Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blog YouTube Instagram Trip Advisor


Events

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
Parades
 
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


70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS EXHIBIT AND DISPLAY Nov 1, 2018 - Nov 28, 2018
1950's 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
COMPLICIT Nov 1, 2018 - Nov 30, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
In Toby Zallman’s sculptures there is always a combination of unrelated materials to represent dialectical oppositions such as hard/soft, ephemeral/enduring, open/closed and natural/fabricated. Since 2004, she has been using some form of recycled material as the basis for her pieces. The ubiquitous presence of plastic bags in our lives inspired the most recent sculpture and drawings. Their usefulness belies the damage that they wreak on the environment. The newest work combines the drawings and sculpture into multimedia installations. Reception: Nov. 8, 10:30AM-12PM, Artist Talk: 11AM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
Visit Website c d
BEE-LIEVE IT OR NOT! THE SECRET LIVES OF HONEY BEES Nov 1, 2018 - Nov 30, 2018
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Plum Creek Nature Center, 27341 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
This interactive exhibition provides a fun approach to learning about the amazing world of these incredible creatures. The exhibition includes life-size honey bee habitat furniture to hide in, an interactive exhibit gallery displaying text and graphics, and an educational video game about pollinators. Be sure to see the other pollinators that live in our native garden surrounding the nature center. The exhibition was organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, Purdue University, and is brought to the Forest Preserve through funding provided by The Nature Foundation of Will County. The exhibition will be located indoors in an accessible facility.
Tu-Su 12-4PM
Visit Website d
SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Nov 3, 2018 - Nov 28, 2018
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 HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT Nov 3, 2018 - Nov 28, 2018
1950s Park Forest House Museum
St. Mary's Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Vintage Halloween decorations including die-cuts, Halloween Gurley Candles, and more. Park Forest 70th Anniversary exhibit. Visit for a nostalgic look at Halloween in the 1950s..
W & Sa 1-3:30PM or by appointment
Visit Website c d
ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION WORKDAY Nov 4, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018
Forest Preserves of Cook County, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Invasive shrubs threaten our native plant populations. Help protect the woodlands by helping us remove these invaders. Families welcome. Registration required.
Su 11:30AM
Visit Website o
STOCKINGS FOR OUR TROOPS Nov 12, 2018
The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center
10847 West LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-390-2401
Make this holiday season a memorable one for you and our troops! Join us to decorate holiday stockings for our troops overseas. Everything to decorate a stocking is supplied. Donations of stocking stuffer items will be accepted. Call for a list of suggested items.
9AM-12PM
Visit Website h
GET HAPPY: ANGELA INGERSOLL SINGS JUDY GARLAND Nov 13, 2018
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-747-0580
A star is born as award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll celebrates American icon Judy Garland, as seen on her current PBS television special. Ingersoll won acclaim for her stunning portrayal of Garland in the play End of the Rainbow (Chicago, Los Angeles). Ingersoll superbly captures Garland’s emotional and vocal power, and crafts passionate stories with a naturally winning humor. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “Phenomenal. Judy Garland has been reborn.” Presented by Artists Lounge Live
11AM
Visit Website $ c
LAKE MICHIGAN'S UNWANTED VISITORS Nov 13, 2018
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Carl Sandburg High School Science Teacher Jim Corcoran will discuss the changes in Lake Michigan’s ecosystem since opening the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
6:30PM
Visit Website w
21 DOUBLE DOWN Nov 13, 2018
Krueger Park Recreation Center
9100 South 88th Avenue, Hickory Hills, IL
708-598-1233
Do you love the game of Blackjack? Enjoy lunch, refreshments and dessert before trying your luck at cards. Many prizes will be awarded.
11:30AM-2PM
Visit Website d
RISE ABOVE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN TRAVELING EXHIBIT Nov 13, 2018 - Nov 14, 2018
Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3567
Unique, interactive RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit tells story of Tuskegee Airmen to audiences across country. Films showcase Airmen's story. Special exhibit in gym too. With VIP night.
9AM-5PM
Visit Website c d h o
NATURE PLAY DAY Nov 14, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Join us for a nature-themed programs geared toward 3-5 year olds. Hands-on activities may include a hike, story, games, music, art and more. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities. We encourage experiencing all types of weather, rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Indoor facilities are accessible. Outdoor activities may take place on natural surfaces across uneven terrain.
10-11:30AM
Visit Website o s
CORKY SIEGEL'S CHAMBER BLUES AND LYNNE JORDAN Nov 16, 2018
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-747-0580
Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He will be joined by vocal diva, Lynne Jordan and the red hot Chamber Blues, with rousing grand finale with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Blues icon, Sam Lay. Gritty Chicago blues and rarefied classical chamber music might not seem like a match made in heaven - until you've heard Corky Siegel bring the two together ... a crowning achievement.-
7:30PM
Visit Website $ c
PEOTONE FIREMAN/SPORTSMEN, FISH FRY/TURKEY RAFFLE Nov 16, 2018
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone, IL
708-258-9359
ag
GAME NIGHT Nov 16, 2018
Krueger Park Recreation Center
9100 South 88th Avenue, Hickory Hills, IL
708-598-1233
We will pin you against a competitor to answer a trivia question, complete a challenge or just participate in our silly challenges. Pizza & refreshments will be provided.
7-9PM
Visit Website d
FETCHING MARKET AT THE CLUB Nov 16, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018
Lincolnshire Country Club
390 East Richton Road, Crete, IL
708-672-5411
$5 in advance; $6 at door
F 5-9PM; Sa 10AM-4PM
Visit Website $ c d
CHICAGO DANCE CRASH Nov 17, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
This family-appropriate dance concert will see a combination of some of Crash's most crowd-pleasing repertory works along with some new pieces having just premiered in the past year. The works will range from light and humorous to intense and socially minded; though all displaying the organization’s branded aesthetic of “concert format hip hop and breaking.” The night will be highlighted by the WORLD PREMIERE of “Al Nafs,” a brand new, long-form dance piece created by Muslim hip-hop choreographer Amirah Sackett.
7:30PM
Visit Website $ c
ARCHERY 101 Nov 17, 2018
Swallow Cliff Woods North
Calumet Sag Road, West of La Grange Road, Palos Hills, IL
708-386-4042
Never tried archery before? Attend one of these sessions to learn all things archery: history, bow parts and proper technique. Archery equipment is provided for all programs. All archery programs are for ages 10 & up.
12-12:30PM
Visit Website o s
KIDS TURKEY TROT Nov 17, 2018
Orland Park Sportsplex
11351 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Friends and family, come cheer on the kids (ages 3-9) as they participate in their very own Turkey Trot at the Sportsplex indoor track.
9:30-11:30AM depending on age
Visit Website $ s
MOKENA CHRISTMAS FEST Nov 17, 2018
Downtown Mokena & Various Locations
Mokena, IL
708-609-6238
Children's workshop, lunch & pictures with Santa, Magician, lighted parade and family dance. Christmas Fest sponsored by the Mokena Chamber of Commerce. All day family fun!
11AM-11PM
Visit Website d h o p
3RD ANNUAL SIDE STREET VENDOR FAIR Nov 17, 2018
Side Street Restaurant
18401 North Creek Drive, 60477, IL
708-928-8080
Start or finish your holiday shopping at the 3rd Annual Side Street Vendors Fair! All your favorites will be here and more!
9AM-4PM
Visit Website d h
DIAPER DASH Nov 17, 2018
Orland Park Sportsplex
11351 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
In conjunction with the Kids’ Turkey Trot, the Toddler Diaper Dash for 1 and 2 year olds is back again. Gobble, gobble all the way to the finish line.
9AM
Visit Website
IPO PRESENTS: CHAMBER GEMS, A MUSICAL JOURNEY Nov 17, 2018
Trinity Christian College Ozinga Chapel
6601 West College Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-481-7774
IPO features the works of Elgar, Shostakovich, Neruda, and Greig. Tickets from $25.
7:30PM
Visit Website $ c
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT Nov 17, 2018
Forest Preserves of Cook County, Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Adults, this one’s for you! Enjoy an evening stroll under the fall stars followed by a tasty treat at the campfire. Adults only. Limit 20. Registration required.
7-8:30PM
Visit Website o
PALOS HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET Nov 17, 2018
Palos Heights Recreation Department
6601 West 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Indoor Farmers Market to be held at the Palos Heights Recreation Department on Saturday November 17 and December 15, 2018, and Saturday January 12, February 9 and March 9, 2019
8AM-12PM
Visit Website ag d
WHAT'S NEXT? GABRIEL ROYAL Nov 17, 2018
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
Cellist and singer-songwriter, Gabriel Royal, finds his musical inspiration from the commuters of New York City. Influenced by Stevie Wonder's groove and Burt Bacharach's jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, along with other contemporary artists such as John Legend, Janelle Monae and Thundercat, Gabriel's signature sound is an easy listening modern chamber pop.
8-10PM
Visit Website $ c
CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR Nov 17, 2018
Village Hall
3000 West 170th Place, Hazel Crest, IL
708-335-9600
2nd Annual Craft & Vendor Fair. Come for unique finds and do holiday shopping. Venfors may sign up. Call 708-335-9600 x209
12-3PM
Visit Website d
THE SANDHILL CRANE EXPERIENCE Nov 17, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Sandhill cranes are one of the most primitive birds alive today. With a wingspan of 5-7 feet, this bird cuts a striking image while soaring high above during its annual fall migration. The program begins at Plum Creek Nature Center where we board a chartered bus that takes us to Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area near Medaryville, Indiana. Historically, large numbers of sandhill cranes gather there to feed and rest during their annual fall migration. This is truly something to be experienced and a special phenomenon of the Midwest. Bring binoculars and a camera for this unforgettable experience. The viewing area is outdoors and accessible. Fee includes travel expenses, snacks and experienced guides. For ages 18 or older. Registration required by Friday, November 2 $15/person
1-7PM
Visit Website $ o
COMMUNITY TREE TRIM Nov 17, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
First Avenue & 31st Street, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Join Brookfield Zoo in gearing up for our Holiday Magic celebration by participating in Community Tree Trim. Sponsoring a tree is a beautiful way to support the zoo and celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Holiday Magic! Visit www.czs.org/events for more information. Questions? Please email Tree.Trim@CZS.org
10AM-4:30PM
Visit Website h o
KIDZ THEATER: UNDERSTANDING YOUR PET WITH DR. MARLA BRETT Nov 17, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018
Tinley Park Performing Arts Center
16801 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Tons of fun and physical comedy energize this truly “wild” one-act farce.
Sa 6pm; Su 2pm
Visit Website $ c




View Visitors Guide Online Request Visitors Guide Request Visitors Guide
Request Our FREE Visitors Guide
Explore Our Interactive Video!