Events in and around Blue Island

It's McChristmas in July!

Kick off your week by taking a night off in the kitchen and head over to McDonald's for the McChristmas in Blue Island Light Parade Fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds from purchases made from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. will help fund this year's festivities. Head inside and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a "Lottery Scratch Off Ticket Tree!" 

More information available below. Thank you for your support! 

B2B
Summer Mega Business After Hours - Tonight!
It's back! Join us for a Mega Business After Hours thrown in conjunction with members from 5 area chambers. Meet new contacts, see old friends in a casual setting, perfect to celebrate summer... Bring plenty of business cards to share!
When: Thursday, July 25, 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Where: Oak Forest Bowl, 15240 Cicero, Oak Forest
Cost: $5 for appetizers and cash bar. RSVP to  sara@blueislandchamber.org.

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

MetroSouth

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 sara@blueislandchamber.org 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

July 25
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Pizza & A Movie
July 26
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Family Friendly Movie
July 27
2:00 p.m. - John Measner Magic Show
July 29
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsense
July 30
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
July 31
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
August 1
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
4:00 p.m. - Mat Cutting Workshop

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 www.blueislandparks.org. 
Blue Island 
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: Grand Theft Gato
It's a birthday celebration for Alan at the Beer Co this weekend, and some of his favorite musician friends have joined forces to come make all of his spontaneous musical dreams come true! 
When: Friday, July 26, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

TOMTPR vs FCS SoundSystem
Ding Ding Ding! It's an epic battle on the wheels of steel this Friday night when These Old Men They Play Records goes head-to-head with FCS SoundSystem. Whose vinyl will you choose?! 
When: Friday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

ESPN 1000 at The Meadows
Join ESPN 1000's Carmen De Falco at The Meadows Golf Club of Blue Island for a chance to "Walk Inside The Ropes" with a pro at the BMW Championships. 
When: Saturday, July 27, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Meadows Golf Club of Blue Island, 2802 123rd Street

State Farm Grand Opening
State Farm agent Renato Delgadillo is hosting a Grand Opening at his new Blue Island office, and all are welcome! Enjoy food, games, giveaways, and a lot of fun. 
When: Saturday, July 27, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Where: Renato Delgadillo State Farm, 12301 Western 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: Grace & John
Enjoy the sun's rays on your face and the sweet sounds of Grace & John live in the beer garden at O'Connell's Pub Time this Sunday. Don't forget your appetite!
When: Sunday, July 28, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: O'Connell's Pub Time, 12924 Western Ave.

Live: John Boda & Acoustic Boomerang
Live music Sundays at Cuzin's continue this weekend with John Boda & Acoustic Boomerang playing all your pop and rock favorites combined with today's R&B and jazz standards.   Food and drink specials too! 
When: Sunday, July 28, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Cuzin's, 2825 127th St. 

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

McChristmas in July
No need to cook dinner next Monday night. Swing by McDonalds in Blue Island to pick up your dinner. Proceeds from sales from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. help fund The Christmas Light Parade. When you stop inside, be sure to buy a couple raffle tickets for a chance to win the lottery scratch-off tree!
When: Monday, July 29, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: McDonald's, 11920 S. Western Ave. 

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.

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.

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 

Community
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 murphy.sheamus@chsd218.org.
When: Saturday, August 3, 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Meadows Golf Club, 2802 W. 123rd St.

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 nfarmer@seniorlifestyle.com 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   


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