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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.

Please click here to view our blog and to find out the latest information about what is happening this weekend in the Chicago Southland.

Agricultural / Food / Harvest
Cultural Events
Displays / Arts & Crafts
Expo / Consumer Show
Fairs / Carnivals
Holiday Celebrations
Outdoor Activities
Sports Events
Workshops / Seminars

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

FARMERS MARKET - OAK LAWN Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018
52nd Avenue & Dumke Drive
Oak Lawn, IL
The village has lined up great vendors where you can pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, find unique gifts and visit with Oak Lawn businesses.
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COUNTRY MARKETS - FRANKFORT Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
Village Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
Outdoor farmers market featuring fresh produce, vegetables and homemade food. Entertainment weekly.
Su 9AM-2PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET (W, SA-SU) Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
4350 West 129th Street
Alsip, IL
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
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CHICAGO WHITE SOX BASEBALL Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Chicago White Sox
Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL
The Chicago White Sox play spectacular Major League baseball providing great entertainment for families from April through September.
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BENCHES ON THE AVENUE Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th
Tinley Park, IL
This award-winning public art program features benches that showcase the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists. This year's theme is Treasured Family Musicals.
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15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive
Orland Park, IL
708-349-4FUN (4386)
Come enjoy the lazy river, body flume slide, tube slides, platform jump, zero depth pool with kiddie play structures, and lap lanes. Daily fees apply.
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BIG DAY - BIRD HIKE CHALLANGE Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
Join our “Big Day – Bird Hike Challenge” and get rewarded for birding in the preserves. A “Big Day” in birding is when birders challenge themselves to bird watch for a 24-hour period and try to find and count as many species as they can within that time frame. Spring migration presents an outstanding opportunity for your own “Big Day,” or to set your own personal best number of species found on a hike. For more information visit ReconnectWithNatue.org
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I SPY WILDLIFE Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Monee Reservoir
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee, IL
Now is a perfect time to get outside and explore at Monee Reservoir. Join us each week during the summer as we head out on the trail with a naturalist in search of wildlife. Each week will be a new search to see what we can spy. Are the turtles sunning, are the frogs croaking, is the heron wading in the shallows? Who knows unless you come out! This program includes hiking preserve trails over uneven terrain.
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SPOT'S CLUBHOUSE SCAVENGER HUNT Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
Visit Plum Creek Nature Center this summer and explore the forest on a self-guided adventure with a fun scavenger hunt card as your guide. We will run each scavenger hunt all week long, with a new hunt each Friday. A selected playground feature will be highlighted each week as well as a new hunt. Return to the nature center with your completed scavenger hunt card and collect a prize from our treasure box. The program may include hiking preserve trails over uneven terrain.
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SUMMER CAMP Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Markham Park District
16053 Richmond Avenue, Markham, IL
Parents!! School is almost out and you need a place to send your little sweet peas and honey bees to run free! Send your child to the Markham Park District summer camp! It will be packed with lots of fun filled activities including arts and crafts, theater, swimming, field trips, educational activities, and much more. On top of all of that, they will even receive free breakfast, lunch, and a camp T-shirt! Sign up today! Prices vary.
Before Care: 6-9AM; Camp Hours 9AM-3PM; After Care: 3-6PM. 3 sessions June 4-22; June 25-July 13; July 16-August 3.
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CRETE CRUISE NIGHT Jul 2, 2018 - Jul 30, 2018
Downtown Main Street
Crete, IL
Pre - 1986 Cars and Trucks
M 5-8PM
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CRUISIN' INTO LOCKPORT Jul 2, 2018 - Jul 30, 2018
Central Square
222 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL
FREE event featuring cars from all different eras. Enjoy our music and farmers market as you browse!
M Farmers Market: 4-8PM; Bands 4:30-8:30PM
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Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
The local community is invited to submit artworks for this annual juried exhibition with cash prizes for the “Best of Show” artwork.
M-Th 9AM-4:30PM
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DOWNTOWN TINLEY CRUISE NIGHTS Jul 3, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Along Oak Park Avenue from 171st to 173rd Streets
Tinley Park, IL
Are you a classic car or hotrod owner or fan? Show them off or just view them! Food and beverages available.
Tu 5-9PM
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FARMERS MARKET - PALOS HEIGHTS Jul 4, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018
City of Palos Heights
Municipal Parking Lot, 12217 South Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
Great locally grown produce, food products and plants every Wednesday morning. LINK cards accepted.
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STEPPIN' AT THE FOUNTAIN Jul 4, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018
Historic Dolton Fountain
14014 Park Avenue, Dolton, IL
Each week, community members and people from all around are invited to enjoy smooth jazz, great food and dance the night away.
W 7-10PM
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DOLTON FLEA MARKET Jul 4, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
The Dolton Bazaar
14900 Greenwood Road (South Lot), Next to Melanie Fitness Center, Dolton, IL
Come participate in Dolton's Flea Market and Community Bazaar featuring deals on EVERYTHING! Early bird specials available for vendors.
W, F & Sa 8AM-2PM
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BOOMER TOYS AND DOLLS (W, SA) Jul 4, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
1950s Park Forest House Museum, St. Mary's Catholic Church
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
Toys and dolls, several on loan, played with from the late 1940s into the mid-1960s will be on display, along with books about them.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM
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FARMERS MARKET - EVERGREEN PARK Jul 5, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018
Yukich Field
88th Street & Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL
13th Season of Evergreen Park Farmers' Market - 25 Vendors, every Thursday, May 4-October 26
Th 7AM-1PM
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MARKET AT THE PARK Jul 5, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018
Crescent Park
9705 West 142nd Street, Orland Park, IL
Over 50 vendors offer a variety of fresh produce, flowers, plants, pasta, bakery items, gourmet spices, artisanal cheeses, olive oil, and more.
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FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018
Breidert Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
Sponsored by the Frankfort Public Library for youngster related entertainment (puppet shows, story telling, etc.). Enjoy the entertainment, bring a picnic lunch or visit one of our downtown restaurants.
F 10-11AM
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FARMERS MARKET - DOLTON Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018
The Dolton Bazaar
14900 Greenwood Road (South Lot), Next to Melanie Fitness Center, Dolton, IL
Dolton's Farmers Market brings vendors selling healthy and fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to the area during the summer months.
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SUMMER NIGHTS Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
Our summertime event is back for a fourth season (4-9PM Friday and Saturday Nights). Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kid entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
F & Sa 4-9PM
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FARMERS MARKET - PARK FOREST Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
271 Lakewood Boulevard
Corner of Lakewood Boulevard & Cunningham Drive, Park Forest, IL
This market offers fresh garden produce, bakery items and herbs. Freshly cooked pork sandwiches and tamales are also available. Come to the market to meet friends, chat, browse and shop. For more information, visit our website or call.
Sa 7AM-12PM
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FARMERS MARKET - TINLEY PARK Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Zabrocki Plaza
17375 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
Visit the farmer's market every Saturday for the best selection of fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers and much more!
Sa 7:30AM-12:30PM
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FARMERS MARKET - HOMEWOOD Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Martin Avenue Square
18020 Martin Avenue, Homewood, IL
Meet your family and friends at Homewood’s farmers market, a true regional market! Enjoy fresh produce, prepared foods, flowers, entertainment and much more!
Sa 8AM-1PM
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OUTDOOR SKILLS Jul 9, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
Five-day summer camps for children age 12-15. Climb a tree with ropes, learn to make fire with and without matches, and how to tend the fire safely. Learn a variety of wilderness campfire cooking skills (think Bear Grill). Campers will practice knife safety as well as identify and harvest wild edible plants. We’ll build shelters, paddle a canoe, and purify water and learn knots and compass skills too. Register by Thursday before the session begins. Cost: $105 per program.
Session 1: July 9-13 10AM-2PM Session 2: July 23-27 10AM-2PM Session 3: August 13-17 10AM-2PM
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UNLIMITED SUMMER FUN Jul 9, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center
7759 South Harlem Avenue, Burbank, IL
Have hours of summertime fun with our Unlimited Rides & Attractions Pass! Monday – Friday, Now through August 17th. $20/ per guest, per day. 3 Hours of FUN! Also available at the Joliet location.
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KIWANIS BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY Jul 11, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
W 6-9:30PM
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FARMERS MARKET - THORNTON Jul 11, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018
Hubbard Park
102 North Hubbard Street, Thornton, IL
2018 Market in the Park FARM STAND ONLY featuring Dotson's Farm fresh produce & plants.
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