Events in and around Blue Island

Documentary On The Lawn

Bring your folding chairs or a blanket to this free community event. Blue Island Historical Society will be screening Geoffrey Baer's "South of Chicago," on the lawn of the Albee House.  Free popcorn, soft drinks, and water will be served. 


Blue Island Bonus: Keep your eyes peeled for the documentary's peek at Blue Island!

Lunch & Learn with Blue Cap
Please join us for a special Lunch & Learn with Blue Cap Executive Director Pat Thies and Director of Community Relations Jill Hart. Learn more about Blue Cap's latest programs and projects, and their innovative approach to maximizing donations with grant, state, and federal dollars.
When: Wednesday, August 28, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Cap, 1962 Broadway


Save MetroSouth Shirts
Some of our hardworking nurses, physicians and staff at MetroSouth have produced a "Save MetroSouth" t-shirt that they are selling for $5. If you are a business and would like 10-20 shirts to display and sell, please email and we will get you in touch with the group, and promote your business and a location to buy the shirt.  If you'd like to purchase a shirt, Flowers By Cathe has them, so be sure to stop in! 

MetroSouth Petition
There is an online petition in circulation called "Save MetroSouth." Learn more by clicking here and don't forget to share!

Reading & recreation
Blue Island Public Library

August 1
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
4:00 p.m. - Mat Cutting Workshop
August 2
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
August 5
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsense
August 6
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
August 7
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours

Where: 2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District
Wednesday Unwind
Wednesday Unwind is a program designed for girls ages 6 to 10 years of age. Enrollment includes 6 weeks of themed  Wednesday night activities and fun.
When: Wednesdays, June 26 - August 7, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, 12804 Highland Ave.

Back To School Fair
Blue Island Park District is hosting a "Back to School Fair" on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Field House, 12804 S. Highland Ave, Blue Island, IL. The free event provides school children and their families with school supplies and other back-to-school essentials along with on-site services, games, entertainment, food, and fun.

Here's how you can help:
Event Sponsorship: Become an official event sponsor, and receive recognition with company branding in all printed, digital, and social media marketing in advance and on the day of the event.
Fill The Backpack Sponsors: Gather up your staff and make it a fun, teambuilding effort to set a goal of backpacks filled with needed supplies for area children, and receive recognition with company branding on social and digital media and on the day of the event.
Host a "Fill The Backpack" Drive at Your Place of Business: Invite the public in to your place of business as a collection spot for backpack and school supply donations. Your support will be advertised in all printed, digital, and social media marketing ahead of the event, as well as creating goodwill that increases foot traffic to your business.

For more information  call Event Coordinator Joshua Edwards at 708-720-2333.

Learn more about Blue Island Park District at 

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Open Hours at the Albee House
Blue Island Historical Society invites you to Open Hours at the Albee House. Visit and learn learn more about area history, view historic artifacts and photos, and don't forget your merch money - proceeds from your purchase support Blue Island Historical Society's ongoing education and preservation initiatives. 
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.

Friday Grill at D'Masti 
Prepare your taste buds - D'Masti's famous Friday Grill is  serving up your summer favorites, hot and fresh from the grill. Grilled chicken, delicious burgers, sausages -- all made fresh to order when you arrive! 
When: Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Where: D'Masti To Go Sandwich & Gourmet Food Shop, 11915 Western Ave.

Live: Richie Z
On Friday night, enjoy the sweet, solo accoustic stylings of Richie Z playing all your favorite songs from the golden age of rock-n-roll. Blue Island Bonus: The frozen drink machine at Natural Law is not to be missed - be sure to try the Chocolate Covered Tropical Dream before it floats away!
When: Friday, August 2, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Natural Law Cocktail Club & Eatery, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Karaoke Friday
Can you think of anything better than rounding up your besties and heading over to Front Row to belt out Genesis's greatest hits? Sing along to your favorite songs courtesy of JJs Roadhouse, and sip your favorite libations courtesy of the friendly Front Row team. 
When: Friday, August 2, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Front Row, 13312 Olde Western Ave. 

Back To Cool Garage Sale
Council Oak Montessori School invites you to a garage sale stacked with everything you need for kids from newborns through age 12: Clothes, Bikes, Furniture, Toys, Snowsuits and more!
When:  Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Council Oak Montessori School, 2521 Grove St.

Eisenhower Football Golf Outing
Enjoy a beautiful day of golf for a great cause at the Eisenhower Football Golf Outing at The Meadows. Event includes golf scramble with cart, boxed lunch, drink specials, dinner from Hog Wild, and raffle and door prizes.  Sponsorship opportunities also available. Contact Head Coach Sheamus Murphy at
When: Saturday, August 3, 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Meadows Golf Club, 2802 W. 123rd St.

Documentary on the Lawn: Geoffrey Baer's South of Chicago
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to the Albee House this Saturday night for a screening of Geoffrey Baer's "South of Chicago" documentary. Blue Island Bonus: Guests will love fresh popcorn and complimentary water and soda. 
When: Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.

Sunday Punch & Seafood Boils
Back for another Sunday Most Fun Day are Sunday Punch & Seafood Boils at Maple Tree Inn Bistro. We can smell what Chef Er-rock is cooking... shrimp, andouille sausage, snow crab, frog legs, and mussels, with corn and potatoes tossed in garlic butter... you choose a size and heat level or build your own custom boil. Pair it with Emily's rotating line up of delicious summer punches, just $6. 
When: Sundays, doors open at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Maple Tree Inn Bistro, 13000 S. Western Ave.

Live: Sarah & Chris
Enjoy the sun's rays on your face and the sweet sounds of Sarah & Chris live in the beer garden at O'Connell's Pub Time this Sunday. Don't forget your appetite!
When: Sunday, August 4, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: O'Connell's Pub Time, 12924 Western Ave.

Farmer's Market 
Blue Island's Monday Farmer's Market is back! Enjoy shopping and eating with Zeldenrust Farms, Farm Fresh Eggs from Warrick Farm, Pollo Locuas, Tupperware, Jewelry, Avon, Snow Cones & homemade tamales from District 130 honor students, a bounce house for the kiddos, and more. 
When: Mondays, 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
Where: York & Western

Cruise The Island
The weather forecast calls for shiny rims and flashy trim at Korbakes Wine & Liquors' weekly Cruise Night. This is a family friendly event and all makes and models are welcome. Cruise Night Tip: Bring your lawn chairs and stop by any Blue Island restaurant or the Farmer's Market to pick up dinner on your way there!
When: Mondays, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Korbakes Wine & Liquors, 12747 Western Ave.

$2 Off Tuesdays
Stop by Blue Island Beer Company as they reopen their doors on Tuesdays with tasty, Blue Island-brewed craft beers poured fast and cheap at $2 off! Don't forget those craft sodas either... (Dill pickle? Dillllicous)
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

National Night Out
Join Blue Island's Police Department, community partners, neighbors, and friends to take a stand against crime. National Night Out 2019 Blue Island features music, demonstrations, food, drinks, raffles, and more!
When: Tuesday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Police Department, 13031 Greenwood Ave.

Enrollment Coffee at COMS
Council Oak Montessori School invites families to attend one of their summer Enrollment Coffee sessions. The events give parents and students the opportunity to learn more about the school and staff,  as well as meet currently enrolled students and their parents. You must have an appointment to attend - c all 708-926-9720.
When: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Council Oak Montessori School, 2521 Grove St.

Feast of St. Donatus 
The 114th Annual Feast of St. Donatus kicks off next Wednesday night and continues through the following Sunday with live entertainment, Bingo, food and drinks, carnival rides and games, and their famous pizza. Sunday features a special mass and procession through the East Side.
When: Wednesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 11
Where: St. Donatus, 1939 Union St.

Cardboard Boat Regatta
What sounds crazier than making a boat out of cardboard? Making a race out of it! Prepare for the ultimate race of champions. Competitors from around the southland will go head-to-head at Memorial Park Pool, racing in handcrafted vessels made from a shortlist of regulated materials (cardboard and duct tape). Few will taste victory, most will get wet. This event is free for Pool Pass holders but you must register in advance at the park district office.
When: Friday, August 9, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park Pool, 12804 S. Highland Ave.

Yoga & Craft Beer
Yoga & Craft Beer return to Rock Island Public House, led by Blue Island's own Alex Lehman. $20 fee includes one hour of yoga, one craft beer, and the satisfaction of balancing calories burned with calories consumed. Namaste.
When: Saturday, August 10, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Family Friendly Pig Roast
Celebrate the start of the school year with Natural Law's Family Friendly Pig Roast. Kids 12 and under eat free and we heard there might be... PONY RIDES!!
When: Sunday, August 18, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Natural Law Cocktail Club & Eatery, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Community Garden Harvest Soiree
You're invited to a Harvest Soiree featuring locally grown produce from the 2019 Memorial Park Community Garden season. Enjoy homemade dishes prepared by local chefs, libations, fresh cut flowers, and a chance to bid farewell to Anna Stange as she closes out her last season up north to be down south on her farm full time!
When: Thursday, August 22, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park Community Gardens & Poolside Pavilion, 12804 S. Highland Ave.

Art, History & Literature
Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
August's Roundtable features Douglas Stiles on "Abraham Lincoln's Watch."   Optional dinner buffet ($10) at 6:00 p.m., with program ($5) beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following the program, enjoy coffee, dessert, gifts, and raffles. All are invited!
When: Tuesday, August 20, 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Country House Restaurant, 5400 W. 127th St., Alsip

Live Music Mondays
Enjoy live music in the BAC courtyard every Monday evening this summer. Visit the Beverly Arts Center website for a list of musical guests
When: Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. thru August 12, 2019.
Where: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111 th  St., Chicago 

Call For Vendors & Donations
Prairie Green at Fay's Point is hosting a Back To School Party on Saturday, August 10 and is seeking food, craft, and healthcare vendors, as well as school supply donations. Contact Nykoa Farmer at for more information on how you can get involved. 

Blue Cap Food Pantry Information
Blue Cap offers a Food Pantry serving Blue Island and Robbins residents who provide a valid ID or piece of mail 
proving residency. The Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
When: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Cap on Market Street at rear of building

Food Pantry Collection Boxes
Collection boxes for Blue Cap's Food Pantry can be found at the Blue Island Library, 2433 York St., First Midwest Bank, 12015 S. Western Ave., Council Oak Montessori School, 2521 Grove St., John D. Rita Rec Center, 2805 141st St., and Access Family Health, 13000 Maple Ave., Blue Island, IL 60406.

They accept non-perishable food, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo/conditioner, shaving cream, disposable razors, toilet paper, tissue, laundry detergent, dish soap, multi-purpose cleaners, disinfectant wipes, and baby diapers and wipes.

Guildhaus Fundraiser
For more than 30 years, Guildhaus in Blue Island has helped those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction -- and now they need our help to keep fighting the good fight. Learn more and donate online at