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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 Cultural events in the Chicago Southland. Use the form above to search for specific events.

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$ Admission Fee
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70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS EXHIBIT AND DISPLAY Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 29, 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
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BENCHES ON THE AVENUE Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th
Tinley Park, IL
708-444-5678
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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FARMERS MARKET - PALOS HEIGHTS Sep 5, 2018 - Sep 26, 2018
City of Palos Heights
Municipal Parking Lot, 12217 South Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Great locally grown produce, food products and plants every Wednesday morning. LINK cards accepted.
W 7AM-1PM
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STEP BACK INTO A 1950s HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT Sep 15, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
1950s Park Forest House Museum
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
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TRAVELING THROUGH ILLINOIS Sep 24, 2018
Lansing Public Library Community Room
2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing, IL
708-474-7497
Stories of I-55 Landmarks and Landscapes between Chicago and St. Louis
6-10PM
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BACH AND BEERS Sep 25, 2018
Rabid Brewing
17759 Bretz Drive, Homewood, IL
708-481-7774
Bach & Beers Fundraiser To support Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Featuring the First Ever Maestro Mashup A head to head contest between two musicians from different worlds. One from IPO, one from plant rock. Who will reign victorious? $30 per person, includes two drink tickets, lite bites and entertainment.
7-9PM
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13TH ANNUAL TASTE OF MATTESON Sep 28, 2018
Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center
500 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson, IL
708-283-4777
Taste of Matteson celebrates the diversity of our community. It provides an opportunity for residents to interact, while enjoying samples of various cuisines from restaurants in the area. Will also include a silent auction, door prizes, live music and a cash bar. Advance tickets only (no tickets at the door). Tickets can be purchased at the Village Hall or Matteson Community Center and only a limited supply is available. Come out and enjoy an evening of great food, fun and entertainment. Admission $10
5:30-8PM
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NO LIMIT LAUGHS WITH THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV Sep 28, 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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HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION Sep 29, 2018
Township Senior Building
12633 South Ashland Avenue, Calumet Park, IL
708-596-6040 x3168
Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
9:30AM-2PM
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ARTS & DRAFTS 2018 Sep 29, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Orland Crossing
14225 95th Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-349-2972
Arts & Drafts gathers unique art, craft beer, live entertainment and good eats for a memorable experience.
11AM-6PM
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OPERA UP CLOSE: BEST OF BERNSTEIN AT 100 Sep 30, 2018
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
Join the world-wide 100th birthday celebration of Leonard Bernstein. A quartet of our beloved opera singers pair with musical theatre vocalists to commemorate 100 years of Bernstein's masterpieces including West Side Story, On the Town, Peter Pan, Candide, and more! $55
4-6:30PM
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G CONNN Sep 30, 2018
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-872-8806
Comic books, nostalgia, and a whole lot more! Join us at the Orland Park Civic Center on Sunday, September 30th for a day of locating that hot book, classic comic, and raffles! $3 entry
9:30AM-2PM
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CRUISE NIGHTS - LYNNIE QUES Sep 30, 2018
Lynnie Ques
3249 Airport Drive/Glenwood Lansing Road, Lansing Municipal Airport, Lansing, IL
Food, Awards, 50/50 Raffle & Live entertainment
3-7PM
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MATERIALITY Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 25, 2018
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
709-708-7738
This show features artists who use unusual materials that may not be thought of as media for artists. Works by Ragnhildur Steffansdottir (from Iceland); Marjorie Woodruff; Margi Weir; Nnenna Okore; Ann Rosen and Mille Guldbeck. Works include installations, sculpture and wall pieces.
M-Th 9AM-3PM
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VISITING ARTIST TALK BY NNENNA OKORE AND RECEPTION FOR MATERIALITY EXHIBIT Oct 3, 2018
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
709-708-7738
Renowned artist Nnenna Okore will discuss her work in the exhibition and beyond in her artist's talk as our 2018 Visiting Artist. After the Artist's Talk, the reception features the artists whose work is in Materiality: Ragnhildur Stefansdottir, from Iceland; Nnenna Okore, Chicago; Marjorie Woodruff, Chicago; Mille Guldbeck, Ohio; Margie Weir, Detroit MI; and Ann Rosen, Highland Park IL. Artists will be present.
10:30AM Artists Talk; 11:30AM-2PM Reception
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FARMERS MARKET - PALOS HEIGHTS Oct 3, 2018 - Oct 10, 2018
City of Palos Heights
Municipal Parking Lot, 12217 South Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Great locally grown produce, food products and plants every Wednesday morning. LINK cards accepted.
W 7AM-1PM
Visit Website ag c d o
STEP BACK INTO A 1950s HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT Oct 3, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
1950s Park Forest House Museum
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 1-3:30 or by appointment
Visit Website c d
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS EXHIBIT AND DISPLAY Oct 3, 2018 - Oct 31, 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
THE WALL THAT HEALS IN OAK FOREST Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018
Oak Fest Grounds
157th Street & Long Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-4050
The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Oak Forest on October 4th to October 7th at The Oak Fest Site (near 157th Street and Long Avenue) and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
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ARTIST'S RECEPTION: THE ART OF BACHELOR'S GROVE Oct 5, 2018
Vogt Visual Arts Center
17420 South 67th Court, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Come check out the Art of Bachelors Grove at our monthly art reception!
7-9PM
Visit Website $ c
LANSING AUTUMN FESTIVAL Oct 5, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018
Fox Pointe
Ridge Road and Henry Street, Lansing, IL
Family fun in downtown Lansing, IL. Live Music, Food, Beer Garden, Kids Area, Market Place, Military Tribute. Bringing the Hometown Back to Lansing!!!
F 4-11PM; Sa 8AM-11PM; Su 10AM-5PM
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THE SECOND CITY - MADE IN AMERICA: SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED Oct 6, 2018
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
A certified American comedy institution since 1959, The Second City's laughs are 100% USA-made in this latest take on our great, big dysfunctional nation! The lauded company is sending satire down the conveyor belt and celebrating what makes us all tick in a hilarious revue that will leave you breathlessly ready to face the future...and all its loose screws. MATURE CONTENT $28/TICKET
8-10PM
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CHRIS STAPLETON Oct 6, 2018
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
19100 South Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
312-559-1212
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45TH ANNUAL HISTORIC PULLMAN HOUSE TOUR Oct 6, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018
Pullman National Momument Visitor Center
11141 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL
773-785-8901
Built in 1880-94 Pullman was one of American's first planned industrial towns. Visitors can tour the interiors of private homes experiencing the many ways homeowners blend the past and the present in their homes. Public buildings are also open for viewing. $25, advance pricing available.
11AM-5PM
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YOGA AND WALKING MEDITATION Oct 8, 2018
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-534-4021
Join Liz Smith of serendipityyogaandwellness.com for an opportunity to merge yoga, meditation and creative expression. Begin with a 45 minute yoga class designed for individuals with all levels of yoga experience. Following class, you will be led through a walking meditation in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Participants will stop at each piece of art for a guided meditation designed to inspire creativity, peace and artistic expression.
5:30-7:30PM; $10 donation
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GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA Oct 9, 2018
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-822-0361
With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing all around the world.
11AM
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ILLINOIS @ 200: THE MUSICAL INFLUENCE OF ILLINOIS ARTISTS & SONGS Oct 11, 2018
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Chicago area Americana musician Steve Justman will take you on an Illinois musical journey of composers, artists and songs containing images of Illinois landscapes and people.
6:30-7:45PM
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LAMB CHOP AFTER DARK Oct 13, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
John and Angeline Oremus Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
It ain’t your mama’s Lamb Chop! The iconic sweet little lamb comes roaring into the 21st century with comedy befitting late-night talk shows while retaining the adorable personality we know and love. (Still G Rated)
7:30PM
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WEAVINGS & DIVERSITIES Oct 13, 2018
St. John's Lutheran School
4231 183rd Street, Country Club Hills, IL
708-747-9246
Weavings & Diversities has a large array of woven garments, artwork, felted items, jewelry, knitting, basketry and other textile arts for sale as well as demonstrations. https://sites.google.com/site/weaversguildsouth/
10AM-4PM
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AARON NEVILLE DUO Oct 13, 2018
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
Grammy-Award winning, American R&B and soul singer Aaron Neville is arguably the most distinctive vocal stylist on the planet to tell it like it is. Known for his work with The Neville Brothers, his four Platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits, his latest solo album Apache, hails to his mixed Choctow and African-American roots. Don't miss this iconic evening of hits, stories and soul from one of the best in the business. $35-$55 TICKETS
8-10PM
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