Events Calendar


Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry: The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry is open each week and provides non-perishable groceries, fresh produce, eggs and frozen meat. Boundaries are 39th Street to 63rd Street, Lake Michigan to Cottage Grove Avenue, as well as the section of the 60615 zip code west of Cottage Grove. A case manager is available. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Enter by the side door at 1169 E. 56th St.


 St. Paul and the Redeemer Food Pantry: Boundaries are 35th Street to 63rd Street, Lake Michigan to Cottage Grove Avenue. Bring government-issued ID. Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. St. Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave. Line forms in front of the west doors along Dorchester.


 61st Street Farmers Market: The 2021 outdoor season will run until October 30. LINK and Senior Farmers Market Coupons accepted. LINK matched up to $25. Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.


Hyde Park Farmers Market: The 2021 season will run until September 26. LINK accepted. Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 54th St. and Old Lake Park Ave. West, Hyde Park Bank parking lot.


 Pitch in for the Parks: Through October 2021, the Chicago Parks Foundation will provide supplies for volunteers to host clean-ups in Chicago’s parks. Visit for more information on volunteering and staying informed about local events. 


 Chicago Hyde Park Village Group Meetings: Members of Chicago Hyde Park Village host both men’s and women’s group meetings multiple times each month. For men’s group, contact Jay Franke at; for women’s group, contact Susan Alitto at Visit calendar at for more information. 


DuSummer at the DuSable Museum of African American History: Every week from Wednesday to Sunday during the summer, the DuSable is hosting a music night at the plaza of its Burnham and Root–designed roundhouse. Themes are DuJazz, DuRhythm, DuHouse, DuComedy, DuSteppin’ Day Party. DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place. Wednesday – Sunday, showtimes and ticket prices vary. Visit for information and tickets. 


 “Dawoud Bey: Portraits from Chicago (1993-2001)”: Throughout his career, local photographer Dawoud Bey — who received a 2017 MacArthur “genius grant” — has focused his lens on traditionally marginalized subjects. This exhibition, part of the multi-site “Toward Common Cause,” shows a selection of Bey’s studio and street photographs of South Side youth. Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Boulevard. Through August 28. Free. Thirty-minute timed reservations; reserve tickets online.


 “Carrie Mae Weems: A Land of Broken Dreams”: In 2014, Carrie Mae Weems became the first Black woman to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, a show that covered not only her best-known work — the “Kitchen Table Series” photography series — but also audio, writing and video. Her new show at the U. of C.’s Logan Center is just as diverse in its choice of media, reimagining the Black Panther Party’s Chicago-based programs from the middle of the 20th century. Part of the multi-site exhibition “Toward Common Cause.” Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Through December 12. Thursday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m; Saturday – Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. Free.


 “Toward Common Cause”: This multi-site exhibition — the main gallery venue is at the Smart Museum, though a half-dozen other venues in and around Hyde Park are included — celebrates the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program, which awards prestigious fellowships (sometimes called “genius grants”) of $625,000 to a selection of artists, scientists and scholars every year. Various locations and dates. Visit for more information. 




August 19 

Nightingale Cinema Movie Night at the Hyde Park Art Center: The Noble Square–based Nightingale, an experimental microcinema organization founded in 2008, will host a movie night in the parking lot of the Hyde Park Art Center. Screening details to come. Thursday, August 19, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Email for more information.


August 20 

Midway Plaisance Tree Inventory: Members of the Hyde Park Treekeepers chapter will inventory the Midway Plaisance. Anyone welcome; no experience necessary. Social distancing and masking enforced. Friday, August 20, 9:30 a.m. – noon. North side of the skating rink, 1130 Midway Plaisance. Register at 


Pop-Up Shakespeare in Nichols Park: For three consecutive weekends, the Hyde Park Community Players will host a trio of pop-up Shakespeare stages across Nichols Park. Each stage will run its performance three times, so audience members will have the chance to see the full complement of scenes from “Julius Caesar,” “Macbeth,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and other Shakespeare staples.  August 20 – 21, 27 – 28, September 3 – 4. All start times at 6:00 p.m. Nichols Park, check website for stage locations. Free, donations accepted.


August 21 

Fat Miilk Pop-Up at the Silver Room: Vietnamese coffee shop Fat Miilk will come to Hyde Park as part of its summer pop-up series. Saturday, August 21, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. 


Inside/Out with SHIVER: The Hyde Park School of Dance will host a preview performance of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre’s “SHIVER,” developed by Latina choreographer Stephanie Martinez. Part of Inside/Out, an event series in which audiences are invited to give input and feedback on a piece of art in the making. Saturday, August 21, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. In-person tickets sold out, livestream tickets $10 – $25. 


August 22

South Burnham Park Cleanup: The civic group Hyde Park Together hosts regular Sunday clean-up days in the section of Burnham Park between 53rd and 56th streets. Meet at the benches near the playground entrance on South Shore Drive between 54th and 55th. Sunday, August 22, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Contact for more information. 


Folded Map at HPHS: The Hyde Park Historical Society will host a screening of Tonika Lewis Johnson’s Folded Map project, which connects Chicagoans living at corresponding addresses on the North and South sides. The idea, which began in 2017, is intended as a way for residents to talk about the city’s history of segregation. Sunday, August 22, 2 p.m. Virtual, free. Register online.


August 24

Special Service Area #61 Meeting: SSA #61, the tax district that funds services and programs along 53rd Street and other areas of Hyde Park, will hold its monthly meeting. Tuesday, August 24, 11 a.m. 



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