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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Free, Free, Free! Chicago Arts + Events (Chicago,IL)
"Free, Free, Free!" is an
e-newsletter and website that provides a monthly curated list of free
programs, events and activities happening throughout the city in our
libraries, museums, cultural centers and parks. We encourage you to
express your culture through the arts and take advantage of the many
opportunities the City of Chicago provides you to engage, create and
Lake FX CreativeCon
Friday, April 21-Saturday, April 22
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
The third annual Lake FX CreativeCon,
the Midwest's largest FREE conference for emerging artists and
creatives, will feature professional development workshops, an
interactive resource fair, networking opportunities, auditions in front
of leading A&R label executives for selected musicians and a keynote
address by Kevin Liles, Co-Founder of 300 Entertainment and CEO of KWL
WTTW Community Cinema
Saturday, April 15, 2-5pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
WTTW presents Community Cinema in partnership with
the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Attend a
free screening and discussion about an award-winning documentary every
third Saturday of the month. For details, visit wttw.com/events.
Ongoing, Thursdays: 12-6pm; Saturdays: 10am-4pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 1st Floor North
StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide
people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record,
share, and preserve the stories of our lives, is partnering with the
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Chicago
Public Media to record, preserve and share the diverse stories of
communities in Chicago. Learn more about StoryCorps and sign up at https://storycorps.org/chicago/ to share your story!
Nicole Marroquin and Andres L. Hernandez: Historical F(r)ictions
February 18-May 7, 2017
Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South
By critically engaging with archival materials and living testimonies, Nicole Marroquin and Andres L. Hernandez
rewrite two narratives of citizen struggle in Chicago: student walkouts
on the Lower West Side between 1968-1973, and resident-led protests at
the Cabrini-Green housing development in spring 1981. The artists
transform the galleries into a suite of active public archives and
invite participants to interpret the recent past in order to re-imagine
solutions to the crises of our historic present.
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago
is free to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5-8pm.
Additionally children under age 14 and Chicago teens (17 and under) are
always free and the public can enjoy the following museum areas free of
charge: The Ryan Learning Center in the Modern Wing, as well as all
programs for families and children within the center, the North and
South Gardens (accessible from Michigan Avenue), the Nichols Bridgeway
and the Bluhm Family Terrace on the 3rd floor of the west pavilion of
the Modern Wing.
In addition, The Art Institute participates in the Museums for
All program which offers LINK and WIC cardholders free general admission
to the museum. Present your card along with a valid photo ID to receive
free access for you and your family.
The DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th St.
The DuSable Museum of African American History
located in the historic Hyde Park area of Chicago at 740 East 56th
Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Washington Park
unites art, history and culture. Admission is FREE to all every Tuesday.
Year of Public Art
ARTWORK/PERFORMANCE: Caracol-A Gathering Space
Select dates, April 29-September 30 Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Space, north of 31st Street Beach at the Lakefront
(Like snails, immigrants carry their home with them) is a community and
artist-developed installation program inspired by the themes of
migration, language and literature as identity builders. The weekend art
programs in this living laboratory among the lakefront's native
ecology examines how we connect to the land, the city and across our
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
Friday, April 14-Saturday, April 15 Columbia College Chicago Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.
A celebration of the cultures, histories and
aesthetics of hip-hop and street-dance forms such as breaking, popping
and Chicago footwork, the B-series spotlights some of the most talented
street dancers in the region. Curated by Kelsa Robinson, visiting
lecturer at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. View the full
schedule of events at www.colum.edu.
Roman Susan Art Foundation
April 1-30 Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 N. Greenview Ave.
In a collaborative project by Roman Susan Art Foundation
and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, this storefront
window exhibition features new image-based works that reflect the way
neighborhoods grow, mutate and persist as a result of property
development. Historical Society Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays
Night Out In The Parks
Presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Night Out in the Parks
brings over 1,000 cultural events to neighborhood parks each year.
Chicagoans and visitors alike, enjoy the breadth of world-class events
in every one of the city's 77 community areas. Here are a few
programming highlights happening in April, but be sure to check out
their website (or download the app!) for a full listing of events!
Jazz City Concert at Loyola
Friday, April 14, 7am-9pm
Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.
Come hear what Chicago's newest voices have to play, including
Jalen Baker, vibes; Julius Tucker, piano; Justin Boyd, drums; Andrew
Vogt and Runere Brooks, bass; Hunter Jay Diamond, Mai Suginoto and
Leonard Thompson, saxophone and Quentin Coaxum, trumpet. Selected and
directed by saxophonist and educator Jarrard Harris. JazzCityis a free concert series initiated in 1997 by the Jazz Institute in collaboration with the Chicago Park District.
Stargazing: Earth Day at La Villita
Saturday, April 22, 6:30-9:30pm
La Villita Park, 2800 S. Sacramento
Celebrate Earth Day
with a special Dark Sky night with the Chicago Astronomer: look deep
into the night sky and learn about phases of the moon, neighboring
planets, star clusters, nebulae, and more. Community park clean-up for
Earth Day at 6:30pm, followed by a bonfire and stargazing from
7:30-9:30pm. In the event of rain, activities will be postponed until
The Art of the Letter & the Envelope at NPV
Sunday, April 30, 1-3:30pm
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
Increasingly, we spend a lot of time tapping on our smart phones
and mobile devices, so it's easy to see how many of us (and our
children) rarely find time to sit down and write a letter to someone.
But giving and getting letters need not be a dying art! In this
workshop, you'll have the time to write a letter, (or two or three)
embellish envelopes with an inspiring stash of recycled ephemera, and
create a few pages of your own stationery. Letter writing enthusiast and
educator Bonnie Tawse will also bring a few vintage typewriters plus
her collection of vintage and new stamps (all valid postal currency).
Materials included. Registration required.
Chicago Public Library
Since first opening our doors in 1873, Chicago Public Library
has served all Chicagoans with free and open places to gather, learn,
connect, read and be transformed. The libraries are that special third
place-beyond home and work-where people come to improve their lives,
nourish their intellect or savor entertainment. Their 80 locations host a
variety of free events ranging from performances, arts and crafts,
writing and poetry, continuing education and more. Here are a few
stand-out events happening in April, but be sure to check out their full
event calendar for programming at your local library!
Books in Bloom
Saturday, April 8, 12-2pm
Back of the Yards, 2111 W. 47th St.
Celebrate spring and books with the whole family! Explore some of our favorite new picture books through interactive read alouds and exciting crafts.
Shakespeare: More Rad Than You Know
Saturday, April 22, 2-4pm Merlo Branch, 644 W. Belmont Ave.
you don't know as much as you think you know about the Bard! Come learn
about Shakespeare's wide-reaching influence on our culture in a round
of trivia and discussion in celebration of National Poetry Month. Snacks provided.
38th Annual Bessie Coleman Celebration Saturday, April 29, 10am-12pm Coleman Branch, 731 E. 63rd St.
Celebrate female aviators and the life and accomplishments of Bessie Coleman.
the Fly Girls of Denver, Co., and the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Chicago
Chapter as they honor the memory of Bessie Coleman and her legacy by
describing their experience as pilots and authors. This event will also feature a small performance of the play "Black Girls Can Fly."
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602