Family Program: Little Scribe. 10 a.m. – noon. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. Free. 773-702-9507. Can you imagine a world without writing? Learn how writing began, how it changed over time, and how it changed the world forever through this hands-on program. Kids ages 9–12 help us “evolve” a script, while kids ages 5–8 take part in an interactive tale that describes how the alphabet was created and evolved. Registration recommended. For more information visit www.oi.uchicago.edu.
“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.
Tango Class. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. $10. 773-947-0024. Enter the classy underground realm of social tango as done in Buenos Aires and around the world. This is NOT like Dancing With The Stars! People of all ages, races and nationalities gather to dance to beautiful music unique to the dance. Tango is fun to dance with new friends, significant others or complete strangers. Drop in anytime and you do not need a dedicated partner, but gender balance is important, so fellas bring your guy crew and ladies bring as many guy friends as you bring girlfriends. For more information visit www.thesilverroom.com.
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. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. This program features the theme superheroes near and far and includes picture books, songs, action activities or flannel board stories. For children ages 18 months to 3 years. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Everyday Heroes. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Avenue. Free. 312-747-0511. Learn about and meet some of our community heroes that help us in our daily lives. Open to children of all ages. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Plein Air Figure Drawing. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Free. 773-702-0200. Join the Smart Museum of Art and UChicago’s student organization Outside the Lines for a figure drawing session in the evening light of the Smart Museum’s Vera and A.D. Elden Sculpture Garden. When posing, live models will utilize sculptures like Scott Burton’s Bench and Table and Richard Hunt’s Why. All materials provided. Open to all skill levels. For more information visit www.smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.
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
Family Program: Introduction to Hieroglyphs. 10 a.m. – Noon. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. General $14, members $10 (for 1 child + 1 adult); $7/$5 each additional registrant. 773-702-9507. Learn the basics of the Egyptian hieroglyphic writing system and discover some sneaky tips that will have you reading some ancient Egyptian artifacts in no time. Explore the differences and similarities between hieroglyphs and the writing system used for English. Ages 5-12. Registration required. Adults must register and attend with child. For more information visit www.oi.uchicago.edu
Bronzeville Summer Nights. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 47th Street, Drexel Blvd. to Lake Park. Get on and off the trolley at places of your choosing. Free. This season will be a celebration of continued community programming in support of Bronzeville and its surrounding neighborhoods. This year, our collaboration with the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour has changed. Our events will take place on the same day and will provide you with connections to broaden your overall event experience. So stay tuned as we work to roll out a dynamic series, showcasing the rich artistic culture, food, and entertainment of our great neighborhood. Every 3rd Friday of the month. Registration is required. For more information visit www.bronzevillesummernights.com.
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.
Free Films in Association with The Latino Film Festival. Noon – 5 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. This event is sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center and will show the Argentinean romantic comedy, Elsa y Fred (Elsa and Fred) and the Mexican comedy El Estudiante (The Student). Both will feature English subtitles. For more information visit www.hydeparkart.org
Brass Buttons. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave. Brass Buttons is a fun-loving, talented quintet of brass players who provides a diverse set of music, ranging from the Beatles to Bach. Consisting of a tuba, trombone, horn, and two trumpets, they both embrace classical quintet repertoire and push the boundaries of what is considered traditional quintet music, performing Top 40 hits alongside classics such as Handel’s Water Music. This event is made possible by a grant from the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, Refreshments will be available. Please bring a blanket or a chair.
Melanin Voices at Nichols. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. Free. 312-747-2703. An evening of poetry and live literature showcasing local voices. Melanin Voices is a performance collective series of poetry and live literature purposed to showcase the local, unsung voices in literature and highlight the narratives illuminated from their writings. It is largely a scripted show, inclusive of poetry, short stories, vignettes, fiction, and non-fiction work of various Chicago artists, weaved together to create a beautiful narrative. The readings and performances are centered on the experiences of black women. The audience will be taken on a poetic journey through the work of the collective. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Soul Healing Yoga. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Free. Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind, body, and soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers, adventurers, and inspired souls who could use a juicy healing moment for themselves. We have mats! For more information visit www.stacypatrice.com.
Hyde Park Jazz Society “Jazz at 43”. 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. $5 students with ID or children, $10 adults. firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hyde Park Jazz society presents Sunday evening jazz at Room 43 Featuring Bernard Scavella. Room 43 offers a tasty selection of “Jazz Bites.”
X-treme Science Mondays. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Join us as we complete super science experiments and discuss the scientific method. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Knit and Crochet Club for Kids. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Kids can learn to knit, crochet or just play with fiber in this club. If you have your own supplies, please bring them. This class includes free supplies (while they last). Recommended for children ages 6 and up. All levels are welcomed. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Brainy Preschool Story Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. This program will be designed around a theme and include picture books, songs, action activities, flannel board stories and a simple craft. This program is designed for children ages 3 to 5 years. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.