Illustration: Thumy Phan
Illustration: Thumy Phan

Queer Yarning Bridgeport

Richard Daley Chicago Public Library 3400 S. Halsted St.

The Queer Yarning and Craft Club is a crafting group started by queer crocheters and knitters. All artists and crafters are welcome. They meet weekly at the Bridgeport branch of the Chicago Public Library.


An Evening of Intergenerational Jazz with Theopilus Reed

Schulz Auditorium, Galvin Tower, Illinois Tech 10 W. 35th St.

Veteran vocalist, pianist, composer and arranger Theophilus Reed will be joined by special guest Thaddeus Tukes, a vibraphonist, composer, arranger and bandleader, in an evening of jazz that "blends traditional jazz standards with the modern rise and fall of chords that end with freer improvisation." The concert is at Schulz Auditorium in the Michael Paul Galvin Tower at Illinois Tech. Parking is available in the visitor lot on State St between 33rd and 35th streets. Masking is required during the concert. Register online.


City Bike Giveaway

Across the city

The city's Department of Transportation is giving away 500+ bikes this summer, in the first of a multi-year effort to distribute a total of 5,000 bikes. The giveaway for eligible residents 14 and older includes helmets, locks and lights. Depending on demand, the City may implement a lottery for the subsequent years of the program. For now, an online and paper application will open on July 18. Check out for income and other eligibility requirements.

Paper or online application required

Together We Heal Creative Place Program Grants

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)and the Office of Equity & Racial Justice are looking to fund artists and community organizations who will "create projects that activate public spaces; promote health and safety; encourage movement, dialogue, and connection; beautify communities; and celebrate local culture." The program is meant to address "the public health and negative economic harms created by the COVID-19 pandemic." Grants can be between $25,000 and $500,000. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 20 at 5pm Central. Check out the link for more information.

Music Under Glass with Shawnee Dez

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Ave.

As part of Garfield Park Conservatory's Music Under Glass series, Shawnee Dez will be performing Moody Umbra: There’s Solace in the Shadows, a work that "explores the unconscious mind as a means of piecing together the true memories, repressed desires and unspoken secrets which make us whole." Get ready for active listening, as attendees will be asked to reflect on "fragments of themselves that may be hidden or repressed," an experience that is sure to get interesting while surrounded by green ferns and fragrant flowers. You must buy tickets ahead of time via the website. Contact Mattie Wilson at


Never Normal Again’ Release Party

Citlalin Gallery 2005 S. Blue Island Ave.

An anthology by The Hoodoisie collective titled "Never Normal Again" features thinkpieces from Chicago activists, culture makers, and scholars examining radical possibility after the pandemic. Attend the release party and meet the contributors, hosted by Ricardo Gamboa and Charles Alexander Preston, with sounds by Sadie Woods.


Resisting Surveillance & Winning

Watch two of the Arab American Action Network's youth organizers, Nadiah Alyafai and Reema Rustom, talk about the AAAN's new, groundbreaking report ( on racial profiling by law enforcement, organized by PeoplesHub, an online movement school. Learn and ask questions about how Arab youth, and immigrant and refugee women, are resisting and organizing to end surveillance programs in Illinois!

Free, registration required

Big Marsh Madness Race Training Series

Big Marsh Park 11559 S. Stony Island Ave.

Friends of Big Marsh's new Wednesday night series will help bikers of all ages and experience levels learn and train how to race mountain bikes. Helmets are required and those 17 and under must have a parent/guardian signed event waiver. There are sections for different ages and experience levels, starting at 5:45pm for those who are just learning to race. 6:15 is for Juniors (15-18) and Youth (9-14), 6:40 is for beginners, 7:10 for intermediate, and 7:45 for experts. Expert and intermediate costs $15, everyone else can attend for free. Next dates are June 1, June 15, June 29, July

Free – $15

Fiesta del Sol 50th Anniversary

Dubbed "the largest Latino festival of its kind in the country," this will be the 50th anniversary of Fiesta del Sol, taking place from July 28 to 31. It will take up several blocks along Cermak Road and feature music, carnival rides, dancing, and more. There will also be a lot of food, everything from tacos and pambazos to enchiladas and elotes. Those who want access to unlimited carnival rides can buy a megapass ahead of the festival for $60.


House of Sol

The 16th annual House of Sol will take place over four days in conjunction with Fiesta del Sol. It is a live DJ event that is free and for all ages, and like the Fiesta, is a non-alcohol and non-smoking event. Over two dozen DJs will play sets, including DJ Alfred, Adonis Childs, DJ Gant-Man, Butler, Curator Kitty. On Thursday July 28, sets will start at 5pm to 8:45pm; on Friday and Saturday from 11am-9:45pm, and on Sunday from 11am-9pm.


Chicago Race Riots Bike Tour

Chicago Military Academy 3519 S. Giles Ave.

Since 2019, the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project has been hosting a bike tour once a year that takes attendees around the key places and people connected to the 1919 Chicago Race Riots. The riots were ignited by the killing of Black teenager Eugene Williams at a Chicago beach, and spread over the city as white mobs attacked Black residents and workers, with the latter organizing to form defensive resistance groups. Dozens of Black residents were killed and houses destroyed. The tour goes around Bronzeville and Bridgeport and begins at the Chicago Military Academy. There will be a

Free, donations accepted

Inaugural Words of Wonder Literary Festival

Dr. Conrad Worrill Track & Field Center 10201 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Designed with readers and writers of all ages in mind, the W.O.W. (Words of Wonder) literary festival will feature "interactive literacy and art programming, opportunities for youth and families to connect with community resources, animated storytelling by Black authors and illustrators, a diverse group of book vendors and installations for all ages, story-based dance, interactive writing workshops, Indigenous and African styled drumming" as well as live music, food, giveaways, and more. This year's author headliner is Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming, Miracle's Boys, After Tupac and D Foster, and the illustration workshops will be taught by E.B. Lewis.


Northside Southside Oneside Dance

Mayfair Arts Center 8701 S. Bennett Ave.

The Mayfair Arts Center is putting on a monthly series of dancing classes and performances in collaboration with various dance studios. On this day, there will be six free classes from Pharez Whitted (Jazz Trumpet), Joel Hall Dancers (Jazz), and Ballet 5:8 (Ballet), followed by a performance by these groups. Lessons will take place between 1-3pm, and the performance will take place from 3:30-4:30pm. Class sizes are limited so registering in advance is recommended.