August continues to move along with Rogers Park activities staying strong. There are plenty of things to do this weekend, whether you want to be in the park, a Rogers Park cafe, or a late-night theater. I hope this encourages you to explore and find something you like!
St. Jerome’s Kermes Festival
When: Continues Saturday, August 12th (11:00 a.m.-12 midnight), and Sunday, August 13th (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Where: Paulina, between Morse and Lunt
The Kermes Street Festival is an annual event and the main fundraiser for St. Jerome’s Church You will find everything you can ask for at a street festival, including the best street food anywhere in Chicago, Mexican and African cuisine, home baked goodies, coffee and a cash bar. Enjoy live musical performances and traditional folk dancing. A DJ will spin tunes in between performances.
You’ll also find plenty of entertainment for the kids, including the ever-popular Brincolines (bouncy house/moonwalk). Brave adults, with a sense of childlike fun and excitement, are invited to ride on the mechanical bull!
Entrance to the Kermes Festival is free.
Theory of Relativity at the McKaw Theatre
When: Saturday, August 12th (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.), and Sunday, August 13th (3:00 p.m.)
Where: McKaw Theatre (1439 W. Jarvis)
Come see the Theory of Relativity, a dance performance at the McKaw Theatre depicting the human experience through physics, daily routines, and relationships. The show is light, yet thought-provoking and interesting. The show mostly features modern and contemporary dance styles. Tickets are $20, regardless of which show you are attending.
The McKaw Theatre, a relatively new addition to the Rogers Park art scene, is home to two theater groups, Theatre Above the Law and McKay Arts. I encourage you to check out their many other shows and activities to learn more about the organization.
Triassic Parq at Heartland Cafe
When: Saturday, August 12th (2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.), and Sunday, August 13th (2:30 p.m.)
Where: Heartland Studio Theatre (7016 N. Glenwood)
Come to Heartland Studio Theatre to experience Triassic Parq, a story of shifting gender identity in a clan of dinosaurs. Watch as a young female dinosaur, in a world of other female dinosaurs, suddenly turns male and has to deal with the consequences. This musical brings a funny and pre-historic twist to a question that has been so prominent in contemporary politics. The show lasts for about 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission, and tickets range from $20 to $28, with discounts available. This is the last weekend of the show, so get tickets while you can!
Triassic Parq is presented by Circle Theatre, a Chicago-based theater group with a diverse repertoire, from the classics to world-renowned modern plays to plays with a twist.
Loyola Dunes Nature Walk
Join the Loyola Dunes Restoration Project and the Leone Park Nature Center Advisory Committee for an informative tour and nature walk around the Loyola Beach lakefront. Participants will learn about the ecology of the dunes and the many plant and animal species that inhabit our beloved lake. The tour is free. The temperature around the lake is always about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the neighborhood, so make sure to dress accordingly!
Loyola Dunes Restoration is a Rogers Park organization that is dedicated to educating Rogers Park residents about our environment and how to keep it safe and healthy. There are many other ways to get involved, so I encourage you to research the organization to learn more!
3rd Annual Rogers Park Community Pet Day
When: Saturday, August 12th (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
Where: Pottawattomie Park (7340 N. Rogers)
I am pleased to join State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy in welcoming Chicago Animal Care and Control to the 3rd Annual Rogers Park Community Pet Day. Keep your pet healthy and safe this summer:
- Low-cost vaccines ($7 DA2PPL & FVRCP, $15 rabies; supplies available for 100 pets)
- Free microchips (supplies available for 100 pets)
- City of Chicago dog registration ($5 spayed/neutered dogs, $50 unaltered)
- $5 nail trims, courtesy of Rogers Bark Pet Salon
- Free pet ID tags, courtesy of Bark Place
- Special treats, courtesy of Pet Smart
This event is cash-only; please bring exact change. All animals must be secured on a leash or in a carrier. Pets over 4 months of age must have a current rabies vaccination and dog license or will be required to purchase them. This event is open to all Chicago residents.
When: Saturday, August 12th (7:45 p.m.-9:45 p.m.)
Where: Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Watch Moana at Touhy Park, a story about a young girl living in ancient Polynesia as she tries to save her people from danger. While the story is a cartoon, it has proven to please audiences of all ages. If nothing else, come to enjoy the soundtrack! The movie is rated PG and admission is free to all.
Moana is one in a series of movie showings from the Chicago Park District during the summer. Touhy Park has become a summer stomping ground for many Rogers Park residents, so please come to support the Park District and all it has to offer!
When: Saturday, August 12th (8:15 p.m.-9:45 p.m.)
Where: Willye B. White Park (1610 W. Howard)
Clearly, Rogers Park is all about storytelling and entertainment this weekend! If you and your loved ones aren’t in the mood for Moana, come see Trolls in Willye B. White Park. Trolls is a fun story about two trolls who step out of their village to save their friends from a recent invasion. The movie is fun to watch and you are bound to enjoy it! Admission is free and the movie is rated PG.
Factory after Dark
When: Saturday, August 12th (10:30 p.m.)
Where: The Factory Theater (1623 W. Howard)
Enjoy a late-night variety show at The Factory Theater, hosted by Eric Roach. Performances include but are not limited to: Sabrina Harms & The Dirty Disney Princess and The Underground Vaudettes, with Andrea Emerick and Amee Binder. Tickets are $5, so at that price, there’s no excuse not to have some late night weekend fun!
The Factory Theater specializes in original shows produced from scratch. The only three requirements for the show is that they be original, bold, and “full-tilt.”
Rogers Park Music Swap (RPMS) VIII
When: Sunday, August 13th (12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Where: Red Line Tap (7006 N. Glenwood)
Fellow crate diggers, unite! Rogers Park Music Swap is finally back at Red Line Tap, thanks to Funk Trunk Records. If you love music and live for the quest for a long-sought LP, this is the event for you. There will be several vendors providing boxes and boxes of records to sift through. Entry into the music swap is completely free, as always.
This music swap features tunes from W.O.W. (Women of Wax), a group of all-female DJs performing throughout the day. Here’s the lineup:
- 12:00 p.m.-12:40 p.m.: DJ Blakbrd
- 12:40 p.m.-1:20 p.m.: Ladies of Soul
- 1:20 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Telmusia
- 2:00 p.m.-2:40 p.m.: Fanita Banana
- 2:40 p.m.-3:20 p.m.: Betty Heredia
- 3:20 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Nunya Bidness
- 4:00 p.m.-4:40 p.m.: Phreaky Bionick
- 4:40 p.m.-5:20 p.m.: DJ Kaz
- 5:20 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: DJ Sheenanigans
This day is clearly jam-packed, so stay for the afternoon or just stop by! It’s sure to be a good time.
Just a reminder, the 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water show takes place next weekend, August 19th & 20th. Starting mid-week this coming week, planes and parachuters will be preparing for the show along the lake, so don’t be alarmed by low planes overhead!