News In Brief

Jazz concert Saturday at First Unitarian

There will be a jazz concert this Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Performers include vocalist Juan Coleman, father and son duo Derrick and Micah Ivy and the Prairie State College Faculty Jazz Quartet featuring Valerie Nicholson and Phillip Crews. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors and students. A(…)

Indoor farmers market at Augustana

Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting an indoor farmers market later this month. On Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Augustana will host local vendors providing seasonal, sustainably produced goods from local farmers and vendors, including meats, chesses, vinegars, honey, eggs, baked goods and specialty items. The market is(…)

Folk festival returns to University of Chicago

The 53rd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival will take place February 8, 9 and 10. Organized by the University Folklore Society, the festival has in the past brought big names in folk music like Ralph and Carter Stanley and Bill Monroe to Hyde Park. This year’s festival, which includes daytime workshops and evening performances,(…)

Jazz buffs at WHPK celebrate music at I-House

WHPK 88.5’s Jazz Format Team is organizing its third annual Black History Month celebration, “Our Gift to the World,” scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at International House’s assembly hall, 1414 E. 59th St., according to a recent station press release. The program, headlined by The Hanah John Taylor Artet, features(…)

4th Ward breakfast this Saturday

January’s Fourth Ward Democratic Organization Breakfast Meeting will take place this Saturday at Monumental Baptist Church, 729 E. Oakwood Blvd at 10 a.m. According to the organization’s executive director, Dianna Thompson, speakers include Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th), and state Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), and Kristin Mitchell (D-26). Thompson also(…)

McMobil on TIF agenda

On Wednesday, Jan. 30 the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The committee will discuss the University of Chicago’s redevelopment of the vacant lot next to the Mobil gas station on 53rd Street, commonly called the McMobil site. It will also discuss the(…)

Proposal for Cottage Grove sites

A community meeting to discuss a plot of land on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the Friend Center, 800 E. 55th St., classroom B-319. The land, owned by the University of Chicago, includes a vacant parcel of land that formerly held the(…)

Authors come to HP

Two high-profile journalists and a renowned artist will speak in the neighborhood today and next Tuesday, Jan. 29. Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will discuss his new book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., at 6 p.m. His appearance is the second of The Friends of Blackstone Library’s five-part(…)