Events in and around Blue Island

Happy Holidays Blue Island! 

Above, the band on stage at Old Main in December 1938, celebrating the sights and sounds of the season. Photo courtesy the Blue Island Historical Society archive collection.
It's been quite a year for the Chamber and our members. Click here to read more in our "Year In Review."

#ShopSmall in Blue Island
From restaurant gift cards, sweets to sheets, antiques and scents so chic, ornaments to share and the best hardware, clothing, books, craft beer and more - it's all right here, and so very near! 

When you #ShopSmall this holiday season, everyone wins big. Thank you! 

Reading & recreation
Blue Island Public Library
Are you using Amazon to shop this holiday season? Friends of the Blue Island Public Library is listed as a charitable organization on Amazon Smile. Visit, sign in, and select Friends of the Blue Island Public Library from the drop down list, and a portion of your purchase is donated to them for their continued support of our library. 

December 21
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
December 24-25
Library Closed
December 26
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
December 27
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Pizza and a Movie

Where: 2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District  

Visit Santa
John D. Rita Recreation Center, December 22, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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.
Blue Island 
Open Hours at the Albee House
Just in time for Christmas, Blue Island Historical Society is showcasing two new displays - historical artifacts from Blue Island's churches, and a case filled to the brim with popular toys over the years. Pick up last-minute gifts and enjoy the beautifully decorated Albee House, sure to fill your soul with holiday cheer! 
When: Fridays, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.

Open Kitchen + TOMTPR
Give your kitchen the night off and treat yourself to "Cucina Italiana" this weekned at Rock Island Public House. Click here to view the menu Use those carbs to fuel your feet on Friday night when These Old Men They Play Records spin their vinyl favorites late into the night.  
When: Friday, December 21 and Saturday December 22, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. TOMTR on Friday beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western

Live: Dennis Leise
A regular performer at the House of Blues Chicago, Western Pennsylvania native Dennis Leise has performed solo internationally with fingerstyle guitar, singing and whistling that you won't want to miss!
When: Friday, December 21, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave. 

Karaoke Fridays at Cuzin's 
Unleash your inner rock star every Friday night with host B*A*Star Karaoke and Karaoke Fridays at Cuzin's. The fun begins at 8:00 p.m. 
When: Fridays, 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Cuzin's, 2825 W. 127th St.

Classic Blue Island Christmas Late Night Shopping
Finish up your holiday shopping in Blue Island! Many stores along Western have special hours and are stocked up with merchandise for everyone on your list. Three Sisters is offering special late night shopping hours with refreshments, complimentary gift wrapping, and a whole lot of cheer from their "in-house" Santa Claus. 
When: Saturday December 22 & Sunday, December 23, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Three Sisters Antique Mall, 13042 Western Ave.

Album Pre-Release Party
Join Three Piece And A Biscuit for their Album Pre-Release Party at Blue Island Beer Company. In addition to a pre-screening of the EP, the event features CDs for purchase, giveaways, raffles, and a live set from Three Piece.
When: Saturday, December 22, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave. 

A Very Natural X-Mas
Natural Law invites you to stuff your stocking with fun at A Very Natural X-Mas. Guests are invited to wear their festive finest to eat, drink, and be merry with staff and friends. 
When: Saturday, December 22, 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Ugly Sweater Bingo
Pull out your favorite Christmas sweater and grab your Bingo markers - Ugly Sweater Bingo returns to the RIPH on Sunday. Dessert First! will be heating up the kitchen for your dining pleasure, so bring a few extra bucks and don't forget to wrap up last year's gift from Aunt Edna for the White Elephant gift exchange. 
When: Sunday, December 23, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Art, History & Literature
Mrs. Claus - A Holiday Musical!
Returning for its 20th season at BAC is "Mrs. Claus - A Holiday Musical!" Join the Elf Class of 2018 as they team up with Mrs. Claus to find the missing list for Santa's long journey. Geared for children ages 2-10. 
When: Through December 23, weekday performances at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and weekend performances at 1:00 p.m. 
Where: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago
Tickets: $14-$18, click here to purchase online.

Blue Cap 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 

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