Beginning Knitting Class. 6 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Don’t know how to knit but really want to learn? Join our beginning knitting class. Please bring if possible one skein of worsted weight (#4 medium) yarn and size US 8 (5.0 mm) or US 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles.
Hispanic Heritage Month-Fugitive Slaves, race and the Mexican-American War. 6:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month Dr. Cranston Knight, Professor of History at St. Augustine College will discuss the relationship between Latinos and African-Americans in Mexico from 1829, when Mexico abolished slavery and began accepting fugitive American slaves, through the secession of slave-holding American settlers, which culminated in the Mexican-American War.
Kozminski Local School Council Meeting. 5 p.m. Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St.
Community Meeting. 6 p.m. Hyde Park Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is hosting a community meeting to discuss the possibility of a new restaurant, Nando Peri Peri, receiving a liquor license. Nando Peri Peri would like to move in to the old Clarke’s location at 1447 E. 53rd St
Kenwood Local School Council Meeting. 6 p.m. Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.
Worship. Open Space. 11:30 a.m.-noon, every Wednesday, Bond Chapel, 1050 E. 59th St., 773-702-8200. A brief worship service co-sponsored by the U. of C. Divinity School and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and planned by a student-led worship committee.
Bret Harte Local School Council Meeting. 5:30 p.m. Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St.
Urban Readers Series: Forrest Stuart: “Down, Out, and Under Arrest.” 6 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. UChicago Urban and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores invite you to join us in kicking off our Urban Readers Series with Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, discussing his “Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row.” He will be joined in conversation by Jamie Kalven. The Urban Readers Series invites the curious public to meet the university’s faculty, staff, and alumni who think and write about cities.
U. of C. Service League Monthly Movie: “Mr. Turner.” $2 suggested donation. 1:30 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. All are welcome!
Representing Mexico: The Geography of Graciela Iturbide. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Following a tour of “There was a whole collection made,” delve into the career of photographer Graciela Iturbide and create photo-zines inspired by her work and story. All materials provided.
Love, Horror and Everything in Between. 6-8 p.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. The Indie City Writers invites the public to stop by, listen to stories and poetry, and buy signed books. Readings will begin at 6:15 p.m.
Ray Local School Council Meeting. 6 p.m. Ray Elementary School, 5631 S Kimbark Ave.
Nichols Park Advisory Council. 7-9 p.m. Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. We meet on the second Thursday of every month.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Open House. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., and Bond Chapel, 1010 E. 59th St. Chicago Architecture Foundation volunteers take pride in showing off the architectural treasures of Rockefeller and Bond Chapels as part of the Annual Open House Chicago festival.
Access Program: Multisensory Tour. Free. 2-3 p.m. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. Unlock the secrets of mummification through modern materials and little-known stories left behind by the ancient workers. Registration is required.
Imani Winds in Concert and Conversation. Free. 4 p.m. Logan Center, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. Meet the Imani Winds – the path-breaking, Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet recently appointed as the Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence at the University of Chicago. Reception follows.
Drive-In Happening. 6-8 p.m. Campus North Parking Garage, 5525 S. Ellis Ave. For one night only, a section of the University’s Campus North Parking Garage will be closed to traffic and parking spots turned into screening spaces for several of artist Wolf Vostell’s experimental film and video works related to automobiles. The evening also features German food and the debut of Arcade Brewery’s Concrete Traffic, a biting rye beer inspired by Vostell’s colossal sculpture.
Apollo’s Fire. $35/$5 for students. 7:30 p.m. Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Under the direction of fiery director Jeannette Sorrell, the Baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire has performed to packed houses across Europe and the U.S. With this program, they bring to life music by J. S. Bach and friends that patrons may have heard in the lively Café Zimmermann of 18th century Leipzig.
Humanities Day. Free. All day. The University of Chicago at various locations. Humanities Day is an annual tradition at U. of C. since 1980 and celebrates the humanities with free discussions, tours, performances and lectures featuring the latest research of the award-winning faculty in the Division of the Humanities. To see the full schedule and to register for events, visit humanitiesday.uchicago.edu.
Tour. Private Spaces Tour of the Robie House. 9 a.m., every Saturday and Sunday, Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000, flwright.org, $55 non-members, $45 members. Tour includes spaces not normally open to the public, including the servant’s wing and billiards room, and the third floor.
Amanda’s Garden Work Day. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Work will consist of weeding, planting new plants and spreading wood chips throughout the garden. Refreshments will be provided, along with a cookout of hot dogs at the end. For information and to volunteer, please contact Andy Carter, the Ray Garden Committee Chair, at 773-955-6621 or at email@example.com.
An Afternoon Outing with the Hyde Park Historical Society. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Union Pier and Lakeside, Mich. We will be visiting the two inns restored by the late Dev Bowly, a founder of the HPHS and longtime supporter. The area has long seen a second-home mecca for Hyde Parkers. We hope to enlist several drivers who will leave Hyde Park at 10 a.m. We will gather at the Lakeside Inn at noon (Chicago time) for a box lunch and short talks on local architecture, natural history and social fabric. From there, we will briefly tour the area, with a stop at the Gordon Beach Inn in neighboring Union Pier. We expect to return to Hyde Park by 6 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 15. For questions, call or email HPHS program chair, Ruth Knack, at 312-720-7037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homecoming Block Party. $5. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 56th Street and Ellis Avenue. The Homecoming Block Party is an opportunity to reconnect with your UChicago alumni network and show your Maroon pride. Join us for student activities, food, music, and more. Admission includes three food tickets, giveaways, all Block Party activities, and entry to the football game. The Block Party will also feature a tailgating area where you can set up with your favorite food and drinks.
Primary Stars Book Club. 11 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Experience the first of the “Series of Unfortunate Events” with “The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket.
Adult Book Discussion-One Book One Chicago. 1-2:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Join us for a lively discussion of “Animal, Vegetable and Miracle: a Year of Food Life” by Barbara Kingsolover.