Calendar

Jun
30
Mon
Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club @ Blackstone Library
Jun 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Participants will discuss S.A. Corey’s “Leviathan Wakes.”

Jul
3
Thu
Open Studio: Resident artist Sanjeev Shankar @ Hyde Park Art Center
Jul 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Open Studio: Resident artist Sanjeev Shankar. Noon-4 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Resident artist Sanjeev Shankar discusses his research and work with public sculptural installations.

Gallery Talk. “Lunchtime Traveler Series — Megiddo: Cultural Crossroads.” @ Oriental Institute
Jul 3 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Gallery Talk. “Lunchtime Traveler Series — Megiddo: Cultural Crossroads.” 12:15-1 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, free. Meditation instruction followed by 35 minutes of meditation.

Explore Thursdays: Lions on the Prowl @ Blackstone Library
Jul 3 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Explore Thursdays: Lions on the Prowl. 3:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Participants learn about lions and other cats. Open to children ages 6 to 11.

Jul
4
Fri
4th on 53rd Parade @ parking lot south of the Hyde Park Bank
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

4th on 53rd Parade. Participants meet between 10 and 11 a.m., parking lot south of the Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., 773-955-3622. Participants march south on Lake Park Avenue, east on 55th Street, north on South Hyde Park Boulevard and west on 53rd Street. Followed by activities, crafts, performances and games at Nichols Park.

Jul
5
Sat
Game Day @ Blackstone Library
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Game Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Participants play board games. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Family Day: Rain Drawings @ Smart Museum of Art
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Family Day: Rain Drawings. 1-4 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Led by artist Brent Fogt, participants create “rain drawings” using rain, ink, leaves, stems, sticks and twigs. Recommended for kids ages 4 to 12, accompanied by an adult.

Jul
9
Wed
Family Program. “Hands-On History Series: Little Scribe.” @ Oriental Institute
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Family Program. “Hands-On History Series: Little Scribe.” 11 a.m.-noon, Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.,773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, free. Participants learn about ancient and modern writing. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for children ages 8 to 12.

Reception. “Testimony” — Opening Reception @ Logan Center for the Arts, Gallery 107
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Reception. “Testimony” — Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Gallery 107, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. Opening reception for the exhibit “Testimony,” featuring artists-in-residence David Boykin, Krista Franklin and Andres L. Hernandez.

Jul
10
Thu
“Kidsworks Theater: Endangered Animals? What’s a Kid to Do?” @ Blackstone Library
Jul 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Kidsworks Theater: Endangered Animals? What’s a Kid to Do?” 4 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Kidsworks’ actors lead children on a “safari” around the world, teaching them about animals and their habitats along the way. Open for children ages 4 and up.

“Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: John Preus.” @ Hyde Park Art Center
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: John Preus.” 6-8 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Artist John Preus presents and answers questions about his creation, “The Beast.”

Jul
11
Fri
Family Program. “LamaSeuss Series: Fine-feathered Friends.” @ Oriental Institute,
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Family Program. “LamaSeuss Series: Fine-feathered Friends.” 11 a.m.-noon, Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, free. Explore birds throughout the Oriental Institute’s galleries. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for children ages 5 to 8. Required registration at oi.uchicago.edu/order/classes.

Performance @ Chant
Jul 11 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 12:00 am

Performance. 9 p.m.-midnight, Chant, 1509 E. 53rd St., 773-324-1999, chantchicago.com. Jazz trio featuring Catherine Whitney performs.

Jul
12
Sat
Bobolink Meadow Workday @ Jackson Park, south end of Bobolink Meadow (near Hayes Drive)
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bobolink Meadow Workday. 9 a.m.-noon, Jackson Park, south end of Bobolink Meadow (near Hayes Drive). For more information, send an e-mail to parrybell@ameritech.net

Workshop. “Saturday School: Radical Physics.” @ Hyde Park Art Center
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Workshop. “Saturday School: Radical Physics.” 10-11 a.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. CPS high school physics teacher Tony Perry leads workshop on physics.

Workshop. “Summer Saturdays: Sun Prints.” @ Frederick C. Robie House
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop. “Summer Saturdays: Sun Prints.” 10 a.m.-noon, Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., flwright.org, $5 per child (accompanying adults free). Participants create their own sun print inspired by a Robie House art-glass window. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Tickets can be purchased online.

Tour of Barry Byrne’s St. Thomas the Apostle Church @ St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tour of Barry Byrne’s St. Thomas the Apostle Church. 11 a.m.-noon, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., flwright.org, $10 general, free for members. Tour of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. To register, call 708-725-3825 or e-mail bhutchison@flwright.org.

White City Tour @ Jackson Park, Darrow Bridge (behind the Museum of Science and Industry
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am

White City Tour. 11 a.m., Jackson Park, Darrow Bridge (behind the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Shore Drive. Learn about the 1983 World’s Fair and its buildings and see spectacular vistas and nature in this tour focusing on various parts of the park and the Midway Plaisance.

Performance. “Logan Center Family Saturdays: ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers.” @ Logan Center for the Arts
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Performance. “Logan Center Family Saturdays: ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers.” 2-3 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, $10 adults, $5 children. Youth members of ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers perform. Tickets can be purchased at ticketsweb.uchicago.edu.

“Logan Center Family Saturdays.” @ Logan Center for the Arts
Jul 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

“Logan Center Family Saturdays.” 3-4:30 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. Participants take part in arts and crafts activities.