Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 February Park Happenings

Spread the love in your local park this Valentine's Day!
Park Advisory Council Sponsored Valentine's Day Events:

Friday, February 8, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Family Valentine's Dance
Shabbona Park, 6935 W. Addison St.
DJ, dancing, games, crafting, food and photos.
Kids must be accompanied by an adult. $5 admission
Friday, February 8, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Valentine's Day Dance at Revere Park
Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park
Dust off your dancing shoes and join us for this Valentine's dance at Revere Park!
Saturday, February 9, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Valentine's Dance
Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave.
Bring your dancing shoes and your best moves for this family-friendly evening of music and dancing in the Chase Park field house. Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by the Chase Park Advisory Council. Free.
Friday, February 15, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Valentine's Day Dance
Gompers Park Field House, 4222 W. Foster Ave.
Dance the night away with a live DJ and great music for children ages 11 through 14 years of age. Bring your camera to take photos at a decorative photo corner. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Admission $5.00.
Friday, February 15, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Daddy Daughter Valentine Dinner and Dance
Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.
Daddies and daughters, join us for a memorable evening of dinner and dancing with a DJ at this annual event.
The Chicago Park District is celebrating Valentine's Day in February with dances and parties throughout the city.
February 1 - Sunday, May 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Spring Flower Show
Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Dr.
The Annual Spring Flower Show offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty of spring with a rare opportunity to meet the direct descendants of the great Azaleas that once bloomed at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. See a changing selection of spring blooming plants including azaleas, spring flowering annuals and perennials. Free.
February 1 - March 30: Saturdays, 11:00 am to
2:00 pm
Blackstar Project
Grand Crossing Park - Senior Room 2nd Floor
7655 South Ingleside
Tutoring for K-6th grade, including math, reading and writing. Children must be pre-registered with Blackstar. Call 773-285-9600. Free.
Friday, February 1, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Family Movie Night featuring Hotel Transylvania
Commercial Park, 1845 W. Rice St.
Saturday, February 2, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
In the Park with Civic
Homan Square Park, 3559 W. Arthington St.
Join us for this series of chamber concerts by ensembles from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Call 312-294-3803 for more information. Dates and times are subject to change. Free.
Sundays, February 3, and 17, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Portage Park Winter Farmer's Market
Portage Theater at 4050 N. Milwaukee
See vendors you know and love as well as many new ones!
Monday, February 4, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Groundhog
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski
Discover how the groundhog "sleeps" all winter and what clues will help it wake up. Have you seen your shadow lately? Registration required: 312-744-5472.
Monday, February 4, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Landscape Design Lecture - Rooftop Garden Designs
Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen
Sean M. Kelley, BLA, Landscape Designer, will show details of some of his more recent designs and discuss the process and design elements of a typical rooftop garden. In addition to landscape design, Sean specializes in small scale food production on rooftops and in landscapes. Presented by:
Admission: $8. RSVP Required - Pay at door -
Tuesday, February 5, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Winter Bonfire Series
Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr.
Come outside and play this winter with Nature Oasis! Roast marshmallows over the fire and enjoy fun family winter activities. Free.

Thursday, February 7, 12:00 noon
Friends of the Parks Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Peter Harnik, author of Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities
Help celebrate park advocates and groups for their dedication to Chicago's parks and preserves:
  • Legislative Award: Governor Patrick Quinn
  • Legislative Award: Alderman Nicholas
  • Individual Award: Louise McCurry
  • Corporate Award: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
  • Community Award: Omega Delta Youth Baseball
  • Leon M. Despres Lifetime Commitment
    to Parks Award: Victoria Post Ranney
Admission: $45.00 - RSVP by February 1
Buy your tickets now!

Thursday, February 7, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Austin Town Hall Culture and Art Performance
Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.
Know Your Heritage cultural and art performance celebrating Black History Month.

Saturday, February 9, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Donovan Park Co-Rec Snowball Classic
Donovan Park, 3620 S. Lituanica
Play ball this winter at the Donovan Park Snowball Classic adult co-rec softball tournament.

Saturday, February 9, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Garden Buddies Winter Event
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse
3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.
This family event (recommended for children 2-8 years old) celebrates the season through hands-on activities in our garden, fieldhouse and greenhouse. Admission $5 per child.

Sunday, February 10, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Beauty of Jim Rowan Photography: The Parks 2/10
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski
Join naturalist and photographer Jim Rowan on a photo journey to our local and not-so-local state and national parks.

Monday, February 11, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Winter Bonfire Series
Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th St.
Come outside and play this winter with Nature Oasis! Roast marshmallows over the fire and enjoy fun family winter activities. Free.

Tuesday, February 12
Jump into Fun at Olympia Park
Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale
When school is out, jump into fun at Olympia Park! There will be inflatables set up in the gym for kids to enjoy their day off, Ages 4-5. Admission $5.
Choose from these sessions:
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, February 12, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Cornell Square Park Holiday Hot Shot Contest
Cornell Square Park, 1809 W. 50th St.
Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday at the Cornell Square Park Holiday Youth Hot Shot Contest! Stand in a square and try to get the ball in the basket!

Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Seed Starting Basics

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse
3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Craving unique vegetables? Want to show your children the wonders of plants? Sometimes, to get the plant you want - when you want them - you just have to grow them yourself. Learn the basics of seed starting. Discover seed sources, trays, growing mediums, lights as well as germination tips and times for a variety of vegetables and flowers. Admission: $10 cash, payable at the class.

Saturday, February 16, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Polar Adventure Day
Northerly Island, 1401 S. Linn White Dr.
Don't let winter slow you down - come out and enjoy it at the annual Polar Adventure Days series at Northerly Island.

Monday, February 18, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cornell Square Aroun Da World Contest
Cornell Square Park, 1809 W. 50th St.
President's Holiday Youth Aroun Da World contest at Cornell Square Park.

Thursday, February 21 & Saturday, Feb. 23, 6:00 pm
Austin Town Hall Theater in the Park featuring the Piano Lesson

Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake Street

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon
Water Conservation in the Garden
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse
3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Learn to harvest rainwater, conserve water in your garden and the use of rain barrels and cisterns, installation of basic rain gardens, drought-tolerant native plants and organic gardening practices that conserve water. Understand Chicago's water and waste water system, and how your actions at home will help Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Admission: $10 cash, payable at the class.

Sunday, February 24, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Black History Month Celebration at Loyola
Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.
This event celebrates the rich black history of African-American, African and Caribbean ethnicities represented in the park.

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