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Connect South Shore Festival Returns This Weekend With Music, Community Painting, Rollerskating

South Shore’s free, annual arts festival returns Saturday and Sunday to 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Silver Room Block Party Ends — But Could It Come Back? Founder Says ‘Never Say Never’

Founder Eric Williams created a summer tradition over 18 years, but the fest became too expensive to produce. For now, he hopes fans "cherish the memories."

Bronzeville, Near South Side

The Last Silver Room Block Party Is This Weekend. Here’s What To Know

The Silver Room Block Party will be scaled down for its final celebration.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Silver Room Block Party Is Ending After This Year

Founder Eric Williams said the annual show, which started as a small gathering of neighbors in a Wicker Park alley, has gotten too expensive to produce. The final edition will be July 29-30 at Oakwood Beach.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Silver Room Block Party Returns To Oakwood Beach In July

Earlybird weekend passes start at $75. The lineup will be announced later.

Arts & Culture

Res Headlines This Weekend’s Connect South Shore Festival With Local Artists, Food, Rollerskating

Res, whose song "For Who You Are" is a steppin' classic, will perform Sunday evening. Live entertainment, a rollerskating rink, local vendors, yoga and more will round out the weekend.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

The Silver Room Block Party Is Back This Weekend. Here’s How To Go In Style

Here's what you need to know before you slide through at Oakwood Beach.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Silver Room Block Party Will Hire Security, Urge CTA Use As It Plans For 15,000 Attendees At Oakwood Beach

The Silver Room team will hire security and a maintenance crew to prevent safety and trash issues from affecting neighbors, the event's organizers said.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Silver Room Block Party — Now A Ticketed, Two-Day Festival — Moving From Hyde Park To Oakwood Beach

After five years and two pandemic cancelations in Hyde Park, the popular block party returns July 16-17 at a new location: Oakwood Beach. Early bird passes start at $30.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Bronzeville Winery Opens, Offering Fine Dining And Wines As Neighbors Revitalize Area’s Business Strip

Bronzeville Winery's opening is the latest move in efforts to revitalize the Cottage Grove corridor.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Black-Owned Bronzeville Winery Will Open This Month With Afro-Chic Bohemian Vibes And Comfort Food

Silver Room owner Eric Williams teamed up with Cecilia Cuff on the wine bar and restaurant at 4400 Grove.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Bronzeville Winery To Build Community With Locally-Sourced Food, Hospitality Incubator: ‘As We Grow, The Neighborhood Around Us Grows’

With homegrown comfort food and a wine list curated by one of the few female Black sommeliers, Bronzeville Winery will offer an "unparalleled experience," owners said.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Black-Owned Bronzeville Winery, Run By Silver Room’s Owner, Set To Open This Summer

The space will serve as a "sister restaurant to the Silver Room," owner Eric Williams said. "If you like the vibe of the Silver Room, if you like the vibe of the block party, that’s gonna be the vibe of this wine bar."

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Silver Room Block Party Canceled Again — And Its Future In Hyde Park Is Uncertain

"Everything has just grown — which means more expenses — but we haven’t been able to charge," Silver Room owner Eric Williams said. "It’s just not sustainable, having this event for 40,000 people that's free."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Wicker Park Fest Still On The Books… For Now

Event organizers say they're weighing recommendations from government officials when deliberating whether to cancel Wicker Park Fest, which is in late July.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Silver Room Will Once Again Say Goodbye To Wicker Park Next Month

Eric Williams originally opened The Silver Room in Wicker Park in 1997. He closed the the shop at 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the spring of 2015.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Silver Room Extending Its Stay In Wicker Park — As Long As The Community Supports It

Owner Eric Williams originally opened The Silver Room in Wicker Park in 1997. After three holiday seasons away, the re-opened Wicker shop could be here to stay.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town