Events in and around Blue Island

Lunch & Learn Last Call

Did you know? This Friday, Chicago Southland President & CEO Jim Garrett comes to Blue Island as a special guest speaker at our Lunch & Learn at City Limits Kitchen & Bar. 

Jim will share the latest news from the organization and how our businesses and organizations can benefit from the Chicago Southland CVB's ongoing efforts to promote our area as a fantastic place to live, work, stay, and play! 

All are welcome to join us for Jim's presentation and a delicious lunch from City Limits. You must RSVP for this event by emailin g sara@blueislandchamber.org or clicking the image above to register online.

Chamber

Tomorrow! Lunch & Learn with guest Jim Garrett, President & CEO of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
When: November 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Where: City Limits, 13414 Olde Western Ave. 


Small Business Saturday Kick-Off Breakfast
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, an event to help showcase small businesses. The Blue Island Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry will kick off the morning with breakfast specials and goodie bags for the first 50 shoppers, plus drink and gaming specials at De Mars Coffee Shop. The bags will contain coupons, treats, special deals/discounts and much more. Arrive early to be sure and get your bags before you head out shopping and dining.
When: November 30, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Where: De Mars Coffee Shop, 12941 Western Ave. 

Chamber Holiday Party
Celebrate the season with great food, drinks, raffles, and more at the annual Chamber Holiday Party! You must register to attend this event.
When: Thursday, December 5, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave. 
 

Reading & recreation

Blue Island Public Library

November 14
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Pokemon GO Trading Post & Battles   
6:00 p.m. - Bilingual Preschool Story Time
7:00 p.m. - Anime Night
November 15
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Friendly Friday Family Movie
November 16
12:30 p.m. - Kids Book Club
November 18
1:00 p.m. - Knitting & Crocheting Club
4:00 p.m. - Friendship Bracelet Making Craft
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsense
6:00 p.m. - Happy Little Accidents in the Makerspace
November 19
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
November 20
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Oculus Hour: Ping Pong Hero
6:00 p.m. - Resume Building
6:30 p.m. - Making Thanksgiving Napkin Holders

Where: 2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District


Celebrate the season with Blue Island Park District!

Santa House: December 5, 7, 10, 12, and 21 -- see blueislandparks.org for locations and times. 

Gingerbread Workshop: December 6, 6:00 p.m., Memorial Park Field House

Light Parade: Santa House plus a special guest! December 7 after the Light Parade.

Holiday House Decorating Contest: Judging on December 12 between 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Santa Train: December 14, Blue Island Vermont Street Metra Station, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Santa Visits: December 20, 5:00 -8:00 p.m. 

Breakfast with Santa: December 21, 10:00 a.m., Memorial Park Banquet Hall
Blue Island 
DJ Night
The kitchen and dance floor will be hopping tonight at City Limits! Enjoy drink specials, a full menu, and your favorite dance hits spun by DJ Angel from 8 until midnight.  
When: Thursday, November 14, 8:00 p.m. 
Where: City Limits Kitchen & Bar, 13414 Olde Western Ave. 

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.

Live: Ramblin' Deano of Waco Bros
Join Waco Brothers founding member Ramblin Deano  at Blue Island Beer Company for an evening of "protest tunes played out via aggressive folk music and intelligent blasts of acoustic punk." Mic drop. But first, a beer...
When: Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Pat Taylor and Friends with Smiley Tillmon
Join the fun staff of Natural Law as Pat Taylor and friends hit the stage with special guest and Blues Hall of Famer Smiley Tillmon. Arrive early to order the Lawless burger and a side of life-changing french fries, or eat after the show - the kitchen's open late! 
When:  Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Brunch Invasion
Your favorite meal combination returns this Sunday at Rock Island Public house. Follow the RIPH on social media to view the latest food and craft beer offerings and then wipe that drool off your chin silly. 
When:  Sunday, November 13, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave. 

Light Parade Fundraiser
Ditch the kitchen and head over to Blue Island's golden arches for dinner on Monday night - a portion of your purchase helps fund the Christmas Light Parade and festivities! Don't forget to pick up a few tickets for the Lottery Scratch Off Tree while you're there.
When: Monday, November 18, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Where: McDonald's, 11920 S. Western Ave. 

Entertainment
Sip & Shop
It's a sip and shop for the holiday season at City Limits next weekend, with fun raffles and split-the-pot to benefit the Restore Blue Island's Tree Canopy campaign. Vendors include Cleary Girls Soy Candles, The Yardware Store, Ivy's Artesian Glass, Carr's Garden Art, Patty's Pretties, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Arbonne, and more!
When: Friday, November 22, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: City Limits Kitchen & Bar, 13414 Olde Western Ave. 

Castle Concert Series:  Charles Heath Quartet
The Concerts at the Castle series will feature the versatile jazz tunes of the Charles Heath Quartet on Saturday, November 30. Lauded by the Chicago Reader as "the" premier drummer on the Chicago jazz landscape, Heath plays anything from Jazz and Blues to Gospel and Latin music.  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, November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago

Art, History & Literature
Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
November's Roundtable features Janet Croon presenting "The War Outside My Window."   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, November 19, 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Country House Restaurant, 5400 W. 127th St., Alsip

Community
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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