Freedom Hall in Park Forest – Suburban Chicago Theatre and Concert Venue
Freedom Hall is a premiere theatre and concert venue located in Park Forest, Illinois, Chicago’s southern suburbs. For over three decades, Freedom Hall has presented a multitude of concerts, theatre performances, comedy, and different events in our Nathan Manilow Theatre. 2016 marked our 40th anniversary!
We had some amazing acts booked for our last main series concerts. Freedom Hall kicked off with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in our Nathan Manilow Theatre. And we ended our series with the Tom Sharpe Ensemble from the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller. Our matinee theatre showcased top acts like Route 66, Caladh Nua, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
We hope you check back later this summer to see the acts we have booked for our 2017-2018 season. Meanwhile, you can enjoy eight nights of FREE entertainment at Main Street Nights in downtown Park Forest Village Green (Cunningham and Main Streets). The evenings start at 6:30 p.m. with an opening act followed by the showcased entertainment. In case of rain, performances will be moved to Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. You can kick back, relax and enjoy free shows throughout the summer.
Wednesday, June 14
Resident Appreciation Celebration to kick-off Main Street Nights
6:30 p.m. – Sky Squad – Dazzling Acrobatic Dunks!
Sky Squad, led by Andres Baines (aka Sky Guy) has thrilled millions of fans with their aerial artistry. Dazzling acrobatic flips and twists off mini trampolines mixed with comedy antics, mid air passes and dynamic slam dunking deliver non-stop pure energy excitement to audiences of all ages. These talented gymnasts travel to schools, festivals, corporate events, camps and half time shows world-wide. Sky Squad is the official dunk team for the WNBA Chicago Sky.
7:30 p.m. – SEMPLE
SEMPLE prides itself on its entertaining combination of musicianship and high energy stage performance. Fronted by Keith Semple as seen on Season 9 of NBC’s Emmy award winning show “The Voice”, you will be treated to a nonstop great time! With styles ranging from 70’s Rock to modern pop songs and everything in between, each show is packed with variety and contrast that takes the audience on a generational tour of music genres. SEMPLE features several of their own original songs in almost every show!
Wednesday, June 21
6:30 p.m. – Popeye & Sailor
Alex “Popeye” Rothacker and his amazing dog act have performed throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 20 years. They have made numerous TV appearances, including three times on “Late Show with David Letterman” and another on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” where the audience voted Sailor the “Smartest Dog in the World.”
7:30 p.m. – R-Gang
R-Gang combines musical expertise and showmanship to provide your event with the very best in entertainment. Specializing in Motown/R&B, they’ve played with nationally known artists as Survivor, to writing and recording for groups like The Doobie Brothers & Marvin Staples, the musicians in R-Gang hold years of experience between them.
Wednesday, June 28
6:30 p.m. – Mike Mauthe and Margaret Mauthe
Mike is a one-man variety sensation, a juggler, magician, comedian, unicyclist, balloon artist, and stilt walker who will amaze with his arsenal of talents. Mike will be joined by Margaret Mauthe, a face painter and body artist who creates whimsical faces on bare shoulders or smiling faces, creating what her passion inspires her to do.
7:30 p.m. – The Bluz Brothers
Chicago’s premier tribute band to Jake and Elwood, The Bluz Brothers are dedicated to the great R&B sounds made popular by Jake and Elwood Blues. It is their mission to carry on the tradition until the BOYS make parole or until incarcerated themselves—whichever comes first!
Wednesday, July 12
6:30 p.m. – Terrance Simien’s Creole For Kidz!
This innovative, high quality, multi-cultural program is centered on the evolution of zydeco music.
7:30 p.m. – Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
For nearly 30 years, GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.
Wednesday, July 19
6:30 p.m. – Touch a Truck!
Children love to see and sit in many of the Village’s neat vehicles from the police, fire and water departments.
6:30 p.m. – Spotlight on Park Forest
A sampling of entertainment options throughout the Village of Park Forest and beyond!
7:30 p.m. – Southland Jazz Ensemble with Ava Logan and Saalik Ziyad
SJE’s Swingin’, Ava Logan and Saalik Ziyad are singin’, bringing the big band era music to life featuring the Southland’s finest musicians. The full ensemble is assembled on stage for a powerhouse performance of classic hits!
Wednesday, July 26
6:30 p.m. – Ken Schultz “ The Flyin’ Fool”
Ken Schultz is the master of comedy manipulation who will dazzle all audiences with his effervescent juggling routines of various items, from bowling balls to rubber chickens to whatever else he may borrow from an audience member.
7:30 p.m. – Generation
Generation… “the Sixties Experience”, takes the audience on a Musical, Magical Sight and Sound Flashback to the 60’s, performing the Great Classic Rock hits from the 1964 British Invasion to the American Male and Female 60’s Artists, Including the “Blue Eyed Soul” groups and on through the birth of early 70’s Arena Rock. A GENERATION…”the Sixties Experience” performance is “Where the Action’s at!
Tuesday, August 1
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – Park Forest Police Department Unity Day and National Night Out Against Crime
Everyone is invited for a night on the town! Music, food, raffles, police emergency vehicles and more!
6:30 p.m. – Miss Jamie’s Farm
Who’s ready for some Farmyard FUN? “Chicagoland’s favorite children’s performer, Miss Jamie, is guaranteed to get the little ones stomping their boots and hollering for more fruits and veggies”. Named “Best Show of the Summer” by preschool directors across the state, Miss Jamie is interactive and engaging, helping kids learn values from life on the farm through song and dance.
7:30 P.M. – Animal Houze Band featuring Fredi Taylor
Animal Houze Band is a versatile music making ensemble that plays everything from Motown classics to jazz standards to R&B. Produced by Darryl ‘Animal” Williams, they have more than 30 years in entertainment and recording and have performed with nationally renowned artists including Chaka Kahn, Angie Stone, Chantay Savage, Rick James, Prince’s funk band Mazarati, Otis Clay and many more.
Wednesday, August 9
6:30 p.m. – Dave Rudolf
Want to have a great time? Want to hear some great music? Want to laugh, too? Come catch the 15-time nominated National Association of Campus Activities Award winner, Gold Record, Grammy nominated Dave Rudolf, singing tunes that have been featured on such diverse Radio programs as Dr. Demento, NPR, WXRT, and more. You’ll hear some serious tunes, some crazy tunes, and some very funny tunes. Whatever it is it will be great fun!
Dusk – The Secret Life of Pets Movie
Two mismatched mutts get lost in NYC due to their feuding, and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity.
Rated PG / 90 minutes
Theatre and Concerts in the Southern Suburbs
Over the years, our main series shows included top-notch acts such as Peter Mayer, Billy Branch, Julie Fowlis, George Winston, and The Mystical Arts of Tibet. The Second City and Tom Dreesen have both appeared on our comedy stage. And world-renowned entertainers including Cherish the Ladies, The Four Aces and Obie Award winner Jason Petty performed in Freedom Hall’s senior theatre.
Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre is the perfect venue for concerts, theatre, corporate events, children’s theatre, and senior theatre. Take a look at our season schedule – we have something for everyone! You can order tickets online for our main series shows. To order tickets by phone, call our box office at 708.747.0580.