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South Shore Drive on Chicago's South Lakefront. Phone number:
773 256-0149. General public hours: 9 am-6 pm, Sat. to 5, (closes
Cage restaurant info. Ask about discounts and groups.
Sign up now for summer Musical Theater and Dance/Play Camp June 25-August 3.
numbers: General 773 256-0149, Center Director Andrea Adams.
Head Attendant 773 256-0941. Programs- 773 256-9048, fax 773 256-1163.
Reservations and bookings- Special Events at Chicago Park District- She She Taylor. Note that time spaces (except for some slots esp. early weekdays) is quite fully booked.
SSCC is in the South Region, Director Liz Millan, Area Manager Cordell Hopkins.
Andrea Adams, Center Director.
The Parrot Cage Restaurant. A top class venue operated by Washburne Culinary Institute of Kennedy-King College, City Colleges of Chicago. Evenings Weds.-Sats. 5:30 and 8:30 pm seatings; Sunday brunch 11 am-3 pm. 773 602-5333. Please do call for reservations or to confirm room is available.
June 23 2012- first seating at 5, last at 7.
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Remaining South Shore Cultural Center pages:
Concerts and events
Timeline (with early Country Club photographs and sketches)
History of SS Country Club and Cultural Center
Landmark designation- Recommendation and criteria study for. (appr. May 2004)
Other relevant material: South Lakefront Access Study updates
center, and below by Gary Ossewaarde. Right from Chicago Park District-Framework
Plan for Jackson, SSC Center.
In site plan at right, north = left. Clubhouse is the dark structure at center right; nature center/oasis starts at upper right.
Below: by Mary Rose Shaughnessy: clubhouse entry as set up for 'Real Men Cook' festival June 19, 2005- lines stretched all the way to the gatehouse.
Shore Cultural Center was originally South Shore Country Club. The
clubhouse and its 58 acre site was rescued in the 1970's from the wrecking
ball, bought by the Chicago Park District in 1975 for $10 million, and
eventually restored as a historic landmark and reprogrammed after a massive
community and citywide outpouring leading to a determined organization
and a unique 3-way agreement between government agencies and the local
organization. The successor to the Coalition to Save South Shore Country
Club has for over 20 years been the Advisory
Council-SSCC. The Council largely started the arts programs in
response to clear and continuing community determination that the Center
is to be a people's palace for arts and arts partnerships.
was placed on the National Register in 1975 and became a Chicago Landmark
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Kenwood student Amy Lewis in 2013 created a web site on the saving of the Country Club as a community spark for her Chicago Metro History Fair project - and was a winner at city and state levels and taken to the National History Day at the University of Maryland. Access this website at http://33427478.nhd.weebly.com.
To do now:
Work toward upgrades to theater lighting and audio and other improvements in Robeson Theater and ooudoor theater as restoration work is done on latter
Other work in the building enhancing ability to host public and other events within historic prescriptions
Optimize programming and partnerships including innovative
Strengthen and grow the council, its committees and activiities, and community connections including through fundraising
The biggest current challenges over the past few years, boldly embraced:
Won't you join the Advisory Council and its committees, activities and programs?
We are pleased
to announce that the Center has been included in Progress Illinois capital program-
$2,498.300 for exterior and interior rehabilitations at South Shore Cultural
We are also pleased to announce a bequest to the Center in the range of $100,000 from the Nat and Polly Silberman estate.
The Council will be working with the park district and the bequest administrators to decide best use of the funds.
Despite a growing array of spectacular arts programs, partnerships, and classes, it has been difficult achieving the weight and citywide presence the Center deserves and could so admirably fulfill, although this certainly is coming along and is embraced by the Chicago Park District. The Center is a unique place whose needs should be given a full and careful listen and attention, the Council observes. Challenges range from space and its allocation to good access, fees and arrangements for partners and users, keeping up with wear and tear, funding and fund raising, growing and leveraging the rental revenue, best marketing and "attracting" strategies, and getting and keeping the best possible staff.
Our principal working committees are Performing Arts, Landscape-Building and Grounds, Planning, Membership, and Fundraising.
To help maintenance in the building and pergola/grounds, over 500 hours are volunteered yearly by council committees in creating and tending spectacular plantings in and around the building and making glorious Christmas wreaths (extra of which are for sale). A major fundraiser is the Geranium Sale, 3rd Saturday in May.
We contribute regularly to physical needs and facilities. A special task of the Council and its Performing Arts is concert programming and upkeep of the Steinway concert grand piano.
Don't miss the gorgeous Nature Area and preserve southeast of the Center bldg. - or catch it coming spring. (Questions? contact staff of the Department of Natural Resources at the Chicago Park District at 312 742-PLAY.)
The Advisory Council. Next mtg.
Committee (2-year terms for April 2013-April 2015):
President: Edie Moore,
VP: Leslie Jackson
Secretary: Bobbie Greer,
Treas.: Marsha Davis,
At-large Chuk Okwuje
(Nature Sanctuary Steward:
Karen Dorff- not a member of the council).
The Council reports
that the following members, active since the fight to save the Country Club
and turn it into a cultural center, have passed:
Miriam G. Apter
Selma Stewart White
Council. Next mtg.
(Normally 2nd Saturdays). Room is subject to change. (normally 2nd Saturdays
at 10:30 am in the Oak Room.)
Next General Meeting Saturday July 13, 10:30 am in the Oak Room.
Paid members receive a monthly phone ("calling post") notification. There is an attendance requirement of being at a 2nd meeting after joining to vote, NO dues-paid, requirement for voting.
Dues are $10. $5 srs, $20 organization, c/o Advisory Council-SSCC, 7059 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649. 2013 dues are now due.
The Council seeks ways to help and improve such operations aspects as programming including performing arts events, marketing, and facilities. It's 2nd Saturday meetings (10:30 am) are the best venue in which to learn its work and how to be involved in its many committees, including performing arts and concerts by our partners!. They are an open, very welcoming group. A newsletter is occasionally mailed to dues-paying members ahead of the meeting.
The South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council continually revisits with the Park District the priorities that evolved out of the Master Plan for this Center. These priorities include such projects as the completion of the 3rd Floor and build out of the 2nd Floor, renovation of the Robeson Theater, the renovation of the Outdoor Theater, and Park Kids expansion in the lower level. The Advisory Council invites you to become active as we prioritize the recommendations and strategically begin the search for capital dollars as soon as upper floors cultural space conversion is costed out. Completion of the third floor is the main "new things" internal priority. Repair and upgrade the washrooms, Robeson Theater lighting and risers, piano, and outdoor theater . Note that the Park District spent over $2 million to the buildout or council/community priorities and has received a state capital grant.
The Council has an active landscape and building committee, originally operating under the South Shore Open House Committee! Gardens were laid out with staff. Part of the support comes from the committee's May Geranium and Plant Sale second Saturday in May and sale of wreaths and poinsettias in December. The Nature Sanctuary has a volunteer work force under Patrick Shaw.
Council Sponsored Programs- Concerts with Chicago Music Association, Chicago Modern Orchestra, , the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago, Civic Orchestra. See in Center Programs below. 773 256-0149. This includes helping sponsor a promising youth in music.
And we sponsor Movies in the Park on cultural themes and give scholarships for park-kids programs.
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Partners of the Advisory Council and their joint events with the council have grown by leaps and bounds-- see the lists of programs. And these partners and events don't even include those that are more appropriately partners and providers and events of the Center or Chicago Park District (These partner-providers are the Iona Calhoun School of Dance, Or classes such as the various kinds of dance, yoga and exercise and arts classes.)
Partners of the AC-
New choral risers!! New Garden south of the main entrance!! Made possible by bequest from Polly Silberman Foundation.
Work under a state grant resumes this spring on exterior and weatherization work and the outdoor theater.
Needed: funding for work on the theater lighting and sound, stage, and piano restoration.
The Gallery, the piano
Current plans are to have 3 to 5 exhibits each year and private events also in the Gallery.
Open now and being furnished: Margaret T. Burroughs Gallery. North of the security and registration office.
In addition, the piano now has a professional Steinway tuner and restorer, new bench, and a tripod and a locking cover installed and underwritten by the Performing Arts Committee of the Advisory Council and Chicago Music Association. Major repairs are proceeding in phases.
May 12, Sunday, 10:30 and 1 pm setings. $30 (ages 4-12 $15). Parrot Cage Mothers Day Brunch.
May 18, Saturday, 9 am-? Annual Garden and Geranium Sale. Helps beautify the Center.
Call the Center regularly, 773 256-0149. Visit the Park District website http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com and look for South Shore Cultural Center.
Thanks to all who volunteered or bought at the May 19 Geranium and Plant Sale.
Specials at the Center:
April 8-June 5 Mon and Wed 6:30-8 class in Adult Painting - $50
April 13-June 8 Sat 1-4 class in Ceramics. $50
We encourage all to attend the movies in the park in August and the Jazz Festival 1st weekend in August
August 18, Saturday, 10 am-8 pm. South Shore Festival. Includes bands.
In the Fine Arts Gallery: Annual Chicago Defender exhibit from their archives
Music and more
to log of programs
2012 remaining -music
Events at South Shore Cultural Center 2012
July 30, Tuesday, 7 pm. Grant Park Chorus, Conductor Christopher Bell. Flyer. Songs of Praise and Passion. gpmf.org or 312 742-3678.
August 6, Tuesday, 6:30 pm and August 7, Wednesday, 6:30 pm. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Shakespeare in the Parks, "The Comedy of Errors." Part of the Chicago Park District's "Night Out in the Parks. Free. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.
Watch for Movies in the Park Wednesday evenings.
August 18, Saturday, 10 am-8 pm. South Shore Festival. Includes bands.
Sunday, August 25, 3 pm. Chicago Music Association Allegro by the Lake (ticketed event)
October 19, Saturday, 6 pm (may change). South Shore Opera. 5th Anniversary Season: Celebrating Black Composers. Ticketed event. Expected: a rare and new production of William Grant Still's "Troubled Island".
November 23, Sunday, 4 pm. Chicago Music Association Harvest of Music
Watch in the summer for Chicago Shakespeare Theater production outdors, Movies in the Park, South Shore Jazz Festival, and more.
Monthly Jazz Brunch in the Parrot Cage Restaurant. Next Feb. 10
And the Art Gallery. - Chicago Defender annual photo exhibit from their archives.
2013 see above
Kids and youth, family other programs (More in School of the Arts) (See also Recreation Directory) (See also some of the programs above including concerts and movies.
Washburne Culinary Institute of City Colleges of Chicago (Kennedy King)- regular and community classes continue/return at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive. This is one of the best and oldest cooking schools in the country. All community classes meet on Saturdays 10-1 and costs $45. Lower age limit uncertain. Each month a single-day class starts late each month and includes such topics as hearty soups, vegetarian, thrill of the grill, cajun/creole, pickling and canning, Parrot Cage restaurant, Sikia Restaurant African Dishes, Thanksgiving Favorites and more. Contact Continuing Education Department at 773 602-5042. Registration is a t 6343 S. Halsted Building @ room 220.
Washburne Culinary Institute is offering a cooking classes on a semester basis for kids who come to Center programs. Healthy food and cooking is part of the summer camp program. It will have no cost to students or the park district and will be taught by the Parrot Cage executive chef. Enroll at 773 256-0149.
TRACE- Arts for Teens.
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system. Before you register online for one of our fall classes, we encourage
you to review the new screens and review our Q&A about the new system. You can
do this by copying and pasting the web address below into your web browser:
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camp etc. online registration end of 2nd month preceding quarter.
In-person registration at most parks begins Saturday, 1st weekend in month preceding quarter.
View on line at the Park District website. www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/content.home.cfm. From Nov. 17
Programs include a play camp for 4 and 5 year olds (new), expanded cooking, art, theater, sports....
Community classes are offered by the Washburne Culinary Institute. Restaurants participating include Heaven on Seven, Wishbone, Parrot Cage, BJ. Classes are 2nd Saturdays and must be reregistered.
Mission: The South Shore Cultural Center School of the Arts is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the entire family through skill-based arts classes and culturally stimulating programs in all art forms that will enrich, enlighten and inspire further cultural arts exploration.
Partnerships are expanding--to the degree that limited space permits--the third floor needs the funding to be built out. Watch for Lyric 2007-08 programs. Likely returning for some activities, performances: Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the South Shore Chorus (now an auditioned group).
fall 2008 Classes being highlighted as examples. Major must be reg. with partner.
Theater is new. Get full descriptive handout at he Center.
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These are park district programs under the PD Dept. of Natural Resources and other pd depts. Information, registration call 312 742-5039. Watch in 2006.