Taizé Worship at Hyde Park Union Church @ Hyde Park Union Church
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm

Taizé Worship at Hyde Park Union Church. 7 p.m. Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Free. 773-363-6063. Taizé Worhship is a global movement of contemplative prayer and song that brings together Catholics and Protestants to seek personal and social renewal and reconciliation in Jesus Christ. Taizé Hyde Park gathers students, visitors and community members from diverse traditions to experience together in worship our unity in Jesus Christ. Join us on the first Friday of every month at 7:00 P.M.  Everyone is welcome, and let us know if you or your community would like to join us in leadership or to share your musical gifts with us. For more information contact

61st Street Farmers Market
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

43rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival @ DuSable Museum of African-American History
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

43rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival. Noon – 10 p.m. DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. Free. 773-947-0600. Here’s To You Dr. Margaret Burroughs: Connecting Black Art & History – Celebrating Excellence. Arts & Crafts, Children’s Pavilion, Entertainment, Beer Garden, Food, and more. From Saturday, July 8 to Sunday, July 9. For more information visit

Do Not Submit @ Kusanya Café
Jul 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Do Not Submit. 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Kusanya Café, 825 W. 69th St. Free. 773-675-4758. A free open-mic storytelling event which is part of the Do Not Submit series.  Signup list at 3pm, stories begin at 3:30.  You have seven minutes to tell your tale. Beginners are very welcome. For more information visit

Family Program: One. Big. Egyptian. Mural @ Oriental Institute Museum
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Family Program: One. Big. Egyptian. Mural. 10 a.m. – Noon. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. Free. 773-702-9507. Find out how those amazing Egyptian murals were made by helping us to create one from paper using the techniques and “rules” that make ancient Egyptian art so recognizable. Ages 5-Adult. Registration recommended. For more information visit

Fourth Ward’s Senior Open House @ 4th Ward Alderman Office
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fourth Ward’s Senior Open House. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 4th Ward Alderman Office, 435 E. 35th St. Free. 773-536-8103. Every 2nd Wednesday of each month, seniors can meet one on one with Alderman King. For more information visit

Chicago Style Steppin’ Learn It- Dance It @ Augustana Lutheran Church
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chicago Style Steppin’ Learn It- Dance It. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. $10/class or $80/12wks, Seniors (60+) and college students with ID: $7/class or $56/12wks. 773-493-6451. Celebrate Steppin Productions, in partnership with Chicago Hyde Park Village and Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, presents “Chicago Style Steppin”, a 12-week dance class that promises to be a fun, social and fitness event. Get ready to “Go all out on the Dance Floor” as instructor Steppin’ Rick Ball “steps” you into a healthier routine. Beginners welcome. For more information visit

Mobilize Creative Collaborative at Cornell Square @ Cornell Square Park
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mobilize Creative Collaborative at Cornell Square. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cornell Square Park, 1809 W. 50th St. Free. 312-747-6097. Through this workshop series, come together for DIY visual art, music and toy re-design collaborations. Through this community workshop series, join us and each other for DIY visual art, music, and toy re-design collaborations. Improvise beats, screen-print posters, or remix action figures as you make and share with the Mobile Music Box (Aquil Charlton), Mobile Street Art Cart (William Estrada), and FrankenToyMobile (Andrés Lemus-Spont and Marya Spont-Lemus). For more information visit

The Downtown Hyde Park Farmers Market @ Harper Court
Jul 13 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Superkids! The Incredible Science of Your Super-Powered Brain with ScribbleMonster @ Blackstone Public Library
Jul 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Superkids! The Incredible Science of Your Super-Powered Brain with ScribbleMonster. 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Avenue. Free. 312-747-0511. What hero has a built-in 3 pound supercomputer wired to a network of billions of sensors able to see, hear, smell, taste and feel, generate ideas and make billions of billions of calculations per second? You do! Your brain is considered the most amazing discovery in our universe! Sharing songs, activities and facts about our amazing brains, ScribbleMonster helps kids realize they’re all heroes when given the opportunity to learn and express themselves creatively. This program is for children ages 2 and up. For more information visit

“Born in the Struggle” Documentary Film Screening @ The Silver Room
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Born in the Struggle” Documentary Film Screening. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. Free. 773-947-0024. Born in the Struggle is a documentary film that explores the lives of the children of 1960’s and 1970’s Radical Activists. In the 1960’s and 1970’s there was a resurgence of pride, identity, and reclamation of power and self-determination. The driving narratives of film will be people like Tupac Shakur, Ayanna Gregory, Fred Hampton Jr, Ras Baraka, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. For more information visit

A Night at the Movies: Within Our Gates @ Hyde Park Art Center
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A Night at the Movies: Within Our Gates. 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. The silent film Within Our Gates (1920) by Oscar Devereaux Micheaux will be screened with accompanying original music by Chicago composer and performer Paul Giallorenzo. Micheaux, an author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films, is regarded as the first ever major African-American feature filmmaker. For more information visit

Super Babies Lapsit Story Time @ Blackstone Public Library
Jul 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Super Babies Lapsit Story Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Avenue. 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

Harvest Tables at Gary Comer Youth Center @ Gary Comer Youth Center South entrance
Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Harvest Tables at Gary Comer Youth Center. 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Gary Comer Youth Center South entrance, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave. We offer an array of seasonally picked produce, herbs and flowers grown and harvested by our youth. We double up LINK purchases and accept WIC/Senior Farmers Market coupons. For more information visit

Movies in the Parks at Kenwood: The Secret Life of Pets @ Kenwood Community Park
Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Movies in the Parks at Kenwood: The Secret Life of Pets. 8:30 p.m. – 10:07 p.m. Kenwood Community Park, 1330 E. 50th St. Free. Movies in the Parks is Chicago’s favorite summertime tradition, bringing big-screen entertainment to a park near you! For more information visit

The Silver Room Block Party @ The Silver Room
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Silver Room Block Party. Noon – 10 p.m. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. Free. 773-947-0024. This outdoor celebration of music, community, art, love and culture rocked Hyde Park last summer with a crowd of over 15,000 and we’re ready to do it again. The Silver Room Block Party attracts a crowd from all parts of the city and country. We close the streets, open our hearts and fill ourselves with music, art and love. Join us in our 14th year of dancing, singing, and celebrating our rich culture. For more information visit

Summer Dance Off at Washington Refectory @ Washington Park
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Summer Dance Off at Washington Refectory. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Free. 773-256-1248. Show off your steps in the parks for a chance to join a citywide Dance Off at Millennium Park. In collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, patrons sign up to perform original Steppin’ choreography to a panel of judges. Winners will be invited to a final Dance Off at Millennium Park! For more information visit

We Dream In Color Humanitarian Celebration @ DuSable Museum
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

We Dream In Color Humanitarian Celebration. 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. Tickets $50 – $200. Our ‘We Dream In Color’ Humanitarian Celebration honor survivors of various life’s challenges. As well as celebrate humanitarians assisting to uplift & empower and enhance the lives of others going through devastating and life changing experiences. Our celebration isn’t about making speeches. It’s celebrating life by coming together as one and bridging gaps to enhance humanity. An evening hosted by ‘Candace Jordan & Cynda Williams’ of joy through music, dance love. For more information visit

Madea’s Tough Love @ DuSable Museum Outdoor Sunken Garden
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm

Madea’s Tough Love. 7:30 p.m. DuSable Museum Outdoor Sunken Garden, 740 E. 56th Place. Free. 773-947-0600. After a hilarious run-in with the law, Madea is sentenced to community service. Determined to do good for the ‘hood, Madea enlists Aunt Bam and Uncle Joe to try and save the Moms Mabley Youth Center from being shut down. With her irresistible sass and wisdom, Madea rallies the local kids to make a stand-and proves that behind her tough exterior is a whole lot of love! In Tyler Perry’s first animated film, fans of Madea can now watch all of their favorite characters including Madea, Uncle Joe and Aunt Bam in a whole new way! For more information visit

he Soulful Chicago Book Fair @ 61st St. between Cottage Grove and King Drive
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 61st St. between Cottage Grove and King Drive. Free. It is a full day, outdoor, author-centric event that celebrates the written word in all its forms.  The Soulful Chicago Book Fair brings a dynamic energy to the Woodlawn community, featuring over 100 Black authors, Grammy-level artists, two stages, puppet shows, workshops and more.  This event is our way of countering negative stereotypes of the Black community with uplifting, educational activity. For more information visit