Events in and around Blue Island

 Nominate your favorite people and places for a Best of Blue Island Award! Click the image above for more information. 

Blue Island is a great place to live and work. Why? Because of the dedicated people who own and run our businesses, and who volunteer their time and talent. 

Here's your opportunity to say thank you and acknowledge their hard work. Click the link below to submit a name for each award category and tell us why they are deserving. 

We'll tally the results and post another survey in a couple of weeks for your final votes. Winners will be recognized at the Best of Blue Island Awards banquet in March.

Thank you for participating and please share the link with friends and colleagues!

Reading & recreation
Blue Island Public Library

January 11
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
January 12
12:30 p.m. - Hearthstone Fireside Gathering 
January 14
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsene
January 15
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
5:00 p.m. - Youth Open Maker Hours
7:00 p.m. - Bullet Journaling 101
January 16
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Yarn Spinning

Where: 2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District  

Ice Skating
Memorial Park - opening soon!

The park district will be using a flag system to indicate if the rink is open or closed; green indicates the rink is open, and red indicates the rink is closed due to poor weather or ice conditions. Attendants and skate rentals will be available Tuesday through Friday from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 8:00 p.m.

Where: Memorial Park, 12804 Highland Ave.
Blue Island 
Open Hours at the Albee House
On Friday afternoons, Blue Island Historical Society opens the doors to the Albee House and invites you to take a trip back in time. Current displays include historical artifacts from Blue Island's churches, and a case filled to the brim with popular toys over the years.
When: Fridays, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.

Open Kitchen
Open your mouth and close your eyes for a heaping helping of delicious nostalgia - it's Classic American Diner done Doherty-style at this month's edition of Open Kitchen at the RIPH. Click here to view the menu 
When: Friday & Saturday, January 11-12, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Karaoke Fridays at Cuzin's 
Unleash your inner rock star every Friday night with host B*A*Star Karaoke and Karaoke Fridays at Cuzin's. The fun begins at 8:00 p.m. 
When: Fridays, 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Cuzin's, 2825 W. 127th St.

Little League Registration
It's one, two, three Saturdays and you're in for Blue Island Little League Baseball. New players must bring birth certificate to sign up. The league is for children ages 4-12. For more information contact Jaime at 708-489-9572 or Rosie at 708-396-0708. 
When: Saturday January 12, 19, and February 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Where: Memorial Park, 12804 S. Highland Ave. 

Live:  Pale Horseman + These Beasts + Blood for the Sea 
Hold on to your socks or they might get rocked off at this mega show hosted by Blue Island Beer Company. 
When: Saturday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Compared To What?
Compared To What? is a bundle of fun times and great music provided by four veteran Chicago musicians who love nothing more than to play for you! 
When: Saturday, January 12, 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Cuzin's, 2825 W. 127th St.

Ice Cream Social 
Calling all January babies! The Salvation Army invites you to join them for an ice cream social in celebration of January birthdays. There is no cost to attend but free will donations are greatly appreciated. 
When: Thursday, January 17, 12:30 p.m. 
Where: The Salvation Army Cross Generations Community Center Bingo Room, 2700 Burr Oak Ave.

TOMTPR January Edition
Live the dream in 2019 when These Old Men They Play Records returns for their first deejay sesh of the year. 
When: Friday, January 18, 7:00 p.m
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Chili Cook Off
It's back! Rock Island Public House brings the heat with their annual chili cook off. Buy a bowl from the competition for just $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer's Foundation. 
When: Sunday, January 20, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Art, History & Literature
Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
The first guest of 2019 is Don White discussing "Women of the Civil War." Optional dinner buffet at 6:00 p.m., with program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following the program, enjoy coffee, dessert, gifts, and raffles. All are invited!
When: Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Country House Restaurant, 5400 W. 127th St., Alsip

Sleeping Beauty
Will the Princess Sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a Kiss? This Chicago Kids Company features colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. Geared for children ages 2-10. 
When: January 16 - February 22, 10:30 a.m. weekdays and 1:00 p.m. weekends 
Where: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago
Tickets: For tickets call (773) 205-9600 or visit 

Drain The Keg for The Booker Fund 
Come drain the keg with all proceeds going to The Booker Fund, an arm of the Live Like Roo Foundation that assists animals diagnosed with cancer by providing financial and emotional support. Raffles, giveaways, and swag! 
When: Saturday, January 19, 8:00 p.m - 12:00 a.m. 
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Blue Cap Food Pantry
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

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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