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There’s always something to do in and around Olympia Fields. There are dozens of exclusive and historic public and private golf courses around the area. Throughout the year, festivals can be found throughout the region. Olympia Fields has hosted an annual charity fundraiser “Jazz in the Park” at Centennial Park, located just walking distance from our 203rd Street Metra facility. Located so close to downtown Chicago, the city’s many and varied museums, cultural attractions, events, nightspots, fine restaurants, professional sports and other entertainment amenities are never more than a 30-minute drive or convenient train trip away.

Two musical venues, one in Tinley Park and the other in Country Club Hills attract national headliners throughout their concert seasons.

The Governors State University campus houses a modern, 1,200-seat Center for the Performing Arts and the adjacent Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Established 30 years ago, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park has grown into a major collection of 26 works of contemporary sculpture set within the wild prairie swales of the Governors State University campus. Located just 34 miles directly south of Chicago’s Loop, it is easily accessible by car or Metra train ride to downtown at the Millennium Park station. Admission is free to the park, there is no charge for parking and the grounds are open dawn until dusk, 365 days a year.

In nearby Park Forest, the Tall Grass Arts Association and Gallery offers art education and features the works of local, national and internationally renowned artists. The Illinois Theater Center presents a variety of performing artists throughout the year, along with the Chicago Heights Drama Group, which also presents a series of plays each year.

Library Services

Serving the communities of Olympia Fields and Park Forest, the Park Forest Public Library, and its staff, offer many educational and informational resources to our residents. The library offers cultural resources, access to information, current technology and a variety of programs and group meetings to inform, entertain and connect with the community. An array of services are offered such as:

• Professional reference service

• Storytimes for toddlers and older children

• Summer reading programs

• Daytime, evening and online book clubs

• Special events and programs, such as Potpourri Lectures

• Books on cassette and CD

• Online catalog via Internet access

• Wall Street Journal, Morningstar and Value Line

• Career Center resources

• Meeting and conference rooms for public use and private study

• Information about community organizations, clubs and self-help groups

• Copiers and computers for public use

Complete information about the library is available on its website www.pfpl.org.

Whatever your needs, the library staff can help you locate the resources related to your individual interests.

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