Hyde Park Record: Hyde Park-Kenwood Chicago Neighborhood and Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference's
neighborhood and background website
Presented by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference - "since 1949"

Return to hydepark.org homepage. About Us. HPKCC details.

Meetings and Events in the Hyde Park-Kenwood Chicago Neighborhood

SHELTERING IN PLACE HAS BEEN ORDERED THROUGH APRIL 7. There is a lot of fine print to this that should be read and acted upon thoughtfully.

CANCELLED SO FAR due to the Coronavirus. On March 12 the Governor and Mayor announced mandatory cancellation of all events of over 1000 at least 30 days and possibly to May, and urged cancellations of all over 250. No professional sports games until May. Most of the larger theaters, including Harris are closed, and Symphony Center, and Museums. Schools will close March 17-April 7 (and are restricted to essential personnel only) and Parks have cancelled all regular programs and classes (it is not clear whether park spaces are open- fieldhouse, playgrounds are not. Chicago Public Libraries-- are all now closed.
March 15- as of close of business Mon Mar 16 all bars and restaurants are closed through at least March 30. Still open- take out and drive through.

Cancelled include (KNOWN). (We are sure the affected organizations would appreciate a donation.)
Parks- see after the break and in parks homepage.
Most government offices. Mail continues.
Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Annual Pancake Breakfast (and all else there). BUT VIRTUAL PANCAKE BKFST MAR 29 VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.
Hyde Park Village gatherings including the Annual Meeting March 10 and the Drop In March 11 and dining etc. outings.
University of Chicago- events for 100 or more- default is cancellation through April 15 at least; spring quarter classes will be online or remote and the dorms empty from March 25.
Oriental Institute- all lectures and events accommodating 100 or more persons through April 15.
Court Theater "Woman from the Sea" and "An Iliad". "Gospel at Colonus" is on for now.
The larger theaters/auditoriums, and most events and meetings are cancelled or postponed.
CPS- schools closed to at least March 30
All St. Patrick's parades and events.
Hyde Park Book Club March 16
All PAC meetings and park events indefinitely, including April 18 Earth Day, prob. all park workdays. (Jackson and Kennicott will have special accommodations for kids who can go nowhere else.)
March 21 Parks citywide Advisory Council Conference will be rescheduled and classes/regular programs are suspended.
Smart Museum closed through March 30, no large events until April 15.
Logan Center is now closed and all events cancelled incl. 3rd Tu Jazz.
Hyde Park Jazz Society at The Promontory through April.
This writer has not heard of any HP restaurants closing (Petite Folie and Ascione will definitely stay open with modified protocols and curbside pickup and delivery).
Seminary Co-Op Bookstores incl. 57th St. Books- but online browsing and buying incl textbooks is OPEN.

Chicago Park District- PAC meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. This goes at least through Earth Day.
March 10, 2020. From the Chicago Park District regarding the coronavirus. (They have received no notice of any staff or park-related exposure and most remains open- i.e. not Millennium Park "Bean" plaza.)
" For your safety, and the safety of others, we ask that you do not go to the park if you or your child are not feeling well or traveled internationally
to an area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 and returned home within the last 14 days. In addition, we urge you to practice good hygiene including washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Keep abreast of the latest information on COVID-19 is by visiting and bookmarking www.chicago.gov/coronavirus for updates at the state level, and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for updates at the national level. These websites are updated frequently as the situation evolves and should be your trusted sources for information.
Jackson and Kennicott fieldhouses will have special sheltering programs (not the regular programs andnot sure if all days or if food is provided) with activities for all ages- call the fieldhouses for info.


Two large, general website portals (among several) for this Neighborhood. These include apps and social media:
Welcome to Hyde Park, run by the University of Chicago: http://welcometohydepark.com.
Downtown Hyde Park (of the SSA61 Tax District and South East Chicago Commission: http://downtownhydeparkchicago.com.

HPKCC/CECD Legislative candidate forum February 29. Link to video of forum- https://youtu.be/tjaTMTsGOiQ

General meetings and events- see the run below.

Park Councils schedule . PARKS PACS AND EVENTS (is updated)

HPKCC EVENTS (Find us on social media platforms or email.)

HPKCC Annual meeting for 2019 for 2019 was held Sept. 22. Next in Sept. 2020. We have a suite of added new board members, and October 3 elected officers and added a director to fill a vacated term. An Additional director was added November 7 for a vacant term.

The HPKCC Board of Directors meets in Polsky Center, 1462 E. 53rd St. 2nd fl. east (Jackson Park Room). Monthly 1st Thursday, 7 pm. April 2, 2020- may be cancelled. president@hydepark.org.

Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee -Look for the main Garden Fair in May 2020, Hyde Park Shopping Center Courtyard, 55th and Lake Park Ave. http://www.hydeparkgardenfair.org.

WE WILL NEED YOUR BOOKS IN 2020. Hyde Park Used Book Sale. Run by HPKCC since 2007. Booksale Page. Collection starts at tbd 3rd week of August 2020. The Hyde Park Bank has agreed to be our drop off point again next year.


HPKCC's highly active Schools Committee meets 4th Thursday, Contact schools@hydepark.org or new chair Donna Peace.
Schools committee/program page. Feb. 27 at Kenwood Academy Media Center.



Alderman King (4th) is seeking persons to serve on one of 6 community area advisory councils. If interested, go to https://airtable.com/shrrBJnQHZ8WwO8ld.

HPKCAC- The Community Action Council for our area's schools meets 4th Wednesdays 6 pm. Usually Dyett School. March cancelled.

CAPS for most of Hyde Park meets 3rd Thursdays at 6:30 in Washington Park Fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Dr.

Next SSA 61 Commissioners meeting- generally 4th Tuesdays. 11 am (some meetings in the evening), Polsky 2nd fl Jackson Park Room, 1452 E. 53rd St. http://downtownhydeparkchicago.com. Next March 24 7 pm. PRESUMED TO BE CANCELLED or switched to conference or online) due to coronavirus). Generally 11 am but occasionally 7 pm to meet public availability requirements. More info on SSA61.
Schedule for 2020. L ikely will be cancelled or conference call to members only?
Special Service Area #61- Downtown Hyde Park Chicago meetings are scheduled for the fourth Tuesdays monthly, unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held at the Polsky Center for Innovation (Jackson Park Conference Room) 1452 E. 53rd St. 2nd floor unless otherwise announced.

January 28, 2020 - 11:00 am
February 18, 2020 - 11:00 am* (3rd Tuesday)
March 24, 2020 - 7:00 pm
April 28, 2020 - 11:00 am
May 26, 2020 - 11:00 am
June 23, 2020 - 7:00 pm
July 2020 - No Meeting Scheduled
August 25, 2020 - 11:00 am
September 22, 2020 - 7:00 pm
October 27, 2020 - 11:00 am
November 2020 - No Meeting Scheduled
December 8, 2020 - 11:00 am* (2nd Tuesday)

Chamber Check In meet and greets 1st Thursdays 5:30-7:30 at varying locations. Visit http://chicagohydeparkchamber.org. April at likely to be cancelled?

To calendar run

We support your participation in the many programs of Blackstone Library and FrienLPds of Blackstone Library (and http://www.chipublib.org) and its Friends.
DONATE/JOIN- hydepark.org click into Friends of Blackstone.

PARK PACS schedule- CHANGES: Midway (MPAC) for February- Feb, 20.

Police- NEW CAPS MEETING SCHEDULE- click here. THIS IS OUT OF DATE- BEATS ARE NOW MOVING TO EVERY OTHER MONTH- NEXT SECTOR$FOR HP AT the Wentworth 002 Station- Beats are now or will be at Washington Park feildhouse- 3rd Weds at 6:30?

Special Service District 61 Commission meets 3RD WEDNESDAYS at Polsky, 1452 E. 53rd St. Meetings are open to the public. 2 meetings a quarter are at 11 am and the third at 7 pm.

Ward meetings- cancelled- moving around. 4th Ward Al dermanic- Generally 3rd (sometimes 4th) Monday, 5-8 pm- places vary- 773 535-8103 .
Constituent night gen. 5-8 PM evening 1st Mondays-
4th Ward-
Alderman On the Block- Encourage calling ward office to schedule a time- 773 536-8301.

City Clerk Office Mobile City Hall- lots of departments provide services directly at these.
Next nearest:

5th Ward (usually 4th Tues.), 6 pm- 4th Tuesday. March 24 meeting at Kozminski Academy, 936 E. 54th St. - call 773 324-5555. March CANCELLED

5TH WARD CONSTITUENT NIGHT TUESDAYS, 3-7 except 2nd Tuesdays in months with Ward Meetings.

State Rep. Curtis Tarver holds working families office hours (monthly?). Monday, until 7:30 pm. District Service Office, 1303 E. 53rd St.

Blackstone Library special programs.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:30-2. The next Hyde Park Village Drop In: example: exercise or games, lunch, 1 pm a topical program. Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn. Lunch $5 members, $7 nonmembers. SUSPENDED FOR THE PRESENT at least into April.

White City Tours- Jackson Park Saturdays 11 am (east of Darrow Bridge). May-October.

Calendar run (selected- see our topic calendars for full).
Find us on social media platforms

POSTPONED-March 14, Saturday. Free. One Earth Film Festival- Jackson Park. 10 am environmental work project at 57th beach and around lagoons (meet up details coming). 12 pm. Resource Fair opens at Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island- want to have a table? contact Louise McCurry.
1 pm- screening of "Child of Nature" (62 mins) at the fieldhouse- envir. initiatives led by youth and kids around the world. Followed by discussion with the producers, and commitment, surprise events and activities, resource fair continuing. For fair and film just come- we recommend reserving at www.oneearthfilmfest.org (registering there is rather difficult).

POSTPONED- March 16, Monday, 6 pm. 4th Ward Town Meeting at Carothers Cetner, 700 E. Oakwood. Invited: Cook County Treasurer (bring tax bills if have questions), Greater Chicago Food Depository, US Census.

Not listing future events unless completely certain they WILL be held.

March 29- Virtual Pancake Breakfast of Hyde Park Neighborhood Club- see their website www.hpnclub.org.



Park Councils- Visit the Park Councils meetings calendar- next- see schedule.
Go to Washington Park Page for it's events-council 3rd Wednesdays.
Elm Park- Timika Hoffman-Zoller or Piotr Gornicki. Timika pres.
Jackson. Kenwood. Cornell- 4th Mons Feb. 23. Harold Washington 1st Mons March 2 7 pm at Del Prado 2nd fl.

CAPS. See mtgs. calendar by date or standing. Currently in Washinton Park fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Dr. In spring will have a regular location.

Schools- see in LSC page. Committee meets 4th Tuesdays- Contact hpkcc@aol.com for location.
HPKCAC Community Action Council 4th Wednesdays, usually at Dyett.

Chamber of Commerce: 1st Thursdays 5:30 pm networking events feature a particular business street-

SSA 61 Special Tax District Commissioners meetings- visit www.downtownhydeparkchicago.com.

4th on 53rd July 4, followed by Sunday concert series.

The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) provides annual Neighborhood Enhancement Grants. Watch in late spring 2020.