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The Weekender: January 15th - 17th in Chicago Southland

This weekend you should explore winter nature, shop for deals, run with Frosty and maybe even learn something while visiting family and friends in
Chicago Southland.


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Explore Nature


Saturday, January 16th
SNOWSHOE TREKKINGsnowshoeing-camping
Camp Sullivan
14630 Oak Park Avenue, Oak Forest
(708) 386-4042 x26
There's no better way to experience the preserves in the winter than by snowshoe. Come out and try Camp Sullivan's snowshoes (conditions permitting) for free. This is open to the public and no registration is required. Check facebook.com/campincook for snow conditions & updates. Snow conditions at each campground will be updated by 9AM.
10AM-4PM

Saturday, January 16th
PHOTO MEET-UP
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606photo-meet-up-winter
The Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts a series of photo meet-ups for photographers of all skill levels. Each month, one of our naturalists will lead a brief tour of a natural area, highlighting interesting plants, scenic vistas and locations frequented by wildlife. Capture images and share tips with fellow photographers. All cameras are suitable, from SLR to point-and-shoot to smart phone.
10AM

Saturday, January 16th
TRACKS & SCAT
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Investigate how animal tracks and scat can be used to learn about animal behavior during cold months. Be prepared to hike outside.
1:30PM

Family Fun


Saturday, January 16thbiggest snowman
SATURDAY AFTERNOON WINTER STORY TIME
Paperback Trading Co.
8825 South Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 598-8442
Saturday Afternoon Winter Story Time featuring THE BIGGEST SNOWMAN EVER with a Winter Craft and Activity. 3-6 year olds. FREE
2-3PM

Saturday, January 16th
SUNDAY AFTERNOON BINGO FOR KIDS AGE 5-12 YEARS OLD
Paperback Trading Co.
8825 South Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 598-8442
Sunday Afternoon Bingo for the 5-12 Year Old Children with Gifts for All. FREE
4-5PM

Learn Something New


Saturday, January 16th - Sunday, January 17th
BEGINNER CROSS-COUNTRY SKI LESSONS
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont
(630) 257-2045
Learn to ski with a professional instructor. Lessons cover the basic skills of flatland skiing and getting up and down easy hills. Ages 12 & up. First come, first serve. Limit 12. Reservations not accepted. Please arrive by 9AM for registration and equipment fitting. $20/person
9:30AM

Saturday, January 16th
ALTERED COUTURE: HATS FROM SWEATERS WITH DORITA FULLERhats
Union Street Gallery
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights
(708) 754-2601
You know you love Dorita Fuller's hats! Come see how she makes them. ALSO coffee and sweets are back on Saturday mornings. This workshop is a tutorial demo. Those attending may be observers or may bring the following materials to play along: sweaters they are considering as resources, pins, tape measure, hand sewing needles, thread and possible embellishments. Total Cost: Free (a donation to the gallery is greatly appreciated)
11AM-12PM

Ongoing
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: SELF MADE IN AMERICA
Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
700 East Tri-State Tollway, South Holland
(708) 596-8300
Last year the exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln: Self Made in America" came to the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis. The traveling exhibit was created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The exhibit features eight kiosks and covers Lincoln's childhood, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 27th Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination and other important periods and events in his life. This is a temporary exhibit, so don't miss the opportunity to learn about a famous part of America's history!
Open 7 days a week


Shopping for Deals


Friday, January 16th
PEOTONE FFA TOY SHOW
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 258-8359
Please bring your family and friends to a fun filled day and support the Peotone FFA Chapter.
9AM-2PM

Saturday, January 16th - Sunday, January 17th
SWAP-O-RAMA FLEA MARKET
The Great Hall at the Tri-State Swap-O-Rama
4350 West 1216th Street, Alsip
(708) 344-7300
Chicagoland's most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices.
7AM-4PM

Sunday, January 17th
INDOOR FLEA MARKET
The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center
10847 West LaPorte Road, Mokena
(708) 390-2401
Don’t let the unpredictable winter weather stop you from bargain shopping! Free parking is available in The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center parking lot. Additional parking is available at Main Park during the event or at United Methodist Church AFTER 11:00am.
9AM-2PM

Sports


Saturday, January 16th
FROSTY 5K RUN & 1 MILE WALK
Newcastle Park
8050 South Newcastle, Burbank
(708) 599-2070
All participants will receive a Frosty 5K long-sleeved t-shirt. Awards are presented to the overall winners along with the 1st and 2nd place winners in each category. The race route is TAC certified.
9AM

Sunday, January 17th
WINTER BASH OPEN SKATE12541092_10153944334464558_9099956178796921551_n
Ice Arena
9320 South Kenton Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 857-5173
Regular Open Skate fees apply. Music provided by a DJ.
1-2:30PM

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