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The Weekender: October 23rd - 25th in Chicago Southland

There is something to do for all interests this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re looking for spooky fun, Fall outdoor events or places to eat, drink and be scary, you will find it just beyond the city limits.


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Pre-Halloween Fun


Friday, October 23rd- Saturday, October 24th
PEOTONE FALL FEST & TRUNK OR TREAT FOR KIDS
Downtown Peotone
Main & Second Street, Peotone
(708) 917-0265
Over 80 vendors will be set up from 11AM-4PM with Trunk or Treat for the kids, who will also enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides from 2-4PM. There are many other great deals at local businesses and restaurants also! This event will happen rain or shine.
11AM-4PM

Friday, October 23rd
COSTUME, CANDY & CAMPFIRE
Sgt. Means Park
20712 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields
(708) 481-7313
The Park District's annual Halloween extravaganza, located in Sgt. Means Park, has incorporated a number of new activities into one action-packed evening. Sure to give your kids chills and thrills, "Costume, Candy and Campfire" is a several-hour-long event that features activities for both day and night. Children can jump sky-high on a moon bounce, take a harvest-themed hay ride, play in a corn maze and trick-or-treat from local businesses during the day. As the sun sets, the party will move indoors to the Sgt. Means Barn for a costume contest, a dance-off, a mummy wrap and other Halloween-themed games and dancing.
5:30-7:30PM

Saturday, October 24th-Sunday, October 25thboo at zoo
BOO! AT THE ZOO
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield
708-688-8000
Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin' good time! This not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy.
11AM-4PM

Saturday, October 24th
15TH ANNUAL FALL FAMILY FUN FEST
Matteson Community Center
20642 Matteson Avenue, Matteson
(708) 441-4500
Enjoy spending time with friends and family on a Fall afternoon. Carnival Games, pony/hay rides, face painting, balloon twisting, costume contest and a Spooktacular performance.
1-4PM

Sunday, October 25th
DOWNTOWN TINLEY BOO BASH
Oak Park Avenue Train Station
174th & Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 444-5678
Dress up and head out to the Downtown Tinley Boo Bash. Wear your costume, trick-or-treat, play games, win prizes, enjoy food and refreshments.
12-3PM

Sunday, October 25th
TRICK OR TREAT ON ICE
Ice Arena
9320 South Kenton Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 857-5173
Enjoy music provided by an entertaining DJ, show off your costume, and everyone gets a prize!
1-2:30PM

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON HALLOWEEN STORY TIME
Paperback Trading Co.
8825 South Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 598-8442
Sunday Afternoon Halloween Story Time featuring "THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING." Children age 3-6 years will love this with a pumpkin hunt and decorating.
4-5PM

Arts and Culture


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PHILADANCO! AT 45
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 235-2222
Philadanco will honor Joan Myers Brown's phenomenal contribution to contemporary African-American dance by performing the company's signature work "Enemy Behind the Gates," by the exquisite dance maker and former Ailey dancer Christopher Huggins.
8PM

Eat, Drink and be Scary


Friday, October 23rd - Saturday, October 24th
FOOD TRUCKS, BEER & MUSIChailstorm
Hailstorm Brewing Co.
8060 186th Street, Tinley Park
(708) 247-3757
On Friday, Hailstorm is tapping Chai-A-Sutra, their new Russian Imperial Stout with Chai spices and Chicago Pizza Boss food truck will serve Italian street food and pizza Napolitana while Sole City Juke Band will play American Blues/Zydeco/Cajun music. On Saturday, Pierogi Street Food Truck will serve delicious Polish delights while Stereo Violet and then Ben Marshall Band play live original music.
5-9:30PM

Friday, October 23rd
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

Sunday, October 25th
FRANKFORT SPIRITS' 1ST ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Frankfort Spirits (Inside CD&ME)
23320 South La Grange Road, Frankfort
Raise your glass as you celebrate Frankfort Spirits' 1st year by tasting the scary smooth Verdict Vodka and neat Emil Stimple Bourbon. Experience the world premier of Emil Stimple Double Barrel Bourbon while you rock out to three live musical acts including Pete Stillwell, Tom Furlan and Paul "Tall Paul" Fabie. There will be a pig roast as well. Included in general admission is a two signature cocktail.
1-6PM

Explore Nature


Friday, October 23rd
STARGAZING
Trantina Farm
15744 West 151st Street, Homer Glen
(708) 301-0632
Large telescopes fixed on constellations and celestial views will be available thanks to amateur astronomers from the Kankakee Area StarGazers, the Naperville Astronomical Association and the South West Astronomy Observers Group.
8-10PM

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LEAVE NO CHILD INSIDE: FAMILY FUN DAY!
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Spend some time outside with the kids and have fun with our naturalists. Enjoy activities and games, an obstacle course, nature scavenger hunt and more.
11AM-2PM

Saturday, October 24th
UIE PROGRAM: WORM COMPOSTING
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Learn how to compost over the winter using red wiggler worms. We will demonstrate how to make an indoor worm bin. The completed worm bin will be raffled off. Limit 25 attendees and you can register here.
1:30PM

Saturday, October 24th
NIGHT SKY
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Peek at the universe through telescopes, guided by the Chicago Astronomical Society. No registration required.
7-10PM

Farmers Markets


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

Learn Something New


Friday, October 23rd
FRIDAY NIGHT WORKSHOP: ARCHERY
Swallow Cliff Stairs
10267 Calumet Sag Road, Palos Hills
(800) 870-3666
Kick your weekend off with a night of archery. For all levels of experience. Learn from a certified instructor, share tips and enjoy the outdoors. Pack a picnic dinner and stay awhile.
4-6:30PM

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, October 23rd
JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTIONS
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 997-0245
Auctions will include antiques, collectibles, furniture and more!
6PM

Saturday, October 24th
THE SERENDIPITY SALE
Peotone Atrium (Will County Fairgrounds-North Building)
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 417-1789
Shop for arts, crafts, custom clothing, jewelry, wood crafts and food. Donate a pair of shoes for a chance to win a gift card! Buy raffle tickets to support Illinois Lutheran School in Crete and maybe you'll win an American Girl Doll, Legos and more.
9AM-4PM

Sports


Sunday, October 25thfire
CHICAGO FIRE VS. NEW YORK RED BULLS
Toyota Park
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview
(888) MLS-FIRE
Major League Soccer recently announce the time change for this game from the 4PM CST slot to 6PM CST, to allow the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas to kick off simultaneously. Fans planning to attend Sunday’s match who have a question should call 888-MLS-FIRE.
6PM

Sunday, October 25th
SPORTS COLLECTIBLE SHOW
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park
(708) 423-1758
Sports Collectible Show featuring sports cards, NASCAR, toys, comic books, collectible cards and more.
9AM-2PM

If you’re planning further ahead, please check our calendar of events.




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