Pete Rock performs on the Blackstone Stage at the Silver Room Block Party on Saturday, July 15. Credit: April Alonso

On Saturday, July 15, the Silver Room Block Party turned 53rd Street in Hyde Park into a giant outdoor festival, overflowing with live music, pop-up art exhibits, spontaneous dance parties, and vendors selling food, books, clothes, and tchotchkes. Now in its 14th year (and its second year on the south side, after relocating from Wicker Park), the block party had something for everyone.

Photographer April Alonso and videographer Morgan Elise Johnson went to Hyde Park to soak up the fun, and they’ve shared their views of this day filled with joy.

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