TINLEY PARK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Summer in the Midwest is poignantly sweet each year, particularly after months of arctic temperatures, freezing wind and icy rains. Summer is time to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest, and there’s no better place to do that than Tinley Park, Illinois. This southwest suburb of Chicago celebrates summer with a calendar crowded with free festivals, exhibits, markets, and music.
From May through October, visitors can view and interact with the nationally-recognized “Benches On The Avenue” exhibit. This year’s theme of “Heroes and Villains” promises to provide the excellence in creativity and craftsmanship that artists deliver each year. On Cruise Nights, Tuesdays June through August, car lovers stroll Oak Park Avenue to enjoy vehicles from nearly every decade of the last century and talk with owners.
When eating locally is a passion, the free Farmer’s Market, Saturdays June through October, provides shoppers with an array of freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat, gourmet cheeses, nursery plants, just-baked bread, honey and epicurean delights for all tastes.
For many, the best part of summer is live music in the evening warmth. Tinley Park brings seven free concerts to Zabrocki Plaza this summer. This season features The New Invaders, Strung Out, The MG3 Band, Firechicken, Ty Bates (a Nashville country artist), Reckless, and Five Guys Named Moe representing British invasion, country, rock and variety genres.
The centerpiece of summer in Tinley Park is the free Caribbean Block Party. At noon on Sunday, July 19th, the Village will kick off its 17th annual Party, celebrating on nearly three blocks of closed-for-the-day Oak Park Avenue. The Avenue bursts with live reggae, classic rock, and variety music at multiple stages, free bounce houses and family activities, a beanbag tournament, misting stations, every type of summer food and drink imaginable, and more. Free trolley rides from free parking at Metra's 80th Avenue Station are provided.
Tinley Park events are accessible from the Metra Rock Island or easily by car via major national interstates. For more information about Tinley Park’s summer schedule, call 708-444-5678 or visit downtowntinley.com.