There is still much to explore in Rogers Park as we move through the summer. I hope to see you at our 9th Annual 49th Ward Bike Ride and Glenwood Sunday Market’s Bike Day. In addition, the 49th Ward offers plenty of other events to enjoy this weekend!
Alderman Joe Moore’s “Follow Me on Friday” to the Bulldog Ale House
When: Friday, July 14th (5:00 pm-7:00 pm)
Where: Bulldog Ale House (6606 N. Sheridan)
Enjoy a beautiful summer evening on Bulldog’s open patio, sample some of their delicious complementary appetizers and sip a refreshing free beverage (beer, wine, or soft drink). Then make a night of it by ordering off the menu.
After many years of success with seven suburban locations, Bulldog chose Rogers Park to open it first Chicago venue. The place is packed every night, even on weekdays, and it’s easy to see why. They have a great menu, a wide variety of forty beers and ales on tap, and a generous selection of wine and spirits.
But what really sets Bulldog apart are its generous specials. Where else can you get a quarter pound hamburger for $1 (on Mondays) an imported or craft beer for $3 (on Tuesdays) or an all-you-can-eat fish fry for $9.99 (on Fridays)?
I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome this established, quality restaurant, which adds yet another great dining option to Rogers Park’s ever-expanding restaurant scene.
“Follow Me on Friday” is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. About once or twice a month on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Summer on the Plaza
When: Friday, July 14th (5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Where: Loyola Plaza (Loyola Red Line stop, 6540 N Sheridan)
Celebrate the summer with food, music and community fellowship at Summer on the Plaza. This Friday’s Summer on the Plaza celebration features a performance by Latin Street Music and Dance, one of the largest Latin entertainment companies in the United States and home to numerous Grammy Award-winning musicians and Latin dance world champions.
Enjoy a cupcake or two offered at the MORE Mobile Cupcake Truck and then burn off those calories dancing to the beats of Latin Street Music and Dance.
Entrance into the plaza is free.
Summer on the Plaza is a series of programs offered at the Loyola Plaza Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from June through October. Sponsored by Loyola University, in partnership with the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Sheridan Road Special Service Area #54, Summer in the Plaza features local musical acts, food trucks, performance groups, a variety of programs for children and families, and the University’s farmers market.
The farmer’s market takes place on Mondays starting at 3:00 p.m., while Wednesdays and Fridays feature a variety of live music beginning at 5:00 p.m. On Thursdays, the live entertainment takes place just up the street at the New 400 Theatre, 6746 N. Sheridan, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Final Weekend of Her Majesty’s Will
When: Friday, July 14th (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, July 15th (4:00 and 8:00 p.m.), Sunday, July 16th (4:00 p.m.)
Where: Lifeline Theatre (6912 N. Glenwood)
Catch the final weekend of Lifeline Theatre’s celebrated performance of Her Majesty’s Will, an imaginary romp that takes you the so-called “Lost Years” of William Shakespeare–that period from roughly 1578 to 1592 in which practically nothing is known of his life. Writer David Blixt tosses young Will Falstaff (as Shakespeare’s been calling himself) into the world of high-stakes espionage and London lowlifes where he finds his voice as a man and artist, even as he assumes many different guises in order to survive.
The Chicago Tribune calls it a “well-honed adaptation… smart and supple direction… high-spirited cast… provides an uplifting homage to how common people find uncommon reserves of poetry, courage, wit and honor in times of unrest.”
The Lifeline Theatre is an award-winning Rogers Park theater that consistently provides quality live theater. They recently garnered two Jeff Non-Equity Awards for Best New Musical and Best Lighting Design. I encourage you to see the show before its season ends!
Loyola Park Dune Restoration
When: Saturday, July 15th (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Where: Loyola Beach Park, just north of Pratt Pier (between Pratt and Farwell)
Give back to the environment by weeding out invasive species and learning more about Lake Michigan’s ecosystem at Loyola Dunes Restoration’s Workday. Leaders from the Loyola Dunes Restoration organization will give a short tour of the area to help participants learn how to properly identify the plants of the dunes. Gloves, tools, and instructions will be provided.
It is highly recommended that participants dress in layers. Sometimes the temperature at the lakefront can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than just a few blocks inland! In addition, remember to bring sunscreen, hats, or anything else that may protect you from the summer sun.
Loyola Dunes Restoration is a group of Rogers Park residents dedicated to keeping Rogers Park’s lakefront environmentally sound and stable. The group offers plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Shakespeare in the Park – Hamlet
When: Saturday, July 15th (6:00 p.m.) & Sunday, July 16th (2:00 p.m.)
Where: Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Enjoy one of William Shakespeare’s best-known works, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, as performed in Touhy Park by Midsommer Flight, a Chicago theatre company dedicated to producing high quality, performances of Shakespeare’s plays accessible to the general public.
The company will perform Hamlet in an abridged 100-minute version that captures the murderous intrigues of the royal family. Its complete enough for those familiar with the play and accessible for those who will see it for the first time.
Admission is free.
The play is beautiful and exciting, full of love, lust, sorrow, revenge, magic and joy. Come out for a picnic and enjoy a free performance in the fresh air of a Rogers Park summer.
Alderman Joe Moore’s 9th Annual Community Bike Ride
When: Sunday, July 16th (7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.)
Where: Starts at 49th Ward Service Office (7356 N. Greenview), ends at Glenwood Sunday Market (Glenwood, between Morse and Farwell)
Join the Glenwood Sunday Market and me for a Sunday full of biking, food, and community fun. The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at my 49th Ward Service Office for registration, snacks and a quick safety check. At 8:00 a.m., the bike ride begins with a tour through Rogers Park, lasting approximately one hour. The route through the war is different every year, but no worries! The path will be clearly marked.
For everyone’s safety, we ask that all bike riders be at least 16 years of age.
Around 9:00 am, the ride will end at Glenwood Sunday Market on Glenwood, between Morse and Lunt. There will be free bike tune-ups, courtesy of the Recyclery. In addition, look for games and prizes to encourage bike safety awareness.
12th Annual Bastille Day Celebration on Jarvis Square
When: Sunday, July 16th (12:00 noon-6:00 p.m.)
Where: Jarvis Square (1500 block of Jarvis–between Greenview and the Jarvis Red Line station)
Join Taste Food and Wine as they celebrate the French tradition of Bastille Day with a Bastille Day Festival on Jarvis Square. Enjoy French beer, wine, and sparkling en plein air at this family-friendly event. The festival includes a musical performance by the Frank K Duo and Company (2:00-4:00 p.m.) and a baguette relay race. Access to both the performance and the festival is free.
The street festivals on Jarvis Square are always popular destination for Rogers Park residents. This European twist on a Chicago tradition is bound to be an entertaining event for all! Bastille Day celebrates the National Day of France and commemorates July 14th, 1789, when the Storming of the Bastille changed the French Revolution for the better. I hope you enjoy your taste of French culture this weekend!