Explore the Calumet region with engaging events from CHP throughout the year!  For other events check out the Calumet Heritage Area Calender!

Past Events

CHP Annual Meeting

The Calumet Heritage Partnership will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Steve’s Lounge 13200 S. Baltimore Avenue Chicago, IL 60633. Doors open for the meeting at 6:45, with the meeting itself to begin at 7:00 pm.

The meeting is open to all, though only those who are members at the time of the meeting can vote during the short business meeting portion of the evening. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Calumet Heritage Partnership, memberships may be paid at the door on January 23. Individual memberships are $10.00 with discounted rates for seniors and students.

The agenda for the meeting will include:

  • President’s Report on the work on the Partnership in 2019
  • Plans for 2020
  • Election of 2020 Board and Officers
  • Revision of the Bylaws (See below)
  • The 2020 Calumet’s Most Endangered List presented by Brad Miller, Indiana Landmarks
  • An opportunity to share your organization’s successes and announce upcoming events and initiatives

The CHP Board of Directors has undertaken a significant review and revision of the organization’s bylaws. A PDF indicating all the changes to the bylaws to be voted on by the membership at the annual meeting is available on our website at https://calumetheritage.org/2020bylaws.html

Second Exhibit in the Calumet Voices/National Stories Series Opening Opening January 31

Calumet: The Land of Opportunity Exhibit opening Soon

Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibit series

Grit. Passion. Resilience. Might. Discover things you never knew about the Calumet region, from the people who know it best. Experience the second installment in the four-part Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibit series and uncover the hidden gems that make this region an American treasure.     More information.

20th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference

Calumet Music Heritage

October 19th, 2019

Steve’s Lounge 13200 S. Baltimore Avenue Chicago, IL 60633

Explore the Calumet’s musical heritage through presentations by experts about past and present regional music scenes, as well as performances by musicians from the Calumet region.

Morning conference presentations will showcase:

  • Country Music
  • R&B/Soul – Keynote presentation by Robert Pruter
  • The Gary Music Scene
  • Singing Men of Steel
  • Reggae and Ska
  • Jazz

In the afternoon we will experience the living musical heritage of the Calumet through performances by musicians from across the region.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, an afternoon of live music, and just released Calumet Heritage Area-branded swag!

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Calumet Voices/National Stories Exhibit

The first of four exhibits in the Calumet Voices/National Stories exhibit series opens June 28, 2019 at the Historic Pullman Foundation/Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center. For more information see our Calumet Voices/National Stories exhibit page.

Calumet Outdoors July: Heritage to Action Along Chicago’s Little Calumet River

Riverdale is one of Chicago’s southernmost community areas, with the Little Calumet River winding through its southern reaches. Often negatively portrayed for the presence of waste treatment and disposal facilities, Riverdale is actually home to forest preserves and neighborhoods with proud environmental histories. On this walk, we’ll hear from 3 local voices. First, we will meet at Beaubien Woods and hear Fatimah Al-nurridin talk about her 3 years of involvement in the stewardship of south side preserves. Walk over to Altgeld Gardens Homes and meet Cheryl Johnson of People for Community Recovery on the early days of the environmental justice movement and PCR’s plans to lead the community into a renewable energy future. Then end our walk with Deloris Lucas in the Golden Gates neighborhood who will share how We Keep You Rollin and other initiatives of the homeowners association promote residents’ health through exercise, clean air, and easier access to nature.

This is a free event, all are welcome, no registration necessary.

When: July 20th, 10:00am-Noon
Beaubien Woods Meet at the north end of the Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve we will park along the entrance road, S. Doty Ave, directly across from Carver Military Academy’s athletic field. 

S Doty Ave
Chicago, IL 60633
41.655521, -87.587437

With any outdoor activity, it is encouraged to dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes, apply sunscreen, and bring ample water.

The Calumet Heritage partnership Board In Conjunction with the Chicago Park District Invites You to the Dedication of the Acme Steel Bells and Ingot Mould

Saturday July 13, 2019  Starting at 11:00 A.M.

at Steelworker’s Park

3100 E. 87th St. Chicago, Illinois

This is a free event! No registration required.

There will be a dedication ceremony. Feel free to bring a picnic and stay, connect
with old friends, climb the ore walls, visit the art installation by the ore walls, or just put up your feet and enjoy!

There will be a designated area for your grilling pleasure. You may bring a tent.
Remember the area has few trees so it can be very hot. Please wear a hat, bring
water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

If you want to climb the ore walls, you may register on site. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. A waiver will be signed on site. Credit / Debit cards, no cash.

Flyer (PDF)

CHP Supports Lakeshore People’s Museum Heritage Pop-Up Event

CHP is proud to sponsor the Lakeshore People’s Museum latest pop-up event. This pop-up museum brings together people, memorabilia, and stories. A letterman jacket, letter from a soldier, a grandmother’s quilt or childhood doll – these pieces of our heritage come with important stories that can be shared across generations. Come see family treasures, hear stories, and enjoy food on June 20, 1-3 p.m. at the Genesis Towers, 578 Broadway Ave, Gary, IN.

Who We Are: The Lakeshore People’s Museum, a group of Northwest Indiana non-profits in partnership with the United Urban Network, includes the Calumet Heritage Partnership, Artopia Arts and Crafts Cultural Academy, the Field Museum, and the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. FlyerConnect with the event on Facebook.

Calumet Outdoor Series June 2019: Hear and Touch the Outdoors, Brunswick Park

Welcome the summer with a couple of guided sensory experiences in urban nature. Kay Westhues will lead a sound walk raising our awareness of the range, subtlety, and distribution of sounds around us. Mario Longoni will help us with “tree ID that does not use the eyes. This is a free event, all are welcome, no registration necessary.

When: June 15th, 10:00am-11:30am
Where: Brunswick Park, 700 Clark Rd, Gary, IN 46406

*With any outdoor activity, it is encouraged to dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes, apply sun screen, and bring a water bottle.

Calumet Outdoor Series May 2019 Sacred Wanderings Walk

Connecting nature, spirit, and community.

Walks will be moderate and as long or as short as folks want. Bring a reading to share that speaks to your spiritual connection to nature in Spring. It can be a poem, a reading, a piece of scripture, or your own musings—whatever moves you to go outdoors to find solace and peace.

Naturalist Kim Swift and artist Sam Love are facilitating the hike. All are welcome to join and share. No registration necessary.

When: May 19th, 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Miller Woods, 100 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403

*With any outdoor activity, it is encouraged to dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes, and bring a water bottle.

Calumet Outdoor Series April 2019 Event Hike the Preserves: Interpretive Hike

Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County for a free interpretive hike through the Plum Creek Meadow to learn about the ecology that can be found in the southwest corner of the Calumet Heritage Area.

WHEN: 10:00 AM Saturday, April 20
WHERE: Burnham Ave & 223rd St, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 United States Any questions regarding the hike, call: 708-386-4042 Or email: [email protected]

*With any outdoor activity, it is encouraged to dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes, and bring a water bottle.

Calumet Outdoor Series March 2019 Event Spring Wellness in the Woods Hike

Join Forest Preserves of Cook County for a Wellness in the Woods hike to celebrate the arrival of spring in the Calumet region! This is a free, instructor-led event which is designed to show attendees how to workout outdoors and how to access the forest preserves to do so. All fitness levels are welcome.

WHEN: March 16th, starting at 1:30PM.
WHERE: Sand Ridge Nature Center (15891 S Paxton Ave, South Holland, IL 60473)

For any questions or concerns please call: 708-868-0606 or email: [email protected]

*With any outdoor activity, it is encouraged to dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes, and bring a water bottle.

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