Lyons to host WindyCity BluesFest Sep. 22-23 @ Cermak Park in Lyons along Ogden Avenue
Sep 22 – Sep 23 all-day

Lyons to host WindyCity BluesFest Sep. 22-23

Headliners include Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Lurrie Bell, and The Mike Wheeler Band. Tomiko Dixon (granddaughter of blues legend Willie Dixon), and Buddy Guy’s daughter Carlise Guy and the NuBlu Band along with Deak Harp & Quicksand from Clarksdale Mississippi round out the big Saturday Showcase.

The largest booker of blues musicians at the Chicago Blues Fest has broken with the City of Chicago and is now booking entertainment for the Village of Lyons Blues Festival which will be held Sept. 22 and 23, 2018.

Dave Madlener, the president and founder of the Windy City Blues Society, said the two-day Lyons Blues Fest will be “the biggest independent production in years” promising a spectacular lineup of blues performers, musicians and singers.

The Lyons BluesFest will take place on two stages at Cermak Park in Lyons along Ogden Avenue just west of the Des Plaines River (about 7600 West Ogden Avenue in the forest preserve park area.)

To read the full story about the new WindyCity BluesFest, click here

Windy City BluesFest from facebook

Windy City BluesFest from facebook

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018
Main Stage
11:00 – 11:40 Mississippi Gabe Carter
11:50 -12:30 Donna Herula
12:45 – 1:25 Black Oil Brothers
1:40 – 2:20 Jamiah Rogers Band
2:25 – 3:20 Joe Filisko & Eric Noden
3:35 – 4:15 Eddie Taylor Jr. Band
4:30 – 5:15 The Original Delta Fireballs featuring Geneva Red
5:30 – 6:15 Deak Harp & Quicksand
6:30 – 7:15 The NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy
7:35 – 9:05 Willie Dixons Original Chicago Blues All-Star Band backing
The Chicago Blues Divas
Tomiko Dixon’s birthday
9:20 – 11:15 The Mike Wheeler Band
Nellie “Tiger” Travis
Lurrie Bell
Backwoods Stage
12:30 – 1:00 Bo Ricketts
1:10 – 1:50 Billy King Band
2:05 – 250 Queen Beautiful
3:05 – 3:50 Darren Jay and the Delta Souls
4:05 – 5:00 Fruteland Jackson
5:15 – 6:00 Nick Bell
6:15 – 7:00 Tyrannosaurus Chicken
7:15 – 9:30 Tawl Paul and the Dead or Alives

Sunday, Sept 23, 2018
Main Stage
12:00 – 12:45 Colin John and Long Tall Deb
1:00 – 1:45 Kilbourn Alley Blues Band
2:00 – 2:45 Ivy Ford
3:00 – 3:45 Demetria Taylor Band
4:00 – 5:10 Matthew Curry
5:30 – 7:00 Ben Miller Band

Backwoods Stage
12:30 – 7:00 Chicago Blues Challenge

(Entrance to the popular “Chicago Blues Challenge” is still open.)


Lisa Hernandez fundraiser Sept. 24 @ Hawthorne Race Track
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Lisa Hernandez fundraiser Sept. 24

On September 24th, State Rep. Lisa Hernandez will host a “Night at the Races” at Hawthorne Race Track. Come out to see the last race of the season and network with friends and colleagues.

Tickets are available online here.


Join author Richard Reeder at Max & Benny’s Sept. 24 @ Max and Benny's Restaurant, Deli and Bakery
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join author Richard Reeder at Max & Bennies Sept. 24

Join author Richard Reeder as he dives into his newest literary gem “1001 Train Rides in Chicago.”

Monday, September 24th
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Max and Benny’s Restaurant, Deli and Bakery
461 Waukegan Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062

Nearly a century has passed since Ben Hecht wrote the last of his 1001 Afternoons in Chicago columns for the Chicago Daily News in the early 1920s. Now in 2018, Richard Reeder pays literary homage to Hecht in his new book 1001 Train Rides in Chicago, sixty-four short fiction vignettes of ordinary people who ride the eight rail lines of the CTA.

Reeder creatively weaves a written social tapestry of contemporary Chicago depicting its heterogeneous population and diverse neighborhoods. Leonid Osseny’s illustrations add a striking impressionistic dimension to the book.

1001 Train Rides in Chicago

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Poetry off the Shelf: Grady Chambers & Henri Cole @ Poetry Foundation
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Poetry off the Shelf: Grady Chambers & Henri Cole

Join us for a reading with Grady Chambers from his debut collection, North American Stadiums, selected as the winner of the inaugural Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Chambers was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Henri Cole, who judged the prize, is the author of numerous collections, including Touch: Poems, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems 1982–2007, and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Middle Earth.

Cosponsored with Milkweed Editions

Poetry reading Chicago Sept. 26, 2018


Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:00 PM


Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free Admission

Patricia Joan Murphy Fundraiser Sept. 27 Bourbon Street @ 115 Bourbon Street
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Patricia Joan Murphy Fundraiser Sept. 27 Bourbon Street

Build Worth Township Democratic Organization Committeewoman Patricia Joan Murphy will host her first fundraiser on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 PM. The event is located at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W 115th St, Merrionette Park, IL 60803

Committeeman Patricia Joan Murphy’s Inaugural Fundraiser!

I would like to extend a special ‘comped’ invite to thank you for supporting me through my election. I can’t thank you enough for all you did to help me whether you contributed monetarily, collected names on petitions, knocked on doors, marched in a parade, made phone calls, or mentored me, I am forever grateful.

I am embracing the Committeeman position with all I have. I invite you and your family to come as my guest. I want to pack the room and have a fun, successful night.

Since all my time lately is spent at political functions, please come out so I can see you. Kindly let me know if you can come by Sept. 21st because I have to have a head count for Bourbon Street.

Senator Hastings Casino & Fun fundraiser Oct. 5 @ Georgio's Banquets Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Senator Hastings Casino & Fun fundraiser Oct. 5

Friend —

Join us Friday, October 5 for Here’s The Deal – a Casino Night Reception.

October 5, 2018
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Georgio’s Banquets Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center
8800 West 159th, Orland Park, IL

General Admission:  $40 per/person

Includes: gambling chips to wager for prizes, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and first-class entertainment

Attire:  Dress to Impress

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online

Various sponsorships available. Full details are provided in the flyer below.

Questions and RSVPs can be directed to:

Orland Fire Hosts Blood Drive Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 @ Orland Fire Protection District Admin Building
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Orland Fire Hosts Blood Drive Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

The Orland Fire Protection District will host a Blood Drive & Health Fair Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9 am until 1 pm at the Administration Building, 9790 W. 151 Street.

Blood Pressure Checks, CCL Labs, Walgreens Flu Shots, CPR, Vitas Hospice Care, Aishling Home Care—Dementia Training, Audi-ologist-hearing tests, Phoenix Home Care, Station Tours, Dis-patch Tours, SAC & lots of information to keep you healthy!!

You can register online for a specific or preferred time by clicking here. The event is open to the public and free.

For More Information on the Orland Fire Protection District, visit our website at

Orland Fire Protection District Blood Drive and Health Fair Oct. 13, 2018

Orland Fire Protection District Blood Drive and Health Fair Oct. 13, 2018

Southland hosts Spartan Race at Toyota Park Oct. 20 @ Toyota Park Stadium
Oct 20 all-day

Southland hosts Spartan Race at Toyota Park Oct. 20

The Chicago Southland is welcoming Spartan Race, Inc. this fall when they hold their first ever Chicago area Spartan Stadium Series Sprint at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

Scheduled race day is Saturday, October 20, 2018, with two “waves” of activity being one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

No matter if you’re an elite athlete looking for explosive competition or a first-time racer looking to break into the world of Spartan racing, the Spartan Stadium Series is a unique opportunity for men, women and children to run in some of the most iconic sports stadiums in the world.

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Southland's Spartan Race at Toyota Park Oct. 20

Spartan is more than a race; it’s a way of life. We believe that you can’t have a strong body without a strong mind, that you can’t grow without pressure, that obstacles help shift our frame of reference and make us more resilient. We believe that signing up for a race holds us accountable and keeps us motivated to train harder and eat healthier. With more than 200 events in over 30 countries, there’s no excuse not to take the first step.