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Downtown Tinley Park welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year with an exciting array of events to entertain families and friends winter, spring, summer and fall. Below is a list of major annual Downtown Tinley events. For up to the minute information on local events, dining, shopping and more Like Downtown Tinley on Facebook and Follow Downtown Tinley on Twitter. To sponsor or volunteer for an event please click here.

BENCHES ON THE AVENUE – LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Downtown Tinley Park: Benches on the AvenueWhen: May 8th to October 1, 2014
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley from 172nd to 176th

View 19 colorful benches designed with a fun family game theme created by local artists. Let the Games Begin! Tinley Park's Benches on the Avenue public art program has become one of the Village's most popular attractions, annually drawing thousands of residents and visitors to Downtown Tinley. The benches bring to life classic family board and traditional games. They feature the work of both amateur and professional artists, providing spots to rest, snap a photo and enjoy the fantastic creations while strolling through the downtown.

2013 "Fairy Tale Festival Benches on the Avenue" winners.

The winners of Tinley Park’s 10th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project were announced during the Aug. 24 Music in the Plaza event at Zabrocki Plaza.

The judging panel included Julie Dekker, Vogt Visual Arts Center Director; Karen Wegrzyn, Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Mona Serpe, Tinley Park Garden Club President; Regina Ziemann, Moraine Valley Community College art appreciation teacher; JeanPaul Ferrer, Tinley Park Rotary Club President; Bill Vandermolen, St. George PTA; and Robbyn Yuen, of Creative Cakes.

  • Best First-Time Participant: “The Princess and the Pea” by Amanda Cichoracki
  • Best Portrayal of Theme: “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Nick Schulien
  • Judges Choice Award: “Little Red Riding Hood” by Jennifer Lilly
  • Best Use of Materials: “The Wizard of Oz” by Babeth Kopf
  • Most Creative: “Beware of the Sugar Sweet Lair” by Marty Rose & Don Zak
  • Best Family Project: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” by Garrett Gray & Phillip Gerk
  • Best Group Project: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Illinois Institute of Art - Tinley Park Team
  • Best Young Artist: “The Lorax” by Lizette Marcin Lehmans

Click here for the 2013 Benches on the Avenue brochure.

Thank you to our 2013 Benches on the Avenue Sponsors: 

Ed & Joe's Pizza, Aero Rubber Company, James B. Carroll & Associates, SEECO Consultants Inc., Pronger Smith Medical Care, Bettenhausen Automotive, Tribes Alehouse, Crossmark Printing, Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Odyssey Fun World, Odyssey Fun Farm, Robinson Engineering/Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Porte Brown LLC-Certified Public Accountants, Gatto's Restaurant and Bar, Ted's Greenhouse Inc., NuMark Credit Union, Durkin Electric Company, Inc., Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17, First Midwest Bank, Trustee Antonio Rubino, Orland Township

DOWNTOWN TINLEY FARMER'S MARKET

Downtown Tinley Park: Farmers' MarketWhen: Every Saturday June 7 through October 11, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Where: Zabrocki Plaza near the Metra Train Station in Downtown Tinley at 174th and Oak Park Avenue

Visit the Farmer's Market every week for the best selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY CRUISE NIGHTS

Downtown Tinley Park: Cruise NightsWhen: Every Tuesday June through August, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue near 171st St. and the Metra station

Enjoy this Classic Car Show with no entry fee - first come, first served. Food and beverages are available for sale. Music provided by a DJ Co-Sponsored by the VFW Post 2791 and Village of Tinley Park MainStreet Commission.

MUSIC IN THE PLAZA

Downtown Tinley Park: Music in the PlazaWhen: Saturday Evenings 7:00 - 10:00 pm June through September 2014
Where: Zabrocki Plaza near the Metra Train Station in Downtown Tinley at 174th and Oak Park Avenue

Enjoy a wonderful evening listening to music under the stars. Beverages are provided by the VFW including beer. Food is available for purchase or dine at a local restaurant before or after the show.  

We are so grateful to our sponsors! Thank you for your support.

Presenting Sponsor: Bettenhausen Automotive  

Proposed concert dates are:

June 14- Meet the Artists Night and June 28th

July 12 & 26

August 9 & 23

September 6 

15th ANNUAL CARIBBEAN BEACH BLOCK PARTY

Downtown Tinley Park: Caribbean Beach Block PartyWhen: Sunday July 20, 2014, Noon - 7:00 pm 

Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 171st Street to Hickory Street

Thank you to our 2014 Caribbean Block Party sponsors! We are so grateful for your support.

Presenting Sponsor:  Bettenhausen Automotive. 

KidZone Sponsors: Odyssey Fun World, Whole Foods Market-Orland Park 

Event Sponsors: Village of Tinley Park, Evon’s Trophies & Awards, Tinley Park Park District, Village of Tinley Park Mainstreet Commission, Tinley Park Historical Society, Odyssey Country Club and Golf Course, Hayes Beer Distributing Company, Sharp-Mill Graphics

Business Booths: Brannigan Chiropractic Center, Central Collision Center, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Creative Cakes, Fannie May Candies, Marquette Bank, Porte Brown LLC, Rasmussen College, Reflections Yoga, Center, Spa Euphoria, St. Coletta’s of Illinois, Bear Home Improvements

Attraction Sponsors: James Fuentes State Farm Insurance Agency, Lawn-Tech, Ltd., Norman’s Cleaners and Tuxedos, NuWay/Tinley Park Disposal

Digital Sponsor: O’Brien and Darling Dental

DOWNTOWN TINLEY SIDEWALK SALE 

Sidewalk SaleWhen: Thursday, Friday and Saturday September 19, 20 & 21

Where: At Participating Merchants in Downtown Tinley

Stroll along Oak Park Ave. in Downtown Tinley for Amazing Mark Downs & Deals! Save with Super Sales at our Sidewalk Sale Thursday September 19th through Saturday the 21st! Participating Merchants Include:

Heathers Haus*, Creative Cakes*, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Nu2u, Matt’s TV*, Imagine That!, Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe*, Classy Flowers, Attic Door, Garden Gallery*

* Denotes Indoor Sale

For more details please follow Downtown Tinley on Facebook

HALLOWEEN KIDDIE BOO BASH

Downtown Tinley Park: Halloween Boo BashWhen: Sunday October 26, 2014, Noon - 3:00 pm
Where: Metra Train Station in Downtown Tinley at 174th and Oak Park Avenue

Dress up the kids and head out to the Downtown Tinley Halloween Boo Bash Sunday October 26th from noon – 3pm! Enjoy the children’s costume contest, trick or treating compliments of local businesses, games, crafts, photo ops, snacks, food and refreshments. Courtesy of DJ Heavy E, five bicycles will be awarded for costumes in "best of" categories including Scariest, Cutest, Homemade, Baby, and Family/Group.  Please spread the word about this fun event by sharing it with all of your friends!

Delicious food and drinks provided by Palermo’s and Cavallini’s.

Boo Bash Presenting Sponsors: Odyssey Fun Farm www.odysseyfunfarm.com, Ed & Joe’s Restaurant & Pizzeriawww.ednjoes.com, Archer Bank www.archerbank.com, Bettenhausen Automotive www.bettenhausenautomotive.com

Step Up Dance Academy will be teaching the Thriller Dance to the children throughout the day, parents are welcome.

MB Financial will provide the DJ Entertainment.  Game Sponsors are Creative Cakes and Family Dollar

There will be a trolley service available courtesy of Odyssey Fun Farm starting at 2:30pm to take Boo Bash attendees to the Odyssey Fun Farm.  The last trolley will leave Odyssey Fun Farm at 5:45pm.  Entrance fees to the Fun Farm still apply. 

 

HOLIDAY MARKET Presented by Massage Envy Spa - Tinley Park

Click here for interactive map and overview of all Holiday Happenings Events!

Downtown Tinley Park: Holiday MarketWhen: Friday December 6, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Saturday, December 7, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday, December 8, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Where: Oak Park Avenue Train Station at 6700 South St. & Oak Park Ave., South Parking Lot

Stroll into the cozy warmth of our large-heated tent and shop for unique handmade crafts and creations. Enjoy tasty treats and live music by local groups and entertainers. Children will have fun making holiday crafts, writing letters for the soldiers and cookie decorating.  Visit www.tinleypark.org for the entertainment schedule. 

MAYOR’S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Downtown Tinley Park: Tree Lighting CeremonyWhen: Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 Oak Park Avenue

Village officials will light the magnificent 35-foot community holiday tree.  
Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a sing-a-long to holiday music.

TINLEY'S TOYLAND PARADE

Downtown Tinley Park: Toyland ParadeWhen: Saturday, December 7, Step-off at 11:30 a.m.

Where: 175th Street to Zabrocki Plaza.

Tinley’s Toyland Parade celebrates the official arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Our special guests will arrive at the Oak Park Avenue Train Station immediately following the conclusion of the parade. Children are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for persons of any age, to be donated to a local charity. A collection center will be located near the Holiday Market. 

Please click here for the Tinley’s Toyland Parade Entry Form and Participant Guidelines

PARADE OF LIGHTS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE TINLEY PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Downtown Tinley Park: Toyland ParadeWhen: Sunday, December 8
Step-off at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Viewing Area 177th Street along Oak Park Avenue

The Parade of Lights includes festive floats, vehicles, local businesses, community groups and school bands displaying the spirit of the season. Our guests from the North Pole will be making a special appearance.    

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS 

Click here for interactive map and overview of all Holiday Happenings Events!Downtown Tinley Park: Holiday Market 

Old Fashioned Carriage Rides Horse‐drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Tinley Park will take you back in time.

Saturday, December 7, 12:30 -5:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Oak Park Avenue Train Station
Horse-drawn carriage rides through historic Downtown Tinley Park will take you back in time.

Ice Carving Demonstration Watch fantastic frozen sculptures being created right before your eyes.

Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m.
Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 Oak Park Avenue

Carousel Ride Children can enjoy a free ride on the NEW carousel and other attractions.

Saturday, December 7, 12:00 -6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Oak Park Avenue Train Station

Holiday Movies Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy classic, family-friendly movies, popcorn and activities in Tinley Park’s historic landmark.

Saturday, December 7, 12:00 -6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Old Zion Landmark Church
6727 174th Street 

Photos with Santa Santa and Mrs. Claus will be inside the train station to visit with children.  Receive a 
complimentary photo along with a gift from the North Pole. Santa’s visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to be donated to a local food pantry. 

Please note that no tickets to see Santa will be distributed after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday, December 7, 12:00 -6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Oak Park Avenue Train Station

Stop by the campfire across from the train station and enjoy some smores!

Saturday, December 7, 4:00 -6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Just south or the Train Station and Holiday Market

IRISH PARADE

 Downtown Tinley Park: St. Patrick's Day ParadeWhen: March 9, 2014, at 2pm

Where: Beginning at Central Middle School 18146 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park

Enjoy this family-friendly event along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley Park. Come out and see floats, community groups, local schools and businesses. Enjoy delicious Irish fare and fun at the many Downtown Tinley restaurants.

Introducing our first ever Irish Parade Story Map!  For family friendly and free events/specials to celebrate before, during and after the Irish Parade please click here

Special thanks to our 2014 Downtown Tinley Irish Parade Sponsors:

Central Collision Center

Durbin’s 

Massage Envy Spa

NuWay/Tinley Park Disposal

 BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Downtown Tinley Park: Bridal ShowcaseWhen: Thursday March 27, 2014, 6-8pm
Where: Tinley Park Bremen Post VFW
17147 South Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Begin your journey down the aisle at the Tinley Park Bridal Showcase. Explore an array of options for your special day from caterers and venues to flowers, photographers, tuxedo's, DJ's and more. Get a beautiful new look from head to toe from a sparkling smile to a salon makeover. Top it all off with plans for the perfect honeymoon getaway. One enchanting evening is all it takes to get ready for the most important day of your life.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY BUNNY HOP

Downtown Tinley Park: EasterWhen: Sunday April 13, 2014, Noon – 3pm
Where: South St. & 67th Court, just south of the Downtown Tinley Train Station

The second annual Downtown Tinley Bunny Hop will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Most activities will be outdoors on 67th Court just south of the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station. Activities will include DJ entertainment, games, $1 cookie decorating and a visit from some adoptable dogs from P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park.

The American Legion will host a Spring Craft Fair at its facility, and admission is free. Crafts and vintage photos will be located at the Tinley Park Historical Society. The Vogt Visual Arts Center will host the Easter Bunny in its gazebo. Come prepared with your camera or camera phone to get a picture with the Easter Bunny!

Because this is a free event, there will not be a typical egg hunt. Kids will have a chance to find eggs at different activities as they hop through the event. Participants who wear an Easter bonnet or hat will receive a special prize from Odyssey Fun World. Please keep in mind that eggs and prizes will be available only while supplies last. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event hotline at (708) 444-5678 for event changes.

Special thanks to all of our Downtown Tinley Bunny Hop Sponsors:  

Presenting Sponsor - Ed & Joe’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

Music Sponsor - MB Financial

Event Sponsors:  Archer BankBettenhausen AutomotiveCreative CakesHeather’s Haus FloristMassage Envy Tinley ParkOdyssey Fun WorldStep Up Dance AcademyTinley Park Chamber of CommerceTinley Park Farmer’s Market

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