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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 Musher Mania at the Monee Reservoir 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


WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK Jan 1, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes.
Warming house/Skate Rental Hours (subject to change) M-Th 4-8PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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VILLAGE OF ROBBINS - OPEN AIR MARKET Jan 2, 2018 - Jan 30, 2018
13900 Claire Boulevard
Robbins, IL
708-385-8940
Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor/or shop till you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Tu,Th & Sa 6AM-3PM
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FACULTY EXHIBITION Jan 2, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-7738
Works in a wide range of media by both full-time and adjunct faculty members in Prairie State's liberal arts program.
M-Th 9AM-3PM & W-Th 5-7PM; Artists' Reception Jan. 18, 4:30-7PM
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DON SALA ART EXHIBIT Jan 2, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Don Sala has been a professional photographer for almost 50 years. View an exhibit of his photography on display for a limited time at Plum Creek Nature Center. This award-winning photographer’s work captures images of nature and local barns in eastern Will County. Photographs will be available for sale. Sala’s inspiration for his photos is derived from landscapes, people and objects he encounters.
TU-SA 10AM-4PM; SUN 12-4PM
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KIWANIS BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY Jan 3, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-6200
Bingo, $4400 guaranteed payout. Doors open at 4:30pm. Early special at 6:15pm. Bulls eye, Fireplug, Raffle, Food, Free Coffee and Progressive Raffle.
W 6:30PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Jan 3, 2018 - Jan 31, 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
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TINLEY PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & CHAPEL TOUR Jan 3, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018
Tinley Park Historical Society Museum & Chapel
6727 174th Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-429-4210
Tours of the museum, one room schoolhouse and the landmark chapel built in 1884 with beautiful stain glass windows. The chapel is available for weddings and special events by reservation. Various community events are held throughout the year. Check Facebook: Tinley Park Historical Society
W10AM-2PM; 1st Su 1-3PM; 2nd Th 6-8PM
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BOOMER TOYS AND DOLLS Jan 3, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018
1950s Park Forest House Museum, St. Mary's Catholic Church
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
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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SOHEILA AZADI | INSIDE OUT Jan 10, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Soheila Azadi is an interdisciplinary visual artist and lecturer based in Chicago and Iran. Azadi’s inspirations come from her experiences of being a woman while living under theocracy. Now residing in the U.S. Azadi is dedicated to transnational feminism with a passionate devotion to the ways in which race, religion, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity intersect. This exhibition will continue in the atrium. Reception: Jan. 22, 10-11:30AM; Artist Talk: 10:15AM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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MESMERIZING MAGIC Jan 18, 2018
Central Park Building
15601 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-7270
Children are guaranteed to have a great time as they learn a collection of fascinating tricks. All materials provided, and each child receives a magic kit to take home. Ages 5-12. Must register. Resident-$20.00 Nonresident-$26.00
6:45-7:40PM
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WHISKEY NEAT Jan 18, 2018 - Jan 21, 2018
The Drama Group
Milord Studio Theatre, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-755-3444
An original work by Paul Milord, Whiskey Neat is set in Chicago, 1949. The action takes place in the back room/accounting office of an illegal high end gambling club run by an Irish Mob. We have an unassuming accountant, Harry, who has the ear of his boss, Beverly (who secretly pines for Harry). We have two gunmen, Roy and Ed, one a funny, bored drinker and ersatz bank guard, the other an enforcer/bouncer. We have a blunt, malignant floor manager, Izzi. And we have a cocktail waitress, Trudy, who despises her job. Into this mix steps Beverly’s nephew, Mike, who stirs up a hornet’s nest of emotion, confrontation and violence, as he pursues his romantic interest, Trudy, and forces his Aunt Beverly to confront her past. Whisky Neat is a study in loneliness, loss, love…and redemption.
Th-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM
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SNOW DAY FESTIVAL Jan 20, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Cure your cabin fever with some winter recreation at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Snowshoe the preserve’s trails or conquer its giant hill on a sled or a tube, and meet and greet Siberian husky sled dogs. Warm up by the campfire, and while you’re there, make some s’mores. Spend time warming up inside the nature center and explore the hands-on exhibits. Plum Creek Nature Center is open year round; discover what the winter forest has in store for you! Free! All ages.
12-4PM
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COMEDY IMPROV WITH GRAFFITI ON THE 4TH WALL Jan 20, 2018
Tinley Park Performing Arts Center
16801 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Covered Bridge Productions presents Graffiti on the Fourth Wall Comedy Improv Troupe to the adults and teens in our community. G4W, now in its 22nd year, is a professional improv company with over 800 performances under its belly-laughable belt. You’ll enjoy these comedic actors’ satirical improvisations and sketches as well as humorous parodies and hilarious material. Every show will feature an all new comedy revue and, of course, improvisations from your suggestions. Fee: $9 admission
7:30-9:30PM
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3 BLIND MEN OF SOUL Jan 20, 2018 - Jan 21, 2018
SPAA Theater & Performing Arts Center
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-748-9470
Stevie Wonder, Clarence Carter & Ray Charles
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SPORTS CARDS AND MORE SHOW Jan 21, 2018
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-334-4237
9AM-2PM
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LIFT EVERY VOICE Jan 21, 2018
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
Pay tribute to the rich musical history of the black experience with selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Flaherty & Ahrens’ Ragtime, opera arias, art songs and spirituals. Includes a sampling of neo-soul food.
4PM
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CONNECTING COMMUNITIES: CELEBRATING FRIENDS OF THE CAL-SAG TRAIL AND CAL-SAG COALITION Jan 25, 2018
Blue Island Beer Company
13357 Olde Western Avenue, Blue Island, IL
312-922-5616
Please join the Metropolitan Planning Council and Chicago Southland Green Drinks in celebrating the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and the Cal-Sag Coalition who were honored with the 2017 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning for their plan and implementation of the Cal-Sag Trail. $10 Admission Fee.
5-7PM
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NO LIMIT LAUGHS WITH THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV Jan 26, 2018
Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park, IL
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
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THE SECOND CITY Jan 27, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Tired of looking over your shoulder before telling a funny story that might upset grandpa? Or are you still rebounding from that joke he told at your wedding? Why stress?! Let The Second City take all the risk!
7:30PM
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CHILLY WILLIE CHILI CHALLENGE Jan 27, 2018
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
$5.00 all you can eat until the chili is gone!
2PM
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HOMEWOOD'S INDOOR FARMERS MARKET Jan 27, 2018
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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DO YOU SPEAK DJEMBE? Jan 27, 2018
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-748-2005
A band of world-class African and international musicians with diverse but complementary styles… A surprising mix of instruments … An innovative fusion of music and rhythm from different cultures… The public as performers, each with a djembe drum as part of the show! Generating positive energy through drumming, sharing not just the musicians’ melodies, harmonies and rhythm but an infectious joy. All are invited to forget their inhibitions, feel the rhythm like their own heartbeat, and together “speak djembe”.
7:30PM
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WINTER NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE WITH DON SALA Jan 27, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Get inspired by award-winning photographer Don Sala with almost 50 years of experience as a professional photographer, he is sure to give you new ideas for your next photo shoot. Then enjoy a hike with a naturalist in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve as you take photos along the way; bring a camera (smartphone through digital SLR). The program will focus on technique and composition, not camera operation. Please dress for the weather; part of the program will take place outdoors. Indoor facilities are accessible; outdoor activities may take place on natural surfaces across uneven terrain. The hike may be 1-1.5 miles long.
8:30-10:30AM
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CHICAGO HOME SHOW - OAK LAWN Jan 27, 2018 - Jan 28, 2018
Oak Lawn Pavillion
9401 Oak Park Ave, Oak Lawn, IL
630-385-4000
Join the Chicago Home Shows, produced by The Home Shows, Inc. for their 32nd year in events at events at the Pavilion in Oak Lawn. Admission is always FREE to meet with local contractors and get questions answered on upcoming projects. Bring your ideas, and find many more!
10AM-5PM
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UNITED GYMNASTICS ACADEMY Jan 28, 2018
Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL
708-444-1100
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FACULTY EXHIBITION Feb 1, 2018
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-7738
Works in a wide range of media by both full-time and adjunct faculty members in Prairie State's liberal arts program.
M-Th 9AM-3PM & W-Th 5-7PM
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SOHEILA AZADI | INSIDE OUT Feb 1, 2018 - Feb 7, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Soheila Azadi is an interdisciplinary visual artist and lecturer based in Chicago and Iran. Azadi’s inspirations come from her experiences of being a woman while living under theocracy. Now residing in the U.S. Azadi is dedicated to transnational feminism with a passionate devotion to the ways in which race, religion, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity intersect. This exhibition will continue in the atrium.
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK Feb 1, 2018 - Feb 18, 2018
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes.
Warming house/Skate Rental Hours (subject to change) M-Th 4-8PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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VILLAGE OF ROBBINS - OPEN AIR MARKET Feb 1, 2018 - Feb 27, 2018
13900 Claire Boulevard
Robbins, IL
708-385-8940
Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor/or shop till you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Tu,Th & Sa 6AM-3PM
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DON SALA ART EXHIBIT Feb 1, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Don Sala has been a professional photographer for almost 50 years. View an exhibit of his photography on display for a limited time at Plum Creek Nature Center. This award-winning photographer’s work captures images of nature and local barns in eastern Will County. Photographs will be available for sale. Sala’s inspiration for his photos is derived from landscapes, people and objects he encounters.
TU-SA 10AM-4PM; SUN 12-4PM
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