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Benches on the Avenue

Tinley Park's Benches on the Avenue public art program has become one of the Village's most popular attractions, drawing thousands of residents and visitors annually to Downtown Tinley. The colorful benches feature the work of both amateur and professional artists and provide spots to rest and enjoy the fantastic creations while strolling through town.

2016 Benches on the Avenue: 'Once Upon a Time ... Favorite Children's Storybooks'
The Village is hosting its 13th annual Benches on the Avenue public art program now WillyWonkaBench2016.JPGthrough October 1 along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets. This year's theme is "Once Upon a Time … Favorite Children’s Storybooks” and features 20 artistically decorated benches embellished with unique materials.

Click here to read the 2016 Benches on the Avenue brochure, which includes pictures, locations and background information on each bench.

Click here to watch a special edition of "Discover Tinley" highlighting the 2016 Benches on the Avenue.

2016 Benches: 'Once Upon a Time'
Winners of the 2016 Benches on the Avenue program included:
  • “The Napping House” by Renee and Christopher Galvin (Most Creative)
  • Clifford the Big Red Firehouse Dog” by Jackie Bobbitt (Best First-Time Participant)
  • Steg-O-Snore” by Michelle and Melissa Patino (Best Portrayal of Theme)
  • "But No Elephants" by Nick Schulien ((Best Three-Dimensional Bench)
  • "The Lorax & Friends” by Illinois Institute of Art (Best Use of Materials)
  • The Marauder's Bench” by South Suburban College (Best Group/Family Project)
  • The Napping Tree” by Nikki Walsh (Judges' Choice Award)

Thanks to the 2016 judging panel, which included Tom McNulty, Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce; Sue Bailey, Tinley Park Public Library; Kurt Dekker, Tinley Park Historical Society; Julie Volkmann, MainStreet Commission; and Abbey Maloney, The Painted Turtle.

Past Benches
Click on the below links for more information on past Benches on the Avenue programs.