News from State Rep Anthony DeLuca


Dear southland resident,

Are you fond of Art, Music, and Theatre?

You may be pleasantly surprised to learn our region has much more to offer than you may have originally anticipated. 

The Southland Arts, Municipalities, and Business Alliance (S.A.M.B.A.) is an economic and community development organization.   Its mission to build stronger communities and economies by uniting cultural resources with the business community is moving many to support the arts in the region. Its inaugural annual festival last fall, the “Let Them Eat Jazz” Festival, attracted over 4,100 people who attended arts events, ate at local restaurants, shopped and stayed in the Southland at area hotels. The festival employed 216 artists – most of which were Chicago- based.

S.A.M.B.A. members believe that the south suburbs represent the heart of mid-America with family-friendly villages, a strong education system, award-winning park districts with vast recreational opportunities, a vibrant arts scene, affordable housing, convenient shopping, and transportation, welcoming public spaces, and diverse communities. The group’s goals are to encourage connection, to spur knowledge exchange, to welcome new businesses and the creative class to our region, and to foster active participation in building the community.

For a list of participating organizations, please visit


May 4, 2018, “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike”, The Drama Group Studio, Chicago Heights.

May 5, 2018, “ Derby Day”, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights.

May 5, 2018, “Food for Thought” Book Club: “Conversation Starters: Arts Management Topics for Today.

June 11-July 19, 2018, “Studio Conversation”, Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State  College, Chicago Heights.

July 27, 2018, “FAME, The Musical”, The Drama Group Studio, Chicago Heights.

September 30–November 12, 2018, “ MADE IN AMERICA” FESTIVAL, Chicago Southland boasts some of the best cultural resources in the nation. This festival is a celebration of the spirit of American arts highlighting the rich artistic heritage of Chicago and America as a whole. Enjoy quintessential American music (classical, roots, rock, and more), symbolic visual arts exhibitions, food, sculpture, shopping, comedy, and more.

September 30, 2018: The Best of Bernstein at 100; a vocal celebration with Opera Up Close, Center for Performing Arts, Governors State University

October 5, 2018: Reception for “Implicit Bias” Visual Arts Exhibit, Governors State University
Exhibition Dates; October 5- November 30, 2018

October 6, 2018: Made in America (Some Assembly Required) by The Second City, Center for Performing Arts, Governors State University

October 9, 2018: The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Freedom Hall, Park Forest

October 13, 2018: Walking Tour of the Crete Sears Homes, Phillis Monks from Crete Women’s Club

October 13, 2018: Made in America Exhibit with Live music by Muzicnet and Alan Franklin, Salon Artists Gallery, Park Forest

October 13, 2018: Aaron Neville Duo, Center for Performing Arts, Governors State University

October 20, 2018: American Originals, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Park Forest.

September 28-November 3, 2018: “Harmonius” Visual Arts Exhibit, Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest.

November 4, 2018: Three Centuries of American Choral Music, the Midwest Motet Society

For information on S.A.M.B.A., contact Jeff Stevenson at, and follow S.A.M.B.A.  on Facebook  to connect with upcoming events.

Hope your family is able to enjoy one or more of the upcoming events!


Illinois 80th District includes portions of:
Townships: Bloom, Crete, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Rich, and Wilton
Municipalities: Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Manhattan, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, New Lenox, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Symerton University Park, and Wilmington
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