Rogers Park is offering a wide variety of summer activities this weekend. From Caribbean music to circus acts to Shakespeare, we have it all. You are sure to find something you love, so please enjoy!
Picnic in the Park
When: Friday, July 21st (5:00 p.m..-10:00 p.m.)
Where: Pottawattomie Park (7340 N. Rogers)
Enjoy an entire summer night at Pottawattomie Park with a Picnic in the Park! In addition to the performance and movie that will take place, Picnic in the Park will also have bouncy houses, food, face painting, and more! Food vendors include 5411 Empanadas, Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes, and Flying Taco Food Truck. Entry into the picnic is free.
From 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., viewers have the opportunity to delve into Mexican tradition as Mariachi Tradición Juvenil performs traditional folk music and dance in Pottawattomie Park. The band consists of ten members, one teacher and nine students, who are dedicated to keeping Mexican folk traditions alive in the Chicago community. All of the young members of the band are between ages 9 and 15. The concert is completely free and open to all.
Finally, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the park will show the classic film Selena, rated PG. Watch the true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Tejano singer from Texas, as she fights to make herself known in the cutthroat music business of both the American and Latin music communities.
For decades, Pottawattomie Park has contributed to the growth of the Chicago Park District by putting on events that range from a movie in the park to a Mariachi band performance. The park was one of the first parks established as part of the Ridge Avenue Park District, which was established in 1896. Mariachi Tradición Juvenil is presented here as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. I encourage you to come out and support the Chicago Park District and our local cultures!
Food Truck Friday: Bruges Brothers!
Bruges Brothers Hand-Forged Frites is a Chicago-based food truck, serving made-to-order pommes frites with homemade sauces and toppings. Inspired by the traditional Belgian street dish, the Bruges Brothers add Chef-driven Chicago flavor to classic French fries using local ingredients.
Looking for more food truck goodness in the neighborhood? Check out Rogers Park Social’s Facebook page for Friday Food Truck events.
When: Saturday, July 22nd (6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Where: Loyola Beach, in front of the fieldhouse (1230 W. Greenleaf)
Epic Steel Orchestra performs music featuring the indigenous pans of Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies. The orchestra is know for their calypso tunes, is marked by harmonic and rhythmic vocals, but dabbles in Latin, jazz, classical, and contemporary genres as well. The concert is free.
When: Saturday, July 22nd (6:00 p.m.) & Sunday, July 23rd (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.
When: Saturdays & Sundays (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Where: Empirical Brew Pub (1330 W. Morse)
Rogers Park’s new favorite restaurant just got a little brunch-ier. Check out Empirical Brew Pub’s new Kegs n’ Eggs brunch menu, which debuted last week. As with their dinner menu, Empirical creates innovative food options incorporating their signature beers. From eggs Benedict with house-made beer hollandaise to epic chicken and waffles (pictured here), you won’t go hungry. Sweet or savory, meaty or vegetarian, there is something to please everyone.