Neighborhood Notes

Live Music Sundays. Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western, hosts Live Music Sundays this summer, 3 to 5 p.m. This month: Joe Fascetta, July 2; Eric Ortiz, July 9 and 16; Jay O’Malley, July 23; and John and Phil, July 30. Next month: Joe Facetta, Aug. 6 and 27; Jay O’Malley, Aug. 13; and Dan Harvey, Aug. 20.

July at the BAC. Free Live Music Mondays continue through the summer in the Beverly Arts Center courtyard, 7 p.m.; no concert July 3.  Performing on the main stage are John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band performs Fri., July 14, 8 p.m. and Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, Sat., July 29, 7:30 p.m. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W.111th St., 773-445-3838. Info and tickets:

Memory Care Support Group. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites area residents who are caregivers for older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to a free memory care support group Wed., July 5, 6:30 p.m. Smith Village memory support coordinator Diane Morgan will talk about the stages of dementia, different types of behavior and a variety of communication techniques. Caregivers will be able to ask questions. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or

VIA Block Sale. Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA) is planning an association-wide block and yard sale, Sat., July 8. Shop for a variety of items on Wood, Vanderpoel, Prospect and Charles between 95th and 99th streets. Info: Ruta Spencer, 773-351-5460.

How to Be a Beekeeper. The Historic Pullman Beekeepers Club welcomes anyone interested in learning about beekeeping and the wonderful life of bees to their next meeting, Sun., July 9, 12 p.m., 614 E. 113th St. Info: 773-744-8888, 773-259-4439 or

Second Sunday Book Club. Open Outcry Brewing Co., Bookies and Beverly Arts Center invite area readers to join them at the Second Sunday Book Club, Sun., July 9, 2 p.m., at Open Outcry, 10934 S. Western. The first book is “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley, the book on which the movie “Lion” was based, available at Bookies, 10324 S. Western. On Wed., July 26, 7:30 p.m., book club participants will receive $1 off on their ticket to see “Lion” at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.

Picnic and Event Permits Available at Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center. Permits for picnics and events in the Forest Preserves can be purchased at the visitor center at Dan Ryan Woods, 87th and Western. The Woods is one of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s most popular sites. Permit sales at Dan Ryan Visitor Center will be available through Labor Day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Permit purchases by credit card only. Visitors can also obtain information on other Forest Preserves offerings and upcoming events. Permits can also be purchased online at, where site availability, grove maps and the various fees associated with grove rentals are also available.  Dan Ryan Woods has long offered visitors a scenic location to gather with family and friends while being surround by nature. Amenities at Dan Ryan Woods include playfields, 16 picnic groves, a 120-guest pavilion and a sledding hill.  Hikers, bikers and walkers can traverse a nearly 1-mile loop trail in Dan Ryan Woods Central, and access the Major Taylor Trail in Dan Ryan Woods North. Dan Ryan Woods South visitors can access various unpaved trails that weave through open and wooded areas. For assistance with online permit purchases, call 800-870-3666. For more information on Dan Ryan Woods or other Forest Preserves locations, visit

Food Truck Fridays at Cork & Kerry. Cork & Kerry Tavern, 10614 S. Western, is hosting a summer of family-friendly Food Truck Fridays in the beer garden. Each week a different food truck will be selling and serving Cork & Kerry patrons from 5 to 8 p.m. The July schedule is Bruges Brothers, July 7; Toasty Cheese. July 14; Happy Lobster, July 21; and Aztec Daves, July 28. The July beer specials for Food Trick Fridays are Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Berry Weiss.

Big City Basketball Camp. The Church of Chicago will host the Big City Basketball Camp July 10 through 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Vanderpoel School, 9510 S. Prospect Ave. The camp welcomes children in 3rd through 8th grades and participants will develop sportsmanship and teamwork through skill training, contests, life lessons and healthy competition. Every camper gets an equal opportunity to play and learn, and a t-shirt, basketball and awards poster. Info: 773-672-7230 or

Longwood Writers Guild. Longwood Writers Guild, a critique group for adult creative writers, will meet Mon., July 10 and Mon., Aug. 14, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Bring a piece you are working to read aloud for critique or work from a prompt. Into:

Movie in the Park.  The Chicago Park District will screen “The Peanuts Movie” at a free Night Out in the Park Tues., July 11, dusk (about 8:30 p.m.), at Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St. Bring a blanket, lawn chair  and family and friends, and enjoy an evening under the stars watching Charlie  Brown and Snoopy undertake a heroic quest.

Workshop Goal is Student Success. Own It Chicago is offering a series of summer workshops for students ranging from junior high to college that will help students learn organizational skills, develop better study habits, and strengthen time management and self-advocacy. Upcoming workshops will be held Wed., July 26, 3 to 5:30 p.m. for junior high students and 6 to 8:30 p.m. for incoming freshmen; Tues., Aug. 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m. for current high school students; and Wed., Aug. 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m. for college students. All workshops are held at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. St., and are designed to help evaluate their own learning styles and build an individualized plan to be successful in the upcoming school year and beyond. Info: or

Yoga at Edna White Garden. Edna White Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., is hosting a variety of yoga classes this summer: Goddess Yoga with live music with Brendan and Erin, Thursdays, July 13, Aug. 10, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., donation requested; Sunrise Yoga with Joan Zigulich, Fri., July 7 and 21, 6 a.m.; and , Fri., July 7 and 21, 6 a.m.; and  Mommy and Me Yoga with Colleen Hosman, Wednesdays, beginning July 12, 11 a.m. Info: Edna White Garden on Facebook

Blues at the BAC. John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band will perform Fri., July 14, 8 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Doors open at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $30 or $27 for BAC members, and available online at Coming from Camden, Mississippi in 1963, two-time Grammy nominated John Primer started playing in Chicago at Theresa’s Lounge on the South Side. His blue roots took shape under the tutelage of legendary blues greats that include James Cotton, Junior Wells, Sammy Lawhorn and Buddy Guy. Primer played in Willie Dixon’s All Stars Band, then became the lead guitar player for Muddy Waters. Following Waters’ death, Primer played for 14 years with Magic Slim before going out on his own with the Real Deal Blues Band. Last year, Primer was named the Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards.

Beverly Barre and Beers. Open Outcry Brewing and Beverly Barre will host Beverly Barre & Beers beginning Sun., July 16. Participants are invited to join in for one hour of barre followed by one free pint at Open Outcry, 10934 S. Western. Beverly Barre is a low-impact, high-result exercise that combines yoga, pilates and strength-training movements. Sessions are open to all levels of experience. Bring mat, water bottle and towel.

Free Night Out in the Park. The Chicago Park District hosts Storytown Improv at a free Night Out in the Park Tues., July 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St. Enjoy an interactive, fully improvised adventure created from audience suggestions and ideas by the Storytown actors, artists and musicians.  The possibilities are endless.  The show is recommended for children ages 3 to 10 years and their families.  Parental supervision is required throughout the program.

Summer Swelter. The Leadfoot Band headlines at the Summer Swelter outdoor festival Sat., July 22, 5 to 10:30 p.m., Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western. Admission to the homage to the sultry days of summer is $20 and includes three food or drink tickets. Also performing is the Pack Drumline & Dance Crew. Enjoy beating the heat with ice-cold beer from Horse Thief Hollow and a variety of local breweries, plus tasty eats. Local artisans will showcase and sell artwork and handcrafted beer-themed jewelry. Proceeds from the Summer Swelter benefit the Conner Lowry Foundation and other nonprofits that serve veterans.

Mercy Circle Hosts Summer Open House. In addition to touring the chapel, exercise room, salon, library, gardens and dining rooms at the open house on July 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors will be encouraged to ask questions about the many services and levels of care available at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St. The staff looks forward to showing visitors the advantages of becoming a resident of Mercy Circle. Info or to set up a private appointment: 773-253-3600.

Unity in the Community Picnic. Neighborhood residents are welcome to attend the Unity in the Community Picnic Sun., July 23, 1 to 4 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr.  Bring a dish to share; beverages will be provided. The event includes music, dancing and activities for children. Bring a lawn chair for yourself; extra chairs are welcome. Picnic sponsors are Unity in Diversity, Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative, Southsiders for Peace, Community of Churches and Chicago Commission on Human Relations.  In case of rain the picnic will be held in the church. Info: 773-233-1420 or 773-239-1439.

Growing Beverly. Open Outcry Brewing Company and The Geranium Guild collaborate on Growing Beverly, a collaborative workshop series starting Sun., July 23, 12:30 p.m., at Open Outcry, 10934 S. Western. In the first workshop, participants will build their own terrarium succulent garden; all materials, plants and glassware provided, including one free pint! $35 per person Tickets (limited number) and

Storytelling for Grown-Ups. Storytelling for Grown-Ups: Where To Begin, a six part workshop series that focuses on writing the small episodes of life that reveal the depth of who we are, why our story is unique and how it connects us to an audience and changes their lives forever, will be held on Mondays, July 24 through Aug. 28, Catholic Youth Ministry Center, 1825 W. Monterey Ave. Instructor David Boyle will concentrate on developing 7 to 15 minute personal stories. $125. Registration:

Lecture on Water. Water: Contamination, Privatization and Use as a Weapon of War, a lecture by Dr. Ramirez-Knight, will be presented Sat., July 29, 12 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. The lecture looks at the manipulation of clean water and the effects of water as a weapon of war.

Slow Roll Comes to Beverly/Morgan Park. Cicyclists of all ages are invited to participate in a community cycling event in Beverly/Morgan Park later this month. Slow Roll Chicago, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the city by organizing community bicycle rides throughout the greater Chicago area, will lead a group ride through the streets of Beverly/Morgan Park on the afternoon of Sat., July 29. Founded in Detroit, Mich., in 2010, Slow Roll was brought to Chicago in 2014 by Jamal Julien and Olatunji Oboi Reed as a means of social change. Every Wednesday evening from April to October, a diverse group of cyclists gathers to ride through different Chicago neighborhoods, showcasing those neighborhoods while bringing people together for an activity that is universally appealing. Rides are slow paced and are open to riders of all ages, skill levels and types of bikes. Details of the Beverly/Morgan Park ride have not yet been finalized, but participants can expect to ride approximately nine miles on residential streets throughout the neighborhood with occasional stops. Volunteers with Slow Roll will lead the ride, manage traffic situations and assist with flat tires and other mechanical issues. The event will conclude with a party at the 99th and Walden business district that is also open to non-riders. More information on the event will be available in the coming weeks.

Beverly Art Walk Call for Artists. Fri., Aug. 1 is the deadline for artists and venues to apply for the 2017 Beverly Art Walk. Apply online at to be an exhibiting artist (painter, photographer, sculptor, etc.) or host business. Makers/artisans interested in a vendor booth at the Uprising Handmade Market should use The Uprising application. The 4th annual Beverly Art Walk will be held Sat., Oct. 7, 12 to 7 p.m. Info:

Save the Date. The Cygnus Ladies of Bethany Union Church will present Coffee, Tea, Flowers & Me, Sat., Sept. 9 at the church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Donation: $15. Reservations: 708-975-3311.


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