North Coast Music Festival rocks SeatGeek Stadium

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By Carol McGowan An estimated 75,000 people flocked to SeatGeek Stadium last weekend for the annual three-day North Coast Music Festival, which was held in Bridgeview for the first time. The festival, which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, featured a wide range of music and artists from electronic to hip hop to…

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Tea and pub crawl a part of new Orland Park rec events


By Jeff Vorva Sipping tea and a pub crawl are among the new events that will be offered to Orland Park residents in the winter and 2022 spring seasons. During the Village Board meeting on Aug. 16, Recreation and Parks Director Ray Piattoni gave the room a quick tour on what to expect in the…

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Taste organizers are hoping for a crowd of 40,000 this year


By Jeff Vorva Taste of Orland Park was one of the few summer events to actually take place in the Chicago area in 2020 during the pandemic and the village’s director of recreation and parks, Ray Piattoni, estimated 5,000 people showed up over three days. That was far below the usual 30,000-40,000 the fest had…

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‘Lightyears’ TV series films in Willow Springs

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By Carol McGowan If you have recently driven down Archer through Willow Springs, you may have noticed the trucks and trailers parked along Bonnie’s at 8442 Archer Ave. That’s because they’re filming an upcoming science fiction streaming TV series co-produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television for Amazon Prime Video. According to Wikipedia, the show…

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Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

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By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St. “This was the fastest we ever put a fest together,” said Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar. “At the beginning of the year, I didn’t even know if we’d have one…

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Village greenlights Taste of Orland, special events

  By Dermot Connolly Orland Park trustees agreed Monday night to move full speed ahead with special events this summer including two concerts, the Taste of Orland, Brewfest and the Great Pumpkin Party. They did agree to observe social distancing and to take other pandemic precautions. The Orland Park Village Board approved a resolution Monday…

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Children’s Farm, McCord Gallery open again in Palos Park

  By Bob Bong Things are getting back to normal in Palos Park. The Children’s Farm at The Center reopened Tuesday, while the McCord Gallery is open again and new classes will start later this month. The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, is open and following state and CDC guidelines for public safety. All employees,…

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Womantalk discussion

The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ladies are invited to join the discussion of “Simple Abundanc” and other readings by Sarah Ban Breathnach. There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Ladies are invited…

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Kids’ beading workshop

A beading workshop for children in kindergarten through eighth grade is offered on Friday, July 3, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park. Art instructor Heather Young will teach the children to create 3-strand necklaces and a matching bracelet from the art…

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Juried community art exhibition at Moraine Valley

Moraine Valley Community College is hosting a juried exhibition of artwork by community artists in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The exhibit runs through Friday, July 31. The exhibition features original work from across all areas of study, including painting, drawing,…

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