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Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
Nichols Park Advisory Council

Chair: Stephanie Franklin (773 955-3622).

VISIT THE NICHOLS PARK WEBSITE HPKCC is proud to host. Includes workdays, events.
WORKDAYS- see Nichols Park Website home page.

Call Stephanie Franklin, President, 773 955-3622, with comments and questions . Dues $10 per year, but all are welcome at the monthly meetings, 2nd Thursdays, 7 pm, Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. Second contact Van Bistrow, 773 667-1808. We can use your due/contributions—just $10, although voting depends on attending a minimum number of meetings a year, not paying dues.

Nichols Park Advisory Council, the recognized advisory body under the Chicago Park District, is a self-sustaining program committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. This page is maintained by HPKCC as one of the many services we provide to one of the city's most active park advisory councils, serving the needs and residents of the "central park" of Hyde Park, at the center of the neighborhood.


President Stephanie Franklin
Vice President Van Bistrow
Secretary rotates, presently Dave White
Treasurer Caprice Lindsay
At-large Camile Hamilton-Doyle

Wildflower Meadow

2020 Sunday Summer George Franklin Concert Series tba
Programs of the Conference

Other Useful Links

These websites are maintained by Gary Ossewaarde of the HPKCC Board.


Preparations are well under way for Hyde Park’s 28th annual (2019) 4th of July Parade. In the past, you registered to march. Hopefully you are planning to do so again.

As always, the parade is on July 4th and kicks off at 11:00 am sharp! We assemble in the Hyde Park Bank Parking lot and march an approximate 1 mile route to Nichols Park.

More details to come, closer to the event for those that register in advance, but we ask that groups plan to be at the parade site no later than 10:30 for registration and line-up. And we will have supplies on hand for those who wish to participate in the bike brigade decorating.

Please register to march on our Eventbrite page (if you cannot find it by typing in 4thon53rd, go to http://hydeparkchamberchicago.org or to http://4thon53rd.com to find link) so that we can send you updates and determine where to place your group in the marching order.

Additionally, while it is free to march in the parade, there are a number of expenses related to the parade, the Picnic in the Park that follows and the 10 week Summer Sunday Concert Series in Nichols Park. Total production costs for these events are around $30,000.

We are working hard to fundraise so that we can continue to grow and provide this event free of cost to the community. If you are able, please consider becoming a sponsor or making a donation to these events. You can find additional information on our website at 4thon53rd.com or email the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce contact@hydeparkchamberchicago.org for more details.

Finally, we'll need volunteers for a number of tasks including planning, decorating, filling balloons, staffing games, bouncy houses and our registration table. If you are able to help, please consider volunteering. You can sign up here or by emailing the Chamber.

And finally… really, don't forget to follow our FB page or tell your favorite businesses “thank you” for supporting Hyde Park’s 4th of July and for keeping this community tradition thriving.

Thank you,
Tommy Inglis
4th on 53rd Commitee