Artwork is based on a different theme each year, and benches are on display from mid-May through October. Each bench is sponsored by a local business or individual, who takes possession of it after the program has ended.
The Village is hosting its 17th annual Benches on the Avenue program now through October in Downtown Tinley. This year's theme is “Around the World” and features imaginative, three-dimensional works that depict some of the most explored and fascinating travel destinations, vacation spots and/or iconic landmarks.
'Around the World' Scavenger Hunt
You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to take part in the Village’s new Benches on the Avenue "Around the World" Scavenger Hunt. All you'll need is a game card, a pen or pencil and an adventurous spirit! To play, just print an official game sheet and take it to Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley. Use the clues provided on the game sheet to locate each bench, then examine the bench closely to answer the question beneath the clue. Once you’ve filled out each one, just drop the game card off in the drop-box outside the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce, 17316 S. Oak Park Ave. Those who answer all questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for some fun prizes, including one of this year’s benches! All entries must be received by Oct. 1, 2020. Grab a game sheet and start playing now!
2020 Benches on the Avenue winners
The Village announced the winners of its annual “Benches on the Avenue” public art program during the Aug. 29 Music in the Plaza concert. Winners, listed below, received a cash prize and a trophy.
- Best First-Time Artist: Emma Kresal for “Cheerio America”
- Best Group/Family Project: Delaney and Kathleen Dillon for “The Luck of the Irish”
- Best Use of Materials: Melissa and Veronica Arreola for “Looking Through the London Eye”
- Best Portrayal of Theme: Amy Frale and Carla Zidek for “America the Beautiful”
- Most Creative: Dante DiBartolo, Allen Jebens, Tom Liston, Bob Renaud and Terry Nugent for “Postcards of My Trip”
- Best 3-D Bench: Tyler Stuckart for “Midgard’s Bench”
- Judges Choice: Sherrie Ordaz and Michael Woodman for “Le Lourve’s Starry Nights”
Many thanks to this year's Benches on the Avenue judges, which included Jackie Bobbitt (Tinley Park Marketing and Branding Commission), Nancy Byrne (former Benches on the Avenue coordinator), Brandy Cafarelli (Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce), the Fr. Paul Seaman (St. George Church) and Pam Zukoski (Tinley Park Public Library).
Brochures from from each year of the "Benches on the Avenue" program.
"Around the World" (2020)
"Prized Page Turners" (2019)
"Treasured Family Musicals" (2018)
"The Power of Music" (2017)
"Once Upon a Time" (2016)
"Heroes and Villains" (2015)
"Let the Games Begin!" (2014)
"Fairy Tale Festival" (2013)
"The Magic of Music" (2012)
"America the Beautiful" (2011)
"When I Grow Up" (2010)
"Classic TV" (2009)
"A World of Travel Adventures" (2008)
"Favorite Children's Storybooks" (2006)
"Hooray for Hollywood!" (2005)
"Benches on the Avenue" (2004)