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Posted on: January 3, 2017

Annual Park Permit Lottery set for Feb. 4

The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Annual Park Permit Lottery on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The event is held each year to allow members of the public t...Read more »

Posted on: October 17, 2016

"Queen of the Blues" live at Freedom Hall, Oct. 21

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Back by popular demand, "Queen of the Blues" Shemekia Copeland will perform at Freedom Hall on Friday, October 21, 2016. Shemekia will rock the house, pounding out the Rhythm and Blues. Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music p...Read more »

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Recs and Parks responds to inquiries on black-spotted leaves

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Large, unsightly, black spots on maple trees have become quite noticeable in Park Forest during the past several weeks. Park Forest's Recreation and Parks Department has received many calls from residents inquiring about them.

Village Arborist Todd Can...Read more »

Posted on: January 7, 2016

Teen Zone begins Jan. 12, Friday night edition added

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A popular program with Park Forest teens returns on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Teen Zone, sponsored by Park Forest’s Recreation and Parks Department, provides a safe and fun environment for youth in grades seven through 12 to enjoy sports, video games, music, ...Read more »

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Posted on: December 10, 2015

Shemekia Copeland at Freedom Hall, Jan. 22

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Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music power and a heart-pounding urgency. This young singer, dubbed as the new “Queen of the Blues,” has opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, scored critics choice awar...Read more »

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Posted on: November 9, 2015

Masters of Soul at Freedom Hall, Dec. 4 & 5

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An encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist! In the early 60s some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, MI, better known simply as MOTOWN. MASTERS OF SOUL is a celebratio...Read more »

Posted on: October 14, 2015

Ava Logan with the Southland Jazz Ensemble at Freedom Hall, Nov. 8

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Join the crowd at Freedom Hall on November 8 for an evening of jazz standards, the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and more! This not-to-be-missed performance features jazz vocalist Ava Logan backed by the big band sound of ...Read more »

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

Booker T. Jones LIVE at Freedom Hall, Oct. 2

On Friday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m., the opening performance for the 2015 Freedom Hall Series will feature legendary musician, Booker T. Jones.

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible...Read more »

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Posted on: March 9, 2015

C.J. Chenier at Freedom Hall, March 13

On Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Freedom Hall Series will present Zydeco extraordinaire C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band.

C.J. Chenier talks a lot about energy. Ask him why he recorded a certain song and he’ll tell you he likes the ener...Read more »

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Posted on: February 13, 2015

The Volunteers at Freedom Hall, March 8

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Since 1981, The Volunteers have been bringing the Army story to life through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Whether rocking out major arenas around the country, thrilling crowds at community events, or entertaining Veterans in more intimate show...Read more »

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Posted on: November 26, 2014

Woodland Carols at Thorn Creek Nature Center, Dec. 13

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Warm up to the Winter Solstice with Woodland Carols on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Savor homemade soups while listening to holiday music by popular area performers. This event is an annual holiday food drive ...Read more »

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Holiday-themed performances at Freedom Hall

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Enjoy the following holiday-themed performances at Park Forest's Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre in December and get into the holiday spirit in a fun-filled, intimate setting right in your own backyard!

Winter Wonderland with Mandy Barnett | D...Read more »

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Posted on: November 5, 2014

Slide Brothers at Freedom Hall, Nov. 7

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The Slide Brothers will perform blues, rock and soul at Freedom Hall on Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Slide Brothers were recently featured as part of the “Experience Hendrix Tour”, with their interpretations of Jimmy Hendrix signature songs “Pur...Read more »

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Posted on: October 17, 2014

Skulls and Bones art program at Thorn Creek, Oct. 26

Kids of all ages can bone up on their artistic skills and anatomical knowledge at Thorn Creek Nature Center on Oct. 26. Join the fun at Thorn Creek Nature Center for “Skulls and Bones,” a Halloween art experience.

There are two session available: 1-...Read more »

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Posted on: October 17, 2014

Simon & Garfunkel tribute band LIVE, Oct. 21

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AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle have been performing this remarkable tribute to the music of “Simon & Garfunkel” for more than a decade and their sold out shows prove the effect on their audiences is undeniable. A chance meeting in 1991, in a local ...Read more »

Visit the Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective website
Posted on: September 18, 2014

Thorn Creek Nature Center to host Garlic Fest Oct. 4

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On Saturday, October 4, from noon to 3 p.m., Thorn Creek Nature Center will hold Garlic Fest, an afternoon of family fun celebrating organically grown garlic with recipes, cooking, crafts, hikes, planting & growing demonstrations, garlic refreshments,...Read more »

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Dance lessons and Alpha Cleft Project at Wednesday's Main Street Nights

Main Street Nights continues this Wednesday, June 18, with the following acts:

7 p.m. - Dance Lessons Learn some of the hottest moves in Salsa and Stepping from expert instructors with a DJ providing the tunes. Salsa from 7 - 7:30 p.m. Stepping from 7:...Read more »

Posted on: June 6, 2014

Main Street Nights kickoff features free food, music and more!

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Main Street Nights is back and opening night on June 11 you sure don’t want to miss! It’s a resident appreciation bbq followed by an evening full of great acts!

Starting at 5:30 p.m., FREE food will be available on a first come-first served basis for...Read more »

View the Main Street Nights webpage!
Posted on: May 27, 2014

Park Forest Aqua Center early bird registration rates end June 6

Staff is gearing up for another hot, busy summer at Chicagoland’s premiere outdoor pool, the Park Forest Aqua Center!

Now through June 6, take advantage of early bird registration rates and save! Visit the Park Forest Aqua Center June 2 through June 6,...Read more »

Visit the Park Forest Aqua Center's webpage now
Posted on: February 18, 2014

Maldonado to retire after 32 years of service

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After 32 years of service to the Village of Park Forest, Recreation and Parks Crew Chief Hernan Maldonado is retiring from his post effective Feb. 28.

Maldonado was presented with a resolution from the Village of Park Forest at the Feb. 17 meeting of ...Read more »

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