Our weekly list of top picks for events in architecture and history this week will certainly get you out of Chicago winter hibernation-mode. These adventurous spring events include getting dirty with an archeology dig, a prohibition-era inspired theater workshop, and a jazz jam session.
1. Camp Douglas Archeology Dig – ARCHEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION
3200 S. Calumet – Thursday, May 15th-Monday, May 19th
FREE – contact [email protected] with dates and times you’re available
Be a part of history this week with the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation‘s efforts to unearth the past. In conjunction with De Paul University, the foundation invites the public to participate in an archeological excavation at John J. Pershing Magnet School as an extension of their investigation into the Camp Douglas site. No experience is required and the project goes through the weekend.
2. Voices of the City: Capone’s Casting Call – WORKSHOP
1601 N. Clark St. – Friday, May 16th , 6:00pm-9:00pm
$40, $30 members, $15 students – reservations required
Pretend to be a bootlegger, a teetotaler, a mobster, or even an FBI agent during this Chicago 1920s prohibition-era themed theater workshop at the Chicago History Museum. To set the stage, listen to Chicago playwright Brett Neveu’s newest work with a thirty-minute staged reading, and then find inspiration for your character from archival materials. Participants must be at least 21 as you get to imbibe with a signature spirit. One lucky participant will also take home a pair of tickets to the Northlight Theater’s Lost in Yonkers.
3. Jazz Links Jam Session – MUSIC PERFORMANCE
78 E. Washington, 1st floor – Wednesday, May 14th, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Chicago has some significant jazz history and been the home to some incredible names in jazz. That history continues today with young musicians across the city perfecting the craft. In support of these young music hopefuls and in collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Center, the Jazz Institute of Chicago offers monthly jam sessions. Players can sign up for free to participate and the music is free and open to the public to enjoy.