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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.

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

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


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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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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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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WEISHFEST 2017 Dec 1, 2017
115 Bourbon Street
3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL
708-489-2255
Line up includes: Third Eye, Sean and Charlie, American Grizzly, Trippin' Billies, Suburban Cowboys. The inspiration of our amazing beneficiaries is what drives our mission. To date The Andrew Weishar Foundation has aided 65 families burdened by cancer; granting out over $400,000 in financial assistance. We are in the process of adding all of the incredible stories behind the families that you support, stay tuned.
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CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017
Lotton Art Glass Gallery & Studios
24760 South Country Lane, Crete, IL
708-672-1400
Experience the thrill of watching magnificent works of art being created daily out of hot glass. Meet the famous Lotton Family in person. Tour the hot shop and gallery.
F 10AM-7PM; Sa 10AM-5PM
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BI-ANNUAL SSC STUDENT ART EXHIBITION Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 7, 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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MVCC ART FACULTY | NEW WORK Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 15, 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.
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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THE POLAR EXPRESS STORYTIME TRAIN Dec 2, 2017
Metra Station Parking Lot
203rd Street east of Kedzie Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL
708-481-7313
All aboard the Polar Express Story train hosted by the Olympia Fields Park District! We will take a Metra train from the Olympia Fields train station. During the ride to the “North Pole”, we will read the beloved story, The Polar Express. Also, Santa will visit with every good little girl and boy, and give a gift to them. When we arrive at the “North Pole”, guests will have approximately 3 hours to explore Chicago. Staff can provide information of local attractions guests may visit if requested. We ask that all participants meet us at 4:50 pm to board the train together. During the train ride home, we will pass out goody bags, sing carols, and play games. Don’t miss out on this great holiday event! All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). $15
12:45-6PM
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MORAINE CHORALE & CHAMBER SINGERS - MERRY CHRISTMAS MUSIC Dec 2, 2017
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Moraine Chorale performs 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
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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Dec 2, 2017
The Drama Group
Milord Studio Theatre, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-755-3444
FREE script-in-hand informal play reading. The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler. The play delves into consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, sex work, and several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences.
7:30PM
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CHRISTKINDL Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017
Downtown Frankfort
Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177 x243
Bring the family to historic downtown Frankfort for the 32nd Annual Christkindl Celebration. Activities include letter writing to Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa’s Secret Workshop, cookie decorating, hot cocoa stations and more! On Saturday enjoy Girl Scouts Caroling, Home Depot Craft Station, Holiday Cut-Out Photos and Lantern Parade. On Sunday visit with a live reindeer!
12-4PM
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BOOMER TOYS AND DOLLS Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 30, 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
Visit Website c d h
TINLEY PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & CHAPEL TOUR Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 27, 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
c d
INTRICACIES Dec 4, 2017 - Dec 7, 2017
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3636
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
Visit Website c d
LISA ROCK, CARPENTERS HOLIDAY SHOW Dec 5, 2017
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-747-0580
One of the great holiday TV specials was that of The Carpenters. Now, singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are keeping the tradition alive and bringing their unforgettable holiday songs to the stage. Based on the music from The Carpenters two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, it’s a concert that spreads joy and cheer to all!
11AM
Visit Website $ c h
STUDENT RECITAL Dec 5, 2017
South Suburban College
Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-2000 x2316
While all concerts are free admission, donations to the Music Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated.
2PM
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JAZZ COMBO & JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT Dec 6, 2017
South Suburban College
Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-2000 x2316
While all concerts are free admission, donations to the Music Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated.
7pm
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HOLIDAY CONCERT Dec 8, 2017
South Suburban College
Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-2000 x2316
SSC Voices, PAC Rats and Symphonic. While all concerts are free admission, donations to the Music Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated.
7PM
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THE FAMILY FRUITCAKE Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM
Visit Website $ c
THE NUTCRACKER Dec 9, 2017
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
A magical tale featuring Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, a brand new set & costumes – along with waltzing flowers, giant mice, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages! Photos with Santa at 3PM
1PM & 5PM
Visit Website $ c
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017
SPAA Theater & Performing Arts Center
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-748-9470
Christmas Show
Visit Website $ c
MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HO-HO-HOLY NIGHT Dec 10, 2017
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Did Baby Jesus get to ride in the sleigh? Was Santa with the Holy Family in the manger? Did the elves guide the Three Wise Men? Holy holidays! See our favorite nun answer these questions and more in this Christmas comedy.
3PM
Visit Website $ c
CHRISTMAS PAST Dec 10, 2017
Forest Preserves of Cook County, Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Visit our pioneer cabins as we celebrate this joyous time of year in a simpler way with homemade toys, chestnuts roasting and popcorn popping in the open fire. Everyone is invited to make a craft to take home.
11AM-3PM
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22ND ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR Dec 10, 2017
Pullman National Momument Visitor Center
11141 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL
773-785-8901
Celebrate the season touring interiors of historical homes in Pullman, America's first planned community. Ticket price also includes Hors d'oeuvres and desserts, entertainment and a silent auction. $45, limited tickets available.
4-7:30PM
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PADDY HOMAN & THE NOBLE CALL CHRISTMAS CONCERT Dec 15, 2017
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
A Christmas concert featuring songs, stories and traditional Irish dancers – Reservations required – tickets $25.00
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A CELTIC FAMILY CHRISTMAS Dec 15, 2017
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert you will never forget.
7:30PM
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SANTA AT THE SCIENCE CENTER Dec 16, 2017
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
Bring your camera and your kiddos to Homewood Science Center for Santa at the Science Center during Village of Homewood's Miracle on Martin celebration!
2:30-5:30PM
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