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The Weekender: October 2nd-4th in Chicago Southland

There is something to do for all interests this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re looking for unconventional bicycles, Fall Festivals or outdoor events, you will find it just beyond the city limits.


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Expos and Shows


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CHICAGOLAND UNCONVENTIONAL BICYCLE EXPO (CUBE)
Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park
(847) 204-1133
The only place where you can test ride: unicycles, recumbents, trikes, cargo bikes, tandems and electric bikes all in the same place. Then walk the show and see a full line of the newest accessories, clothing, shoes, etc. Not to mention the touring companies and bike clubs. You won't want to miss this show since it's the only one of it's kind in America. Take pictures of your experience and tag them on social media with #CUBE15.
F 12-5PM; Sa 9AM-5PM; Su 10AM-4PM

Sunday, October 4th
BRIDAL SHOW
Sgt. Means Park
20712 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields
(708) 481-7313
Guests planning and preparing for their wedding day can visit with vendors and view the venue. There will be raffles throughout the event from various vendors.
1-3PM

Arts and Culture


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BOOKER T. JONES
Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre
410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
(708) 747-0580
Booker T. Jones set the cast for modern soul music with classic hits like "Green Onions",” “"Hang ‘Em High",” “"Time Is Tight"” and “"Melting Pot"”. He'’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. His newest album Sound the Alarm, finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again, laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves amid a succession of sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices!
7:30PM

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THE WONDER BREAD YEARS
Dorothy Menker Theater at Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years starring Pat Hazell (former “Seinfeld” writer) is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up and theater. This show not only restores a much needed sense of wonder, but leaves you laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids'’ table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, this show is a comic bulls-eye for Baby Boomers everywhere.
7:30PM

Sunday, October 4th
ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIRlrsh-art
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Little Red Schoolhouse is celebrating their 50th year! Art of all styles will be sold by artists inspired by nature. No registration required for this free event.
9AM-5PM

 


Explore Nature


Saturday, October 3rd
WEE WONDERS SERIES: ACORNS
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Kids ages 3–6 are invited to their very own nature program. Join the naturalists at Sand Ridge to explore a different seasonal subject each month. This month is all about acorns.
10AM

Saturday, October 3rd
COOK COUNTY CRITTERS
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Many animals call the nature center home. Meet one of these animals during a casual afternoon encounter. No registration is required for this free event.
1:30PM

Saturday, October 3rd
LIVE HEALTHY, DISCOVER NATURE! HIKE
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Join our monthly hiking club. A naturalist will lead a vigorous, two-mile hike on our trails.
1:30PM

Sunday, October 4th
PIONEER LIVING
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Have you ever wondered what life was like 200 years ago? Visit our cabins and find out what Illinois’ pioneers experienced.
1:30PM

Farmers Markets


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

Family Fun


Friday, October 2nd
FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHTS "MOVIES IN THE PARK: CASPER"
Roesner Park
16053 Richmond Avenue, Markham
(708) 596-3366
Bring your lawn chairs & blankets out to this Free Movies in the Park with the feature movie being Casper. Please note this event will only happen weather permitting.
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Saturday, October 3rd
MOTHER & SON SUPERHERO BALL
Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club
19433 Renwick Road, Crest Hill
(815) 838-1183
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... Our 1st Mother & Son Superhero Ball! Super-sons will escort their Supermoms (or Super-grandmas, Super-aunts, etc.) dressed as superheroes or they may choose to stay in disguise in their casual wear. The night will include dinner, DJ, face painter and Superhero Training performances. All super-kids will get a chance to meet and take pictures with their favorite superheroes!
6-8:30PM

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THE GREAT PUMPKIN PARTY
Centennial Park Warming House
15600 West Avenue and Fun Drive, Orland Park
(708) 403-7275
Gather the family and head out to Centennial Park for a day of pumpkin picking (nominal fee), scarecrow building, a pet costume parade and a pie eating contest. There's also prizes, crafts and pony rides!
1-5PM

Festivals


Saturday, October 3rd
PUMPKIN FEST
Kasey Meadow Park
8047 West 91st Place, Hickory Hills
(708) 598-1233
At the 2015 Pumpkin Fest, young ghosts and goblins can choose among the following attractions of rides, games, music, face painting, balloon animals, Pony Rides, candy and much more. Don't forget to bring your camera! Please note that most of the rides and attractions are geared towards children 3 years and older.
12-4PM

Saturday, October 3rd
FALL BEER FESTIVAL
Balmoral Park Race Track
26435 South Dixie Highway, Crete
(708) 672-1414
Come enjoy dozens of Fall-inspired craft brews at the last beer festival of the year! $20 package include 3 beers, 5 beer samples, 1 food platter and 1 live race program. View Live Harness racing, simulcast harness and thoroughbred racing from this newly remodeled rustic themed venue.
7:10PM

Learn Something New


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 2nd
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 3rd - Sunday, October 4th
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 - every weekend.
7AM-4PM

Saturday, October 3rdcraft show
CRAFT FAIR
H-F Sports Complex
18211 South Aberdeen Avenue, Homewood
(708) 957-0300
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at this 2015 Craft Fair! Vendors will have hand-crafted specialty items available for purchase. A concessions sale is also part of the day’'s events.
9AM-2PM

Sports


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CHICAGO FIRE VS. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Toyota Park
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview
(708) 594-7200
Cheer on the Men in the Red while you wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Toyota Park. The Chicago Fire will also induct Fire Original Ante Razov into the Club's Hall of Fame, also known as the Ring of Fire. More information about honoring former Fire forward and Fire Original Ante Razov can be found by clicking here.
7:30PM

Saturday, October 3rd
OLD PLANK ROAD TRAIL 5K RUN/WALK
Village Green
Oak & Kansas Streets, Frankfort
(815) 469-2177 x243
The race starts and finishes at Breidert's Green, with pre-race registration at 8:30am. T-shirts to all who pre-register and awards in several categories.
8:30-11:30AM

Sunday, October 4thwalk of hope
CANCER SUPPORT CENTER WALK OF HOPE
Irwin Park
18120 Highland Avenue, Homewood
(708) 798-9171
Celebrate survivorship - join 1,000+ and help raise funds for people affected by cancer in the Southland. 1, 3 or 5 mile route.
9AM-1PM

Sunday, October 4th
SANDRIDGE FITNESS CENTER OPEN HOUSE
Sandridge Fitness Center
600 Oglesby Avenue, Calumet City
(708) 862-0880
Free Entry with raffles, giveaways and aerobic class demos!
10AM-2PM

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