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With over 800 Festivals & Events running year round, concerts that include the top touring musical acts, countless farmers markets and car shows in the Chicago Southland, the hard part isn’t deciding IF you should come but rather which event you ARE going to attend.

Whether it is Musher Mania at the Monee Reservoir in January, Irish Fest at Chicago’s Gaelic Park in May, any of our year round farmers markets or Lansing Autumn Fest in October, you won’t have to travel far to find family friendly activities for any age.

Please click here to view our blog and to find out the latest information about what is happening this weekend in the Chicago Southland.



 
Agricultural / Food / Harvest
Cultural Events
 
Displays / Arts & Crafts
 
Expo / Consumer Show
Fairs / Carnivals
 
Holiday Celebrations
 
Outdoor Activities
Parades
 
Sports Events
 
Workshops / Seminars



Below are the next 30 upcoming events in the Chicago Southland. Use the form above to search for specific events.

Wheelchair Accessible
d Displays/Arts/Crafts
ag Agricultural/Food/Harvest
c Cultural Event
w Workshop/Seminar
$ Admission Fee
h Holiday Celebration
o Outdoor Activity
s Sports Event/Recreational
f Fair, Carnival
e Expo/Consumer Show
p Parade


KIWANIS BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-341-3161
Bingo, $4400 guaranteed payout. Doors open at 4:30pm. Early special at 6:15pm. Bulls eye, Fireplug, Raffle, Food, Free Coffee and Progressive Raffle.
W 6:30PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017
4350 West 129th Street
Alsip, IL
708-344-7300
Chicagoland's finest-most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices - every weekend.
W 7AM-2PM; Sa & Su 7AM-4PM
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AFTERNOONS WITH MOTHER NATURE Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Children ages 3-4 years old and their favorite adult are invited to spend a weekday afternoon exploring and learning through nature play. Monthly fee includes one child and one adult (adult must accompany child): $50/Nov.
W 12:30-2:30PM
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TINLEY PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & CHAPEL TOUR Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017
Tinley Park Historical Society Museum & Chapel
6727 174th Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-429-4210
Tours of the museum, one room schoolhouse and the landmark chapel built in 1884 with beautiful stain glass windows. The chapel is available for weddings and special events by reservation. Various community events are held throughout the year. Check Facebook: Tinley Park Historical Society
W10AM-2PM; 1st Su 1-3PM; 2nd Th 6-8PM
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BOOMER TOYS AND DOLLS Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017
1950s Park Forest House Museum, St. Mary's Catholic Church
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Toys and dolls, several on loan, played with from the late 1940s into the mid-1960s will be on display, along with books about them.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM
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MVCC ART FACULTY | NEW WORK Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Moraine Valley Community College’s art faculty present their recent work to their students, colleagues, and community in this annual group exhibition. The gallery exhibition will continue into the atrium. Reception: Nov. 2, 2:30-4PM, Artist Talk: 3PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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VILLAGE OF ROBBINS - OPEN AIR MARKET Nov 2, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
13900 Claire Boulevard
Robbins, IL
708-385-8940
Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor/or shop till you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Tu,Th & Sa 6AM-3PM
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ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION Nov 4, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Invasive shrubs threaten our native plant populations. Help protect the woodlands by helping us remove these invaders. Families welcome. Registration required.
Sa 9AM-12PM
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INTRICACIES Nov 6, 2017 - Dec 7, 2017
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-7738
Exhibition of works by Emily Hermant, Richard Shipps, Ana Louise Pardee Lindquist and Carrie Ann Bronkowski. Works in varied media by these artists exude intricacy through their layered and complicated forms, images and techniques.
M-Th 9AM-3PM & W-Th 5-7PM; Artists' Reception Nov. 16 12-2:30PM
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WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK Nov 18, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
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 (subject to change) M-Th 4-8PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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LETTERS FROM SANTA Nov 20, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Central Park Building
15601 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-7270
Your child may bring a letter to Santa's mailbox so that boys and girls can reach him fast and easy! Parents: Complete a registration form with child's full name, age and address. Your child will receive a letter from Santa with a special holiday surprise. $3 per letter.
M-F 9AM-5PM
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THANKSGIVING BRUNCH BUFFET Nov 23, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Alsip
5000 West 127th Street, Alsip, IL
708-272-4223
Give Thanks & Gather for Thanksgiving Brunch at DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip. $33.95 Adults | $29.95 Seniors | $19.95 Children (5-12 Years) Children under 4 are free
12-3PM
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TURKEY TROT Nov 23, 2017
Franklin Loebe Center
14650 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Feel the burn before you sit down for the Thanksgiving feast! This 2.5 mile chip timed cross country race is run through the streets, paths, and woods of Orland Park. Awards to the top overall male & female finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each age group and gender. Pre-registration is required and limited to 800, so register early. All participants receive a long sleeved T-shirt and are eligible for post-race raffle prizes.
6:30AM CHECK-IN, 8AM START TIME
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THANKSGIVING DINNER Nov 23, 2017
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
Thanksgiving Classic Carvery – Reservations required - Adults $26.00, Children aged 4 to 12 - $12.00
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14TH ANNUAL BUTTERBALL BURNER FUN RUN Nov 24, 2017
H-F Racquet & Fitness Club
2920 West 183rd Street, Homewood, IL
708-957-0300
Put down those leftovers, grab your running shoes and head over to the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club for the 14th Annual Butterball Burner! Join us as we celebrate 14 years of burning the post Thanksgiving Day bloat with this fun run. All ages and abilities welcome. 8AM race day registration and check-in. $12 Residents / $15 Non-Residents
9AM
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JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION Nov 24, 2017
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone, IL
708-997-0245
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SPORTS CARDS AND MORE SHOW Nov 25, 2017
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-334-4237
9AM-2PM
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SANTA ON THE GREEN Nov 25, 2017
Village Green
9446 Raymond Avenue, 94th & Cook Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
708-499-7837
Santa Claus is making his way to the Village of Oak Lawn for the annual Santa on the Green celebration. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty will make their grand appearances. Bring a camera because the crew will be available for photos. A special elf stilt-walker will also join the cast of characters, and a trolley will carry families from the Village Green to the Oak Lawn Train Station. Carolers featuring the Sward and Kolmar School choirs will sing in the tent on the Village Green. A Shop Oak Lawn Kick Off Party will occupy the Metra Station, hosted by the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Santa on the Green.
12-3PM
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CHRISTMAS IN THE SQUARE Nov 25, 2017
Central Square
222 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL
815-838-1183
Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the holidays at the Annual Christmas in the Square event. Come visit Santa and his workshop. Santa will have a special gift for each child. Children's crafts, special treats and entertainment will be available too! Be sure to stop by the Gladys Fox Museum to see the Festival of Trees. Take part in the Chamber of Commerce's Passport to Christmas in the Square. The tree lighting ceremony will be at 4:30PM on the front lawn of Central Square.
1-4:30PM
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FESTIVAL OF TREES Nov 25, 2017
Central Square
222 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL
815-838-1183
The Lockport Township Park District is seeking organizations to participate in our Annual Festival of Trees contest. Only 15 organizations' applications will be accepted to participate in this event. The organizations that are selected to participate will be assigned a 6 ft. pre-lit artificial Christmas tree to decorate in the theme of their choice. All the decorated Christmas trees will be on display at the Gladys Fox Museum for the community to judge during the Christmas in the Square Event on Nov. 25 from 1pm-4:30pm. The winning organization will receive a monetary donation. The decorated Christmas trees will be given to local families. Applications available online at www.lockportpark.org. Trees are limited so be sure to apply early.
1-4:30PM
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HOLIDAY FESTIVAL & MAYOR'S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov 26, 2017
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
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.
2-5PM
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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov 26, 2017
Chicago Ridge Village Hall & Lions Club
10455 Sout Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge, IL
708-828-1305
The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is a free community event that will include an Iceless Ice Skating Rink, Food and Snacks, and Live Music all to welcome in the holiday season!
5-9PM
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WINTER BIRD FEEDING Nov 26, 2017
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Feeding the birds is a great way to attract winter residents to your yard. Learn how to provide refuge for birds while watching our bird feeding station. For adults & interested teens. Registration required
10AM
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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD Nov 27, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Lansing Historical Museum
Lower Level of Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing, IL
708-474-7497
A display of more than 30 Christmas trees with exhibits, costumes, Nativity scenes, Santa dolls, recipes and explanations of holiday customs around the world.
M-Tu 6-8PM; W-Th 3-5PM; Sa 11AM-1PM Closed Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day. Tours arranged at other times by calling.
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TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov 29, 2017
Chicago Heights City Hall
1601 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, IL
708-755-3122
Join the City of Chicago Heights as we pull the switch, light up the holiday tree and gather with friends and family at our traditional event.
6-7PM
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ASTRONO-MONEE Nov 29, 2017
Monee Reservoir
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee, IL
708-534-8499
The night sky is filled with interesting objects to view throughout the fall and, with the earlier sunsets and cold, clear skies, it’s a great time to view them. This program will start indoors at the visitor center. Participants will learn how to use a star chart to find fascinating objects visible with the naked eye, binoculars or small telescopes. If skies are clear, telescopes and binoculars will be available for use. Access to the viewing area may require a short walk over uneven ground. Come dressed for the weather as part of the program will be outside if the viewing is good. Registration required two days before each program date: 708.946.2216.
7:30-9PM
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TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov 30, 2017
Breidert Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177
6:30PM
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CHRISTMAS TREE SHIP Nov 30, 2017
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-448-1473
Rochelle Penington, author of The Christmas Tree Ship, will share stories about the ship which delivered holiday evergreens from Michigan to Chicago each Christmas season.
6:30-7:45PM
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BI-ANNUAL SSC STUDENT ART EXHIBITION Nov 30, 2017
South Suburban College
15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-2000 x2316
For more information or to confirm dates/time, call 708-596-2000 x2316. Reception TBD.
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MASTERS OF SOUL Dec 1, 2017
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-747-0580
An encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist! MASTERS OF SOUL is a celebration of the Motown era featuring hits from the Temptations - Gladys Knight & the Pips - Marvin Gaye - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Four Tops - Diana Ross & Supremes and many more!
7:30M
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