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EVENTS AND CLASSES AT UC CAMPUS WERE RESUMED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1. The UIC student who issued online threats to kill at U of C. has been arrested. See details and updates in Hot Topics Home- date alerts.

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:

  • BIG 30+: Neighborhood "big events"

      Martin Luther King Jr. events at UC and elsewhere mid January (cel & talk at Rock),

      Quadrangle Club Revels (last weekend of January or 1st of Feb.- 2013 Feb. 1 and 2)

      Black Creativity end of Jan. through c Mar. 1 at Museum of Science and Industry. There are other major events there, at DuSable Museum and around the neighborhood planned to coincide with February Black History Month.

      U of C Folk Festival. (February 2nd weekend 2013 Feb 8-10)

      Latke Hamantash Debate (2014 Feb ?)

      Hyde Park Historical Society Annual dinner program-(Feb 23 2013.)

      Gilbert and Sullivan. 2014 ?HMS Pinafore? March 14, 15, 16 2014. Funds to UC Music Dept. and its music ensembles.)

      I House annual East European Festival of Music and Dance.

      Midwest Quilt Show at United Church (Sat. 2nd or 3rd weekend in April)

      Hyde Park Art Center anniv. cel. and auction (April)

      Festival of the Arts (FOTA) at U of C. Us. 3rd week in May but a winter mini too)

      The Hyde Park Garden Fair Sales (3rd Fri and Sat in May, 3rd Sat in September)

      I House annual Festival of Nations

      Art in Action. Southside Solidarity, First Presbyterian. (Last Saturday in May - not in 20132?)

      57th Street Art Fair and Community Art Fair (1st full weekend of June)

      Jackson Park Bowling Green Open House - weekend of the art fair.

      Annual Fiddler's Picnic and Concert (1st Sunday June- that of the Art Fair)

      Pearl Fest Little Black Pearl Art and Design. (moved to 3rd Sat. or Sun in Brooks Park)

      Juneteenth various (3rd weekend of June)
      Also, Lake Meadows Art Fair and jazz fest; ?Bronzeville Cultural Festival at King High; ? Bronzeville Historic Bike Tour. (3rd weekend of June)

      Make Music Chicago! June 21

      CANCELLED IN 2014 53rd Celebrate Hyde Park/Hyde Park Music Festival (July 20 and 21 in 2013)

      African Caribbean Festival of Life moved to Union Park for 2013

      Annual Bronzeville Historic Bike Tour- June 29 2013)

      DuSable Arts and Crafts Festival (earlier in summer now, about 4th?)

      4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic, from 54th Lake Park in a long circle s-e-w finally down 53rd to festival in Nichols Park. Always on the 4th. Concerts Sundays 4-6 pm. music concerts in Nichols Park August - early September

      Summerfest Celebrate Hyde Park (2013 July 20, 21) Major acts, fair and food fair, beer garden, kids games

      Ghana Fest. Washington Park July 31- also High Noon Horseback Ride and Picnic.

      Bud Billiken Parade. 2nd Saturday in August. King from 39th into Washington Park.

      ????Kilimanjaro's 53rd St. Harambee Festival (Aug. 14-15 Kimbark 53rd)

      Pearl Fest Little Black Pearl Art and Design. (Mandrake Park- Aug 20? Not this year?)

      Carifest on the Midway. (3rd Saturday in Aug.- moved? no announcement)

      African Festival of the Arts. (Labor Day extended weekend northeast part of Washington Park)

      Groovin' and Gospel on the Grove, 4400 block. 773 268-7232. (Sept. 10 2-7 and maybe movie at 8, and 13 12-6)

      UniverSoul Circus in Washington Park, (Mid Sept- mid Oct.)

      Hyde Park Fall Mum and Bulb Sale. (September 21, Saturday, Hyde Park Shopping Ctr. courtyard)

      The 57th St. Children's Book Fair (September 22 2013) 1-6 pm. Nichols Park near the Neighborhood Club, 55th and along Kenwood)

      Hyde Park Jazz Festival. (September 28 and 29 2013 days!. Benefit Sept. 14 at Logan starring Victor Garcia and septet) Our page. Website is now updated for 2013 festival.

      Pumpkin Patch in Nichols Park (October 5 2013)

      Oktoberfest- (NONE IN 2013)

      Hyde Park Used Book Sale. (2013 Oct. 12-14 S-S 9-6, M 9-2) Columbus Day weekend given by HPKCC, sponsored by Treasure Island Foods. In HP Shopping Center courtyard 55th/Lk. Pk. Book Drop now in progress through Oct. 1 Treasure Island lower level

      University of Chicago Humanities Festival Day at U of C- usually Saturday 3rd weekend in 2013 October 19. 2013 info should start appearing in spring, registration opens in Aug. for 2013.

      October into Nov. Chicago Humanities Festival Chicago Humanities Festival 312 494-9509, More. (Hyde Park Day October 20 in 2013)

      Open House Chicago - many new Hyde Park venues (2013 October 19 and 20)

      Harper Ave. Halloween (on the Halloween between 57th and 59th)

      Tellebration for kids and adults. (Sunday before Thanksgiving)

      Interfaith Community Thanksgiving celebration and Service (11 am. Rockefeller Chapel)

      Museum of Science and Industry Christmas Around the World and Festivals of Light

      There are pieces of the Sculpture International show in the area- 2 at least in Harold Washington Park and one on Promontory Point.

Undated and/or general good idea- specifics in by date below

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, 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

Be sure to visit the Neighborhood Club Programs page for much of what's there including summer camps.
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.

Blackstone Library-See 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 Calendar.
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)



More narrowly focused activities, by date


Distant and Places, other notices

Free legal Clinic, 5th Ward Office, every 2nd Tuesday, 6-8. Free tax counseling for the poor at 4th Ward Office, other places.

Hyde 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).

Blackstone Branch Library, 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.