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 www.silverroomblockparty.com.
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 www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
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 www.weliveandremember.com.
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 www.dusablemuseum.org.
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 www.soulfulchicagobookfair.com.
Injustice Interpreted at Washington. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Free. 773-256-1248. Pyramid Players Productions presents their third installment of Injustice Interpreted. Pyramid Players Productions (P3) is pleased to present Injustice Interpreted for the third year. Performing arts transcend the boundaries created by injustice. Young performers are our voices of tomorrow today. Everyone has the right to equity, access and opportunity! Connecting with community and bringing talented young people to the forefront is a powerful tool to demand JUSTICE! Appearances by Move Me Soul, Madd Rhythms, The Happiness Club VonyWayUP and more. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
2017 Sounds of History Jazz Series: “The First Lady of Song- Ella Fitzgerald”-Celebrating 100 Years. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Place. Tickets start at $3. 1-877-387-2251 Featuring Dee Alexander & Denise Thimes. For more information visit www.dusablemuseum.org
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