Homewood is a place that emanates community spirit, as residents remain active in various community happenings. All year long, the Village is flowing with events and activities the whole family can enjoy. Sample fine chocolates at the Chocolate Fest in February and take in the history of the railway at the two-day Railroad Heritage Days in May. Summertime is filled with fun events, including Drivin’ the Dixie, the Art and Garden Street Fair, a 22-week Farmer’s Market, Homewood Days, Fourth of July festivities, Movies in Our Parks and the Dog Days of Summer. September kicks off with the Fall Fest and annual Chili Cook-Off, while the year rounds out with the bright Holiday Lights in Homewood event and the New Years Eve Day Celebration.
The area’s array of recreational opportunities also draws much participation from community members. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is a significant player in community life, offering a multitude of modern facilities and exciting programs and events. The park district is a two-time National Gold Medal Award Winner and a three-time Illinois Distinguished Agency, placing it among the top 10 percent of recreation agencies in the state.
In total, the H-F Park District manages 365 acres of land within 32 parks. Notable sites include Rover’s Run Dog Park, eXtreme Scene Skate Park, Millennium Park Splash Pad, the Leavitt Sculpture Park and Patriots Park. The organization also operates several well-maintained facilities, including the H-F Ice Arena, H-F Racquet & Fitness Club, Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center, Coyote Run Golf Course and the Irwin Community Center, to name a few. Rounding out the offerings of the park district are numerous special events and an assortment of programs, ranging from day camps, before- and after-school and preschool programs to aquatics, cultural arts and senior programs.
Golfers relish in the area’s selection of courses, including two local, Donald Ross-designed golf courses. Novice and experienced golfers alike enjoy the challenges of Ravisloe Country Club (public) and Calumet Country Club (private), both featuring well-maintained, 18-hole courses and a list of amenities. Nearby Flossmoor Country Club (private) and Olympia Fields Country Club (private) offer further opportunities to enjoy golf and other recreational activities.
Adding to the recreational scene of Homewood is the impressive Izaak Walton Preserve, a public 193-acre preserve nestled in the northeastern corner of the community. The area is highlighted by a mix of prairielands, woodlands, lakes, sand dunes and wetlands, attracting those interested in studying the local flora and fauna. Maintained footbridges curve around the preserve, which draws hikers, photographers and bird watchers. There are also sites for picnicking and Scout facilities, and if you choose to become a member, you may enjoy the preserve’s fishing opportunities.
Homewood Baseball takes advantage of the serene environment, and utilizes three fields that are cut from the woods, offering children a “Field of Dreams”-like atmosphere. These fields host multiple regional baseball and softball tournaments, which draw families from all over the Southland and greater Chicagoland area.