The scenic Volunteer Garden at Gaelic Park.

The scenic Volunteer Garden at Gaelic Park.

This list is not all inclusive.


Acting troops

The Drama Group

This all-volunteer theater group has been bringing Broadway to the south suburbs since 1931. Its current season includes: "Avenue Q" in October,"12 Angry Men"in December, and "Superior Donuts" kicks off the roster of 2013 productions in February. 

330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights;



Joliet Drama Guild

Beginning in September, the guild will celebrate its 80th season of offering affordable live performances by an extensive volunteer group. The season will feature four productions. Performances are held at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theater, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet; 815-722-1001;


Palos Village Players Theater Group

The group started in people's homes in the 1940s with folks gathering to read plays and has a long, rich history, which today includes performances by local talent. The groups produces three plays a year.

Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd St., Palos Park; 877-787-8497;



Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

The state museum's Lockport location has changing art exhibits displaying work from past and contemporary Illinois artists and artisans. Rotating exhibits include paintings, drawings, sculptures and quilts. "Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions" will run through Oct. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon until 5 p.m. Sundays.

201 W. 10th St., Lockport;