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Economic Development & Planning Department

  1. Art Exhibit: Soundwaves- Nature -Forms -Colorcodes

    September 28, 2018 - November 3, 2018 @ Tall Grass Arts Association

    Paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures. Artists: James Bowden, Bill Dixon, Linda Lane Hayes, Ricardo Mondragon, & Patricia Moore; these artists created a large body of work that is primarily abstract, exploring concepts related to music, sound, natural forms and pure geometric design. Works that represent a clearly identifiable and personal language of form, shape, color, texture, imagery and mark-making or process. Curators: Claudia and Deborah Craemer. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-4pm; Sunday and Monday: Closed. For more information, call 708.748.3377 or visit

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  2. Muzicnet School of Music Fall Classes

    October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018 @ Muzicnet School Of Music

    Call us today to register for your instrument or vocal class. Appointments needed. No walk-ins please. For more information, call Alan Franklin, 708.481.9870.

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  3. Scarecrow Contest

    October 1, 2018 - October 22, 2018

    Get your entries in by Monday, October 1. We encourage individuals, families, schools and businesses to enter, All scarecrows will need to be completed and dropped off by Monday, October 22. The community is welcome to vote on the scarecrows from Tuesday, October 23- Wednesday, October 31. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 31. 1st Place Winner: $250; 2nd Place: $150 and 3rd Place: $50 Gift Card. For entry forms and more information, call 708.748.1112, #5691 or email

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  4. Hollywood Swinging: A Tribute to Kool & The Gang

    October 19, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Freedom Hall

    Hollywood Swinging is the ultimate tribute to the super group Kool & The Gang! They will bring the party hits of Kool & The Gang from the 70's thru the 80's, combining the excitement of a live show with a super-charged dance party to remember! For ticket information, call 708.747.0580 or visit

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  5. GRAND OPENING - SB Tax & Business Solutions, Inc. @10AM

    October 20, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Join us as welcome SB Tax & Business Solutions, Inc. to the Village of Park Forest. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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  6. Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Presents: 41st Season Opening Night: American Originals

    October 20, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College

    Performances by Bernstein-Candid Overture, Gershwin-An American in Paris, Korngold-Violin Concerto with soloist, Simone Porter, Composer in Residence-World Premiere #1. Act II Opening Night dinner to follow concert. For more information, call Rachel Gilmore, 708.481.7774 or visit

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  7. Autumn Night Hike

    October 24, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Thorn Creek Nature Center

    Come join us to share the smells, sounds and sights of Thorn Creek Woods at night. A naturalist will guide us in a "Quiet Time" experience to take in the nocturnal activities occurring in the preserve before winter sets in. NO flashlights, please. FREE! Ages 10-adult. Registration required. For more information, call 708.747.6320, email or visit

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  8. Haunts Against Hunger: Haunted House

    October 26, 2018, 7:00 PM - October 31, 2018, 9:00 PM

    Come support a good cause and visit our Haunted House. Every year has a different twist to it. Haunts Against Hunger collects canned goods and funds to donate to the local Rich and Monee Township Food Pantries. Tickets will be $6 with canned goods; $8 without canned goods; and $50 for a group of 10 or more ($5 per person), with or without canned goods. Pick a day or two, bring your entire family, friends and enjoy. Early ticket sales will start October 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest (Rec & Parks Counter, 1st Floor/Lobby), 9a-5p. After 5p, the day of the Haunted House, ticket sales will be one hour prior to start and 15 minutes prior to closing, in the Lobby of Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Questions, call 708.748.2005 or 708.283.5621. Sponsored by: Haunts Against Hunger, Park Forest Police and Economic Development & Planning Department.

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  9. Fall Fest

    October 27, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Somonauk Park

    2018 Fall Fest 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Somonauk Park Chili Cook-off ~ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Sample chili and help choose the winner of the Best Chili in Park Forest!

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  10. Thorn Creek Nature Center Presents...Stories from the Old Sauk Trail: An Afternoon with Friends of Thorn Creek Woods

    October 27, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Freedom Hall

    This Native American trail evolved into a major wagon and stage coach road and the route for countless fugitive slaves seeking their freedom in Canada. Local historian Larry McClellan has stories to tell about this now-busy thoroughfare on the northern edge of our Thorn Creek Woods. At our annual gathering of nature lovers, which is open to the public, there will be a short Friends meeting, presentation and refreshments. FREE! Ages 12-Adult. Registration required. For more information, call 708.747.6320, email or visit

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  11. Halloween Party

    October 27, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Church Of The Holy Family

    Join Church of the Holy Family for games, costumes, candy and music for kids. For more information, call Johnnette Shane, 708.748.1100 or visit

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  12. St. Irenaeus 38th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

    October 28, 2018, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ St. Irenaeus Gym

    Join St. Irenaeus Church as they celebrate their 38th Annual Spaghetti Dinner. All-You-Can-Eat dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in the church office. Prizes will be raffled! For more information, call Terri Cardin, 708.748.6891 or visit

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  13. Deadline to Nominate Your Business Person of the Year is October 31

    October 31, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Village Hall

    The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a difference for you or someone you know? Complete the online nomination form no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2018. Past recipients of the Business Person of the Year award are: Janet Fiorenzo, Tower Cleaners; Alan Franklin, Muzicnet Performing Arts Center; Jim McDannel, Lifetime Automotive Repair; Mike Jordan, State Farm Insurance; Earl and Alia Davis, Quality Classic Health and Fitness Center; Bree Breedlove, State Farm Insurance, Yvette Jones, Patricia Moore, Patricia Moore Studio, and 2017 recipient Ed Czupryn, Park Forest Currency Exchange.

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  14. Downtown Park Forest Candy Walk & Costume Contest

    October 31, 2018, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Village Hall

    Join us for a candy walk in Downtown Park Forest with the businesses until candy is exhausted. We will also, have a costume contest for the little ones starting at 4:15pm. Check-in at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, for the list of participating businesses. Sponsored by: Recreation & Parks Commission, Park Forest Police Department and Economic Development & Planning Department. For more information, email

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  15. Hallelujah Night

    October 31, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ First Baptist Church

    Join First Baptist Church with a safe alternative to Halloween trick or treating with games, snacks and prizes. For more information, call Sandra Richards, 708.748.2585.

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