Events in and around Blue Island

This Weekend In History... Blue Island Votes To Incorporate As A Village

From The First 100 Years: A Story of Blue Island by John H. Volp: 

"On August 22 nd, 1872, and in accordance with the foregoing petition, Judge Wallace issued notice of an election for the purpose of voting on village incorporation to be held at the house of Gottlieb Klein on Saturday, September 7, 1872...

The election was a memorable event in the history of the little settlement.
For several years past the need of some form of organized government was felt. An effort to this end had been made in 1869-70 but failed.

So when the day arrived to decide the momentous question the entire village was in a state of excitement that could scarcely be controlled.

... When the polls closed that night, it was found that 114 ballots had been cast: 99 votes for village organization, 13 votes against village organization, and two ballots had not been marked. Many voters who were qualified had refrained from voting one way or the other.

But the proposition had carried, and there was great rejoicing in the little community that night."

*In 1901, Blue Island voted to change from a Village to a City form of government, and remains a City today. 

Uptown Funk
Uptown Funk is a free community concert at the Park at York & Western. The event is family-friendly, and invites you to visit uptown to enjoy shopping, dining, and live soul, R&B, funk, and jazz from musical guests Chez Butter. Presented in partnership with the Blue Island Arts Alliance.
When: Friday, September 27, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Park at York & Western

Upcoming events:
Business After Hours 
October 23, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Lunch & Learn with guest Jim Garret, President & CEO of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
November 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Job Fair
  Eisenhower High School has partnered with several local employers and organizations to present a Community Job Fair on October 5. All businesses are invited to participate - click here to learn more and register online

Save Our Community Hospital Rally
The City of Blue Island invites all to join them for a rally at the corner of Gregory and Union. 
When: Saturday, September 14, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Gregory & Union

Reading & recreation
Blue Island Public Library

September 5 
10:00 a.m. -
Grupo de Conversación en Inglés/English Conversation Group
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
4:00 p.m. - Mat Cutting Workshop
6:00 p.m. - New Director Meet & Greet
September 6
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
September 9
1:00 p.m. - Knitting & Crocheting Club
3:00 p.m. - My Little Inner Artist Paint Class
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsense
September 10
10:00 a.m. -
Grupo de Conversación en Inglés/English Conversation Group
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
7:00 p.m. - Medicare 101
September 11
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Kid Crafts
September 12 
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.
When: September 20, 21 &22
Where: Memorial Park, 12804 Highland Ave.

Learn more about Blue Island Park District at 
Blue Island 
Meet & Greet 
You're invited to a meet and greet with Blue Island Public Library's new director, Anna Wassenaar. Sweets and refreshments will be served.
When: Thursday, September 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St.

NFL Season Kick Off
Are you ready for some football? Watch the Bears take on the Packers tonight at Double Play Saloon and enjoy some great giveaways, including $1000 cash! Learn more by clicking here.
When: Thursday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. 
Where: Double Play Saloon, 13011 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.

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.

Tropical Luau
Prairie Green at Fay's Point invites you to celebrate the end of summer with a tropical feast, a fire-breathing performance, and fun with family and friends. RSVP to 708-489-1503. 
When: Friday, September 6, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Prairie Green at Fay's Point, 1546 W. Water St.

Drain The Keg For COMS
Stop by Rock Island Public House after work on Friday and help "Drain The Keg" to benefit Council Oak Montessori School, but don't forget to give that goodwill a base of something delicious from the Open Kitchen. 
When: Friday, September 6, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Jim Bruno
Blue Island native Jim Bruno sails into town this Friday night for his annual homecoming show at Blue Island Beer Company. 
When: Friday, September 6, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

Friday Night Karaoke
It's the first Friday of the month and that means Karaoke boomerangs back to Front Row, courtesy of JJs Roadhouse. Take the stage solo or bring your friends and sing about low places and social graces, then congratulate yourself with an icy cold beverage or one of those crazy shot concoctions cooked up by the creative staff at Front Row. 
When: Friday, September 6, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Front Row, 13312 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Pat Taylor & Friends
Check out Pat Taylor & Friends Friday night at Natural Law - they'll be playing two 90-minute sets with special guest Johnny Drummer. If you haven't yet tried the Limon Pepino Chicken Flatbread, do yourself a favor and order two because it's that good! 
When: Friday, September 6, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Punk Rock Pig Roast
This Saturday it's all you-can-consume pig and punk at O'Connell's Pub Time, when their annual Punk Rock Pig Roast returns. Check out the full line-up of bands by clicking here. 
When: Saturday, September 7, doors open at noon, bands begin at 1:00 p.m.
Where: O'Connell's Pub Time, 12924 Western Ave.

Vintage Base Ball
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as Blue Island's own Vintage Base Ball team, The Brewmasters, reels in a win against the Chicago Salmon. Played by the rules of 1858, the game is equal parts theater and sporting competition, and a ton of fun for cranks (fans) of any age!
When: Sunday, September 7, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Gas Works Grounds, James & Ann Streets, behind First Lutheran Church. 

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.

Romin' The Island Car Party
Romin' Chariots return for their annual Blue Cap fundraiser, "Romin The Island Car Party." Raffles, food, music plus Pinewood Derby, Hot Wheels Racing, and Slot Car Drag Races. Fun for the whole family! Free admission for spectators; $15 per car. 
When: Saturday, September 21, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Cap Instructional Center, 1962 Broadway

Art, History & Literature
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.
Tickets: Early Bird $20 | Day Of $25. Tickets on sale now at Rock Island Public House, Blue Island Public Library, Flowers by Cathe, and Blue Island Historical Society. Online sales at 

Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
August's Roundtable features Kate Masur presenting "They Knew Lincoln."   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, September 17, 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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