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Top 13 Things to Do this Weekend in Chicago Southland

You're certain to be thankful this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re interested in Opting Outside on Black Friday, shopping on Black Friday or starting Holiday celebrations, you will find it Just Beyond the City Limits.

 

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Sports


Friday, November 25thButterBallTurkey
13TH ANNUAL BUTTERBALL BURNER FUN RUN
H-F Racquet & Fitness Club
2920 West 183rd Street, Homewood
(708) 957-0300
Put down those leftovers, grab your running shoes and head over to the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club for the 13th Annual Butterball Burner! Join us as we celebrate twelve years of burning the post Thanksgiving Day bloat with this fun run. All ages and abilities welcome. 8 am race day registration and check-in. Fee: $12R/$15NR; Day-of–Race:$17R/$20 NR
8AM

Friday, November 25thopt outside
OPT OUTSIDE AT BIG MARSH
Calumet's Big Marsh
11599 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago
(708) 365-9365
#OptOutside on Black Friday by joining Friends of Big Marsh and partners for the inaugural race at the newly completed BIG MARSH BIKE PARK! Start the day by experiencing a walking tour of the park highlighting its history, ecology, features, bike access and discussion of future phase buildout. The tour is free and likely to include a walk around the race course. Then strap on your helmet (required for all riders) and race through the park on a variety of the expert-designed features! There are race categories for all skill levels (including kids and first-timers) with increased racing time and laps of an approximate 1.5 mile course based on skill level. Races are open to all ages and suitable for any type of off-road worthy bike (cyclocross, mountain, fat bike, bmx, dirt jumper, etc).
10AM-3PM

 

 

 

Arts & Culture


Friday, November 25th
CHARLES MATSON LUME | WHAT WAITS IS OFTEN DISGUISED (FOR WILLIAM STAFFORD)
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
Charles Matson Lume creates a site-specific installation using light and common materials to address issues around the ineffable, poetry and waiting. Matson Lume believes that the arts plays a vital role in the health of our civilization, and stands with the poet William Carlos Williams when he states: “It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there.”
9AM-4:30PM

 

 

Explore Nature


Friday, November 25th
REFRESHING FRIDAY
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center through the Forest Preserves of Cook County
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont
(630) 257-2045
Spend time outside! Remove invasive shrubs to help our native plants. Gloves and tools available for loan. Registration required.
9AM-12PM

Saturday, November 26theastern screech owl
THE EASTERN SCREECH OWL
Sand Ridge Nature Center through the Forest Preserves of Cook County
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Our only small owl with ear tufts and two color phases, this owl has several voicings that earned it an undeserved reputation in ancient times.
1:30PM

Sunday, November 27th
SAND RIDGE 101
Sand Ridge Nature Center through the Forest Preserves of Cook County
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
What can you see and do at Sand Ridge Nature Center? Join us on a guided tour that includes a live animal presentation and cabin tour.
1:30PM

 

 

Family Fun


Friday, November 25th - Sunday, November 27th
WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park
(708) 403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes. Warming house / skate rental hours are subject to change.
F 4-9PM; Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM

Sunday, November 27thorland park tree lighting
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL & MAYOR'S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park
708-403-6150
Kick-off the holiday season with the Mayor's annual holiday festival! Enjoy an afternoon of sleigh rides, face painting, live entertainment and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus! Tree lighting outside village hall begins at 5:45 p.m.
3-6PM

Sunday, November 27th
FAMILY FUN EVENT
Ice Arena
9320 South Kenton Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 857-5173
This annual event includes family open skate, music provided by DJ, performances by competitive skaters, assistance for new skaters in the Beginner Area and discounts on upcoming programs. Come early, as this has become a very popular family event! Skate Rental: FREE (while supplies last) Event Admission: $3
1-3:30PM

 

 

Learn Something New


Saturday, November 26th
STEP BACK INTO A 1950s CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest
(708) 481-4252
Decorated in vintage Christmas including Christmas Gurley Candles. Visit for a nostalgic look at Christmas-Past. Adults $5; 12 and under free.
1-3:30PM or by appointment

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


Saturday, November 26th - Sunday, November 27th
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

Friday, November 25th
JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 997-0245
Auctions will include antiques, collectibles, furniture and more!
6PM

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