Events in and around Blue Island

Below you'll find our final edition of things to do for 2019. As we finish this last chapter of the decade that was, we are filled with great joy and hope in anticipation of the bright future ahead for Blue Island and beyond. Thank you for supporting our member businesses, attending our events, and being a part of this very special community. 

Cheers, and Happy New Year! 
Reading & recreation

Blue Island Public Library

December 26
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Pokemon GO Trading Post & Battles   
3:30 p.m. - Medicare 1010
December 27
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Friendly Friday Children's Films
December 30
1:00 p.m. - Knitting & Crocheting Club
6:00 p.m. - Makeup Brush & Sponge Cleanup
December 31 & January 1
Library Closed for New Year's Eve Eve & New Year's Day
January 2
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Pokemon GO Trading Post & Battles   

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 
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: The Arrivals @ Reggies - Ride The  Bus!
Blue Island Beer Company invites you to join them for a complimentary bus ride to Reggies for a show featuring Blue Island's own, "The Arrivals." Arrive early for a little pre-ride prep; the bus leaves at 8 pm from Blue Island Beer Co. and returns after the show. Seating is limited! RSVP to to reserve your spot. Bus reservation does not include ticket to the show.
When: Saturday, December 28, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

New Year's Eve
Rock Around The Clock Ball Drop
The City of Blue Island invites you to Rock Around The Clock, an annual New Year's Eve celebration to ring in the new year, complete with music, ball drop and fireworks! After the event, continue the revelry along Western and Olde Western Avenue (see list below!)
When: Tuesday, December 31 at 11:30 p.m.
Where: Parking lot between Dunkin Donuts and Harry's Long Bar on Western Ave.

Blue Island Beer Company opens at 4 pm with a set from DJ Adrian Esparza from 6-9 pm to get you transitioned from work to play properly. 

Burr Oak Bowl invites you for $2 games from 9 am - 5 pm on New Year's Eve, or take advantage of their early NYE Celebration package. For $19.99, you'll enjoy Cosmic Glow Bowling, a giant balloon drop, and pizza buffet from 2-5 pm. 

Double Play Saloon hosts local favorite the Soda Jerks on stage and boasts a $35 open bar package that includes premium spirits and craft beer. 

Guildhaus is hosting their annual Alkathon, featuring speakers every hour sharing their experience, hope, and strength with guests from 3 pm NYE through 3 pm New Year's Day. All are welcome for fellowship. 

Natural Law Cocktail Club & Eatery turns 2! Our baby's growing up. Come out and toast their successes and two year anniversary with drink specials, a free buffet, live music, and a balloon drop at midnight. 

Raven's Place invites you to a New Year's Eve celebration with a complimentary champagne toast. Advance purchase tickets for sale by clicking here. 

Rock Island Public House  is open for regular hours and invites you to ring in the New Year with less frills and fuss and lots more fun. 

The Vault is hosting the American Dream NYE Party. Admission includes food, party favors, arcade games and drink specials. Click here for Early Bird ticket purchases.

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

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.

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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