Melody: An Original Superhero Ballet by Tiffany Lawson Dance. 10:30 a.m. Ð 11:15 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 773-747-0511. Come join us for interactive live music and dancing as the story of Melody unfolds. Watch Melody fight crime through the sound waves of her dancing pointe shoes. Meet her Crazy Uncles who create potions to save superheroes’ lives. You’ll also meet her best friend Hoop Girl and her cousin Hug Girl. Our story takes a turn when Melody’s evil twin Dissonance ruins the family reunion by locking up all the superheroes. Courage comes to speak to Melody in her dream. Will Courage give Melody the confidence to defeat her evil twin? Will the superheroes get set free? Join us and Melody to see how our story ends and find the superhero inside of you. This program is for children ages 3-7.For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com
SummerDance in the Parks at Jackson Park. 6 p.m. Ð 9 p.m. Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. Free. 773-256-0903. Learn to dance from the pros and then take the stage yourself to test your new skills with some live music. In collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, patrons will enjoy a free dance class and then dance the night away with Petra van Nuis Quintet and Dancing with Class! For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Family Program: Junior Archaeologists. 10 a.m. Ð noon. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. General $14, members $10 (for 1 child + 1 adult); $7/$5 each additional registrant. Registration required. Adults must register and attend with child. 773-702-9507. Kids ages 5 Ð 12. Let loose your inner Indiana Jones! Children and parents dig into our simulated excavation while learning about the real science of archaeology at the Oriental Institute’s Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center. This program includes an interactive guided tour of the galleries. Fun patches available onsite. For more information visit www.oi.uchicago.edu.
Curator’s Tour of Virtue of the Vicious Exhibition. Noon Ð 1 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. Meet in the Kanter McCormick Gallery for a brief tour of the exhibition led by Allison Peters Quinn, curator of Virtue of the Vicious.ÊFor more information visit www.hydeparkart.org
Revival Karaoke. 9 p.m. The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St. Tickets $5. Second City Karaoke is Chicago’s first and only social, team-based karaoke league. This summer, we’re building our community on the South Side with Open Karaoke nights at The Revival. Grab your friends, family, and frenemies for two hours of your favorite tracks from our massive songbook, available online at vote2ck.com/songbook. Seize the mic! We’ll see you there. For more information visit www.the-revival.com.
Jackson Park Bobolink Meadow Workday. 9 a.m.-noon. Help us maintain one of the loveliest natural habitats in Chicago. Meet at the south end by the driving range parking lot off Hayes Drive. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storytime with Franny! 10:30 a.m. Ð 11 a.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free. Free. 773-684-1300. Join 57th Street Books’ Children’s Manager Franny Billingsley every Saturday at storytime! Fun for children of all ages, but especially those 0-6. For more information visit www.semcoop.com.
Free Tours Of Sites From The Columbian Exposition In Jackson Park. 11 a.m. Ð 1 p.m. 1766 Columbia Drive, on the east side of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge in the Chicago Park District Parking Lot on Science Drive immediately south of the Museum of Science and Industry. Free. Friends of The White City in cooperation with the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) are again conducting our popular FREE tours of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition right where it all happened! For registration and parking information visit www.friendsofthewhitecity.org.
Artful Aging at Any Age – Free Drop In Program for Senior Citizens. Noon Ð 2 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. Join Mary Tepper in making Accordion Books that you can use for a variety of things. ÊUsing different types of paper and also decorate your book to keep or give away as a gift you made with yourself.ÊFor more information visit www.hydeparkart.org
Lakeside Lawn Bowling. 12:30 p.m. Near Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park at Science Drive and South Lake Shore Drive, the first stoplight south of 57th Street and north of 63rd Street. Open play and instruction is free, equipment is loaned while learning.ÊLawn bowls is not a strenuous activity. Both men and women can play it. Although the basics can be learned in an afternoon and it seems innocently simple, it can be challenging. It can be played at any level of skill. For more information visit www.lakesidelawnbowling.webs.com.
“Office Hours” with Nikki Patin. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Currency Exchange Café, 305 E. Garfield Blvd. Free. 773-855-9163. As the Community Arts Engagement Manager at Arts + Public Life, part of what I do is listen to people and their thoughts about a lot of things: art, community, Washington Park, organizing, activism and so much more. Anyone can come and join me at my table. You can ask me questions about what’s going on at APL, tell me about what you’re working on or chat with me about your current fascinations/curiosities/interests. All ages and identities welcome. For more information visit www.chpv.clubexpress.com. This event occurs weekly on Wednesdays.
Toddlers, Tunes, & Turtles at Kennicott. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-7138. Unstructured Nature Play for Toddlers and their family members. This is an outdoor nature program where families can enjoy the park together. We provide animal experts that bring a variety of live animals like frogs, snakes, birds, and of course, turtles. We also have musicians come and sing family, friendly music to eager crowds. A star feature is nature free play which is proven to help children developmentally as they build forts out of sticks, touch pine cones or smell cinnamon bark. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
2017 Sounds of History Jazz Series: “A Jazzy Jam at the Du: Here’s to you to Dr. Margaret Burrough”. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Place. Tickets start at $3. 1-877-387-2251 Featuring Chicago’s hottest Jazz All Star. Chuck Webb, Orbert Davis, Corey Wilkes, Ari Brown, Ernie Adams, Charles Heath, Mike Logan, Joan Collaso, Bobbi Wilsyn, Maggie Brown, Margaret Murphy, Frieda Lee, Michael Ross, Thaddeus Tukes, Bobby Irving, and many more of Chicago’s hometown artists. For more information visit www.dusablemuseum.org
Meet the Author Jordan Rivers. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Join us as author Jordan Rivers discusses the latest book in The Village Series. Open to children ages 5 and up and their families. For more information visit www. chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Midweek on the Midway 2017: Moana. 7 p.m. Midway Plaisance, 1300 Midway Plaisance. The Office of Civic Engagement’s summer movie series presents “Moana.” Inspired by Moana’s way-finding skills, for the pre-movie activity, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana will lead an orienteering adventure. Activities begin at 7. Movies begin at dusk. For more information visit www.civicengagement.uchicago.edu.
The Downtown Hyde Park Farmers Market. 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Court. The Hyde Park Farmers Market will feature more than a dozen local and regional farms and Hyde Park area vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, homemade crafts, plants, flowers and more. With new vendors and a highly visible location, the Hyde Park Farmers Market promises to increase the variety and convenience for shoppers, inviting residents and tourists to “Get Fresh!” this season in Hyde Park. For more information visit www.secc-chicago.org.
Marvelous Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Occasional Thursday. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. This program will be designed around a theme and will include picture books, action activities or flannel board stories. Open to children ages 6 months to 24 months. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com
Grown Folks Stories. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. Free. 773-947-0024. All right family… because of an overwhelming show of love and pleas… Grown Folks Stories™ will be taking place at the NEW and IMPROVED The Silver Room on the 3rd Thursday of the month!!!! Let’s get back to our roots! Five minutes to tell any story you want. No poetry, no reading, no over-rehearsed stories, no themes and absolutely, no judging! Seats are limited, get there early or bring a chair. Ask and you shall receive! For more information visit www.thesilverroom.com
Super Babies Lapsit Story Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free . 312-747-0511. Lapsit story time is an interactive program with simple picture books, nursery rhymes, puppets, musical instruments and movements recommended for children ages 0-18 months. This fun, baby program is typically 25 to 30 minutes. For more information visit chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Hyde Park Historical Society Open House. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. The Hyde Park Historical Society invites you to join us for another open house. We are continuing our exhibit Hyde Park in 1890, from Rascher’s Atlas. The exhibit features maps from the atlas between 51st and 59th streets and Cottage Grove Avenue and the lakefront. See what Hyde Park looked like in 1890! We are also continuing our exhibit of photos of Rosalie Villas with the addition of a Chicago Metro History Fair Exhibit by Meghan Hammond. Come and learn the history of our cable car building. See how much progress we have made on “Save Our Historic Cable Car Building” restoration project. Speak with our docents about Hyde Park historical topics. Light refreshments will be served.