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

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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


A SALAMANDER TALE (TU-SU) Apr 1, 2018 - Apr 29, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
An interactive exhibition, “A Salamander Tale” provides a fun approach to learning about salamanders and ways to protect their habitats. The exhibition includes salamander-shaped furniture displaying text and graphics, a video game guiding a virtual salamander through a river environment, and lifelike dioramas of different salamander species. While visiting, be sure to search the nature center for signs of Spot the Spotted Salamander, the nature center’s mascot. 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.
TUE-SAT 10AM-4PM; SUN 12-4PM
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NATURE JOURNALING Apr 25, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
If you have ever wanted to try nature journaling, but didn't know where to start, this class is for you. Led by Interpretive Educator Shamim Graff, you will explore the basics of nature observation and journaling on the grounds of Lake Katherine. Dress comfortably and expect to get a little dirty. Feel free to bring your favorite writing tools, but materials will be provided. Meet inside the Nature Center. The class will be held rain or shine. Sign up in advance at the Nature Center. Cost $10 per person
6:30-8PM
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WOMEN THRIVING FEARLESSLY EXPO Apr 28, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 College Parkway, Building M, Palos Hills, IL
866-443-6769
An expo featuring women speakers from the Chicago Cubs, WGN-TV, Fiverr.com and more. Designed to help women thrive in business & personal affairs. $10 at the door
10:30AM-4PM
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NATURE & ARTS FESTIVAL Apr 28, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Join us for a celebration of nature and the arts in the community. Enjoy a performance by Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, learn how to cook wild edibles, use natural elements in interior design, and discover the abundance of nature in Chicago with author and nature photographer Mike MacDonald. There will also be a story trail and nature based activities with art, writing and music and more for all ages.
11AM-3PM
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A SALAMANDER TALE (TU-SU) May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
An interactive exhibition, “A Salamander Tale” provides a fun approach to learning about salamanders and ways to protect their habitats. The exhibition includes salamander-shaped furniture displaying text and graphics, a video game guiding a virtual salamander through a river environment, and lifelike dioramas of different salamander species. While visiting, be sure to search the nature center for signs of Spot the Spotted Salamander, the nature center’s mascot. 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.
TUE-SAT 10AM-4PM; SUN 12-4PM
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LITTLE EXPLORERS - WATER WATER EVERYWHERE May 3, 2018 - May 5, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
A hands-on discovery time with water, learning what floats and what won’t, and what makes waves. (Please wear short sleeves and bring a towel.) 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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HEALTH & BUSINESS EXPO May 5, 2018
Alan B. Shepard High School
13049 Ridgeland Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-480-3025
Visit and meet with over 50 local businesses and vendors. Activities may include blood pressure screenings, prescription drop off and more.
W-Th 12-5PM; F 12-6PM; Reception 2/28/14 6-9PM
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MEET A BEEKEEPER May 6, 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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SPRING NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE May 12, 2018
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 seasonal changes and other nature notes are happening in springtime. Then, enjoy a hike with a naturalist and take 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 10.
8:30-10:30AM
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GLOBAL BIG DAY BIRD WALK May 12, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Be part of the Global Big Day - a worldwide count of birds in your area. Join Natural Resources Member Jim Reichel as he leads you around Lake Katherine learning about the birds in our area and the techniques to identify them. Your bird counts will be added to the global counts of birds for that day. Sign up in advance at the Nature Center. Cost $6 per person
8-10AM
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SMALL BUSINESS CLINIC May 17, 2018
Oak Lawn Pavillion
9401 Oak Park Ave, Oak Lawn, IL
708-571-3401
Come out and take advantage of the following resources: 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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HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS - WHAT IS IN THE LAKE? May 17, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Home school days allow individual home school students to attend preselected programs. Only students of the grade-equivalent age for the programs offered will be registered. Children (K-6) will dip nets and dishes to retrieve insect larvae from the water’s edge of the lake and wetland habitat, and place into petri dishes. Children will identify and 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. Pre-registration required quoting program 668. $6 per child
1-2:30PM
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CANOE KAYAK TOUR May 18, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Natural Resources Committee Member Jake Hynes will reveal the secrets of the lake as he guides us on a unique tour before sunset pointing out the species that start to come out to play around dusk. Spots are limited to a total of 27 people with three single person kayaks available on a first come first served basis. Canoes seat three people each and parties may be split up to fill all seats. The event will be rescheduled if the weather or water conditions are deemed unsuitable. Sign up in advance at the Nature Center. Cost $8 per person
7-8:15PM
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POP UP SCIENCE SIMPLE MACHINES WITH MI-JACK PRODUCTS May 19, 2018
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
Did you know that complex equipment like trains and cranes are made from combinations of simple machines? Homewood Science Center is partnering with Mi-Jack Products, a south suburban company that has been engineering durable and reliable material handling equipment for more than 60 years. Learn how Mi-Jack Products' modern, sophisticated products were influenced by concepts from simple machines invented in 3rd Century BC. We'll explore simple machines like the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, wedge and inclined planes. In the STEAM Studio families create their own simple machines using household and recycled items.
10AM-1PM
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STARGAZING NIGHTS May 19, 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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NATURE THROUGH YOUR SENSES May 23, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Join Lake Katherine’s new naturalist Sara Barnas as she leads you on a multisensory tour of the grounds. The tour will include elements of nature immersion and meditative practices. Dress comfortably and expect to get a little dirty. We will meet inside the Nature Center and the class will be held rain or shine. Sign up in advance at the Nature Center. Cost $10 per person
6-8PM
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MEET A BEEKEEPER Jun 3, 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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TOM SAWYER STYLE FISHING Jun 6, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Grades 3-5 Try your hand at fishing, catch & release style. Poles and bait will be provided. $6 per child
3-4PM
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WILD EDIBLES Jun 6, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Ever wanted to walk through the woods, and know what is edible and what’s not? Natural Resources Committee Member Melissa Drozd will lead a walk around Lake Katherine and show some of the species that one could safely eat. You she also will be sharing tips on safety protocols when eating wild food. Sign up in advance at the Nature Center. Cost $6 per person
6-8PM
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LITTLE EXPLORERS - LITTLE CLOUDS Jun 7, 2018 - Jun 9, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Join us as we lie in the grass, watch the clouds, and spot shapes. We’ll sing a rain cloud song and make a project and other activities. 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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FOREST EXPLORERS - TWO DAY MINI CAMP Jun 11, 2018 - Jun 14, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Children age 5 and 6 will have opportunities to discover the wonders of nature through games, activities, and projects during two-day minicamps. Activities will include exploring a variety of animals and the forest area. As a highlight, during the last hour of the last day of each session, Forest Explorers will walk in the waterfall. Register by Thursday before the session begins. Cost: $25 per program.
Gardening & Mammals: M & W 9:30-11:30AM Turtles & Birds: Tu & Th 9:30-11:30AM
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WETLAND WONDERS Jun 13, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Grades 3-5 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. $6 per child
3-4PM
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WETLAND WONDERS Jun 13, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Grades 3-5 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. $6 per child
3-4PM
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RANGERS Jun 18, 2018 - Jun 22, 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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WALKING IN THE WATERFALL Jun 20, 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. $6 per child
Grades K-2: 1-2 PM; Grades 3-5: 3-4PM
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FLY FISHING Jun 21, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Tried angling but want to expand into fly-casting? Natural Resources Committee Member Mike Littmann will share the rudiments of fly-casting, revealing useful tools and techniques. Meet on the festival grounds, please show your receipt. Sign up in advance at the Nature Center. Cost $10 per person
6-8PM
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STARGAZING NIGHTS Jun 23, 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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JUNIOR NATURALISTS Jun 25, 2018 - Jun 29, 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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LEAFY T'S Jun 27, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Bring your own white t-shirt and design your own imagination. We will be using natural materials to create a masterpiece. 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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FOREST EXPLORERS - ONE DAY MINI CAMP SHELLS & WATERFALLS Jul 2, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Children age 5 and 6 will have opportunities to discover the wonders of nature through games, activities, and projects during one-day minicamps. Each session’s activities will include exploring and holding animals and walking in the waterfall. Register by Thursday before the session begins. Cost: $12 per program.
9:30-11:30AM
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