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Orland Park is fortunate to be in the center of an area rich in cultural amenities. Residents satisfy their taste for talent and expression in nearby theaters, concert halls and galleries.

Nearby colleges and universities, including Moraine Valley Community College and Governors State University, house modern performing arts centers and galleries and host a number of locally and nationally known artists, speakers and events. A number of additional cultural attractions make their homes in the Chicago Southland area. The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is based in Park Forest, as are the Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Illinois Theatre Center. Orland Park residents also enjoy easy access to the plethora of cultural and entertainment opportunities throughout the Chicago area.

Locally, Orland Park boasts its own Village-sponsored, award-winning Orland Park Theatre Troupe that produces five shows a year, including its annual spring musical at the Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center.

Festivals and special events bring the people of Orland Park together as a community. The Village’s annual Chefs’ Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Research Program sells out each year, and Friday mornings during the summer months brings the Village’s Farmers’ Market to the Village Center. The Village’s Arts Commission hosts culturally significant events and the Village’s Open Lands Commission hosts its annual summer garden walk, showcasing amazing residential gardens.

The Orland Park Police Department has won national honors for its “National Night Out Against Crime” and has raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Illinois at its Ride for Special Olympics each year. The Recreation Department oversees the Village’s July 4th Celebration that draws thousands to see the annual fireworks display set to music. And the highlight of summer in Orland Park is the Village’s annual Taste of Orland Park Festival, showcasing the finest eateries in the Village. This three-day fest includes live music, community groups, local entertainment, a car show and a day devoted to children, drawing 60,000 people each year.

The free Summer Entertainment Series, hosted by the Recreation Department, includes live concerts, children’s shows and outdoor movies.

In addition to these exciting community happenings, the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce offers a calendar year full of events. From regularly scheduled business after hours and luncheons to ribbon cuttings and open houses, the Community Expo and the annual golf outing, there is always something happening in Orland Park!

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