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.
Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce First Thursday Chamber Check-in. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Chicago Child Care Society, 5467 S. University Ave. 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.
Ishti: Seeking to Be at Nichols. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. Free. 312-747-2703. Ishti’s Seeking to Be is a dance performance based on the art of accepting and celebrating failure through resilience. The dance piece, rooted in Indian dance, explores the journey of pushing through failure and using it as a birthplace of creativity, change and innovation to seek towards. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council Board Meeting. 7 p.m. Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., in the basement. The proposed Budget for fiscal year 2017-18, Bixler Playlot Park Advisory Council, The Nichols Park 4th on 53rd Parade and Concerts and WhistleStop/Safety are some of the items on the agenda for discussion at the meeting.
Family Program: Junior Archaeologists. 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. 773-702-9520. 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 children ages 5-12. Registration required. For more information visit www.oi.uchicago.edu.
Jazz in the Courtyard with the Bosman Twins. Noon – 2 p.m. Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and Lake Park Ave. Free. The performance will feature Dwayne Bosman on saxophone, Dwight Bosman on saxophone, Miguel de La Cerna on piano, Marlene Rosenberg on bass, Mike Allemana on guitar, and the artist on the drums is TBD. For more information visit www.chpv.clubexpress.com These performances will take place on the first Friday of each month through September.
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 www.garycomeryouthcenter.org.
Move/Repeat: An Evening of Dance, Fashion & Music. 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. The Art Center is thrilled to present Move/Repeat, a collaboration with Production Mode, a collection of slow fashion designed by Chicago artist and designer Jamie Hayes, and two Jackman Goldwasser Residents, current and previous. Move/Repeat is the premiere of Hayes’ newest collection, which incorporates a dance performance choreographed by Anna Martine Whitehead, set pieces by former resident artist Nuria Montiel and live electronic music by Damon Locks, who is currently in residence at the Art Center. A reception and trunk show will follow the performance. For more information visit www.hydeparkart.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 www.dusablemuseum.org.
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 www.kusanyacafe.org.
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 www.oi.uchicago.edu.
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 www.aldsophiaking.com.
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 www.chpv.clubexpress.com.
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 www.chicagoparkdistrict.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.
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 www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
“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 www.thesilverroom.com.