Freedom Hall in Park Forest – Chicago Suburban 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.
We had some amazing acts booked and SOLD OUT for our 2015-2016 main series concerts including Shemekia Copeland, Shining Star an Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute, Booker T. Jones, Masters of Soul, and Ava Logan. Our children’s theatre presented Chicken Dance by the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. And our matinee theatre showcased the Glenn Miller Orchestra, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Simply Streisand, Travis LeDoyt’s Movie Night With the King, Girls Like Us a Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Carole King Tribute, Franc D’Ambrosio, and Mac Frampton.
Tickets for our 2016-2017 will go on sale early August. We are confirming some awesome acts and look forward to seeing you again next season!
Park Forest Main Street Nights
Grab a blanket and position yourself in the Park Forest Downtown Village Green (Cunningham and Main Streets) for seven FREE nights of entertainment, rain or shine! Vendors on hand selling food and drinks! The evening starts 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. For weather related changes or cancellations, please call 283-5647, for general inquiries, 748-2005.
Wednesday, June 8
Resident Appreciation Celebration to kick-off Main Street Nights
CN-LITTLE OBIE, the miniature Canadian National Locomotive along with accompanying flat car and caboose will provide rides for children and adults throughout the evening!
6:30 p.m. Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team
The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team is a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicagoland area. The show includes stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with incredible timing.
7:15 p.m. Carla Prather and Company
The sound of Carla Prather and Company permeates the very heart and soul of the audiences that follow them. They cover several genres of music, tempting every foot to tap and every finger to snap, while gaining new fans. While covering fun favorites like “Baby I’m Scared of You” by Womack and Womack, to “Respect Yourself” by the Staples Singers, to “Young Americans” by David Bowie, this band brings pure heat! Experience the hottest pure funk, jazz, R&B and soul all rolled into one!
Wednesday, June 15
6:30 p.m. Istvan & His Imaginary Band
When Istvan starts rocking kids can’t help but join in, sometimes on stage, while their moms and dads cheer them on and enjoy the original tunes, an irresistible mix of interactive rock ‘n’ roll, country, pop punk and sing-alongs that get heads bobbing.
7:15 p.m. American English
American English is simply the best Beatle tribute story of our time. At the inception of the band, they were voted “number one” by thousands of Beatle fans as winners of sound-alike contests at Beatlefest® for three consecutive years. American English has shared the stage with musical headliners such as The Grassroots, The Neville Brothers, Three Dog Night, The Ides of March, Eric Burdon, The Buckinghams, The Doobie Bros., Badfinger, and many others.
Wednesday, June 22
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.”
7:15 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 29
6:30 p.m. Sideswipe
Combining martial arts, dance and gravity-defying acrobatics, Sideswipe has taken the world of entertainment by storm. Sideswipe Martial Arts based group blends traditional martial arts such as Karate and Tae Kwon Do, with gymnastics and acrobatics to create an extreme highflying display of talent, strength and stamina unlike anything else on the planet. Sideswipe finished 5th on NBC’s America’s Got Talent beating out over 100,000 contestants.
7:15 p.m. Classical Blast
Classical Blast provides a fresh take on rock music, using instruments not typical in today’s rock era. Featuring Romanian cellist, Petar Kecenovici and violinist, Jimmy Chaos, both classically trained musicians, Classical Blast brings the classical arts to mainstream rock music. Add some of Chicago’s best rockin’ musical talent: vocalist/ guitarist, David Kav; drummer/ vocalist, Dave Kelly; plus former Survivor bass player, Bill Syniar, and you’ve got a recipe for success. From Bach to classic rock to contemporary pop, you’ll find their performance exhilarating and their music refreshing. Their influences have no boundaries. Roll over, Beethoven, an evening with Classical Blast is a total blast for any age!
Wednesday, July 13
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!
7:15 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 20
6th Annual DownTown District MidSummer Madness Celebration Starts at 5:00 p.m.!
Visit participating Downtown Businesses to qualify for fabulous raffle prizes. Register for this FREE event at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall to receive the map of participating businesses. Progress through DownTown to win a chance at more than 20 fabulous prizes by visiting as many businesses as you can. Free rides on two air-conditioned buses will run up and down Main Street to help you reach each location. Details at 6thmidsummermadness.eventbrite.com. Food vendors onsite. Tons of fun for everyone! Free goodie bag to first 100 attendees! Main Street Nights immediately follows.
7:00 p.m. Cold Blooded Creatures
Back by popular demand! Jim Nesci entertains while educating the audience about reptiles. See and touch 4 types of reptilians.
7:45 p.m. Tom Mac Group w/Guest Artists Neal Alger & Larry Gray
The Tom Mac Group puts its own fresh face on American, English and Cuban music written from the 1800’s to the current time, engaging even the most diverse audiences and easily moving from Stephen Foster, George Gershwin and Woody Guthrie to Mark Knopfler, Sting, James Taylor, and country Cuban music. A past member of the DuPage Opera Theater and at one time, the opening act for the Beach Boys, Tom Mac (acoustic guitar and vocals) will be joined by the fabulous Park Forest native Neal Alger on electric guitar plus the astounding and mind-blowing extremely talented bassist, Larry Gray! Expect to hear a vast variety of styles and some amazing music.
Wednesday, July 27
6:30 p.m. TNT
A gutsy, powerful R&B/Soul band with the ability to excite an audience from the first downbeat. This ten man line-up of seasoned pros has come together for one reason: a love for the R&B sound with soulful vocals, a funky rhythm section, and a killer horn section. TNT recreates the performances of the R&B acts that started it all, covering songs from bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Chicago , James Brown, and many more. TNT’s fresh and exciting arrangements of familiar songs create their own unique stamp that you won’t hear anywhere else. TNT is truly a rhythm and blues superband spanning the music of the time and tying it all together in a powerful package.
Dusk – Movie Inside Out – Rated PG 102 minutes
Emotions run wild in the mind of a little girl who is uprooted from her peaceful life in the Midwest and forced to move to San Francisco in this Pixar adventure from director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters Inc.). Young Riley was perfectly content with her life when her father landed a new job in San Francisco, and the family moved across the country. Now, as Riley prepares to navigate a new city and attend a new school, her emotional headquarters becomes a hot bed of activity. As Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) attempts to keep Riley feeling happy and positive about the move, other emotions like Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) make the transition a bit more complicated.
(Events are subject to change, call 748-2005 to confirm weekl
Theatre and Concerts in the Southern Suburbs
Over the years, our main series shows included top-notch acts such as Peter Mayer, Windham Hill, 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 and children’s theatre. To order tickets by phone, call our box office at 708.747.0580.