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

There is something to do for all interests this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re looking for concerts, family fun or outdoor events, you will find it Just Beyond the City Limits.


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Sports



Friday, July 15th - Sunday, July 17th
WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS VS. NORMAL CORNBELTERS
Standard Bank Stadium2013_Windy City ThunderBolt Stadium - Field View II
14011 South Kenton Avenue, Crestwood
(708) 489-2255
New for 2016 is the “Late Night Friday” presented by JULIE, Inc. where the ThunderBolts will have live music entertainment after the game! July 15th will feature Gina Bach. The first 500 fans on Saturday who are 12 years old and under will receive a full-length wooden baseball bat courtesy of KR3 Bats and stay after the game for the fabulous fireworks show! Every Sunday is Standard Bank Family Day! Bring your family out to the ballpark at a great low price! 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas just for $30! Also after every Sunday game the ThunderBolts will sign autographs and all fans are allowed on to the field to play catch in the outfield. As always kids run the bases after every non-fireworks home game sponsored by Andy’s Frozen Custard.
F 7:05PM; Sa 6:05PM; Su 5:05PM

Friday, July 15th - Saturday, July 16th
2016 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. PRO & COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tinley Park Convention Centertimbersports2
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park
(757) 631-5751 or (708) 342-5485 (Convention Center)
STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series assembles the world's top lumberjack athletes to compete in the Original Extreme Sport. The Series is seen by millions of viewers annually in over 62 countries around the world on networks like ABC, Eurosport and the ESPN networks, where it is now recognized as the second longest running show behind only 'SportsCenter'. Athletes compete in a variety of disciplines based on traditional logging skills to determine the best all-around lumberjack. Disciplines include Hot Saw, Single Buck, Springboard Chop, Standing Block Chop, Stock Saw and Underhand Chop. While event is sold out, you can still view the live stream by clicking here.
5-9PM

Saturday, July 16th
12TH ANNUAL WIFFLE FEST TOURNAMENT
Apollo Park
18850 Morgan Street, Homewood
(708) 957-0300
Grab your friends and join us. Teams consist of 3-5 players. Format will be round robin leading to a single elimination playoffs. A Home Run Derby will also be held! Preregistered players will receive lunch and a Wiffle Fest t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to winning Teams. Rain date July 17th; Team Fee: $120
8AM

Arts & Culture


Saturday, July 16th - Sunday, July 17thorland art fair
OPACC FINE ART FAIR
Orland Park Crossing
14225 South 95th Avenue, Orland Park
(708) 349-2972
The 5th Annual Fine Art Fair offers more than 50 artists with art for purchase, musical entertainment, vendor booths, community art project, raffle, food, drinks and fun!
10AM-4PM

Saturday, July 16th - Sunday, July 17th
NEVER 2 MUCH-TRIBUTE TO LUTHER VAN DROSS (FEATURING GREGORY GIBBS)
SPAA Theater & Performing Arts Center
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest
(708) 748-9470
Enjoy this tribute to Luther Van Dross (Feature Gregory Gibbs).
Sa 2PM & 7PM; Su 4PM

Ongoing
acorns
ACORNS ON PARADE"
Oak Lawn Village Green
9446 Raymond Avenue
(708) 636-4400
The Oak Lawn Arts Commission would like to invite you to the Village Green to view their first public art project called “Acorns on Parade”, which began July 5th. The giant painted acorns will be displayed together for two weeks and then will be installed around Oak Lawn in accordance to the wishes of the sponsors who purchased them. These iconic acorns are intended to “sow the seeds of the arts in Oak Lawn,” and will be iconic symbols of Oak Lawn for years to come.
Open 7 days a week

Concerts


Friday, July 15th - Sunday, July 17thchicago open air
CHICAGO OPEN AIR MUSIC FESTIVAL
TOYOTA PARK
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview
(708) 594-7200
Bridgeview and TOYOTA PARK will host the three-day debut of the Chicago Open Air music festival, which will feature performances by more than 60 rock music artists, an outdoor "Gourmet Man Food" and craft beer village as well as other entertainment. Tag your pictures from the "Gourmet Man Food" Village with #GourmetManFood.
Doors open at 11AM

Friday, July 15th
CONCERTS ON THE GREEN IN ALSIP
Fountain Hills Golf Course
12601 South Kedzie Avenue, Alsip
(708) 389-1003
Offering a wide variety of entertainment including music by Six-2-Six, this is the perfect event for the entire family. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the evening. The bar and restaurant will be open for business so please, no outside food or beverages.
7:30-9:30PM

Saturday, July 16th
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS THEATER CONCERT SERIES
Country Club Hills TheaterCCHTheater--element1044
4116 West 183rd Street, Country Club Hills
(708) 798-2616
Featuring the musical talents of Will Downing and Peabo Bryson.
Gates open 5PM; Showtime 6:30PM

Sunday, July 17th
CONCERT IN THE PARK - DENNY DIAMOND
Crescent Park
9705 West 142nd Street, Orland Park
(708) 403-7275
Enjoy a summer evening listening to a Neil Diamond tribute in the park.
6-7:30PM

Eat, Drink & Be Happy!


Friday, July 15th - Saturday, July 16thFlossmoor 20th Anniversary
FLOSSMOOR STATION'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Flossmoor Station
1035 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor
(708) 957-2739
Friday will include a cigar and beer pairing. Then come back on Saturday to compete in the beer olympics or to enjoy the cookout.
7-10PM

Explore Nature


Saturday, July 16threconnect with nature
RECONNECT WITH NATURE WALKS
Hickory Creek Preserve - Hickory Creek Junction
Route 30, west of Wolf Road, Mokena
(815) 727-8700
Run or walk 1 mile, 2 miles or 3.1 miles on a Forest Preserve District of Will County path during this monthly nature walk series. Fun runs begin at 9AM; walks start at 10AM. Bring old shoes to recycle. Everyone gets a giveaway to take home. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages program.
9AM-12PM

Saturday, July 16th
MIDNIGHT MADNESS
Monee Reservoir through the Forest Preserve District of Will County
27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee
(708) 534-8499
No anglers, you’re not dreaming, we are keeping the gates open until midnight for a nighttime fishing opportunity. Fish are often more active at night when the waters are cooler. So let the kids stay up late and bring the family out to enjoy fishing under the stars. The parking lot is well lit and the shoreline is accessible; however, anglers are encouraged to bring a flashlight and bug repellant. The concessions building will be open. Shoreline fishing is accessible for participants. All ages. Free
7PM-12AM

Farmers Market


Click here for a complete list of the Farmers Markets throughout Chicago Southland.

Family Fun


Friday, July 15th
MOVIES IN THE PARK IN OAK FOREST
El Morro Park
155th & Arroyo Drive, Oak Forest
(708) 687-7270
Bring your blanket or chair, kick back, relax and enjoy the featured film
THE PEANUTS MOVIE! Movies begin at dusk (8:00-8:30pm). Popcorn available to purchase!
Dusk

Sunday, July 17thcaribbean-block-party
CARIBBEAN BLOCK PARTY
Downtown Tinley Park
Oak Park Avenue from 171st Street to Hickory Street, Tinley Park
(708) 444-5678
This popular event offers live music on two stages. Free activities for the whole family, including a Kidz Zone, a mini taste of Tinley Park and so much more!
12-7PM

Sunday, July 17th
CHRISTMAS IN JULY WITH THE WORTH FOP
Chieftain Irish Pub
6906 West 111th Street, Worth
(708) 448-1181
Join the Worth FOP for the annual Christmas in July event. This event helps need children throughout the holiday season. A fun family afternoon with entertainment for all ages.
2-7PM

Sunday, July 17th
SUPER HEROES WITH COMBAT LESSONS
Odyssey Fun World
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 429-3800
Learn to fight off evil villains or school bullies with combat training from five male and female super heroes!
5-7PM

Learn Something New


Saturday, July 16thpop up science
POP UP SCIENCE ANATOMY OF AN EMERGENCY
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood
(708) 206-3369
A free event (during Homewood's Farmers' Market) to explore how the human body responds to emergency with hands-on activities and a robotics demonstration by Tech Ninja Team (TNT). #PopUPSCIENCE
9AM-1PM

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 13th 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, July 15th
JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTIONS
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 997-0245
Auctions will include antiques, collectibles, furniture and more!
6PM

Sunday, July 17th
OUTDOOR FLEA MARKET
Main Park
10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena
(708) 390-2401
Sell your old and new wares at this annual Flea Market. We welcome fresh produce, new and used crafts, clothing, tools, etc. Spend a day selling and swapping. Groups/organizations welcome. Concessions will be available.
8AM-2PM

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