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Open Mic Night At Jefferson Park’s Eden Church Friday Will ‘Bring People Together’

People are encouraged to bring music, visual artwork, poetry and other writing to share, or be audience members and connect with neighbors.

Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison St., as seen on Sept. 28, 2022.
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JEFFERSON PARK — An open mic night is back this week to bring positivity to Jefferson Park.

Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison St., will host Friday Friends Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Friday. The event will feature art performances from people in the community and church members, said pastor Jacki Belile.

The church hosted the open mic a few times during the summer and saw success, attracting neighbors and members who had fun sharing their work and spreading a light vibe to the Jefferson Park corner, Belile said. After a busy few months, Belile is bringing it back so people can connect with neighbors in a relaxing atmosphere and meet new faces.

Hopefully, it will be a way to unwind from the daily stresses of the world and share art and expression, she said.

“It’s a hard time in the world, and our neighbors are having tough times … . We want to create these spaces for relaxation, enjoyment and make them a part of surviving and thriving in challenging times,” Belile said.

People are encouraged to bring music, visual artwork, poetry and other literature to share. People can also simply watch, Belile said.

“A big commitment of Eden is to bring people together for relaxation and fun, people who may not normally hang out together,” Belile said. “We’re wanting to build relationships in the community.”

The event will occur every few months; the next one will be a holiday-themed open mic in December, but a date has not been set yet. It will be announced on the church’s social media.

The open mic event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5. Coffee by Perkolator will be available.

Parents who want to attend can receive child care during the event if they RSVP to the church on Facebook or by calling 773-283-5557 by the end of the day on Thursday, Belile said.

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