4th on 53rd Parade & Picnic. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Starts at 53rd and Lake Park Ave. Free. 773-288-0124. The 4th on 53rd Parade is a great way to celebrate an old fashioned July Fourth. The parade staging is at 54th and Old Lake Park Avenue in the Hyde Park Bank parking lot. Bike decorating begins at 10 a.m. Assembly is at 10:30 a.m. and step off is at 11 a.m. The parade will head south on Lake Park Avenue, east on 55th Street, north on Hyde Park Boulevard and then west on 53rd Street, ending at Nichols Park, where the fun continues into the afternoon! For more information visit www.4thon53rd.com.
Farm Stand. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Gary Comer Youth Center, 7256 S. South Chicago Ave. 773-358-4100. 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
Family Program: Drawing Hour. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. Free. 773-702-9507. Practice looking closely at art and develop drawing skills. Choose ancient sculptures and pottery to sketch, or grab a drawing worksheet to loosen up and get inspired. All materials are provided and you are welcome to bring your own sketchbook (only pencil is allowed in the gallery). No drawing experience is necessary. Drop in at any time. Registration recommended. For more information visit www.oi.uchicago.edu.
Puppet Power with Marilyn Price. 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Avenue. Free. 312-747-0511. Create a superhero character with several important and powerful personalities! You and your favorite character will be entwined in a fabulous puppet. Imagine what your super power might be and design it into a usable puppet performer able to be what you want to be and help those who need to be helped and BEYOND! Easy materials will be all ready for you under the guidance of puppeteer/storyteller Marilyn Price complete with imagination stretching stories that you can share with family and friends! This program is for children ages 7 and up. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.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 chpv.clubexpress.com.
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 d†one 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.
Grant Park Orchestra performs an “Independence Day Salute”. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Lake Shore Drive. Free. 773-256-0149. An encore performance of the 4th of July Concert in Grant Park will be held at the South Shore Cultural Center July 5.??The Independence day performance is one of Millennium Park’s most popular summer concerts. Christopher Bell will conduct both at Grant Park and the South Shore Cultural Center, conducting rousing marches and patriotic anthems, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, the Armed Forces Salute, and more. For more information visit www.grantparkmusicfestival.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.
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.