Illustration: Thumy Phan
Illustration: Thumy Phan

Holiday Flower Show at Garfield Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Ave.

The purpose of the Winter Flower Show, Serenity, is to evoke a feeling of tranquility and remind visitors that the natural world is a source of calm amidst a busy holiday season, according to event organizers. New this year, the show will feature various blooming flowers such as hyacinth, zinnias, salvias, and cosmos that will fill the room with pleasant scents.

Free

OG Delacreme Coat/Toy Drive

PEP Center (Holy Family Church) 542 W. Hobbie St., Chicago, IL

OG Cares and Delacreme Scholars are teaming up again for another toy and coat drive. They are accepting new and slightly worn youth and adult coats, as well as new toys. Donations can be dropped off at PEP Center Mondays through Fridays between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The coat and toy distribution will take place on Sunday, December 19th!

Free

CPS School Funding Public Forum

Virtual

CPS school funding public forums provide all interested community members with an overview of CPS' current funding methodologies and other aspects of the current FY2022 budget. Attendees will be able to participate in facilitated small-group discussions to share the needs of their school community and offer suggestions on how to make the District’s school funding process more equitable, transparent, and sustainable. Forums will offer live Spanish and ASL translation. Register at bit.ly/3InjYiH.

Free

RMG/Southside Recycling HIA Public Engagement Session #2

Online

A permit to move the operations of rebranded metal shredder General Iron to the East Side has been on hold while the City conducts a health impact assessment. In the second meeting to discuss the analysis—changed from in-person to online—the Chicago Department of Public Health will not share new information, but will take feedback in small group discussions, after criticism that the first meeting didn't emphasize community input.

Free

City Council Committee on Public Safety Meeting

Online

The committee will meet remotely. Written public comment closed on Wednesday, December 8. Instructions for remote attendance will be posted on the City Clerk's website

Free

City Council Committee on Committees and Rules

Online

The comittee will meet remotely to hold the second of two public hearings on the City's 2021 ward redistricting process. Written public comment will be accepted at Michelle.Evans@cityofchicago until 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 9.

Free

Read/Write Library is Closing

Read/Write Library 914 N. California Ave., Chicago

After ten years of collecting local publications and "stories that have been left out of the record," as well as offering cultural programs and making their research accessible to the community, the Read/Write Library will close their current location on December 31 due to an unaffordable rent increase. They are seeking donations to relocate and continue their programming, and are also welcoming volunteers Fridays through Sundays to help pack the thousands of archives in their collection.

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#DenyThePermit Rally

Jonquil Park 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave., Chicago

Join #StopGeneralIron at Jonquil Park to call on the Chicago Department of Public Health to deny Southside Recycling's metal shredder's permit to open General Iron on the Southeast Side.

Free

Wooded Island Bird Walk

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

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.

Free

Holiday Family Celebration

Afro Joe's Coffee and Tea 8344 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL

Families can enjoy live holiday music, holiday treats, free books, and arts and crafts at Afro Joe’s Coffee and Tea, in partnership with Burst into Books. The first seventy-five families to arrive will get a free photo with Santa.

Free

Stormy Weather with Maggie Brown

Parkway Ballroom 4455 S King Dr

Musician Maggie Brown will host a discussion about the 1943 musical film Stormy Weather, which starred Lena Horne and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson among an all-star Black cast. Musicians Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Katherine Dunham and others are featured in the film, which has sixteen musical numbers in all.

Free

GoodKidsMadCity Love March

Hosted by GoodKidsMadCity and Nita's Love Train, this is a march to spread love and peace followed by mutual aid. Free food and winter coats will be handed out to the community after the march, and you can DM @gkmc18 or email englewoodgkmc@gmail.com to donate coats.

Free