Events in and around Blue Island

VOTING NOW OPEN!

Voting for the Best of Blue Island Awards is now officially open! You needn't be a chamber member to vote. Click the image above to vote - but don't wait. Official voting closes February 22, with the winners being announced at the 2019 Best of Blue Island Awards Banquet at Beggars on March 30, 2019. 
Chamber


Join us for a special Lunch & Learn with guest speaker Howard Coppari, Community Development Manager for the City of Blue Island.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.
Cost: Members $15 | Non-Members $20. Purchase your tickets in advance by clicking here. 

MEISS Expo


The 2019 Minority Entrepreneurship Interactive Solution Symposium is hosted by Village of Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward, and brings together public and private sector influencers to help provide resources to minority entrepreneurs in the South Suburban Chicagoland area. Register for the event, reserve booth space, and learn more  by clicking here.  
When: Friday, March 1, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Robbins Community Center, 13800 Trumball Ave., Robbins

Reading & recreation
Blue Island Public Library

February 7 
5:00 p.m. - Faceted Jewel Soap
February 8
12:00 p.m. - Morra - The Italian Fingers Game of Italy and Old Blue Island
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
February 9
12:30 p.m. - Hearthstone Fireside Gathering 
February 11
6:00 p.m. - Creative Nonsense
February 12
11:30 a.m. - Internet Basics 
12:00 p.m. - 
Decorando Botellas de Vidrio para Día de San Valentín/Decorating Glass Bottles for Valentine's Day
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
5:00 p.m. - Youth Open Maker Hours
7:00 p.m. - Stretch Your Grocery Dollars
February 13
10:00 a.m. -  Círculo de Conversación en Inglés/English Conversation Group
12:00 p.m. -  Clases de Crochet con Mirna
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours
4:00 p.m. - Japanese Beetle Trap
6:00 p.m. - DIY Wire Air Plant Holder
February 14
3:00 p.m. - Open Maker Hours


Where: 2433 York St.

Blue Island Park District  


Ice Skating
The rink at Memorial Park is open!   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 
Progress In The Preserves
You are invited to come learn about and celebrate the impact Centennial Volunteers stewardship has on our forest preserves.  After measuring the biodiversity of nine river edge preserves, the significant changes brought about by volunteers are clear and the results are scientific, encouraging and amazing!  Light refreshments will be served. Hosted by Friends of the Chicago River. 
When:  Thursday, February 7, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.

Open Hours at the Albee House
On Friday afternoons, Blue Island Historical Society opens the doors to the Albee House and invites you to take a trip back in time. To help you stay on time and in the know all year long, BIHS produced a special calendar for 2019 with important events and meetings already filled in, and 12 months of beautiful historic photos and facts. Buy yours before they're gone by clicking here
When: Fridays, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Ave.

Open Kitchen: Burger Bonanza
It's a Burger Bonanza at Rock Island Public House on Friday and Saturday evenings this month. Cuban, Asian Teriyaki, a killer Breakfast Burger with allllll the fixins' and a delicious Veggie Burger that even meat-lovers won't be able to resist,  prepared and served up (with love) by the Dohertys.  
When: Friday & Saturday, February 8-9, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 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.

Party For The Broken Hearted
Who needs a Valentine when you have music? Dance your heartache away at Kelly's Irish Saloon with FCS Soundsystem and a special lineup of guest DJs. 
When: Saturday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kelly's Irish Saloon, 13312 Olde Western Ave.

Aquarius Zodiac Bash
If you're an Aquarius through and through, than this retractable rooftop bash at Raven's is for you! This birthday party includes drink specials and music spun by DJ Hi-Speed. 
When: Saturday, February 9, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Raven's Place, 13031 S. Western Ave.

Live: Gerry and Friends
Gerry and Friends return to Blue Island Beer Company for their second annual fun and family-friendly jam session. You'll love listening to amazingly talented musicians playing off-the-cuff while supporting the first and only Blue Island brewery since prohibition. 
When: Sunday February 10, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave.

Love Is In The Air Late Night Shopping
Join Three Sisters Antique Mall for a night of champagne, chocolate, red, pink, and tons of fun! Enjoy discounts on items that are red or pink, and get expert assistance from the Three Sisters team on picking out the perfect gift for your sweetie. 
When: Tuesday, February 12, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Three Sisters Antique Mall, 13042 Western Ave.

Entertainment
Valentine's Weekend at Maple Tree Inn Bistro
Make your reservations now for Valentine's Weekend at Maple Tree Inn Bistro. Specialty Chef Selections all weekend long plus full bistro menu. Reservations strongly encouraged at  http://mapletreeinnrestaurant.com/
When: February 14 & 15, doors open at 5:00 p.m.; February 16 & 17, doors at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Maple Tree Inn Bistro, 13000 S. Western Ave.

Beer & Chocolate Pairing
Chocolatier Jared Brown returns to Rock Island Public House for a special evening of chocolate and craft beer pairing. At $20 per person, this event is the perfect way to celebrate your love or lack there of! 
When: Thursday, February 14, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave.

The Office Trivia and DJ Party
If you're Threat Level Midnight when it comes to playing trivia and piling up seasons of The Office knowledge - this night is for you! Cash prizes for the winning team followed by some fancy footwork on the dance floor by everybody. 
When: Saturday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Double Play Saloon, 1 3011 Western Ave. 

A Fairytale Tea Party 
Join Rapunzel and her friends for an enchanting afternoon filled with tea, treats, shopping, crafts, story time, singing, dancing, and more! This event is geared for children 12 and under. 
When: Saturday, February 23, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Middle School, 12320 Greenwood Ave.
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children. Email rzylman@district130.org or ncyson@district130.org for tickets. 

Art, History & Literature
Lincoln-Davis Civil War Roundtable
February's speaker is  Lee White on "Bushwacking on a Grand Scale: Chickamauga."  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, February 19, 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Country House Restaurant, 5400 W. 127th St., Alsip

Sleeping Beauty
Will the Princess Sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a Kiss? This Chicago Kids Company features colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. Geared for children ages 2-10. 
When: January 16 - February 22, 10:30 a.m. weekdays and 1:00 p.m. weekends 
Where: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago
Tickets: For tickets call (773) 205-9600 or visit www.ChicagoKidsCompany.com. 

Call For Artists
Kelly's Irish Saloon is seeking artists for their Spring Artisans Fair taking place April 28 from noon to 7:00 p.m. Interested artists should email portfolio examples/links to cara.ann.brumley@gmail.com. Spots are $15 and the deadline to apply is February 24, 2019.
When: February 24, 2019, artist application deadline. Saturday, April 28, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m., Spring Artisans Fair
Where: Kelly's Irish Saloon, 13312 Olde Western Ave. 

Community
Black Culture Nite
Join Neighborhood Watch Group #37 for Black Culture Nite 2019, taking place this year at the Calumet Township Community Center. There will be a meet and greet from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. followed by live entertainment. Click here to view the event flyer for more details!
When: Friday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Calumet Township Community Center, 12633 Ashland Ave., Calumet Park 

Spaghetti Dinner & Bake Sale
The Blue Island/Crestwood Rotary Club will host their annual Spaghetti Diner and Bake Sale, featuring good food, raffles and prizes for a great cause. Tickets at the door or in advance from any rotary members. 
When: Sunday, March 3, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Elk's Club, 4428 Midlothian Turnpike, Crestwood

Raffle Basket Donations Requested
Calling all local businesses! Blue Island-Robbins Neighborhood Network is hosting their annual mixer next month, and they have put out a request for basket donations. Our wonderful Board Vice Chair Kim Murphy Gunaka of First Midwest Bank also serves on the board for BIRNN and is your contact for basket donations. Learn more about the event and the fantastic work of BIRNN by clicking here, and thank you for your support!

Blue Cap News
Job Opening
Blue Cap is hiring a full-time Direct Support Professional for their new Autism Program. Click here for more details

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 https://www.gofundme.com/helping-hand-in-fight-of-addiction. 


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