4350 West 129th Street
Alsip, IL
708-344-7300
Chicagoland's finest-most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices - every weekend.
W 7AM-2PM; Sa & Su 7AM-4PM
Visit Website $ d o
RUNNING O' THE GREEN 8K Mar 3, 2019
Recreation Center
8125 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Awards will be given for first, second and third place runners in all age categories, male and female, based on chip timing. Pre-registration closes February 28 at 3pm. Program # 106606A-N (Men) / Program # 106607A-N (Women) $16 without shirt (pre-reg) / $22 with shirt (pre-reg) / $30 with/without shirt (race day)
8AM
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MORAINE VALLEY CONCERT BAND - BANDTASTIC! Mar 4, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Moraine Valley Concert Band presents their 14th season with three themed concerts including an annual holiday concert, a celebration of masterworks for band from classic to contemporary, and salute to American themes and composers. The band is comprised of over 50 college students and adult community members who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.
3pm
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SWITCHBACK - TRAVELING DOWN AN IRISH ROAD Mar 5, 2019
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-747-0580
Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack who draw on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel.
11AM
Visit Website $ c
JAZZ CONCERT Mar 5, 2019
South Suburban College
Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-2000
SSC Jazz Combo playing hot jazz hits!
7PM
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PROTECT YOUR OATS Mar 7, 2019
Palos Park Recreation Center
8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL
708-671-3760
Forest Preserves of Cook County are making great efforts to make the Palos area healthier place for people and the trees. Learn what you can do as a landowner to help the Oak Ecosystem Recovery Project. 6:30 - 8pm at Palos Park Recreation Center
6:30-8PM
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MORAINE VALLEY JAZZ ENSEMBLE - CELEBRATING THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FT. KIMBERLY GORDON, VOCALIST Mar 8, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Swinging into their 22nd season, this 20-member big band explores a range of styles from the classic swing of Duke Ellington and Count Basie to soulful blues, burning Latin jazz and gritty funk. The band also features contemporary works by such composers as Bill Holman and Bob Florence and iconic vocal arrangements such as those performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
7:30PM
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RUTHIE FOSTER Mar 8, 2019
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-747-0580
Ruthie Foster can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse to itself. The worship services at her community church and influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities which is unable to be contained within a single genre. There’s no denying the power of Foster’s monstrous voice –Paste Magazine
7:30PM
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