The summer may be winding down, but the fun in Rogers Park sure isn’t! Here is a small sampling of the fun to be had this weekend.
27th Annual Back to School Picnic
Join State Senator Heather Steans and me for our 27th Annual Back to School Picnic, featuring the Jesse White Tumblers! We’re reminding kids and parents of the importance of returning to school and giving away free school supplies at this community picnic for people of all ages.
The picnic will feature a host of fun activities. The world famous Jesse White Tumbling Team headlines the picnic with a stunning performance of their aerobatics. We’re also serving up free food, drinks and music and offering a host of games and prizes. We’ll have bingo for the seniors and face painting for the kids, a dance contest, a jumping jack and other carnival toys.
Shakespeare in Loyola Park
When: Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th (6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)
Where: Loyola Park at Farwell
Come to Loyola Park to enjoy Romeo and Juliet, as interpreted by Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. This play is a 75-minute abridged version of Romeo and Juliet. The play is completely free for anyone who wants to come.
Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, in conjunction with the Chicago Park District, brings classic theater to life during Chicago summers. I am pleased to welcome the players to Rogers Park. Come and show your support of theater, parks, and our neighborhood!
Final Showings of Fight City at Factory Theater
When: Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th (8:00 p.m.)
Where: The Factory Theater (1623 W. Howard)
Ever wondered what the world will be like in 2077? Now is your chance to explore the possibilities! Fight City provides a glimpse into a dystopian future of 2077 as women take over the world and fight to keep the peace with a unique and elite police force.
Tickets are $25, with a $7 discount for students and seniors. I encourage you to buy tickets now! This is the final weekend of Fight City and the final show for Season 24 from The Factory Theater.
The Factory Theater is unique in Rogers Park in that all of shows performed are produced from scratch with only three requirements: they must be bold, original, and full-tilt.
Rap Out Loud
For only $8 at the door, you can come see 4 of Chicago’s best hip-hop artists at the Red Line Tap. Rap Out Loud is an easy way to get your fix of up-and-coming hip-hop artists. The show, hosted by Basil Faraj, will feature:
- D2G: a dynamic duo known for their album which painted an auditory picture of the first day of summer in Chicago
- DRXQUINNX: an artist dedicated to creating addictive sounds to leave the audience wanting more
- Thad Lu: a Chicago native focused on musical storytelling
- Lil Kydd: an alternative hip-hop artist who wants to impart insights to listeners
Red Line Tap also has plenty of drink specials to choose from. On Friday, the drink special is $5 Rowdy Rootbeer and $3 bartender’s choice.
Glenwood Arts District Tour
When: Sunday, August 27th (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Where: Common Cup (1501 W. Morse)
Have you ever wondered about the Glenwood Avenue Arts District? Now is your chance to learn! Join the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society on the “Cobblestone Crossroads Tour”. Historian Kristen Jacobsen leads the tour, focusing on the arts and visual performance development in the district from the 1970s to the present. Tickets are $15 for members of the historical society and $20 for non-members. Please pre-register so the historical society knows how many people to expect.