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The Weekender: January 29th – 31st in Chicago Southland

Whether you’re looking to warm up with unique chili or see a musical performance, there is something to do for all interests
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Arts & Culture


Friday, January 29th
NO LIMIT LAUGHS WITH THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV
Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park
(708) 403-7275
Time to ‘get your funny on’! Join the ‘No Limit Laughs’ Orland Park Comedy Improv players for an unforgettable night of improvised comedy. Each show is guaranteed to be a unique experience, as the audience’s suggestions fuel ‘off the cuff’ fun!
8-10PM

Saturday, January 30th
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Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 235-2222
Set in the jazz age when nightspots like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society, this tribute to the Harlem Renaissance is a rowdy, raunchy and humorous evening of fun that reflects an era of social change and Fats Waller's view of life as a journey of pleasure and joy. Winner of the 2014 Joseph Jefferson Award for "Best Production - Revue," "Best Direction - Revue" for Brenda Didier, "Artistic Speculation" for conductor/pianist Austin Cook and one of Porchlight's biggest hits ever returns with the original cast!
8PM

Eat! Eat! Eat!


Friday, January 29th
PORKCHOP GRAND OPENING
Porkchop
90 Nugent Street, Glenwood
(708) 757-9333
The event is free and open to the public and includes an evening of LIVE music, complimentary appetizers, samplings from the menu and $5 beers and shots! Porkchop, which owner Jovanis Bouargoub describes as “a mashup of the French lust for living in the moment and the quirkiness of rural counterculture (aka joi de vivre),” serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on weekends. Menu items include a variety of barbecue dishes with a twist such as fried ribs, rib tips, brisket burgers and pulled pork. As well as Southern comfort foods such as fried chicken, chicken and waffles, gumbo, Shrimp Po'Boys and fried cornmeal crusted catfish. The restaurants also feature an integrative bar program featuring over 100 of the world’s top whiskeys. Click here to read the review from Chicago Foodie Sisters.
7PM

Saturday, January 30th
CHILLY WILLIE CHILI CHALLENGEChiliwillie1
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park
(708) 403-7275
The spicy aroma of simmering chili will fill the air when nearly 30 chili cooks from throughout the United States converge in Orland Park to compete in the Village of Orland Park’s ‘Chilly Willie Chili Challenge’. For $5.00 (payable upon entry) you can sample red chili, green chili and salsa beginning at 2:00PM until the chili is gone. Come early, limited quantities available.
2PM

Saturday, January 30th
36TH ANNUAL "LA FESTIVAL IN THE SNOW" SPAGHETTI DINNER
John H. Blakey Senior Center
1 South Rebecca Street, Glenwood
(708) 508-2100
Presented by the Glenwood Lions Club and Junior Women’s Club Glenwood, Illinois Lions Club and Junior Women’s Club. Prices are $8 for Adults, $5 for Children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 years old and under. Tickets will be available at the door or purchased in advance by contacting Ronald Gardiner at (708) 508-2100.
3-7PM

Sunday, January 31st
CHILI COOK-OFF
Village Green
Oak & Kansas Streets, Frankfort
(815) 469-3356
It's the Battle of the Bowl! There's certain to be a fiery competition while you enjoy the sizzling free samples.
1-3PM

Explore Nature


 

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

Farmers Market


Saturday, January 30thHomewood Indoor FM Kitchen Gardens
HOMEWOOD'S WINTER FARMERS MARKET
Irwin Community Center & Irwin Park
18120 Highland Avenue, Homewood
(708) 206-3393
Stop by for fresh baked goods, sauces, olive oils, salsas and more! The Village of Homewood is extending their Farmers Market into the winter and spring on the last Saturday of each month.
9AM-12PM

Learn Something New


Saturday, January 30th - Sunday, January 31st
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

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


Saturday, January 30th - Sunday, January 31st
SWAP-O-RAMA FLEA MARKET
The Great Hall at the Tri-State Swap-O-Rama
4350 West 129th 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

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