Events in and around Blue Island

Remembering Raceway Park

Earlier this week, a standing-room only crowd gathered at Blue Island Beer Company (formerly Fiedler Motors for you history buffs) for a presentation by Stan Kalwasinski on the history of Raceway Park. 

The event was presented by Blue Island Historical Society, and included special guest appearances by the Jenin sisters (daughters of the former owners of Raceway Park), and former Raceway Park announcer and centenarian Wayne Adams, along with some fan-favorite drivers from Blue Island ( looking at you 007!)

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 7
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Pokemon GO Trading Post & Battles   
November 8
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Friendly Friday Family Movie
November 11
1:00 p.m. - Knitting & Crocheting Club
1:00 p.m. - Let's Play: Fortnite Edition!
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 12
11:00 a.m. - Social Engineering Attacks
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
6:00 p.m. - Songwriters Circle Weekly Meetup
6:30 p.m. - Chickens in the City
November 13
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
3:00 p.m. - Short VR videos: Lost
6:00 p.m. - Poetry Night
6:30 p.m. - Autumn Leaves Shake-Up Globe

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 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 

Using Technology To Find A Job
Discover how you can use technology to your advantage during the job hunt! Learn how to find jobs, research an industry or business, network with employers, create resumes, and submit applications online. Click here to register. 
When: Thursday, November 7, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Moraine Valley Community College Blue Island Campus, 12940 Western Ave.

Shoulder Pain Workshop
Familiarize yourself with common causes of shoulder abnormalities and injuries, and learn how to naturally heal shoulder pain for good.
When: Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.
Where: PTSIR, 13115 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.

Blue Cap 31st Annual Auction
One of Blue Cap's largest fundraisers of the year is their annual auction, and it just so happens to be one of the funnest events of the year too! Enjoy a delicious dinner while you have fun bidding on live and silent auction items including a Vacation Getaway valued at $2500, an elegant evening out in Chicago in a Classic Packard Limo, jewelry, sports tickets, and more! RSVP at 
When: Friday, November 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 
Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 5000 W. 127th St., Alsip

Trivia Night
Play trivia, have fun, and raise money for a great cause! This Friday night at City Limits, Eisenhower High School is hosting a Trivia night fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the Eisenhower Student Scholarship fund. 
When: Friday, November 8, 6:00 p.m. 
Where: City Limits Kitchen & Bar, 13414 Olde Western Ave. 

Live: Vivian Vance Kelly
Get funky with VVK performing live soul, blues, and funk at Natural Law this Friday night. Arrive early and order up your menu favorites before they're gone -- new seasonal menu coming soon! 
When:  Friday, November 8, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Elvis Night with special guest Ron Tutor
Calling all Elvis fans! This Saturday is the return of Elvis Night at Double Play Saloon. Help welcome back Ron Tutor performing all your favorite Elvis tunes. If you haven't seen this show you're missing out!
When: Saturday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Double Play Saloon, 13011 Western Ave. 

Live: Caution
Truck on down to Blue Island Beer Company and head to the way back for Grateful Dead tribute band Caution's first ever show at the Beer Co! All the good vibes and jammage might create a thirst best-quenched by one of the delicious craft beers and sodas on tap - and if you get the munchies, Olde Western Avenue is loaded with options for dine in or carryout.  Pick up your advance ticket by clicking here. 
When: Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.
Cost: $10 pre-sale/$15 day of

Live: Acoustic Solo Performance by Saul Goodman
Live on the Natural Law street-side stage is Saul Goodman, playing your favorite acoustic classic and alternative rock covers. And there's a few good things on the menu, man. Arrive early and enjoy! 
When:  Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Natural Law, 13404 Olde Western Ave.

Live: Sniper
Enjoy the heavier side of classic rock-n-roll when Sniper invades Cuzin's Blue Island this Saturday night. Make an evening out of it with dinner before the show: check out their menu and order delivery online by clicking here.
When:  Saturday, November 9, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Cuzin's, 2825 W. 127th St.

Veterans Day Ceremony
All are welcome and invited to join American Legion Post 50 for their annual salute to veterans at Memorial Park.
When: Monday, November 11, 11:00 a.m. 
Where: Memorial Park, 12804 S. Highland Ave. 

Stars, Stories, & S'mores
Bring your family and friends for an opportunity to enjoy an evening in the Forest Preserves, complete with a cozy fire, s'mores, storytelling, astronomy, night hikes, natural material building, and other nature-based activities.
When: Friday, November 8, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Dan Ryan Woods-Central, Pavilion-S, Western Ave. south of 83rd St., Chicago

Castle Concert Series: 
Irish Musicians John Williams & Dennis Cahill
Regarded internationally as one of the foremost players of Irish music today, John Williams' outsize talents on flute, button accordion, bodhran and piano distinguish him as a multi-instrumentalist in the acoustic scene around the world. Williams will be accompanied by another talented Chicago musician, Dennis Cahill, considered one of the world's finest guitarists and innovators in Irish 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 9, 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

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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