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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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Agricultural / Food / Harvest
Cultural Events
 
Displays / Arts & Crafts
 
Expo / Consumer Show
Fairs / Carnivals
 
Holiday Celebrations
 
Outdoor Activities
Parades
 
Sports Events
 
Workshops / Seminars



Below are the next 10 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


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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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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BEE A BEEKEEPER! INTRODUCTION TO SUCCESSFUL BEEKEEPING Feb 20, 2018 - Feb 27, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
This six-week beekeeping course will teach you all you need to know on how to become a successful beekeeper! Mike Rusnak, a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association, will use his 12 years of experience to lead you through the beekeeping process. The workshop fee includes the book “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum. Sessions include these presentations: Week 1 Familiarization: Introduction, History, Why Keep Honeybees, Resources, Cost Week 2 The Honeybee (Apis mellifera): Anatomy, Life Cycle, Castes, Jobs, Characteristics Week 3 Equipment and Stock: Hive Components, Tools, Location, Suppliers, Races Week 4 Management: Inspections, Pests, Parasites, Diseases, Feeding, Treatments Week 5 Colony Dynamics: Honey Production, Year in the Apiary, Winter Clustering, Temperature Regulation Week 6 Review, Examination and Course Feedback The program will take place indoors in an accessible facility. Weather permitting, an optional off-site field day will be planned to correspond with installation of a package of honeybees in a Langstroth hive. Registration required by Friday, February 16
Tu 6-8PM
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A SALAMANDER TALE Mar 1, 2018 - Mar 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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MEET A BEEKEEPER Mar 4, 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.
12:30-2:30PM
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BEE A BEEKEEPER! INTRODUCTION TO SUCCESSFUL BEEKEEPING Mar 6, 2018 - Mar 27, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
This six-week beekeeping course will teach you all you need to know on how to become a successful beekeeper! Mike Rusnak, a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association, will use his 12 years of experience to lead you through the beekeeping process. The workshop fee includes the book “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum. Sessions include these presentations: Week 1 Familiarization: Introduction, History, Why Keep Honeybees, Resources, Cost Week 2 The Honeybee (Apis mellifera): Anatomy, Life Cycle, Castes, Jobs, Characteristics Week 3 Equipment and Stock: Hive Components, Tools, Location, Suppliers, Races Week 4 Management: Inspections, Pests, Parasites, Diseases, Feeding, Treatments Week 5 Colony Dynamics: Honey Production, Year in the Apiary, Winter Clustering, Temperature Regulation Week 6 Review, Examination and Course Feedback The program will take place indoors in an accessible facility. Weather permitting, an optional off-site field day will be planned to correspond with installation of a package of honeybees in a Langstroth hive. Registration required by Friday, February 16: 708.946.2216.
Tu 6-8PM
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A SALAMANDER TALE 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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SPRING BREAK CAMP Apr 2, 2018 - Apr 6, 2018
Roesner Park
16053 Richmond Avenue, Markham, IL
708-596-3366
Ages 4-12 will have fun on spring break by participating in field trips, arts & crafts, games, sports, cook offs & so much more. Call 708-596-3366 for more information. $75 residents; $100 non-residents.
9AM-3PM
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DISCOVER TINLEY/TASTE OF TINLEY Apr 7, 2018
Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL
708-444-5678
The annual Discover Tinley Expo showcases the community's business and nonprofit organizations, as well as its government services. Visit Discover Tinley to learn more about what your Village has to offer. This free event features entertainment, food samples and giveaways at many of the booths.
10AM-3PM
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A SALAMANDER TALE 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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