Illustration: Thumy Phan
Illustration: Thumy Phan

Pilsen Vendor Market

Pilsen Art House 1756 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL

This family-friendly weekly market invites artists and vendors to sell their wares such as candles, jewelry, woodwork, apparel, handmade goods, and more. There are both indoor and outdoors space, and masks are required throughout the event.


Wooded Island Bird Walk

Wooded Island, Jackson Park 59th St. and Cornell Drive

The Chicago Audubon Society hosts its weekly bird walk (weather permitting) at Wooded Island in Jackson Park. The walk will cover a disctance of two miles across Wooded Island, the Bobolink Meadow, and the Lakefront. Meet on the west side of the Columbia Basin (north lagoon). Parking is available on Stony Island Ave. near 59th St. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, and dress for the weather.


An Unapologetic Dream: A MLK Day Celebration

Green Line Performing Arts Center 329 E. Garfield Blvd., Chicago, IL

Hyde Park Art Center, Arts + Public Life, and the South Side Community Art Center present this MLK Day screening of Unapologetic—a film from Chicago director Ashley O'Shay that delves into the Movement for Black Lives as told through the lens of two young activists—as well as a screening of the documentary film The Black Archive Project: Chicago Uprisings 2020 and a poetry reading from Leslé Honore. Stick around until the end of the program for a discussion with the featured artists.


American Warsaw: Polish Catholic Immigrants in Chicago

DePaul Student Center 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL

Award-winning author and historian Dominic A. Pacyga will be speaking about the Polish Catholic experience in Chicago, specifically on the impact of Polish immigration in the city, how it has shaped the city and how the Polish community has changed over the years. A face mask and proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or negative test results received within 72 hours of the event) will be required for attendance.


LSC 101


Raise Your Hand Illinois's virtual LSC 101 workshop for current and prospective Local School Council Members will discuss the basic power of LSCs and how they can strengthen communities. All parents, caregivers, community, staff, and high school youth are welcome. Register at


3rd Fridays Open Studios at Bridgeport Art Center

Bridgeport Art Center 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL

Join us every 3rd Friday at Bridgeport Art Center, located at 1200 W. 35th Street (35th and Racine). Meet the center's curator, painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, ceramic artists, woodworkers and Project Onward artists.


City Council Meeting

City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St.

The Chicago City Council will meet in person at City Hall. Agenda and instructions for public comment and online and in-person attendance will be posted on the City Clerk’s website.


January School Board Meeting

CPS Loop Office 42 W. Madison St., Garden Level, Board Room, Chicago, IL

Members of the public can register to speak at the January Board Meeting starting Monday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m. at or via phone at (773) 553-1600, and can participate in the meeting person or virtually. The public will have access to the meeting via live stream at


Chinese New Year Arts and Crafts Show

McKinley Park Field House 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago, IL

Shop and celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Chinese New Year Arts & Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the McKinley Park field house, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago. This family-friendly event offers free admission to the general public, with space for up to twenty-five vendors (and vendor tables available for $10 each).