Events in Jackson Park

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Staff Writer

This week, a variety of events will take place in Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance.

At 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Jackson Park, the Chicago Park District project manager and biologist will lead a tour of Wooded Island, pointing out various species of birds and marking the progress of Wooded Island’s revival. The meeting point for the start of the tour will be at the south gate to Wooded Island, north of 63rd and Hayes Dr. and east Cornell Dr. For more information, contact Jerry Levy at

From 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, community members are invited to participate in a day of planting on Jackson Park’s Wooded Island. The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) and the Chicago Park District are hosting the event. Those interested in volunteering should meet in the parking lot at the south gate to Wooded Island. Once again, inquiries should be directed to Jerry Levy.

Saturday, at 1 p.m., JPAC President Louise McCurry will lead a tour of the Midway Plaisance that outlines the park’s involvement in the Columbian Exposition. Tour-goers should meet at the skating rink field house between Woodlawn Ave. and Ellis Ave.

On Sunday, Oct 25., at 1 p.m., the Midway Plaisance Advisory Council will host a work day focused on clearing the trash and invasive species from around the Midway’s skating rink and field house. For more information on all events on the Midway, contact Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato at

On Sunday, at 5 p.m., at the southern tip of Jackson Park, the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago will put on “Composers Unmasked: arias and duets from operas by Black composers.” Three operatic sopranos will perform, drawing from 18th century, 20th century and contemporary pieces. The performance will take place at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Dr. A 4:30 p.m. reception precedes the 5 o’clock show, which will be followed by dinner and additional entertainment at 6:30 p.m. The full evening costs $100 while tickets to only the opera are priced at $50. For more information, visit