Celebrate in the Chicago Southland!

July in the Chicago Southland!

The Chicago Southland is bursting with events and activities to enjoy this July! Celebrate the 4th of July; check out 10 free activities; get tickets to the USA vs Romania rugby game; find serenity in the Chicago Southland’s outdoors; learn about Brookfield Zoo Chicago’s latest arrivals; participate in our Hot Dog and Pizza Passes to win Chicago Southland swag; take a virtual tour of Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery and check out some upcoming events.

4th of July

Did you know that the Fourth of July is one of the oldest federal holidays? Although the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, the date didn’t become a federal holiday until June 28th, 1870! Now, every summer, Americans celebrate Independence Day with hot dogs, parades and, of course, fireworks. Check out some ways you can celebrate in our 4th of July blog!

10 ways to enjoy free summer funb

If inflation has you cutting back a little on your summer travel plans, you’ll be happy to know there’s still lots of summer fun to be had in the Chicago Southland without an admission fee or ticket price required. Enjoy some great natural and recreational spaces, attend some local cruise nights, take in a free concert or movie in the park – or one of many other activities that provide fun without spending a dime. Take a look at some of these great free fun activities in our 10 Ways to Enjoy Free Summer Fun blog.

USA vs Romania in rugby at SeatGeek Stadium

In 1924, the United States and Romania played each other in the Paris Olympic Games, and this year marks the 100th anniversary – but you won’t have to travel all the way to France this time! On July 5th, you can watch the USA Rugby national team play the AEG Rugby Romanian team in a historic match up at SeatGeek Stadium. There will be post-match fireworks as well. Don’t miss your opportunity to get tickets to the international match of the century!

Serenity will find you if you seek it

We’re in the heat of the summer, and there’s no better time to leave the air-conditioned indoors for some peacefulness surrounded by the sounds of the outdoors. If practicing forgiveness isn’t your thing and you’re looking for the best places to find “serenity now,” don’t bottle up your emotions. Get out and take a deep breath at the places of Zen in the Chicago Southland you can find in our Serenity Will Find You if You Seek It travel inspiration!

Koalas arrive at the zoo

Brookfield Zoo Chicago has some new furry friends to meet – koalas! As the first koalas to call the Zoo home in its 90-year history, their arrival is an important part of Brookfield Zoo Chicago’s continued commitment to species conservation and environmental education. The two male koalas, Brumby and Willum, can be seen in their enclosure now. Get your tickets today!

Brunch at Grady’s Snack N’ Dine

Sometimes it’s nice to get out early for a hearty breakfast. But when there’s a morning where you want to slow down and linger, you can make your way to Grady’s Snack N’ Dine for a skillet, biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, chicken and waffles or other traditional breakfast food when most people are eating lunch. Check out our Grady’s Snack N’ Dine blog to learn more about their delicious options before heading over yourself!

Hot Dog and Pizza Passes

Try some of the Chicago Southland’s most iconic foods with our newest mobile passports; the Pizza Pass and the Hot Diggity Dog Pass. Head out to some of the Chicago Southland’s favorite spots to get a slice of pizza or a classic Chicago-style dog and earn points along the way. Check in at multiple locations to earn enough points for some free Chicago Southland swag!

Take a virtual tour

This month, take a virtual tour of Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery in Flossmoor! Located in a historic train station, they offer a wide range of American heartland cuisine and great beer at the area’s oldest brewery. Check out the bar, dining room and patio before stopping by for a delicious meal or a cold one!

Spring/Summer Festivals & Events Guide

Every month of the year, the Chicago Southland brings you fun and excitement! The Spring/Summer Festivals & Events Guide features 468 event listings, so there is no shortage of things to see and do in the Chicago Southland. This guide covers events through October and includes parades, farmers markets, live music, sports events, ethnic celebrations and more. Find out about the Orland Park Summerfest, Will County Fair, Frankfort Fall Fest, North Coast Music Festival, Orland Hills Party in the Park and more! Order your copy today!

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