Illustration: Thumy Phan
Illustration: Thumy Phan

Healing in the Park—GoodKids MadCity

Rekia's Tree in Douglass Park 15th St. and Albany Ave., Chicago

At Rekia's Tree—named after Rekia Boyd, who Chicago cop Dante Servin killed in 2012—GKMC and partner organizations will host a healing space and mutual aid supply drop-off site. Food, acupuncture, reiki, a healing circle, and spoken-word performances will be offered.


City Council Budget Meeting

City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago

The Chicago City Council will hold a public hearing on the 2022 City budget. Agenda items, and instructions for in-person and remote participation, are outlined at Livestream available at


Chicago Housing Authority Affordable Family Housing Workshop

LUCHA 1600 W. Morse Ave.

The Chicago Housing Authority’s Community Alliance hosts regular Affordable Housing Workshops in partnership with LUCHA and the Spanish Coalition for Housing. Next workshop is October 22.


Logan Center Bluesfest

Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St.

This year’s Logan Center Bluesfest will include a comprehensive series of intimate concerts, conversations, and special events in which select programming is offered in-person, and all programming is live-streamed. The festival’s theme, “Daughters and Sons of the Blues,” celebrates the relationships between artists of different generations, and “explores the many branches of the Blues tree from the roots to the fruits.” Other events include the presentation of the festival’s first commission of original blues music, a photography exhibition, book signings, interviews, and conversations honoring the history of the blues on the South Side and beyond.


Halloween Family Movie Night

Pilsen Food Pantry 1850 S. Throop St.

Families are invited to watch a spooky family-friendly movie for a good cause. All proceeds from this event will be used to help secure a long-term location for the pantry’s emergency food program, free clothing store, medical access projects, literacy outreach, and more. Organizers encourage you to bring your own blanket to sit on. There will be snacks and nonalcoholic beverages available.


Southeast Side Art Roll

Murals across the Southeast Side are the main attraction at this pedal- and foot-powered guided art tour. Hundreds of people are expected to roll through South Shore, Avalon Park and Calumet Heights to view art and architecture by local and world-renowned creators. Properly functioning bikes, scooters, segways, skates, and skateboards are welcome, and don’t forget to wear the proper gear to operate. Registration is required.


The Backwards River Festival

This weekend of outdoor music, arts, activism, and knowledge sharing is intended to uplift and celebrate residents in the communities surrounding the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, such as McKinley Park, Bridgeport, PIlsen, La Villita, and Chinatown. Mainstage programming by The Hoodoisie. For details see


Pilsen Open Studios

Various locations

The 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios was started in 2003 by a group of longtime Pilsen artists, most but not all of them Latinx. The self-guided tour offers a look into the studios of artists who work or live in the neighborhood or have a strong historical connection to it. Some storefronts, cafes, and other spaces are also opening to show work from artists without their own studios. The opening celebration will take place at 6pm at Citlalin Gallery, 2005 S. Blue Island Ave.


CPS Health and Wellness—Gender 101


This CPS Family and Community Engagement event will provide attendees with the opportunity to understand how to support trans and gender-expansive young people. Attendees will review key terms, recognize the positive impact that their support can have, and receive an overview of best practices that are shared with the school district. Register online.


Raise Your Hand LSC Solidarity Call


Hosted by Illinois Raise Your Hand, LSC Solidarity Calls are a space for LSC members and parents to discuss what is happening in their schools and organize around next steps. Register online.


Third Tuesday Jazz: Christian Dillingham

Logan Center for the Arts, Cafe 915 E. 60th St.

For this series, The Hyde Park Jazz Society collaborates with the Logan Center to select musicians with a Chicago connection to perform at Café Logan on third Tuesdays during the academic year. On October 19, they will be featuring Christian Dillingham (bass), accompanied by Greg Artry (drums), and Dave Miller (guitarist). Free admission, RSVP required.


Chicago Board of Health Meeting

DePaul Center 333 S. State St., 2nd Floor Board Room, Chicago

The nine-member Chicago Board of Health will hold its regular meeting. Previous meetings have discussed COVID-19, maternal health, behavioral health, and other issues.



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