The visit with Santa event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 14 at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. Christmas stockings stuffed with goodies and a picture with Santa will be available to children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.
The event will kick off at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at Unity Fellowship Church at the corner of Cicero and Madison, followed by the tree lighting at 6 p.m. in front of the 15th District Police station, 5701 W. Madison St. The annual parade and tree lighting is organized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
The Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks event series welcomes a new initiative into its fold, the teen-led Queering the Parks (QTP) initiative. Chicago youth from across the city, who identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally, Plus) are collaborating to support safer public spaces for their communities by hosting inclusive events. The event series will culminate with a MasQUEERade Ball on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. from 6 to 10 pm.
BUILD will hold a bike ride for peace from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 24th. Participants are encouraged to register in advance for the event, which begins at 5100 W. Harrison St. The Chicago Community Alliance will hold “Summer Fest West” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marshall High School, 3300 W. Jackson Blvd. City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin will host the event.
BUILD is celebrating the end of summer camp from 12 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at 5100 W. Harrison St. State Rep. La Shawn Ford and state Sen. Kimberly Lightfoot are sponsoring the “I count” event to highlight the importance of the 2020 Census, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the 800 block of Lawler.
Celebrate summer and promote peace at the the monthly meeting of the Good Neighbor Campaign. It will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Westside Health Authority Youth Development Center, 5437 W. Division St.
The free event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Columbus Park, 500 S. Central Ave. Congressman Danny Davis is hosting the event along with several other elected officials and local groups.