Volunteer Work Day @ Jackson Park, Bobolink Meadow
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Volunteer Work Day. 9 a.m., Jackson Park, Bobolink Meadow. Participants spread native grass and seeds in the meadow. For more information, send an e-mail to

Game Day @ Blackstone Library
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Game Day @ Blackstone Library

Game Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A chance to play board games for adults and kids 9 and up.

Annual Holiday Party @ Hyde Park Historical Society
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annual Holiday Party. 2-4 p.m., Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. Those attending are invited to bring their stories and refreshments to share.

Logan Center Family Saturdays @ Logan Center
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Logan Center Family Saturdays. 2-4 p.m., Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. Featuring workshops on arts and crafts, music videos, DJing and legos, as well as storytelling and musical performances. Register in advance (recommended) at

Family Program. The Look @ Oriental Institute
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Family Program. The Look. 6-8 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th ST., 773-702-9507, $9 non-members, $5 members. Participants learn about the origins and science behind Egyptian makeup, how jewelry and clothes is made and how fashion helps archaeologists date artifacts. For families with children age 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Second Annual Holiday Dance Recital @ Ray Elementary School
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Second Annual Holiday Dance Recital. 6 p.m., Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., 773-368-4058, $10. Students from the ITwirl Dance Programs perform. To buy tickets, call or send an e-mail to Registration for the programs’ Winter 2014 classes is open. For more information, visit

Concert. “Making Spirits Bright.” @ Rockefeller Chapel
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Concert. “Making Spirits Bright.” 8-10 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, $35 premier seating, $25 general admission and $20 seniors and students. The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus performs a holiday show.

Lecture. “The Jews of Iran.” @ KAM Isaiah Israel
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Lecture. “The Jews of Iran.” 10:30 a.m.-noon, KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., 773-924-1234, free. U. of C. history professor John E. Woods presents.

Sunday at Rockefeller @ Rockefeller Chapel
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Sunday at Rockefeller. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Communion with Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cantata BWV 61.”

Talk. “Palestine and Israel: Why There is No Peace.” @ First Unitarian Church
Dec 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Talk. “Palestine and Israel: Why There is No Peace.” 11:30 a.m., First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Ray Hanania, former Chicago City Hall reporter, presents.

Holiday Concert @ Hyde Park Union Church
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Holiday Concert. 3-4 p.m., Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-363-6063, The Hyde Park Youth Symphony and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Children’s Chicago Choir perform. 

Concert. “Pipes for the Season.” @ Rockefeller Chapel
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Concert. “Pipes for the Season.” 5-6 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Organist Thomas Weisflog performs holiday works for Christmas, Hanukkah and Epihany by Johann Sebastian Bach, Leo Sowerby and more. Hot cider will be served.

Concert. Sunday Night Jazz @ Room 43
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Concert. Sunday Night Jazz. 7:30-11:30 p.m., Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., $10 adults, $5 for university students. The Henry Johnson Quartet performs and the Hyde Park Jazz Society signs in celebration of local historian Timuel Black.

Tot Lot @ Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tot Lot. 9 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave.,, classes are $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass. This class is intended for children 0-4 and their caregivers or parents to get together on a regular basis to learn, play and benefit from one another’s company.