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Pop-Up Book Sales, Audio Walking Tours And More Coming To Lakeview This Summer Through Community Grant Program

Nearly a dozen community events and mini-festivals throughout the neighborhood this summer are being supported by $40,000 in grants.

Businesses and buildings along Southport Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood on March 3, 2021.
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LAKEVIEW — A Japanese flower walk, pop-up jazz concerts and a “Harry Potter”-themed celebration are coming to Lakeview this summer as part of a grant program for community events.

The Community Events and Placemaking Program, funded by Lakeview Special Service Area 27, will provide $40,000 in assistance and support for creative events in West Lakeview.

The program is organized by the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, which recently announced its 2021 grant recipients.

“These recipients will support the mission of SSA 27 by creating special events, public programming and placemaking activities that will better our community for years to come,” said Carisa Marconet, events and marketing director for the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.

The events selected for the grants include:

Sonic Walkabout: A self-guided audio walking tour featuring six to 10 cultural or historical sites in West Lakeview paired with newly composed music by each site. The tour is organized by Access Contemporary Music and will be released in June.

Ikebana Walk: Businesses along Southport Avenue will celebrate Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, with 17 flower displays in their storefronts. This event, organized by the Japanese Cultural Center, will be June 12-13.

Turning the Page Pop-Up Book Sale: Turning the Page, a nonprofit group that brings educational resources to elementary schools in North Lawndale, will hold a pop-up used book market June 19, July 18, Aug. 14 and Sept. 12.

CircEsteem Around Chicago: Youth circus CircEsteem will hold three 45-minute shows throughout the summer featuring 10- to 19-year-olds from its program. Each show will be followed by a 30-minute workshop for kids to try circus skills themselves. Shows will be held June 25, July 16 and Aug. 14.

Dog Days of Summer: Organized by A Dog’s Best Friend, the Dog Days of Summer will be a pet-focused, family-friendly doggie play party with small wading pools, ball pits and an inflatable bounce house. The event will feature a dog trainer teaching two mini-classes, a doggie photo booth, “paint your pet” art classes and emcee Miss Foozie.

Paint Southport: Twenty-five local artists will draw scenery along Southport Avenue while competing for the “People’s Choice” award. Neighbors can stroll through Southport to watch the process and buy the paintings at the end of the event. Organized by Spectra Fine Art, the event will be Aug. 21 along Southport between Byron and Roscoe.

A Very Harry Celebration: This “Harry Potter” weekend will feature a business scavenger hunt along Southport Corridor, as well as a pop-up shop and photo booth at the Lakeview Low-Line. This event is organized by Covenant Youth Collision and will be held Aug. 28–29.

Chicago Family Bike Fest: This community biking event will have various activities for kids, like a bike safety course, bicycle decorating, music and more. Organized by Chicago Family Biking, a date has yet to be announced.

Jazz Concert Pop-Up Series (The Step Sessions): Organized by jazz guitarist Lee Rothenberg, a professional musician and Roscoe Village resident, this series will feature five pop-up jazz concerts between June and October. Rothenberg and his jazz friends will perform from his front steps to neighbors in his block.

PlayMakers Lab Digital Short Film Festival: This outdoor mini film festival will feature 90 minutes of digital short film adaptions of stories written by Chicago Public Schools students. The festival is organized by Playmakers Laboratory and will happen in September.

Endless Summer: This pop-up day camp will offer activities, games, crafts, entertainment and other camp-like festivities. This will be held in late September or early October to enjoy the last weeks of summer weather.

More information on the grant recipients can be found on the Lakeview Roscoe Village chamber’s website.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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