Events in and around Blue Island

Nine days into the new year and you know we're already summer dreaming... that's why we're extra-excited to announce a new summer concert series we'll be hosting in conjunction with the Blue Island Historical Society and the Blue Island Arts Alliance that will feature local singer-songwriters playing for audiences from some of the most iconic front porches and backyards in historic Blue Island.   We can't wait to welcome guests into our community to explore our businesses, parks, and neighborhoods. Stay tuned right here for announcements of upcoming performances and events.  

Is your porch the perfect spot? If you're interested in participating as a host location, please email Thank you! 


Love Your Library Business Breakfast
Whether you're a business owner or manager, a community organization, or a resident, this breakfast is for you! Find out about all of the amazing programs and services provided by the Blue Island Public Library and enjoy a sweet start to your Valentine's Day. 
When: Friday, February 14, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St. 

Best of Blue Island Awards
Save the date! The 68th Annual Best of Blue Island Awards Dinner is just around the corner. For sponsorship and advertising opportunities, email
When: Saturday, March 14, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Beggars Pizza, 12700 S. Kedzie Ave.

Vendor Opp
Veterans Middle School is hosting their annual winter Craft Fair on February 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Interested vendors are asked to contact Raeann Zylman at

Reading & recreation

Blue Island Public Library

January 9
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
4:00 p.m. - Let's Play: Fortnight Edition Duos Competition
January 10
2:00 p.m. Meditation & Healing
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
January 11
1:00 p.m. - Board Game Day
January 13
10:00 a.m. - Drop In Tech Help Hour
1:00 p.m. - Knitting & Crocheting Club
5:00 p.m. -  Empana-duh!
January 14
3:00 p.m - Open Maker Hours
3:30 p.m. - Let's Build A Snowman!
6:00 p.m. - Olaf Family Story Time
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
7:00 p.m. - Book Discussion: The Salt Path
J anuary 15
11:00 a.m. -  La Hora del Cuento/Story Time
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Creative Writing Workshop
6:30 p.m. - Little Canvas Craft
January 16
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:30 p.m. - Pokemon GO Trading Post & Battles 
6:00 p.m. - Free Movie Streaming with Kanopy 

Where:  2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District


South Suburban Co-Ed Basketball 
League Play begins on January 11 at the John D. Rita Recreation Center. Visit  for more information. 

Blue Island Little League Registration
Registration for the 2020 Season of Blue Island Little League will be held on January 18, 25, and February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Fieldhouse. New players must provide a birth certificate at time of registration. 

Divisions include:
T-Ball - Ages 4-6
Farm - Ages 7&8
Minor - Ages 9-10
Major - Ages 11-12

Questions? Contact Jaime at 708-263-9572. 
Blue Island 
BIHS Open Hours
Blue Island Historical Society invites you to Open Hours at the Albee House. Visit and 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:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.

Live: Joe Rian + The AM Drinkers
It's a new year and that means new live music around Blue Island, including a second Saturday residency with Joe Rian + The AM Drinkers! Come on out and listen to live, local music and sip on a pint from Blue Island's first operational brewery since pre-prohibition. 
When: Saturday, January 11, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

January Birthday Celebration
Double Play Saloon invites you to celebrate January birthdays this Saturday night, including the man, the myth and the legend, Mr. Thomas Cheatle. Grab some food and drinks and hit the dance floor with your weird neighbors while the band Weird Neighbors plays your favorite songs all night long.
When: Saturday, January 11, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Double Play Saloon, 13011 Western Ave.

Luminescent Luna Paint Party
Let your creative side be your guide at Natural Law next Tuesday night. Invite a few friends and enjoy some delicious food and drinks, while Tracy provides instruction to create a beautiful painting. Event includes all artistic supplies, a 10"x10" canvas, step-by-step instructions, and one cocktail/beer/beverage of your choice.
When: Tuesday, January 14, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Natural Law Cocktail Club & Eatery, 13404 Olde Western Ave. 

Yoga + Craft Beer
New year, same awesome you, why not get bendy and have a craft beer or two?  Join Blue Island's own Alex Lehman and friends for an all levels yoga class at Rock Island Public House, the delightful destination that rewards your smart choices with a free beer after class. Don't forget your mat!
When: Saturday, January 18, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Phil Angotti and Professor Moptop present: The Rutles! 
Spend an evening with Chicago legend, Phil Angotti at Blue Island Beer Company as he presents The Rutles! with special guest Joe Camarillo, John San Juan and Casey McDonough. Professor Moptop will also be on hand for a tribute to Neil Innes.
When: Saturday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave. 

Chili Showdown
It's Rock Island Public House's annual chili showdown with The Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band! All are welcome to enter a chili for competition, or, you can just bring your appetite and get ready to vote for your favorite. Each bottomless bowl is $5 with proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter. This is a family-friendly event.
When: Sunday, January 19, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave. 

Art, History & Literature
Concerts at the Castle Series
In 2020, the Concert at the Castle Series returns to Givins Castle with a January jazz performance from Larry Gray and John Moulder, and a February 1 appearance by folk artist Jamie O'Reilly. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A $32.50 donation is suggested with proceeds going toward maintenance of the historic Givins Castle. Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be provided at intermission.
When: Saturday, January 11 & February 1, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago

Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
The new year kick's off with a January Roundtable featuring Mike Ward on "Artillery in the Civil War."  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, January 21, 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Country House Restaurant, 5400 W. 127th St., Alsip

Art at The Albee House
Art at The Albee House is pop-up gallery featuring local artists takes at the Blue Island Historical Society's Albee House for 2 weeks. The event will kick off with an opening reception, artist meet-and-greet, drinks, & hors d'oeuvres. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door. 
When: Saturday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave. 

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.

Open House & Curriculum Fair
St. Benedict School invites you to their annual Catholic Schools Week Open House & Curriculum Fair. This event is a great way to explore the school, meet staff and current families, and learn more about the St. Benedict experience and how it can benefit your family. 
When: Sunday, January 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: St. Benedict School, 2324 New St.

Black Culture Nite
You're invited to attend Black Culture Nite, a celebration presented by Neighborhood Watch Group #37. The evening includes dinner, the documentary "History of Afro American Jazz" and live entertainment. 
When: Friday, February 21, Dinner at 6:00 p.m., Program and Entertainment at 7:00 p.m.
Where: City of Blue Island East Annex, 2434 Vermont St. 

Medicare Consultations
Progress Center for Independent Living is pleased to offer complimentary Medicare Consultations by appointment at their offices in Blue Island and Forest Park. Click here to learn more. 

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 

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