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7059 South Shore
Drive on Chicago's South Lakefront. Phone number: 773 256-0149.
General public hours: 9 am-6 pm, Sat. to 5, (closes at 11).
NEXT CONCERTS April CMOP, ETA August Wilson reading, May
CSO Civic Orchestra and All Access chamber concert.
Council & Meeting and Council contacts. March
14 10:30 am in the Oak Room.
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- 773 256-0959.
SSCC is in the South Region, Manager Daphne Johnson; Area Manager Cordell Hopkins.
Andrea Adams, Center Director.
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In this page
South Shore Cultural Center sub pages:
Concerts and events
Timeline (with early Country Club photographs and sketches)
History of SS Country Club and Cultural Center (and links to other historical websites)
Landmark designation- Recommendation and criteria study for. (approved 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 Parks.
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 Coalition (1977)
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 since c1985 been the Advisory
Council-SSCC. The Council largely started the arts programs in
response to clear and continuing community determination (demonstrated
in earlier wildly successful festivals and concerts) 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
in 2004. Top
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 presented at the National History Day at the University of Maryland. Access this website (if still available) at http://33427478.nhd.weebly.com. (May be moved to a dedicated website.)
Advisory Council- general
To do now:
Work toward upgrades to theater lighting and audio and other improvements in Robeson Theater and outdoor theater
Other work in the building enhancing ability to host public and other events within historic prescriptions
Optimize programming and partnerships including innovative programs while maintaining a fully-staffed set of PD programs
Strengthen promotion and publicity of the Center and its activities making sure public programs have their place
Strengthen and grow the council, its committees and activities, and community connections including through fundraising,
Pursue ways that proposals for mega-enhancements on the South Side (especially an Obama Library and development of Lakeside (former South Works) can be used to enhance the Center and surroundings and not strand or exacerbate problems such as physical access/traffic or leave Center needs continually unaddressed.
The biggest ongoing challenges over the past few years, boldly embraced have been:
you join the Advisory Council and its committees, activities and programs?
Dues are $20 regular, $10 senior, $30 groups/businesses. Send your check made out South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council, with your contacts (and interests if desidrd) Attn Treasurer, Advisory Council South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, 60649.
BAD NEWS. THE WORK THAT WAS TO BE SIGNED AND BEGUN IN SPRING 2015 IS INCLUDED IN GOV. RAUNER'S FREEZE OF $28 MILLION IN PARK DISTRICT GRANTS, 27 PROJECTS.
We were pleased to announce that the Center was included in Progress Illinois capital program (Department of Natural Resources)- $2,498.300 for exterior and interior rehabilitations at South Shore Cultural Center. Final plans and "cuts" are being made by the Park District as of summer 2014. Work includes outdoor theater, colonnade, masonry, windows and doors, and the north elevator. See below
We are proud to welcome Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Center. We have already had the Civic Orchestra as an annual guest. Winter-spring 2015 we will have 3 chamber performances in the Center.
We are also pleased
to announce a bequest to the Center in the range of $100,000 from the Nat and
Polly Silberman estate. This bequest funded a wonderful garden (named for Polly
Silberman and Polly Scheiner) southwest of the main entry, by the Robeson Theater,
and a spectacular set of choral risers. (Thank you to the Silbermans,
and the Hennings and other members of the Landscape and Gardening Committee.)
Our principal working committees are Building & Grounds-Landscape including Planning and Capital, Arts and Programs including Performing Arts; Development/Fundraising, Membership, and Website & Social Media
To help maintenance in the building and pergola/grounds, over 500 hours are volunteered yearly by council committees particularly Landscape-Building and Grounds 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. The Council has contributed park kids scholarships and purchased the screening of summer movies.
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.
More about 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).
In Memoriam The
Council reports that the following members, several active since the fight to
save the Country Club and turn it into a cultural center, have passed in the
pat few years:
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 June 13, 10:30 am in the Oak Room. (There will be no meeting in May- instead come out to buy (or volunteer for) our annual geranium and plant sale May 16 10-2 along the outside pergola south. May is skipped- instead help at the May 16 Geranium and Plant Sale.
Paid members receive a monthly phone ("calling post") notification. There is an attendance requirement of being at a 2nd meeting after joining in order to vote, but there is no dues requirement for voting. To run for office, members must have attended a certain proportion of meetings over the previous year.
Dues are $20. $10 srs, $30 organization, Treasurer, Advisory Council-SSCC, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, 60649. 2015 dues are now due.
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 (aside from envelope etc. capital) include such projects as renovation of the Robeson Theater priority being lighting et al, the renovation of the Outdoor Theater, upgrade of other public area such as in the Dining Room, 2nd floor buildout as appropriate. The Advisory Council invites you to become active as we prioritize the recommendations and strategically begin the search for capital dollars.
The Council has an active landscape and garden 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.
Programmatically the Council supports and encourages Center and Park District partnerships and programs and helps sponsor Movies in the Park and scholarships as needed.
2012-13- New choral risers!! New Garden south of the main entrance!! Made possible by bequest from Polly Silberman Foundation.
2013-14- Piano restoration
was accomplished with funds from the Park District and the Council. A new ballet
floor was installed in the lower level. The Robeson floor was refurbished in
Work under a state grant should begin late summer 2014 on exterior and weatherization work including windows and doors, the outdoor theater, the colonnade, concrete, and the north elevator. The Center has upgraded WI-FI and a digital inside informational kiosk.
2015 January - The coral
will be turned into a skating rink for winter 2016.
Being filled: Head attendant, dance instructor.
CSO is giving 3 chamber ensemble concerts (Jan 18 was well attended and splendid, coming March 8 and May 10.) Coming May 3 Civic Orchestra and playing host to a dance festival and EDTA August Wilson reading. The council is suporting a revived jazz festival at Sout Shore and the South Side.
Latest on the $2.5 m state grant capital restoration work, as of October 2014.
BAD NEWS. THE WORK THAT WAS TO BE SIGNED AND BEGUN IN SPRING 2015 IS INCLUDED IN GOV. RAUNER'S FREEZE OF $28 MILLION IN PARK DISTRICT GRANTS, 27 PROJECTS. The council has directed a letter of protest to the Governor, our legislators, and the Park District-- planning for this with council input began four years ago and was funded from monies serveal years ago. SSCC is a money maker and prime cultural center, so it must be kept up and kept presentable. A newly revived feature in the plans is the Outdoor Theater.
As of the January 2015 meeting, the work is out to bid. Specific venues coming include - Outdoor Theater including furniture to be bought soon. Dining Room- stop the leaks and paint.
Work scope: repair/replace promenade; promenade roof and walks [entire pergola colonnade including lower 3 feet solid concrete] and painting there; repair exterior building envelope (gaps, cracks, holes, etc.); repair/replace deteriorated windows, door trim, flashing downspouts and gutter, etc.; repair roof and flag poles; restoration of outdoor theatre stage, east; minor repair of attachments and appurtenances to principal building, particularly exterior walls; interior work limited to select repair of infrastructure damaged by water infiltration. Excluded items include 2nd floor, theater needs. Project schedule: A/E [=architectural/engineering] 3-6 months; Permitting, 3 months; Construction, 3 – 6 months. Grant funding: 2.3MM. Actual Project cost TBD [=to be determined] based on actual bidding of construction documents when available. Scope, costs and funding available may be revised based on actual work scope.
As of early November plans were complete 95% and were to be approved-to-go at the November or December CPD Board meeting. Schematic is available to the council.
Only repairs will be made to the center floor of the Outdoor Theater due to strong position by historic preservation agencies- rest will be done so plays, concerts, and rentals can be held holding 200-400 people, a real addition (temporary flooring may be used for dancing, etc.).
Work is expected to start by March (some indoor possibly earlier). The outdoor theater may be ready for events in late summer.
A cultural space survey of relevant PD buildings has been made-- the Theater lighting was placed on the list, so we will see.
Chicago Department of Transportation may make some adjustments to the timing of the signal light at 71st/South Shore. Not much change is possible.
Class staffing is still down, recruitment underway.
November 8 2014, we heard and held discussion on an update on the Obama Library from Gia Biaggi (Chicago Park District planning), Kim duBuclet (CPD Community Relations), and Sonya Malunda (University of Chicago Sr. Asst. VP Civic Engagement). The appearance is in response to a written request to CPD Superintendent Mike Kelly dated October 27. The Center is one of three suggested locations (not specific sites) the University gave in its preliminary bid to the Obama Library Foundation. The UC Bid is one of four finalists. By December 11 the final proposal is due to the Foundation. The Obamas are expected to make their final selection in early 2015. The University's final is expected to have one site-- the presenters gave no indication that they have narrowed in on one of the locations. Libraries consist of: the archives/library run by the National Archives, the museum, and the private institute. Hundreds of millions have to raised-- which cannot start until a president is out of office-- and it can take 5 or more years thereafter to get a library up and running. All provide opportunities for many partnerships and outreach initiatives. The park district also wants a balanced plan for partnership of the library with the park system, including possibly anti-obesity in the smaller parks. Once the decision is made, there will be much public discussion. the University and CPD have held many outreach meetings but not yet done formal polling. The University bid website is oplsouthside.org.
There was substantive discussion and input into the feasibility of particular sites at the Center, many feeling the site is too cramped (including any room for growth) and inaccessible-- libraries inevitably need lots of special space and hundreds of thousands, if not over a million a year visit, so a road and transportation plan is needed. There was general agreement about the importance and potential of the South Shore Cultural Center for programming and use on the South Side-- there will be a small meeting of parties including the University about ramping up good usage of the facility. Also that the Center and a library could have synergies (and some concern that the library would not dominate Center programming on the one hand or the older building not be out competed by the snazzy new for rentals on the other, concerns that resonated with the Park District). The potential and need for development in South Shore was also a shared assessment and there have to a clear set of benefits and a plan for the whole mid South. Accessibility of the library for all, such as free days, was also expressed.
The Gallery- see below
Call the Center regularly, 773 256-0149. Visit the Park District website http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com and look for South Shore Cultural Center.
Specials at the Center:
Classes, camps etc: Get the quarterly handout at the Center or call the Center, do not depend on the CPD website for up to date information except when going into the online registration section (opens 1-2 months before quarterly start) (You must set up an account there.)
Partners include the Iona Calhoun School of Dance and another dance group.
Music and more
to log of programs
The Parrot Cage restaurant is open Tu-Fri 5-8 AT $15 FOR 3 course dinner, regular prices for Saturday dinner and for Sunday brunch (11-3). Reserve at 773 363-1902, of if you don't reach a person, reserve at opentable.com.
Cultural and other Events at South Shore Cultural Center -2014
May 15, Saturday, 10 am- 2 pm. Annual Geranium and Plant Sale in the colonade.
May 10, Sunday, 3 pm. Chicago Symphony Orchestra All-Access Chamber Music Series at South Shore Cultural Center- free. 7059 South Shore Drive. In conjunction with Mothers Day Brunch at the Parrot Cage. TICKETS MUST BE SECURED FOR THE CSO CONCERTS IN ADVANCE BY CALLING 312 294-3000 (tickets will held at the door). Mallarme Sting Quartet. Rong-Yan Tang, violin; Melanie Kupchynsky, violin; Max Daimi, viola; Loren Brown, cello. Smetana String Quartet No 1 in E Minor (From My Life), Dvorak American String Quartet.
August 23, Sunday, 3 pm. Chicago Music Association. Fantasie Negre. Ticketed event. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.
Date? Grant Park Festival - from the concert series and chorus series.
August 23, Sunday, 3 pm. Chicago Music Association. Fantasie Negre. Ticketed event. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.
August into September. 4 movies in the park.
August ? Saturday. South Shore Festival (5th and 7th Wards).
September 15, Tuesday. Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Community Concert, Free. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.
October 16, Friday, 6 pm. South Shore Opera Company annual ticketed concert and reception. Ticketed. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive
November 15, Sunday, 3 pm. Chicago Music Association. Harvest of Music, Free. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.
December 15, Tuesday. Chicago Music Association and Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Do-It-Yourself-Messiah. Free. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.
MOVIES IN THE PARK 2015 4 in August
And in the Art Gallery. Art from the woodshops of the Chicago Park District.
and youth, family other programs (See
also some of the programs above including concerts and movies.)
The Arts Camps are the featured draw, especially summer when kids develop and perform their own program drawing on music, drama, dance, and visual arts. Registration.
Golden Girsl Golf League. Mondays at 9 April 6- Sept. 28. $25 reg. includes coplmentary beverage or $5 Bloody Mary's or Margaritas.
Programs include martial arts, and park kids suite of art, theater, homework, sports, recreation and African dance with Muntu. in fall 2014 running Sept. 2-Dec 19 M-F 3-7 including no-school days 8-6. at total $100 ($2 a day). There is an additional winter break camp 12/22-1/2 at added $50. More info at the Center or 773 256-0149.
Children's Theater for ages 6-12 runs Saturdays 10-1130. Acting for ages 13-17 Saturdays 1-2:30. Fall 2014 9/13-12/6. $50.
Drawing and Painting fall 2014 9/15-12/3 M and W 6-8.
Ceramics 9/13-12/6 Saturdays 10-1. Each only $50, all materials include.
2 kinds of yoga- adult and family.
There is a suite of fitness programs, classes and camps at the center. Top of the line for children is the themed day camps, especially in summer!For about 150 kids, includes creating an performing a showcase, field trips, music, dance, dram and more. There is also a healthy cooking class. Best to get/consult the quarterly listings sheet at the Center or go on line to the registrations section, which is put up a few weeks before online registration opens c. end of 2nd month before classes begin (on Tuesday for parks east of California Ave.). In park registration is on the Saturday of the first weekend of the month preceding the quarter in question-- AFTER the online registration.
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PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS INCLUDE IONA CALHOUN SCHOOL OF DANCE AND ANOTHER DANCE GROUP- register through them.