Last week, the annual winter flower shows opened at the city’s conservatories in Garfield Park and Lincoln Park. This year, the theme at Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park) is “Snow Day,” which they’re channeling with a 12 feet tall “tree” created with white poinsettias, as well as oversized snowmen hidden throughout the conservatory’s […]
Tag: Chicago Park District
Performance art on film, 1919, and more
Steppenwolf for Young Adults brings its acclaimed production of 1919, J. Nicole Brooks’s stage adaptation of Eve L. Ewing’s poems about the “Red Summer” race riots and white supremacy in America, from their Halsted Street venue to a short tour this week with Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” program, starting tonight at […]
A performance for the people
On a cloudy afternoon a couple of Saturdays ago, faint lyrics could be heard echoing down Marshall Boulevard, which exits Douglass Park on the park’s south side. The sound was not coming from any of the bands performing at Riot Fest inside the park, but a small crowd had gathered under the shade of nearby […]
Donations, violations, and fees
Contracts obtained by the Reader reveal where Riot Fest spends its money.
Cookies, dancing, Louder Than a Mom
No war but Cookie War! This afternoon’s Garfield Ridge Farmer’s Market includes a special competition by neighborhood bakeries, including Weber’s, Pticek’s, Talerico-Martin, and Borinken, to see who can reign supreme with the best tasting sweet treat of the season. The market is hosted in the parking lot of the Mayfield Banquet Facility (6072 S. Archer), […]
Douglass Park forum, jazz, Chicago trivia, Studs and Spikes
From 5-7 PM, the Chicago Park District has organized a listening session seeking community dialogue about visions for Douglass Park. The park district’s Douglass Park Community Engagement Forum takes place this evening at the park’s field house (1401 S. Sacramento). This is an event for community input on imagining Douglass Park’s future. Maybe you have […]
La reunión del festival Riot Fest deja a los residentes preocupados por el destino de su parque
“No tiene ningún sentido organizar una reunión comunitaria si nada de lo que la comunidad dice hace una diferencia en cómo Riot Fest hace las cosas”, dijo uno residente.
Riot Fest meeting leaves residents worried about the fate of their park
A recent community meeting provided few answers.
Wicker Park, Queer as Folk, Treason to Whiteness
Wicker Park Fest provides yet another opportunity this summer to experience music, food, arts activities, and booths with local vendors, all while standing in the middle of the street. Music is spread out over three stages on festival grounds, and the lineup features several acts our writers have favorably covered in the past, including Nnämdi […]
A promise worth keeping
Youth soccer coach Ernie Alvarez recounts his days in Douglass Park.
House music, Midsummer parties, and Queer Pride
Here’s some events and activities to close out the month of June and start the summer right.
Moving beyond performance
Following years honoring public art, creative youth, theater, and music, the city of Chicago has designated 2022 the Year of Chicago Dance in recognition of an art form that is ubiquitous, burgeoning, diverse—and precarious. “The pandemic took a particularly devastating toll on our performing arts industry as shows were canceled, venues were closed, and artists […]
For proof that the people who run this city are determined to never change their ways, I bring you the latest unsavory details regarding the harassment of female lifeguards at Oak Street Beach. They’re contained in the recently released Hays Report, so named for Valarie Hays, the corporate lawyer who wrote it. The Park District […]
Cultural Asset Mapping Project creates a ‘braided web’
The city’s Cultural Asset Mapping Project (C.A.M.P.) uses creative storytelling, data visualization, and many other collaborative tools to build arts engagement on the south and west sides.
For the last few days, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other prominent lefties have sounded the alarm to Dems across the land. Do not support President Biden’s nomination of Mayor Rahm as ambassador to Japan. As he—Rahm, not Biden—buried evidence of murder in the Laquan McDonald shooting. And Dems have responded with their middle fingers metaphorically […]