Events in and around Blue Island

Pottery Boys Clay Studios Gallery Opening

This Saturday in Blue Island is the Gallery Opening for Pottery Boys Clay Studios. Guests will enjoy live pottery demonstrations from noon until 5, followed by the gallery opening featuring works from the Pottery Boys, Paulette Stobinske, and many other local artists. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Blue Island Arts Alliance. 

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


Latest News
The City of Blue Island issued correspondence to the State Health Facilities & Services Review Board in opposition to Quorum Health's application to close MetroSouth Medical Center. Read the full text by clicking here

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, they are being sold at Flowers by Cathe and Three Sisters.

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 16
10:00 a.m. - Resume Building
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Homemade Ice Pops
August 19
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsense
August 20
10:00 a.m. -
Grupo de Conversación en Inglés/English Conversation Group
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
4:00 p.m. - Board Game Tutoring
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
August 21
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
August 22 
10:00 a.m. -
Grupo de Conversación en Inglés/English Conversation Group
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours

Where: 2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District
BBQ on the Hill 
Join Blue Island Park District for THREE gigantic days of fun at the 6th Annual Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned BBQ on the Hill barbecue competition and festival. General admission to the event is free, which features the cook-off, live entertainment, craft beer, award winning food, fireworks, a magic show, bingo, a community seed exchange, and so much more. Make no bones about it - put BBQ on the Hill at the top of your must-attend fests for 2019.

Interested in sponsoring or vending at the festival? Click here for more information.  

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 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.

PS4 Tournament
Show off your PS4 skills at The Vault tonight. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m., match ups set at 6:30, and at 7:00, it's game on with all your favorites: MK11, Madden 20 and NBA 2K19. 
When: Friday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Vault, 13057 Western Ave.

Pottery Boys Clay Studios Gallery Opening
On Saturday, stop by the Pottery Boys Clay Studios Gallery Opening. Enjoy pottery demonstrations from noon until 5:00 p.m., and the gallery opening from 5-9:00 p.m. The event also features jewelry, paintings, drawings, live music and mosaics by several other local artists, including painting & drawings by Paulette Stobinske.
When: Saturday, August 17, 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Pottery Boys Clay Studios, 13021 Western Ave.

Comedy Night
Comedy Night returns to Front Row this Saturday night - new and experienced comics welcome. Sign up in advance online or when you arrive - just be sure to get there early to get the best seat! Co-hosted by Team Us Comedy. Blue Island Bonus: Front Row hosts two days of "liquid lunch" buffets - specials on Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Micheladas from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. 
When: Saturday, August 17, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Front Row, 13312 Olde Western Ave.

Back To School Fair 
Blue Island Park District is hosting a "Back to School Fair" 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.
When: Sunday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Where: Memorial Park, 12804 Highland 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.

Family Friendly Pig Roast
Celebrate the start of the school year with Natural Law's Family Friendly Pig Roast with special guests Blue Island BBQ. Enjoy live music with Pat Taylor & friends, a dunk tank, bouncy house, pony rides, a petting zoo and horseshoe tournament. Kids 12 and under eat free.
When: Sunday, August 18, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Natural Law Cocktail Club & Eatery, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Nick Fornino
Enjoy the sun's rays on your face and live music with Nick Fornino in the beer garden at O'Connell's Pub Time this Sunday. Don't forget your appetite!
When: Sunday, August 18, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: O'Connell's Pub Time, 12924 Western Ave.

Live: BIRP's 100th Episode
Hang out with Tim, Brandon, and AP Lindsay as they record their 100th episode of the Blue Island Radio Podcast. Live music, guest appearances, and prizes galore!
When: Sunday, August 18, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde 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 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.

Bungalow Chef at Williams Sonoma
Stop by Williams Sonoma in Orland Park and treat yourself to Chef Mech's demo on French Madeleines. 
When: Saturday, August 17, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Willilams Sonoma, Orland Park

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, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park Community Gardens & Poolside Pavilion, 12804 S. Highland Ave.

Dog Day
Shop sidewalk sales and enjoy Fido-sized fun all along Western Avenue, from 119th to and including Olde Western Avenue. 
When: Saturday, August 24, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Western Avenue

Soiree Off Broadway
Rock Island Public House knows how to parking lot party! It's the return of Soiree Off Broadway, with performances by Spoken Nerd, Winepress, DeYoung & Jones, The Evictions, These Old Men They Play Records and Mark The Knife, and you know that kitchen is gonna be hoppin...
When: Saturday, August 31, 3:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave. 
Admission: $20

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

Graveyard Blues Tour
Join Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail for their Annual Graveyard Blues Tour. The easy 22-mile ride begins at Natural Law Cocktail Club & Eatery, pedaling through quiet streets to three historic cemeteries near the Cal-Sag Trail. Blues artist and historian Harmonica Neil joins graveside to share stories and music of the Chicago blues legends. Enjoy music, refreshments and fun at Natural Law after the ride. Click here for more info. 
When: Saturday, August 31, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Where: Ride begins and ends at Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

33rd Annual House Walk
Save the date! Blue Island Historical Society invites you to explore six beautiful properties around the city, and learn more about the families who built them and those who lovingly care for them today. Blue Island Bonus: Upgrade with a VIP House Walk ticket package that includes dinner the evening before along with your booklet so you can bypass check-in the day of the walk and get straight to the tours! More information at 
When: Sunday, September 15, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Check-in at The Albee House, 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.

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