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Join the Conference. Your dues help support these services presented by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference and its website hydepark.org.
To Hyde Park Neighborhood Club: Monthly calendar, program link page, about, to their website.
Big days and festivals, 57th Art Fair, 4th on 53rd, 57 Children's Book Fair/Octoberfest, Used Book Fair, Garden Fairs among the highlights.
4th of July Parade
Plan to march with HPKCC in the 4th of July parade! We'll assembling at the parking lot behind the Hyde Park Bank between 10 and 11 am, stepping off at 11 am, and ending at Nichols Park, where you can enjoy music and fun! 4th on 53rd is an independent project/committee of the Nichols Park Advisory Council (a committee of HPKCC). Sponsorships of businesses and organizations support the parade and the George Franklin Memorial summer Sunday afternoon concerts in the weeks that follow.
The neighborhood's "big twenty-five" or so events to look for in this calendar are:
Look in the Cultural Page for Passport to Jazz and Weekend in Hyde Park events.
Chamber of Commerce business networking and challenging. 1st Thursdays 5:30 (by street) and 3rd Wednesdays noon at Chant. 773 288-0124.
Shopping for art and more for the holidays and after... From Mia Ruyter of the Renaissance Society via http://www.hypachicago.org, site of the Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture.
The Renaissance Society has exhibition posters, books, and limited edition objects by contemporary artists like Thomas Struth, Kara Walker, and Sol Lewitt. You can also shop online on their website.
The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue, 4th floor
(The University of Chicago Cobb Hall)
Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm.
The Oriental Institute has wonderful handmade crafts from Ethiopia, such as a delicate handwoven scarves, and beautiful jewelry with semi-precious stones.
Oriental Institute Museum
1155 East 58th Street
Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 6 pm, open until 8:30 on Wednesdays. Sundays noon to 6 pm.
The gift shop at the Smart Museum has great children’s books, beautiful stationary from India, and gorgeous handmade jewelry with woven gold and Murano glass beads, and the cafe has some of the best espresso in town.
The Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - 8 am to 4 pm
Thursday - 8 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11 am to 4:30 pm
The Robie House has wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright designed items, like a silk scarf inspired by Machine Age Screen (c. 1934) and a bold mural design adapted in 1973 for use as wallpaper in the Biltmore Hotel (Phoenix, Arizona, 1927).
Robie House Museum Shop [Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust]
5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue (enter through garage court on 58th street)
Thursday to Monday - 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
The Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center has ceramics for sale. The glazes are beautiful, and each piece is unique. Bowls, mugs and plates in earth tones and brilliant reds are fabulous gifts.
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center
1060 East 47th Street
Monday to Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Closed
And while you’re at the Little Black Pearl, step next door to enjoy a sandwich at Hyde Park’s newest gourmet deli, Zaleski & Horvath Market Cafe. (1126 East 47th Street.)
Farmer's Markets. Bronzeville Saturdays 4400 block of Cottage Grove. Harper Court Thursdays 7-2 53rd-Lake Park lot. 61st St. Saturdays 9-2 between Dorchester and Blackstone.61st Market goes indoors at Experimental Station in November and December.
Don't miss the ongoing exhibits and exhibit related events at our museums. See Cultural and Arts Calendar.
Pearl Fest in Mandrake
Park (39th Cottage, 11-9) among top events of a busy August 21.
Enjoy a free, outdoor community festival of live entertainment, food, and retail vendors for all ages. Performing artists include vocalist, songwriter, and actress, Nona Hendryx; jazz drummer, composer, and record producer Terri Lyne Carrington; and American soul, jazz, gospel singer and pianist,Oleta Adams. Free and open to the public ... AND qualifies for the last Passport To Jazz stamp of the summer
Summer street fair/festivals:
Hyde Park Shopping Center. Harper Court.
Jazz at Hyde Park Shopping Center Fridays at noon though at least end of October.
To get on a listserve for South Side bicycle events (South Side Bicycle Movement), go to http://www.biketraffic.org.
Be sure to visit
Club Programs page for much of what's there including summer camps. http://editor.ne16.com/he/vo.asp?FileID=142281&Memberid=163008444&ListName=hydepark&MailID=4086567
Nichols Park fieldhouse 1355 E. 53rd St. has quarterly and shorter cycle programs for kids and youth has well as open basketball nightly. You can't beat its price.
Bronzeville Visitors Information Center (with so much more) open at 3501 S. King Dr
Checkerboard Lounge- generally blues but sometimes jazz, poetry.... see by date, 7:30, 8 pm. $10, $5 university students. 5201 S. Harper, 773 684-1472. 5201 S. Harper. 773 684-1472. Note that Hyde Park Jazz Society no longer has programs at Checkerboard, but Sunday evenings at Room 43. .
Other jazz or other music: Chant at 1509 E. 53rd, Mellow Yellow at 1508 E. 53rd (2nd Sunday noon jazz) Hidden Pearl at 1060 E. 47th St, Checkerboard, Room 43.
Pop into Ida Noyes almost any evening for dance lessons in an amazing variety of styles.
Don't misses: Info under dates
More general event notices lacking specific individual dates.
Some activities for kids, Seniors. Much more in Recreation page.
schedule in the Friends
of Blackstone Page. Story-craft-or book clubs for kids are also available
at 57th Books, Borders, Little Black Pearl and more. see in Cultural
Call/visit about Summer Readers for kids
Neighborhood Club has a lot, including Golden Diners at 11:30 am every weekday and Friday films for older adults at 12:30, bridge, mah jongg, exercise, dance and much more. Visit the Neighborhood Club
by date (see also Cultural Calendar)
Free legal Clinic, 5th Ward Office, every 2nd Tuesday, 6-8. Free tax counseling for the poor at 4th Ward Office, other places.
Park Neighborhood Club. Another
of the most worthy causes in the neighborhood and always needing volunteers
and donors. The Club, with the U of C Service League, holds (board)
Games Day for seniors. 1st Wednesdays 9 or 9:30 am-noon. Call 773 643-4062.
Those who wish to join the Golden Diners
for lunch should reserve no later the preceding day 10:00 am, in time for them
to adjust the meal count. Lunch reservations should be made by calling Edna
Bradley, Golden Diners Supervisor or Hertha Bailey, Golden Diners staff at 773-643-4062.
Also asking for ideas and program partners.
There are lots of other services and rec/fun/learning opportunities at the Club from soccer championships to dance or jazzercise, computers, aerobics. bridge club!
ISI Instep Inc. Steppin' classes. 773 350-2746.
Our HPNC program page. About.
See History and Historic Preservation and, for the lively schedule of lectures, tours and events, and committees/projects, Hyde Park Historical Society. (or our page on).
4904 S. Lake Park, has a full suite of programs for all ages. 312 747-0511.
Note 4th Monday piano series.
Friends of Blackstone Library meets 1st Wednesday of the month at the Library.