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The Weekender: March 4th – 6th in Chicago Southland

Whether you’re cheering on the Irish green in the parades or the Men in Red at the Chicago Fire Season Opener, there is something to do for all interests this weekend Just Beyond the City Limits.



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Irish Celebrations!


Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6thIreland on parade
49TH EDITION OF IRELAND ON PARADE
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest
(708) 687-9323
Gaelic Park is proud to host this multi-generational tradition which is part of the ten-day celebration in honor of Ireland's patron Saint, Patrick.
5:30PM

Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th
THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
John and Angeline Oremus Theater at Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
A stranger with a secret walks into a pub on the wild western coast of Ireland. As his story unfolds, the people of the nearby village are drawn into his tale in this hilarious masterpiece, written by Ireland’s first great modern playwright. Since its first performance in 1907 (which caused riots in the streets of Dublin), the play has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, firmly establishing it as one of the great comedies of modern theater.
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 3PM

Friday, March 4th
HORSEBOX WHISKEY: COLLABORATION PARTY WITH 350 BREWING CO. AND FRANKFORT SPIRITShorsebox whiskey
Frankfort Spirits (Inside CD & ME)
23320 South LaGrange Road, Frankfort
(815) 469-7315
Celebrate the collaboration of 350 Brewery and Frankfort Spirits as they combined resources to make an Irish whiskey with a south side twist called Horse Box (Irish slang for friend). There will be live entertainment, a choice of two different 350 Brewery Beers, featuring Hold Your Horses and a special release, whiskey tasting, Celtic inspired food and a gift that will raise your spirits.
6:30PM

Saturday, March 5th
OAK FOREST FLEADHFleadh
Cicero Avenue Corridor
151st to 159th on Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest
(708) 687-4600
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Oak Forest Fleadh (pronounced Flah)! This festive event includes a 5K, open bike ride, parade and pub and restaurant open house.
5K 8:30AM; Open Bike ride 10AM; Parade 11AM; Pub & Restaurant open house 5PM-3AM

Sunday, March 6th
DOWNTOWN TINLEY IRISH PARADEtp irish parade
Downtown Tinley Park
Along Oak Park Avenue, 181st to 171st Street, Tinley Park
(708) 444-5678
Enjoy this family-friendly parade along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley Park.
2PM

Sports


Sunday, March 6th
CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER SEASON OPENER VS NEW YORK CITY FCchicago Fire
TOYOTA PARK
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview
888-MLS-FIRE
The Chicago Fire opens the 2016 MLS Regular Season against New York City FC at Toyota Park. Go cheer on these Men in Red! The first 10,000 fans receive a schedule magnet.
1PM

Saturday, March 5th
SPORTS COLLECTIBLE SHOW
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park
(708) 423-1758
The sports collectible show offers you the opportunity to trade, sell and buy sports cards, collectibles, NASCAR items and more.
9AM-1PM

Arts & Culture



Saturday, March 5th
SWEET HOME CHICAGO BLUES
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University ParkSweet_Home_Chicago_Blues_767x340
(708) 235-2222
Chicago blues is like no other. It has a distinctive soul that resonates with a city known for great music. Join three-time Grammy nominee BILLY BRANCH, formerly of the Willie Dixon All Stars, and the Big Blues Band (Billy Branch-harmonica; Sumito Ariyoshi-keyboards; Andrew Blaze Thomas-drums; Dan Coscarelly-lead guitar; Marvin Little-bass; horns and singers) in an unforgettable celebration of sound. Billy Branch is the winner of multiple W.C. Handy Awards from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, an Emmy, an Addy Award and two Chicago Music awards. Rarely ever seen in the south suburbs, this lineup will be the hottest blues ticket in town!
8PM

Saturday, March 5th
MORAINE CHORALE & CHAMBER SINGERS - MUSIC, SING, MUSIC!
Dorothy Menker Theater at Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
The Moraine Chorale celebrates its 17th season performing five themed concerts, including Broadway music, patriotic and holiday selections with a small chamber orchestra. The Chorale is a community-based choir with more than 60 members. The Chamber Singers is an ensemble featuring Moraine Valley students.
7:30PM

Saturday, March 5th
ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - SPRING POPS: GERSHWIN CELEBRATION
Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center
19900 South Harlem Avenue, Frankfort
(708) 481-7774
Catfish Row springs to life when our esteemed Conductor Laureate Maestro Carmon DeLeone brings to the stage an all-Gershwin pops program. From the opening notes of the rumba-inspired Cuban Overture, to the ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue and the treasured, touching ballads of Porgy and Bess, listeners will be enchanted by Gershwin’s musical genius and his ability to blend sophisticated structures with audience-appealing styles.
8PM

Eat! Eat! Eat!


Friday, March 4th
FRIDAY FISH FRY
Lansing Country Club
18600 Wentworth Avenue, Lansing
(708) 474-7550
This week's menu choices will consist of Fried Shrimp, Lake Perch, Catfish, and stuffed shrimp with crabmeat! Choice of potato and coleslaw will also be offered! Reservations are preferred and we look forward to seeing you all for our open to the public fish fry!
12PM

Family Fun


Saturday, March 5th
FAMILY FAIRE
Lincoln-Way Central High School
1801 East Lincoln Highway, New Lenox
(708) 390-2401
The T.E.A.M. Asset Building Committee which includes area Park Districts, Schools and Churches, invites you and your children (recommended for ages 10 and under) to the 23rd Annual Family Faire. The day is filled with fun, hands-on activities, games and entertainment. Children are asked to bring a NEW small toy (no stuffed animals, please) to be donated to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.
9AM-1PM

Learn Something New


Saturday, March 5th - Sunday, March 6th
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 4th 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, March 4th
JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTIONS
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 997-0245
Auctions will include antiques, collectibles, furniture and more!
6PM

Saturday, March 5th - Sunday, March 6th
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

Sunday, March 6th
10TH ANNUAL KANKAKEE RACERS SWAP MEET
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(815) 386-4867
This year'ss Kankakee Go-Kart and Race Car swap meets have been combined and will include Karts, Stock Cars, Motorcross and ATV's.
10AM-3PM

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