Big Week: July 25 - August 1

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By Michael Romain


Enjoy a popup block party

On Wednesday, July 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the corner of Walnut and Pine, community organizers will host a Pop-Up Blocks event featuring free food, music, fun and resources. The event will highlight the 2016 murder of 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin Jr. 

For more info, contact Zerlina Smith at (312) 487-9274 or Daryl Pierce at (773) 315-8610. 


Attend a free art fair in Austin 

On Saturday, July 28, 10:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the corner of Fulton and Mayfield, the Chicago Austin Art Council and Redevelopment Management Resources Inc., will host a community art fair in Austin featuring a popup gallery, free art classes, meditation sessions in a peace garden, dancing, food, music and more. 

For more info, contact Serethea Reid, president of Central Austin Neighborhood Association and the art fair's coordinator, at (312) 952-4983. 


Attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony 

On Monday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 4133 W. Madison St., Habilitative Systems, Inc. and the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center. 

The new center will promote mental health, opioid overdose prevention, and wellness for children and families. For more info, contact Della Akres at or (773) 854-8313.


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