Events in and around Blue Island

Celebrity Circulation Clerks Wanted!

Join the Blue Island Public Library Circulation Staff during National Library Week (April 7-13) for a fun-filled hour to meet-and-greet library patrons and celebrate this year's theme:

Libraries = Strong Communities

Chat with your neighbors and friends while promoting the library's services to the community and your organization. Interested celebs should contact Dave Boras ( dboras@blueislandlibrary.org) in the library's circulation department for more details and to schedule your meet-and-greet time.
Chamber


Best of Blue Island Awards Dinner
Join us for a cocktail party, live jazz by 360 Degrees, and a sit-down dinner, followed by the very popular "Best of Blue Island" awards.
When: Saturday, March 30, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Beggars Pizza, 12700 S. Kedzie Ave.

Program Launch: Hero Meals 
For generations, many Blue Island Business Owners have donated time and money to make sure Blue Island's first responders are well fed on the holidays when most of the nation is home celebrating with family and friends. 

We're proud to continue this tradition using the expertise, manpower, and collaborative spirit of our membership to launch Hero Meals. 


Save The Date:
Lunch & Learn: A Second Helping with Howard Coppari, City of Blue Island Community Development Manager
When: Thursday, April 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.

Business Breakfast: Progress Center For Independent Living
When: Thursday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. 
Where: City Hall East Annex, 2434 Vermont St.

B2B
Job Fair
Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, in conjunction with the City of Blue Island and Villages of Alsip, Merrionette Park, and Robbins, invite businesses and organizations to participate in their first ever job fair. Click here to register online. Questions may be directed to Malinda Majoch at malinda.majoch@chsd218.org.
When: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, 12700 Sacramento Ave.

Reading & recreation
Blue Island Public Library

March 21
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
March 22
11:00 a.m. - Jello Art: Flowers
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
March 25
5:00 p.m. - Origami Butterflies
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsense
March 26
11:30 a.m. - Learn Keynote
12:00 p.m. -  ESL Computer Classes /Clases de ComputaciĆ³n ESL
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
4:00 p.m. - Hemp Bracelets
5:00 p.m. - Youth Open Maker Hours
5:00 p.m. - Microsoft Word Clinic
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
6:00 p.m. - Open Mic
March 27
3:00 p.m. -  Geek Out! Tech Fair Event
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours

Where: 2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District  


Recreation Open House
Meet instructors and coaches, register for upcoming events, enjoy games, prizes, #ParkIt swag and more.
When: Saturday, March 30, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park Field House, 12804 Highland Ave.

Early Bird Pool Passes
Get your Summer 2019 Pool Pass for Memorial Park Pool with maximum savings when you take advantage of the Early Bird Pool Pass program. Layaway plans available.
When: Passes on sale now!
Where: Memorial Park, 12804 Highland Ave.


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Thursday Night Trivia
Play Whaddayaknow? Trivia every Thursday at Kelly's Irish Saloon. Great prizes for winning teams and drink specials all night. Stop in with some friends and show off that big brain of yours. 
When:  Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Kelly's Irish Saloon, 13312 Olde Western Ave. 

Rummage Sale
Stop by Grace United Methodist Church on Friday and Saturday to shop their huge rummage sale! Find everything you need along with items you can't live without: antiques, furniture, books, artwork, toys, household items, kitchenware, and more. 
When: Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Grace United Methodist Church, 12739 Maple Ave.

Zumba
It's not a workout -- it's a party! Find out what all the Zumba buzz is about. For just $15 a month, you can Zumba away Monday-Friday, and zoom your way to healthier living. 
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Salvation Army Crossgenerations Worship & Community Center, 2900 127th St. 

Open Hours at the Albee House
Blue Island Historical Society has expanded their open hours to three days a week, and invited the Chamber to set up a pop-up office there so we can be more accessible to the community and our business owners. Visit the house to learn more about area history and view historic artifacts and photos, and don't forget your merch money - from ornaments to books, postcards to commemorative shirts, 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 Fish Fries
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Appetizers include breaded cheese ravioli w/marinara sauce ($5). The main menu offers fried shrimp ($14), fried catfish, cod and perch filets ($13 each) and whitefish and chicken tenders ($10 each). All dinners come with fries or baked potato and coleslaw; add mac and cheese for $2. Side dishes include jalapeno poppers ($6), onion rings ($5), mac & cheese or jalapeno mac & cheese ($3), and extra fries ($1.50). Women's Auxiliary Bake Sale treats available for dessert, along with entertainment most nights. Call ahead to-go orders available at 708-388-9739. 
When: Fridays 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. through April 19 
Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles 1332, 2427 Grove St.

St. Benedict
Stop by St. Benedict Church Hall for lunch, dinner, or carryout meals of baked or fried fish, cole slaw, french fries, and beets - just $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. 
When: Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. through April 12
Where: St. Benedict Church Hall, York & Gregory

Cuzin's
Cuzin's invites you to All You Can Eat Fish Fry and other Lenten Specials Available March 8th through April 19th. Wild caught Alaskan Pollock, Jumbo Shrimp, Pepper & Egg, and more. Their full Lenten Menu  can be viewed by clicking here.
When: Fridays through April 19
Where: Cuzin's, 2825 W. 127th St.

Don't forget to check out the yummy Lenten Specials at D'Masti, Maple Tree Inn Bistro, La Vieja Castilla, Giuseppe's, and more! 

Feast of St. Joseph
Join Rock Island Public House for a celebration of the feast of St. Joseph. Geena Doherty's "Dessert First!" will be serving up tasty Italian bites paired with tastier drink specials from the bar and entertainment beginning at 8:00 p.m.
When: Friday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Bollweevils + The Ridgelands + Burning Luck + Double Feature
Led by the sneering vocals of lead singer Daryl, The Bollweevils are direct inheritors of a Chicago hardcore tradition handed down from acts such as Naked Raygun and The Effigies. The Ridgelands are Blue Island's next punk rock pretty boys. Burning Luck and Double Feature open. $7 cover ~ 21+ show. 
When: Friday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.  
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

Karaoke Fridays 
This Friday night in Blue Island, unleash your inner rock star with B*A*Star Karaoke at Cuzin's! The fun begins at 8:00 p.m.,but arrive early and enjoy delicious food and drink specials. 
When: Fridays, 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Cuzin's, 2825 W. 127th St.

Children's Choir
A new Children's Choir is forming in Blue Island! Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join; no auditions necessary. For more information, contact Tamela Martin at tamela0302@yahoo.com or 708.629.6327. 
Next Rehearsal: Saturday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30
p.m. 
Where: John D. Rita Recreation Center, 2805 141 st St.

Yoga & Craft Beer
Yoga & Craft Beer is back at Rock Island Public House! Led by Blue Island's own Alex Lehman, this once-a-month-sesh is just $20 for an hour of yoga and a delicious craft beer of your choice from the RIPH's stellar menu. 
When: Saturday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. 
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Spring Sip & Shop
Relax, grab a glass of wine, and update your wardrobe for spring and summer with amazing finds from Thrift, your best friend for high quality, low cost thrift store threads.
When: Saturday, March 23, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: 2645 Walnut St. 

Live: Molly Rose Trio & Friends
On Saturday evening, Blue Island Beer Company hosts Molly Rose for the release of her new album, "What You Need To Find." Enjoy brand new tunes with the Molly Rose Trio and some special friends live on the Beer Co stage. $10 cover ~ All ages show. 
When: Saturday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Whiskey & Harmony 
Catch your favorite college basketball games while enjoying a fun selection of country, pop, oldies and rock from party band Whiskey & Harmony. 
When: Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave. 

Trivia
Are you smart? Do you like to get things as prizes? Or is your prize showing off just how smart you are to a room full of mostly friends and a few strangers? If you answered yes to any of the above, we'll see you Sunday night at Rock Island Public House for trivia with The Quiztory Department. 
When: Sunday, March 24, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Gallery Night
Blue Cap invites you to join them for Gallery Night, an exhibition and sale of artwork created by those Blue Cap so proudly serves. Gallery Night is part of Blue Cap's annual celebration of Intellectual/Developmental Disability Awareness month.
When:  Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

Entertainment
Castle Concert Series: Michael Smith
Songwriter and guitarist Michael Smith performs at the Heritage Gallery as part of a live music series to raise funds for maintenance and restoration of the historic Givins Castle in Beverly. Suggested donation of $20 payable at the door. Learn more by calling 773-719-7059. 
When: Saturday, March 30, doors at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd St., Chicago

Art, History & Literature
Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
April's speaker is  Larry Tagg on "The Generals of Shiloh."  Optional dinner buffet at 6:00 p.m., with program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following the program, enjoy coffee, dessert, gifts, and raffles. All are invited!
When: Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Country House Restaurant, 5400 W. 127th St., Alsip

Jack & The Beanstalk
Join Jack and his dancing Spanish Cow Carmelita, as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant! Audience participation encouraged. This show is geared for families with children ages 2-10.
When: Weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and Weekends at 1:00 p.m. through May 10, 2019 
Where: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111 th  St., Chicago 
Tickets: Call (773) 205-9600 or visit www.ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Community
Spring Tree Planting
Blue Island students, teachers, residents, and friends are invited to get their green on with a three-part Spring Tree Planting series:

LEARN! Find out about what trees do for your community and what the Student Conservation Association (SCA) is doing to restore Blue Island's neighborhood tree canopy. When: Wednesday, April 3, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Where: Eisenhower High School, 12700 Sacramento Ave.

PRACTICE! Experts from CSA, US Forester and Morton Arboretum will offer hands-on training to plant up to 15 trees on school property. 
When: Tuesday, April 9, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Where: Eisenhower High School, 12700 Sacramento Ave.

PLANT! All are invited to join community members in planting up to 65 parkway trees at predetermined sites within 8 blocks of Eisenhower High School. 
When: Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: TBA


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.

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