Events in and around Blue Island

I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze...
The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves...

You're invited to a Harvest High Tea! Enjoy the tastes of the season and a pot of warm tea in the delightful surroundings of the Blue Island Historical Society.

Advance reservations required to, at, or by calling 708-371-8546.

Yesterday at the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting & Awards, Chamber Executive Director Sara Brown and her husband Kevin were recognized with a Tourism Award of Merit for their work to promote Blue Island and the greater Chicago Southland through events like Drivin' The Dixie, the Blue Island Brewmasters, the Dragon Boat Festival, and their short film series. The event featured a keynote address from Congresswoman Robin Kelly and a guest address from Governor JB Pritzker. To view a full list of award winners, click the image above. 

Business After Hours 
When: October 23, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Lunch & Learn with guest Jim Garret, 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. 

Chamber Member Special
Village View Publications is offering Chamber Members a 10% discount for new advertisers. Call Linda at 708-425-1910 or visit

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

Reading & recreation
Blue Island Public Library

October 3
6:00 p.m. - Bilingual Storytime for Little Ones
October 4
1:00 p.m. - Free Movie Streaming with Kanopy
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
October 7
1:00 p.m. - Knitting & Crocheting Club
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsense
October 8
3:00 p.m. - 3D Printed Jack-O-Lantern Decorating
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - De-Stress Fest
6:00 p.m. - Oozing Bug Slime
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
October 9
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
4:00 p.m. - Drawing 101: Perspective
6:00 p.m. - Kid Crafts
October 10
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Bilingual Storytime for Little Ones

Where: 2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District
Welcome to BOO Island! 
Join Blue Island Park District for tons of Halloween fun this October! 

Monster Bingo
The scariest thing about Halloween might actually be the costume price. Make every penny count by taking advantage of BOO Island Park District's Halloween-themed events, like their costume-friendly Monster Bingo. Enjoy snacks, drinks and loads of great prizes.
When: October 18, 6:00 p.m.

Halloween Flashlight Egg Hunt
Maybe it's just the autumn leaves burning, but we'd like to think that smell is good ol' fashion energy burning, courtesy of Blue Island Park District's action-packed flashlight Halloween Hunt. Join Blue Island's bravest in a search for goodies hidden all around Memorial Park after dark. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in costume. Flashlight and bag are mandatory. Event will occur regardless of weather.
When: October 25, 7:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat
Our annual Trunk or Treat is the best around! Creative participants dress up their trunks in spooky and imaginative ways and pass out candy and goodies to all the little monsters in a safe, supervised environment.
When: October 27, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Learn more about Blue Island Park District at 
Blue Island 
Character Performer Auditions
Have you always wanted to make magic? Windy City Wishes is currently casting all male and female roles and are seeking performers with engaging personalities to portray Character Look-A-Likes from a variety of fairytales and stories. Character Performers perform in parades, shows, meet-and-greets, and private events. ***Please email to register***
When: Thursday, October 3, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Park District, 12804 Highland Ave. 

Salsa Night
Get ready to move your feet to the Salsa beat at City Limits tonight. The evening begins with one hour of instruction, followed by three hours of open dance floor. Fuel up with a tasty appetizer or flatbread ahead of time or after the fun as a late night snack! 
When: Thursday, October 3, 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: Homestretch Ride
Get your fill of traditional and contemporary bluegrass with Homestretch Ride, live at Blue Island Beer Company on Friday night. While you're there, fill up on a few delicious craft beers or sodas made right here in Blue Island. 
When: Friday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave. 

On Stage: "Figments"
The talented students from DDE take the stage this Friday and Saturday nights to perform "Figments," a delightfully entertaining play about a playwright who's imagination runs wild as he attempts to overcome writer's block. 
When: Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Eisenhower High School, 12700 S. Sacramento Ave.

Light Parade Fundraiser
It's the final and biggest fundraiser of the year for the Blue Island Light Parade! Come out and help raises money for the parade and Kringle Mart, and have some fun while you do. Admission includes open bar, and lots of fun raffles and prizes. 
When: Friday, October 4, 7:00 -10:00 p.m.
Where: Double Play Saloon, 13011 Western Ave.
Cost: $30

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, October 4, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Front Row, 13312 Olde Western Ave. 

Live: Soda Jerks
Kick off your weekend with your favorite local musicians, the Soda Jerks! This Friday night, the band's back in Blue Island, celebrating a special birthday with live music, delicious food, and imaginative drinks only found at Natural Law. 
When: Friday, October 4, 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave. 

Live: Professor Moptop Presents: "Beatlemania"
The good Professor Moptop is back and this time he celebrates Volume 2 of Textbook Beatles, "Beatlemania!" Find out more about 1963-1964, a time that may have changed rock n' roll and pop music forever. Special guest Phil Angotti and Don E Vie will play a special set of music to top off the evening. 
When: Saturday, October 5, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Pat Taylor and Friends
Pat Taylor and Friends return for two sets of rock fun at Natural Law this Saturday, and a plus one in the form of special guest Smiley Tillmon. Speaking of special, have you tried the pork slider special yet? Two pulled pork sliders plus fries for $6 - it's delicious and it's a huge meal! 
When: Saturday, October 5, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Wine & Design
Corona Realty Group invites you to enjoy some fun with wine and a little creative design next Thursday at their Blue Island office. This is a free client appreciation event but all are welcome!
When: Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Corona Realty Group, 13012 Western Ave. 

Art, History & Literature
Harvest High Tea
Families and friendships thrive on communication, of telling stories both old and new. This is a time to get together and learn more about each other, to offer a piece of advice, talk about those treasures you've been keeping, or that recipe you want to pass along. Enjoy these special times over a pot of warm tea in the delightful surroundings of the Blue Island Historical Society.
When: Saturday, October 12, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave. 

Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
October's Roundtable features Steve Davis presenting "A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign."   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, October 19, 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Country House Restaurant, 5400 W. 127th St., Alsip

Legislative Training
Progress Cente r for Independent Living invites you to attend a 10 week training series on advocacy for disability issues. Learn about the legislative process, how a bill becomes a law, how to communicate with elected officials, and how to become a self-advocate. 
When: Tuesdays, October 8 - December 10, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Progress Center for Independent Living, 12940 S. Western Ave., 3rd Floor

School Supply Drive & Pack Event
Blue Island Robbins Neighborhood Network Residency Advisory Council is hosting their First Ever School Supply Drive & Pack Event. Many children have supplies to start the school year, but by October the erasers are gone, the glue sticks no longer stick, the scissors don't cut and who knows what happened to the number #2 pencils! BIRNN wants to collect school supplies and replenish the supplies that are lost, used or just won't work anymore. Supplies will be collected on October 11, and volunteers are needed for the packing event on October 12. Click here for more information.
When: Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12
Where: John D. Rita Recreation Center, 2805 141st Street

Electronics & Hazardous Waste Collection Event
The Green Sanctuary Group of the Beverly Unitarian Church is sponsoring a Household Electronics and Hazardous Waste Collection. Click here for a list of items to be collected. Donations are encouraged to help defray costs!
When: Saturday, October 5, 8:30 -11:00 a.m. 
Where: Morgan Park United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 110th & Longwood, Chicago

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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