Events in and around Blue Island

Cozy up next to the fire with this supersized issue of events and news around Blue Island!

Click the image above to view more of this amazing Blue Island landmark home, designed by architect Robert Seyfarth for his brother Ward in 1926. 

Current homeowner and contractor Jim Walsh recently welcomed Blue Island Historical Society Executive Director Kevin Brown inside for a photo shoot of the jaw-dropping results of his ongoing restoration and renovation projects.


Last call for nominations! 

Don't miss your chance to recognize the people and places that make Blue Island so special. Click the link below by January 22 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 on March 30.

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

Reading & recreation
Blue Island Public Library

January 18
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
January 21
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsene
January 22
11:30 a.m. - Computer Basics 3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
5:00 p.m. - Youth Open Maker Hours
7:00 p.m. - Craft Corner: Macrame Keychain
January 23
10:00 a.m. -  Círculo de Conversación en Inglés/English Conversation Group
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
5:30 p.m. - Book Discussion for Kids: The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
January 24
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
7:00 p.m. - Seed Starting Workshop

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.

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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. To help you stay on time and in the know all year long, BIHS produced a special calendar for 2019 with important events and meetings already filled in, and 12 months of beautiful historic photos and facts. Buy yours before they're gone by clicking here
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 18-19, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western 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.

Live: Rico Quinn 
Enjoy all four members of south side band Rico Quinn and their set list of rock-n-roll, Motown, Irish Rebel, R&B and Blues with the added bonus of a fresh menu that includes not one but two delicious burgers, fried Brussels sprouts,and pizza freaking poutine. Mic drop.
When: Friday, January 18, 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Karaoke Fridays 
This Friday night in Blue Island offers two chances for you to unleash your inner rock star: Cuzin's regular Friday Night Karaoke with B*A*Star begins at 8:00 p.m., then take your show on tour with a stop at Kelly's Irish Saloon for Karaoke with JJs Roadhouse starting at 9:00 p.m.  
When: Friday, January 18, 8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Where: Cuzin's, 2825 W. 127th St. & Kelly's Irish Saloon, 13312 Olde Western Ave.

Little League Registration
Just two Saturdays left to register 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 19, and February 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Where: Memorial Park, 12804 S. Highland Ave. 

New Beer Release + Live Music
This Saturday at noon marks the release of Blue Island Beer Company's newest craft beer: Sunny In The Trees Winter Warmer, described by the BIBCo fellas as:
"An Imperial Black IPA, this beer comes in at 9.1% ABV. Citrus and resinous hop aromas from the dry hop meld nicely with the dark malts of this beer. We used YCH's Veteran's Blend as the sole hop, which imparts flavors of citrus, pine and fruit and have captured the bright note of the hops without the bitterness."
Stick around for live music beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Rachels Bully, 80 Proof Preacher & Blacken The Day. There is a $5 cover charge for the show. 
When: Saturday, January 19, beer release at 12:00 p.m.; live music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

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.

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.

Yoga + Craft Beer
New year, new you, yoga's back with craft beer too! 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 knowing the calories you just burned mean you can come back to the RIPH the next day for Brunch Invasion!
When: Saturday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Hockey Skills Challenge
Do you have what it takes to be the best? Join Double Play Saloon for their annual Hockey Skills Challenge and put your slapshots and saucer passes to the test. 
When: Sunday January 27, 2:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Double Play Saloon, 13011 Western Ave.

Valentine's Weekend at Maple Tree Inn Bistro
Make your reservations now for Valentine's Weekend at Maple Tree Inn Bistro. Specialty Chef Selections all weekend long plus full bistro menu. Reservations strongly encouraged at
When: February 14 & 15, doors open at 5:00 p.m.; February 16 & 17, doors at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Maple Tree Inn Bistro, 13000 S. Western Ave.

Art, History & Literature
Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
February's speaker is  Lee White on "Bushwacking on a Grand Scale: Chickamauga."  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, February 19, 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 

Call For Artists
Kelly's Irish Saloon is seeking artists for their Spring Artisans Fair taking place April 28 from noon to 7:00 p.m. Interested artists should email portfolio examples/links to Spots are $15 and the deadline to apply is February 24, 2019.
When: February 24, 2019, artist application deadline. Saturday, April 28, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m., Spring Artisans Fair
Where: Kelly's Irish Saloon, 13312 Olde Western Ave. 

Craver Community Night: Blue Island Public Library
Help Friends of the Library raise money for exterior improvements at Blue Island Public Library by dining at White Castle on January 29 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 15% of your purchase benefits the cause when you present this flyer. 
When: Tuesday, January 29, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: White Castle,12709 S. Western Ave. 

Craft Fair
Veteran's Memorial Middle School is hosting a Craft Fair on February 2 from 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. This annual school fundraiser features an incredible line up of local vendors for all your favorite things. There may be a few vendor spots still available - contact Raeann Cantelo-Zylman on Facebook Messenger for more details. 
When: Saturday, February 2, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Middle School, 12320 Greenwood Ave.

Blue Cap News
Job Opening
Blue Cap is hiring a full-time Direct Support Professional for their new Autism Program. Click here for more details

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