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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.



 
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Below are the next 25 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


OUTDOOR SKILLS Jul 9, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
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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STEM STUDIO OPEN HOURS FOR MAKING Jul 11, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
STEAM Studio Open Hours for Making at Homewood Science Center Wednesdays July 11-August 22 from 4pm-8pm & Saturdays July 28-August 25 from 10am-1pm Last entry 30 minutes before closing time Join Homewood Science Center to create, connect, and explore as we open our STEAM Studio to families! Design and build something cool on your own or get inspiration from one of our feature makers or try a featured project! This is for the whole family- it is not a drop-off program. We have plenty of materials to choose from, all you need to bring is your creativity.
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WALKING IN THE WATERFALL Jul 25, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Make a splash investigating the movement of water while walking in our waterfall. Please wear clothes that can get wet. We supply the boots for the children. Pre-registration and payment are required. Space is limited to between 3 and 10 children. $6 per child
Grades K-12: 1-2PM; Grades 3-5: 3-4PM
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HERBS: FROM GARDEN TO KITCHEN Jul 26, 2018
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Kathy Vitalo, owner of Herbally Yours, will present a lecture featuring tasting, smelling, and identifying herbs depending on the season.
6:30-8PM
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TOM SAWYER STYLE FISHING Aug 1, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Try your hand at fishing, catch & release style. Poles and bait will be provided. Pre-registration and payment are required. Space is limited to between 3 and 10 children. $6 per child
Grades K-12: 1-2PM; Grades 3-5: 3-4PM
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RANGERS Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 3, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Five-day summer camps for children age 7 to 9. Rangers will explore in the Lake Katherine ‘wild’ through hands-on activities, nature games and crafts, fishing and walking in the waterfall. Discover mud, bugs, reptiles, amphibians, and plants. Register by Thursday before a session begins. Cost: $95 per program.
Session 1: June 18-22 10AM-2PM Session 2: July 16-20 10AM-2PM Session 3: July 30-Aug 3 20AM-2PM
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CURRENTS, FIBERS AND FORMS Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
August 1-25th Gallery Hours: Wednesdays 4pm-8pm | Saturdays 10am-1pm $5 per person | Children 12 and under free* *children must be with an adult at all times Homewood Science Center | 18022 Dixie Highway | Homewood, IL Currents, Fibers, and Forms is a CodeCreate Collective exhibit that partners making and technology. With the intention to bring together art, science, and worlds, the exhibit consists of eight custom-designed cardboard engineered pieces including Blengin, a dragon paying homage to artist Henry Darger. Another piece, NeuroPentaptych alludes to the trauma of chronic illness. A video reel brings CodeCreate's design process to life. We hope you will be inspired to create your own masterpieces using common materials! #think Homewood #STEAM #STEM Opening Reception | August 4th| $10 register online
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STEM STUDIO OPEN HOURS FOR MAKING Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
STEAM Studio Open Hours for Making at Homewood Science Center Wednesdays July 11-August 22 from 4pm-8pm & Saturdays July 28-August 25 from 10am-1pm Last entry 30 minutes before closing time Join Homewood Science Center to create, connect, and explore as we open our STEAM Studio to families! Design and build something cool on your own or get inspiration from one of our feature makers or try a featured project! This is for the whole family- it is not a drop-off program. We have plenty of materials to choose from, all you need to bring is your creativity.
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MEET A BEEKEEPER Aug 5, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
No registration required. Meet local beekeeper Mike Rusnak to discuss the art of beekeeping. Feel free to ask questions and chat with Rusnak and other beekeeping enthusiasts. Rusnak has more than 12 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. Ages 18 or older.
12:30-3PM
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JUNIOR NATURALISTS Aug 6, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Five-day summer camps for children age 9-11. Begin an adventure at Lake Katherine through hands-on activities. Learn the skill of paddling a canoe, fish Tom Sawyer-style, walk in the [G3] waterfall and hike to and explore our hidden ravine. Handle a turtle or a snake, and hunt for frogs and insects. One day will be spent taking part in wild science experiments. Register by Thursday before the session begins. Cost: $95 per program.
10AM-2PM
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TIM WILSEY TRIO Aug 8, 2018
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
The Tim Wilsey Trio will perform a melting pot of musical styles from County Western, rock-n-roll, Jazz, Hawaiian and Latin.
6:30-8PM
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WETLAND WONDERS Aug 8, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Take a hike on the shores of Lake Katherine using water nets to collect specimens. We will examine the specimens using magnifying glasses and a dissecting scope. Pre-registration and payment are required. Space is limited to between 3 and 10 children. $6 per child
Grades K-12: 1-2PM; Grades 3-5: 3-4PM
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LITTLE EXPLORERS - IT'S A SMALL WORLD Aug 9, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Become a scientist and use a magnifying glass to look for nature’s tiny creations. We will go for a walk and find small creatures and plants. Our hour together will include a project to take home. Little Explorers is a one-hour experience for 3-6-year-olds, together with their favorite adult. Pre-registration and payment are required. Space is limited to between 3 and 10 children. $6 per child
Th 9:30AM; F 9:30AM; S 10:30AM
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OUTDOOR SKILLS Aug 13, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
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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WALKING IN THE WATERFALL Aug 15, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Make a splash investigating the movement of water while walking in our waterfall. Please wear clothes that can get wet. We supply the boots for the children. Pre-registration and payment are required. Space is limited to between 3 and 10 children. $6 per child
Grades K-12: 1-2PM; Grades 3-5: 3-4PM
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HUMMINGBIRDS FEST AND NATURE CELEBRATION Aug 18, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
This nature celebration puts the spotlight on hummingbirds and other pollinators. Enjoy presentations, artisans, and vendors selling nature-related items and food. Sign up to watch as the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders and volunteers capture and band hummingbirds. Enjoy our sanctuary for birds and butterflies or participate in free family activities including slacklining, tree climbing, bike riding, face painting, an interactive LEGO exhibit or a Q&A with local beekeepers hosted by our live bee exhibit. Come dressed in your best winged costume, make a bird feeder craft, or play in Spot’s Clubhouse playground. A free giveaway will be provided to the first 200 visitors.
1-5PM
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STARGAZING NIGHTS Aug 18, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Free family astronomy nights featuring guest astronomer, Joseph Mayer, of the Chicago Astronomical Society. Outdoor viewing with telescopes (provided) will take place in our Anniversary Garden area. Join Joe to see various planets and the first phase of the moon. No pre-registration necessary.
9:30PM
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FLOWER POUNDING Aug 22, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Transfer the colors of plants and flowers onto fabric. Our art project will start with a hike to find a variety of colors of plant leaves, stems and flowers, and then we’ll use a mallet to press the plant material onto fabric. Pre-registration and payment are required. Space is limited to between 3 and 10 children. $6 per child
Grades K-12: 1-2PM; Grades 3-5: 3-4PM
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THE SINKING OF THE USS INDIANAPOLIS Aug 23, 2018
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the torpedo attack, how survivors faced four horrific days in shark infested waters, and the effect the sinking had on history.
6:30-8PM
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SUMMER BONFIRE Aug 25, 2018
Camp Shabbona Woods
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 15810 North Torrence Avenue, Calumet City, IL
708-868-0606
Join us as we celebrate summer with a giant bonfire! We'll also have nature play, art-making, s'mores, and a food truck.
6:30-10:30PM
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STARGAZING NIGHTS Sep 15, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Free family astronomy nights featuring guest astronomer, Joseph Mayer, of the Chicago Astronomical Society. Outdoor viewing with telescopes (provided) will take place in our Anniversary Garden area. Join Joe to see various planets and the first phase of the moon. No pre-registration necessary.
8:30PM
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5TH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE Sep 27, 2018
Prairie State College
Conference Center, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3500
Join us for the 5th Annual Mental Health Conference to increase your awareness of the complexities of mental illness and learn ways to reduce the stigmas associated with it. A keynote presentation, breakout sessions and exhibit area are included. CEUs are available to attendees who are interested.
8AM-4PM
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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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STARGAZING NIGHTS Oct 13, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Free family astronomy nights featuring guest astronomer, Joseph Mayer, of the Chicago Astronomical Society. Outdoor viewing with telescopes (provided) will take place in our Anniversary Garden area. Join Joe to see various planets and the first phase of the moon. No pre-registration necessary.
7:30PM
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SCRAPBOOKING WEEKEND Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Get creative, share tips and make a special scrapbook during this fun craft weekend. Cost: All three days - $50, Friday only - $14, Saturday only - $30, Sunday only - $10 Includes: Snacks and beverages all weekend, dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Bring your own sack lunch for Saturday. Preregistration required at the Nature Center.
F 5PM-12AM; Sa 10AM-12AM; Su 12PM-4pm
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