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Click Here to View Our Interactive VideoWith 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 Workshop 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


H2 WHOA! Apr 2, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
“H2-WHOA!” is a fun, interactive exhibit that teaches visitors about what lies below the surface of their local water resources. Walk through and around a 10’ fabric dome to learn how flora and fauna, such as fresh water mussels and lichens, serve as indicator species. A hands-on, interactive station demonstrates how pollution and sediment have negative effects on fish and other animals. Learn how to contribute to water conservation efforts and answer a call to action to “Take the Pledge” to protect local water resources. 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.
Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 12-4PM
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ORLAND WOMEN'S NETWORK, OWN LUNCHEON Apr 25, 2019
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
The Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce, Orland Women Networking (OWN) brings all women together of every community and business to support women’s successes achieved and projected. The OWN Committee works to empower professional women through dynamic speakers, inspiring events and networking opportunities. OWN mission statement: Growing, Empowering, Uplifting $45 before 4/15; $55 after
10AM-1:30PM
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MAPLD FANFEST Apr 27, 2019
Matteson Area Public Library District
801 School Avenue, Matteson, IL
708-748-4431
Join us in celebrating everything fandom at the library’s first ever comic convention, MAPLD FanFest! The day-long event will include cosplayers roaming the library as your favorite heroes and villains, with giveaways and raffles throughout the day. There will be programs for all ages and will include: various presenters and workshops, a cosplay and video game tournament, alongside fun and educational workshops. Over 20+ artists/vendors will showcase their products and art work.
10AM-4PM
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H2 WHOA! May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
“H2-WHOA!” is a fun, interactive exhibit that teaches visitors about what lies below the surface of their local water resources. Walk through and around a 10’ fabric dome to learn how flora and fauna, such as fresh water mussels and lichens, serve as indicator species. A hands-on, interactive station demonstrates how pollution and sediment have negative effects on fish and other animals. Learn how to contribute to water conservation efforts and answer a call to action to “Take the Pledge” to protect local water resources. 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.
Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 12-4PM
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A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE May 2, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Author Rochelle Pennington will transport all to the good old days of the 1930s, 40s and 50s in this lighthearted presentation detailing everyday life.
6:30PM
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MEET A BEEKEEPER May 5, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Meet local beekeeper Mike Rusnak to discuss the art of beekeeping. Rusnak has more than 15 years of beekeeping experience to share. Pick up specific beekeeping tips or simply learn more about the world of beekeeping. This program will take place indoors in an accessible facility. For ages 18 or older.
12:30-3PM
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GARDENING WITH TREES & SHRUBS May 9, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Gareth Blakesley, Director at Lake Katherine Nature Center, will present a program on the different types of trees and shrubs to use in gardens.
6:30PM
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SPRING NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE May 11, 2019
Messenger Woods Nature Preserve
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 13800 West Bruce Road, Homer Glen, IL
708-946-2216
Meet at the back shelter of Messenger Woods Nature Preserve to briefly learn what makes this preserve so special. Then, enjoy a hike with a naturalist taking photos along the way. This program is recommended for any camera, smartphones through digital SLRs. The program will focus on technique and composition, not camera operation. Activities may take place on natural surfaces across uneven terrain. The hike will be approximately 1 mile. For ages 16 or older. Registration required by Thursday, May 9: 708.946.2216.
8:30-10:30AM
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TIPS FOR A LAZY GARDENER May 14, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Discover useful ways to save time, energy and money while gardening. This presentation demonstrates tips for both indoor and outdoor gardening throughout the year.
6:30PM
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SMALL BUSINESS CLINIC May 16, 2019
Oak Lawn Pavillion
9401 Oak Park Ave, Oak Lawn, IL
708-571-3401
Meet and connect with local businesses, Access to small business organizations, attend free business seminars and learn from industry professionals, Get your product/service in front of local buyers with an exhibit table or sponsorship, participate in raffles and door prizes, network and enjoy light snacks, refreshments, and more!
9AM-1PM
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MANET: PAINTER OF MODERN LIFE May 16, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Art historian Jeff Mishur will present a lecture on the highlights of the artist Manet.
6:30PM
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WETLAND WORDERS May 16, 2019
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Using dip nets and dishes, each student will retrieve insect larvae from the water’s edge of the lake and wetland habitat, and place into petri dishes. Students will categorize the specimens they find using magnifiers and a dissecting scope. Specimens will be grouped into pollution tolerance levels as well as what type of consumer they are. Grades K-6 Program # 687 Cost: $6 Registration deadline is May 9, 2019
1-2:30PM
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RECIPE FOR A HEALTHY HEART May 17, 2019
Orland Park Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park, IL
708-915-6857
Recipe ingredients include ways to increase your movement, avoid toxins, know your counts and more. Learn what to avoid and what to add in to create a balanced lifestyle that promotes do-able changes. Create your own recipe beginning today!
9-10AM
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HOMEWOOD'S PUBLIC WORKS OPEN HOUSE May 18, 2019
Public Works Building
17755 Ashland Avenue, Homewood, IL
708-798-3000
Spend the afternoon learning about Homewood’s Public Works Department. Activities include interactive equipment operations, building tour, food, crafts, games, and more!
11AM-2PM
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AMERICAN DIAMOND: BASEBALL, POP CULTURE AND OUR NATIONAL MYTHS May 21, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Author James Finn Garner explores the historical, technological, and cultural forces that shaped baseball into the National Pastime in this rollicking and humorous presentation.
6:30PM
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BATTLE OF THE BULGE: FORGOTTEN HEROES May 23, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Author Robert Muller will revisit the places and remember the men who beat Hitler’s last desperate gamble in December 1944.
6:30PM
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WOMEN THRIVING FEARLESSLY EXPO Jun 1, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 College Parkway, Building M, Palos Hills, IL
866-443-6769
An expo features stellar solutions for women in business & entrepreneurs. We have an expert panel, V.I.P. Lounge, amazing breakout sessions along with food, fun and surprises
10:30AM-4PM
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H2 WHOA! Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
“H2-WHOA!” is a fun, interactive exhibit that teaches visitors about what lies below the surface of their local water resources. Walk through and around a 10’ fabric dome to learn how flora and fauna, such as fresh water mussels and lichens, serve as indicator species. A hands-on, interactive station demonstrates how pollution and sediment have negative effects on fish and other animals. Learn how to contribute to water conservation efforts and answer a call to action to “Take the Pledge” to protect local water resources. 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.
Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 12-4PM
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MEET A BEEKEEPER Jun 2, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Meet local beekeeper Mike Rusnak to discuss the art of beekeeping. Rusnak has more than 15 years of beekeeping experience to share. Pick up specific beekeeping tips or simply learn more about the world of beekeeping. This program will take place indoors in an accessible facility.
12:30-2:30PM
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JOAN & BETTE Jun 6, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Performer Jillann Gabrielle stars in this original one-woman musical on Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.
6:30PM
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THE MUSIC & INFLUENCE OF GLEN CAMPBELL Jun 11, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Enjoy this live performance of the music of Glen Campbell from guitarist/singer Steve Justman.
6:30PM
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LEARN THE SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS OF PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE Jun 21, 2019
Orland Park Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park, IL
708-915-6857
Learn from an expert about the symptoms and treatment of peripheral artery disease, a common circulatory problem that reduces blood flow to the limbs.
9-10AM
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FAMILY CAMPOUT Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019
Camp Shabbona Woods
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 15810 North Torrence Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
These special overnight night events for families are a great intro into camping. Meals and camping gear and outdoor fun for families. Email experience.camping@cookcountyil.gov for more information and to reserve your spot, space is limited. Camperships are available.
5PM
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HISTORICAL WALK ON RIDGE ROAD Jun 24, 2019
Meet behind 3306 Ridge Road
3306 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL
708-895-2266
Lansing Historical Society President Paul Schultz will lead a walking tour along Lansing's main street, pointing out sites of historical, geological and architectural interest.
6-7:30PM
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OUTDOOR BLOCK PARTY Jul 6, 2019
Camp Shabbona Woods
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 15810 North Torrence Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Join us for nature play, pop-up adventure play, creative reuse, primitive skills, games, a hike, and more!
12-4PM
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FRANCH CREOLE FIDDLE TUNES Jul 9, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Fiddler and historian Dennis Stroughmatt brings the music of the French Creole alive in this program of music and storytelling.
6:30PM
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NATURE BY THE BOOK Jul 10, 2019
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Lake Katherine and the Palos Heights Library team up to bring a nature-based panel book discussion to be held at the library. Book to be discussed: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. To borrow a copy of the book and to register, please contact the Palos Heights Public Library at 708-448-1473.
6:30-9PM
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GRACE KELLY Jul 11, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Award-winning actress and historian Leslie Goddard portrays Grace Kelly, the woman who transformed from a Hollywood superstar to a real-life princess.
6:30PM
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THE BENEFITS OF CHAIR YOGA Jul 19, 2019
Cultural Center Exhibit Hall
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park, IL
708-915-6857
The benefits of chair yoga include breathing control, relaxation, increased strength and flexibility. Learn tips you can use at home or at work. Lisa's guidance and instruction is informative, humorous and safe for all bodies. Come join us for a chair yoga session.
9-10AM
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APOLLO 11: ONE GIANT LEAP Jul 25, 2019
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, hear Terry Lynch as astronaut Neil Armstrong recount the lead up to the first moon landing.
6:30PM
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