Fall On the Green 2012 Survival Guide

Everything you need to know Oak Lawn's 17th annual Fall On the Green from the parking shuttle, bands and food to kids and teens activities and staying out of the police blotter. The fall frolic kicks off this weekend Sept. 7-9.

In case you haven’t noticed the tents popping up on 95th Street it’s that time of year again. Oak Lawn’s 17th annual Fall On the Green Festival kicks off this weekend—Sept. 7, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9—on the Village Green at 95th Street and Cook Avenue. Admission and rides are entirely free.

Patch will be popping in and posting photos and updates throughout the weekend, so check back often.

We’ve got your including the band lineup, kids bathtub races and other tips to make Fall on the Green 2012 more enjoyable without ending up in the Patch police blotter.

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New this year is the teen water ball pond in the Fifth Third Bank Teen Area. Teens climb into giant plastic bubbles and roll around in the water.

The fest also marks the return of such favorites as the bathtub racers, a whole slew of giant inflatibles and things to bounce around on, Ferris wheel, interactive Batman and 24-foot climing wall.

The Rundown:

  • Times: 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7; 11-12:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9.
  • Parking/shuttle bus: Free parking is available at the Oak Lawn Metra Station parking tower at 95th Street and Museum Drive. A free shuttle bus courtesy of the Village of Oak Lawn will leave every quarter hour beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Board the bus next to the train station parking tower.
  • Food: Bring your appetite to Fall on the Green’s Hawk Ford Food Court featuring a wide selection of fair food including hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage, Italian Beef, Polish sausage, pizza, Chinese specialties, boneless rib sandwiches, gyros, shish kabobs, ice cream and desserts. What fest would be complete without cotton candy, nachos, corndogs and elephant ears. Soft drinks also are available.
  • Adult beverages: Stop by the Budweiser Beer Garden for your favorite domestic, microbrews and wine. Watch the games on big screen TVs, buy raffle tickets and enjoy live music.
  • Arts and Crafts: Get in some early holiday shopping in the Grobe Realtors’ Arts and Crafts area held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at its new location near the Masonic Temple. The show features some of the finest Midwestern crafters and artisans.
  • Children’s Activities: Kids won’t get bored when the see the array of children’s activities in the Mancari Children’s Area, including games, inflatable rides, face painting, a tattoo parlor, and everyone’s favorite – THE BATHTUB RACES! The bathtub races run for the duration of the fest. No sideline betting, please.
  • Teen Activies – The Fifth Third Bank teen area features the brand new water ball pond, climbing wall and bungee run.
  • Business tent: Learn why it’s best to shop in Oak Lawn by visiting the Business Tent featuring many the village’s vibrant small businesses and other fine area vendors.
  • Entertainment: The music is non-stop on Fall On the Green’s at the Budwesier Beer Garden, Gazebo and Republic Services Main Stage. There is a genre for every musical taste in your family, from alternative rock and the classic oldies to Bon Jovi tribute bands.

Da Bands:


  • Nice Guy Eddies, 6-7:30 p.m., Beer Garden (rock and roll)
  • CTA, 7:30-10 p.m., Main Stage (Chicago tribute)
  • Tumbling Dice, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Beer Garden (Rolling Stones tribute)


  • Digs and Fitz, noon-1:30 p.m., Beer Garden (rock)
  • Chicago Music Machine 1:30-3 p.m. Main Stage (Party Music)
  • The World of Kevin 3-4:30 p.m. Beer Garden (Rock, Pop, Country)
  • The Opinions 4:30-6:00 p.m. Main Stage (Pop Covers)
  • Sean & Charlie 6-7:30 p.m. Beer Garden (Classic Rock)
  • Infinity 7:30-10 p.m. Main Stage (Journey Tribute)
  • Rendition 10-12:30 a.m. Beer Garden (Pop/Party Music)


  • Identity Crisis noon-2 p.m. Beer Garden (Rock Covers)
  • The Dancing Noodles 2-4:30 p.m. Main Stage (Rock & Soul)
  • Slippery When Wet 4:30-7 p.m. Beer Garden (Bon Jovi Tribute)
  • Tramps Like Us 7-9:30 p.m. Main Stage (Springsteen Tribute)
JohnEggert September 06, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Everybody hopes it turns out to be another successful event. The residents of the area ask that the guests treat our neighborhood with the same respect they would expect if it were in their back yards.
Wendy September 07, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Wow! Look at all the 80s tribute bands. Why is Oak Lawn stuck in the 80s?
IMB September 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
It's not just Oak Lawn, Wendy. Chicago in general would rather hear covers than original music from local bands. Don't understand why, but it seems to be.... Nonetheless, everyone enjoy the weekend, and respect the community that is hosting it.
Farrell September 07, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I KNOW, RIGHT?!? Half the Oak Lawn population went to high school in the 80's and just never really got out. You can tell by the barmaids with the Farrah hair, or the Midas mechanic with the Mullet - (aw...DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) DON'T STOP... BE-LEEEEEEEEVIN - WOAH, OH-OH-OH WHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! There's a secret air-guitar contest at 1am each night. Might wanna think about it - with a carton of eggs.
Farrell September 07, 2012 at 08:23 PM
"everyone enjoy the weekend, and respect the community that is hosting it..." You just KNOW how many bar-brawls and DUI cases are coming out of this, right? Guess that's why it's so close to the OLPD - the cops can just drag these people across the street into the hoosegow, just like Chicago, 1968! Those who do manage to escape can just call a cab abd scream at the driver to HURRRRRYYYYY! - and turn up the radio - to the EIGHTIES station - can't get enuff z'nuff. I prefer the 90's meself - nuthin' beats grunge.
Wendy September 08, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I think an air guitar contest would be much more entertaining than listening to bad cover bands!
Grunty September 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
We all have our own tastes, but yeah I'd prefer 90's cover bands over 80's. I'm guessing in the next year or 2 they will start moving towards that as the demographic changes. The way I look at it though, is that this stuff is "tolerable" to most people that don't fully enjoy it. The people that live around the fest have to hear the stuff too, and I doubt they'd be happy with like a soundgarden, nirvana, or even pearl jam tribute band or something like that. Could you imagine a green day tribute band at 11 o'clock at night? My dad would rip his ears out. As a matter of fact, hey Alex, if you want to piss my dad off, how bout trying to get a Green Day Tribute band in there next year haha :D
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 08, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I would have liked more variety. How about some blues bands or jazz in the gazebo. A swing band would also be great. Aren't there any "original" bands out there? Even REO had to start somewhere.
lori September 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Budget, younger bands think they are way too good to play without getting big bucks, 80's tribute bands are just happy to still be playing.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 08, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Green Day, 9-Inch Nails, Nirvannah--any of those tribute bands would be fantastic.
OakLawnGuy September 08, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Richards and OLCHS have Battle Of The Bands competitions each year, so there's a ready supply. Maybe the young bands aren't union, so they can't play? Maybe the Village is going for a 35-55 demographic? Knowing a few young musicians, it seems that videos and CDs are their methods of choice to promote their music. Me? I'd be playing just to play, that's how you get better and a broader audience.
OakLawnResale September 08, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Where are The Bolts this year?! I can't believe an Oak Lawn original isn't playing at Fall on the Green.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 08, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I asked about the Bolts too, OLR. From what I was told, the band members--students at St. Catherine's--graduated 8th grade last year and are now in high school. I say bring them back, or groom a new generation of Bolts. Those kids were AWESOME!
Wendy September 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I'm with you, Lorraine! More variety is needed; jazz, swing, electronic or maybe even some zydeco would be fantastic! Aren't there lots of local upstart bands that would like some exposure?
olanon60453 September 08, 2012 at 10:26 PM
If you want to see The Bolts, they're playing next Saturday at Autumn in the Park http://palospark.org/AutumninPalosPark/TheBOLTS.htm


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