African Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. $15 for general admission (ages 13-64), $10 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5. Family passes and 4 day ticket options available. 773-955-2787. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace. Runs through Sept. 4. For more information visit www.aihusa.org.
Coffee Tea + Chat. 10 a.m. – noon. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Free. 312-857-5561. Please join us for a weekly discussion over coffee and tea. This group is comprised of neighborhood residents and artists who are invested in revitalizing the community. For more information visit www. rebuild-foundation.org.
Committed Knitters. Noon – 3 p.m. Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Free. Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting or make an experienced project and share ideas. All supplies provided. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fantastic Family Story Hour. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. This program will include weekly activities designed for family fun for all ages including stories, games and make-and-take crafts to share with others. Open to children of all ages. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Visiting Artist Arrival: Gabriel Martinez. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. Please join us for a talk with Jackman Goldwasser Resident artist, Gabriel Martinez from Houston, Texas as he discusses his recent projects around DIY art spaces, music, comics & atomic bomb research. We promise they all make sense together! Come for snacks, sips & synergy. For more information visit www.hydeparkart.org
Midweek on the Midway 2017: Escape from Planet Earth. 7 p.m. Midway Plaisance, 1300 Midway Plaisance. The Office of Civic Engagement’s summer movie series continues with “Escape from Planet Earth.” Before the movie, compare the movie’s hero astronaut Scorch Supernova to critters walking our planet. See yourself as a South Pole explorer in our selfie booth. Pre-movie fun provided by UChicago’s Department of Astronomy, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and Boy Scout Troop 599. 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.
Spanish Storytime For Kids. 10:30 a.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free. 773-684-1300. Children ages 5 and under will be able to explore the Spanish language through books, songs, and games. For more information visit www.semcoop.com.
Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce First Thursday Chamber Check-in. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Dr. Free. 773-288-0124. Join us for Hyde Park’s premier networking gathering of movers and shakers in the community! It is open to all! Don’t forget to bring your business cards! For more information visit www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org.
First Thursday in Downtown Hyde Park. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Every first Thursday of the month. On 53rd, 55th and 57th Streets. 773-702-0936. Come to shop, eat and have fun. Over 40 restaurants and stores will offer special events, trunk shows, specialty cocktails, activities, discounts and other fun features. There will also be free parking at the Harper Court Garage upon purchase at all participating businesses.
Jazz In The Courtyard with Chris Foreman Quintet. Noon – 2 p.m. Courtyard shops at Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street, Lake Park Avenue, and Hyde Park. Free. 773-702-0936. Featuring Chris Foreman on Hammond B3 organ, Greg Rockingham on drums, Greg Ward on saxophone, and Lee Rothenberg on guitar. For more information visit www.hpjazz.com.
Enhancing Life: A Public Interdisciplinary Conference. 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Conference takes place from August 4 through August 6. Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Dr. $15. 773-702-9565. Join us at our Capstone Conference for 50+ presentations on how life can be enhanced. We are 36 experts in humanities, social sciences, and religious studies who have been working collaboratively on this topic for two years. This conference is open to the public, open to all who are interested. For more information visit www.enhancinglife.uchicago.edu
Botanizing from a Boat. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. $8. 773-256-0903. Age Range: 6 and up Learn about the wetland plants in the Jackson Park Lagoon with ecologist Lauren Umek. We will start with the basics and identify plants from the viewpoint of the water. If registration is full, you may bring your own canoe. Meet at the parking lot south of the Museum of Science and Industry off science Drive. The exact location is the Clarence Darrow Bridge – East side. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Dance in the Parks. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Kenwood Community Park, 1330 E. 50th St. Free. 312-747-6286. Dance in the Parks brings professional dance concerts to outdoor venues in the parks. Dance in the Parks brings professional dance concerts to outdoor venues in the parks. In its 9th season, Dance in the Parks brings an all-ages show of modern, jazz, contemporary, and tap works created and performed by Chicago artists. Each show features guest youth performers from neighborhood dance programs and ticket giveaways. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Enhancing Life: A Public Interdisciplinary Conference. 8:45 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. Conference takes place from August 4 through August 6. Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Dr. $15. 773-702-9565. Join us at our Capstone Conference for 50+ presentations on how life can be enhanced. We are 36 experts in humanities, social sciences, and religious studies who have been working collaboratively on this topic for two years. This conference is open to the public, open to all who are interested. For more information visit www.enhancinglife.uchicago.edu
61st Street Farmers Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. 773-241-6044. 61st Street Farmers Market has grown to over 30 vendors and serves an average of 1,200 customers each market day! Not only that, the 61st Street Farmers Market has also been Illinois’ leader in serving a low-income population since 2009! The Market both leads all other markets in the state in SNAP and Double Value Coupon purchases and, thanks to several terrific Market managers, has built a robust year-round food education program for neighboring children and. For more information visit www.experimentalstation.org
Free Tours of Sites From The Columbian Exposition In Jackson Park. 11 a.m. – 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.
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. Lawn 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.
Soundwalks. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Free. 773-256-1248 Norman Long will lead a soundwalk on placemaking and black history at and around the DuSable Museum and Washington Park with links to the Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs Centennial Celebrations. The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology presents Soundwalks – typically quiet events aimed at leading groups to explore their relationship as listeners in and of their acoustic environment. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Saturdays at The Bank: DJ Duane Powell. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave. Free. Spinning cuts from his origins—spanning the 1970s soul music scene, 80s house, 90s acid jazz era, and the neo-soul and electrosoul movements of recent years—Chicago based DJ, blogger, promoter and tastemaker Duane Powell kicks off his Saturday DJ series at the Stony Island Arts Bank. For more information visit www.rebuild-foundation.org