This weekend will be yet another great weekend for Rogers Park social life. From Pride celebrations to a bargain book sale to our popular farmer’s market, you are sure to find some great activities this weekend in our wonderful community.
The last Sunday in June traditionally is when the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which served as a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
“Pride Day” as it’s now known, originally was celebrated in Chicago’s Lakeview community, where the Pride Parade has taken place each year since 1969. In recent years, however, Rogers Park has become more and more a focal point of pride celebrations in Chicago. Check out these two Rogers Park Pride celebrations this Sunday:
Pride North Festival 2017
Where: Glenwood, between Morse and Lunt
Celebrate Pride Day by joining your neighbors as they honor Chicago’s LGBT community at Pride North Festival 2017, the north side’s largest neighborhood pride party. Enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks, talented DJs, and an incomparable sense of community on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. Admission is free.
RPride Family Block Party
Where: R Public House (1508 W. Jarvis)
Celebrate families and pride with your neighbors at one of Rogers Park’s most beloved restaurants, R Public House. The block party will include several family-friendly activities, including two local DJs, face painting stations, and more! Admission is free.
R Public House is constantly working to make Rogers Park a better and happier place to live. I applaud their charitable giving, inclusiveness, and efforts to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for everyone. Support R Public House and Pride Day this Sunday!
A Just Harvest “Sanctuary 5K” and Community Festival
When: Saturday, June 24 (8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
Where: Willye White Park (1610 W. Howard)
Sign-in for the 5K fun run/walk starts at 8:00 a.m., with step-off at 9:00 a.m. Registration for individuals and teams is still open. The $25 registration fee includes a commemorative t-shirt. Event sponsorships are welcome.
The race course is gentle, starting at Willye White Park Park, heading north to Clark Square Park in Evanston, and returning to Willye White. You are welcome to either walk or run the course.
Sanctuary 5K celebrates and defends Chicago’s unique racial, ethnic, economic, religious, and social diversity. A Just Harvest is hosting the Sactuary 5K to proclaim the indisputable value of diversity to our past successes and future hopes as a city and nation.
Following the race at 11:00 a.m., A Just Harvest and the Rogers Park Food Co-Op will host a family-friendly community festival that includes various Rogers Park businesses, food vendors, music, games, and more! Entrance into the festival is free.
A Just Harvest (formerly known as Good News Community Kitchen) provides people in need with dinner service at its community kitchen seven nights a week, 365 days a year. Recently, the organization expanded its mission to addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty–through community organizing and economic development projects–while continuing to meet people’s immediate need for food.
All the organization’s work is done in partnership with dedicated volunteers and donors. For more information about volunteering for the organization, click here.
Sizzling Summer Book Sale
When: Saturday, June 24th (10:00 am-4:00 pm)
Where: Rogers Park Library (6907 N. Clark)
Rediscover the joy of reading at the Rogers Park Library’s Sizzlin’ Summer Book Sale! Books, CDs, VHS tapes, and DVDs will all be on sale at a fraction of the usual cost:
- Hardcover or large paperback books: $1
- VHS tapes: $.25 for one or $1 for five
- CDs: $.25 for one or $1 for five
- DVDs: $.50
Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Park Library, the book sale raises funds to supplement the Library’s book budget. The proceeds from the book sale are deposited into a fund that our librarians use to buy new books when the regular book budget is depleted. They buy mostly children’s books, GED books and books that help those starting on their careers. These books enhance our Library’s collection, and making it valuable to learners of all ages.
Some of the books will be used for this year’s “Summer Learning Challenge,” where school-aged children are encouraged to read books over the summer. Last year, the Rogers Park Library hosted over 2,000 students.
The book sale depends solely on the help of volunteers, who serve as cashiers and re-sort the books that may be shuffled by customers. Sign up to volunteer at the Library reference desk
Glenwood Sunday Market
When: Sunday, June 25 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Where: southbound Glenwood, between Morse & Farwell (note change of location!)
The Glenwood Sunday Market moves 1/2 block south this Sunday only to make way for the Pride North Festival. Look for the same great farmers and food artisans, during the same hours.
I hope to see you out and about in the neighborhood this weekend!