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The Experimental Station is working to build independent cultural infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago. We do this by fostering a dynamic ecology of innovative educational and cultural programs, small business enterprises and community initiatives. Since 2006, we have both built our own programming to address a variety of identified local needs and have fostered, hosted, and sponsored numerous other initiatives.

Invisible Institute's Youth/Police Conference Featured On Chicago Tonight

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The Invisible Institute, in conjunction with the Mandel Aid Clinic, will host a two-day Youth/Police Conference this weekend—as featured on Chicago Tonight. The conference will continue the Invisible Institute's focus on "everyday encounters between black youth and Chicago police officers," with moderated public conversations centered around introductory media and performances. By "placing the experiences and perspectives of black youth at the center of the discourse, [they] hope to enrich the national conversation about police practices, relations, and accountability." Steve Edwards, Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and a former NPR host, and Jamie Kalven of the Invisible Institute will moderate the panels.

Blackstone Bikes Slow Roll Chicago Ride

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As the first part of Slow Roll Chicago's "Showing Love to Community Bike Shops Series," Blackstone Bikes will host a community bike ride on Wednesday May 6. Everyone will meet at Blackstone Bikes (6100 S. Blackstone Ave.) at 6pm, and the ride will start at 6:30pm. Rides usually last an hour and a half to two hours, and this route will go through Woodlawn and south side landmarks, ending back at the bike shop. Riding will be slow, so cyclists of all abilities are welcome. For those rolling on over, please read Slow Roll Chicago's code of conduct, which focuses on safety and community respect.

Here's a link to the event page on facebook.

61st St. Farmers Market Fruit Tree Orders

Photo by Hintau Aliaksei/Shutterstock, via This Old House, a great resource for urban fruit tree growing.

The 61st St. Farmers Market is offering a variety of apple, peach, and pear trees to order this season. All trees are $24 each (or $27 with PayPal) and can be pollinated without other trees. All are cold hardy enough for late frosts (perfect for Chicago's Zone 5 climate) and should fruit within 2 or 3 years, as they are currently small two-year-old semi-dwarf varieties. Eventually they will grow to be 10-15 feet, depending on the variety. The 61st Street Farmers Market will provide a tutorial on how to plant the trees, as they are meant to be planted soon after they're picked up. The market will also guide you through the maintenance of your trees as the seasons and years progress. Here's a pdf with pictures and descriptions of all the varieties we have for order!

The ordering form can be found here. If paying by PayPal, you can find links for payment below.

If you have any questions about ordering trees, please email Kim Werst.

Pay for your trees by PayPal here!.

2015 Outdoor Market Dates

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The Experimental Station is happy to announce our eighth outdoor Farmers Market season, beginning on May 16th, 2015.

The Market will take place from 9am to 2pm each Saturday, outdoors until October 31st and indoors until December 19th before moving to a monthly schedule.

City Development from the Bottom Up - A Conversation with Günter Westphal

Sat, Nov 22, 2014. 5:00pm

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The Experimental Station is happy to host a presentation by Günter Westphal called “City Development From The Bottom-Up” or “Art Comes First” – As Seen Through The Example Of The Hamburg (Germany) Neighborhood Münzviertel. The presentation will be followed by a discussion.

For 13 years, Günter Westphal has been artistically exploring the Hamburg, Germany, neighborhood Münzviertel. The neighborhood lies directly south of the Hamburg main train station. Its urban landscape is characterized by two large citywide social institutions; one for drug addicts and the other for the homeless. The central idea of his artwork is to contemplate the intervention power of art in public, social and political spaces.

Community Forum on University of Chicago Police

Wed, Oct 29, 2014. 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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The Invisible Institute will host a public forum on the relationship of the University of Chicago Police Department to the communities it serves. Public safety is a concern to all. The Kenwood, Hyde Park, and Woodlawn neighborhoods are policed by the UCPD as well as the Chicago Police Department.

Art on the Rural Frontier

Tue, Sep 23, 2014. 6:30pm

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Please join us here at Experimental Station for the launch of A Decade of Country Hits: art on the rural frontier.  The event is free and open to the public.

Partnering with Harmony WellCare and the City of Chicago to make healthy food more available at farmers markets

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Fresh local fruit awaits on Urban Canopy's table at Columbus Park, one of the City of Chicago farmers markets that now offers LINK card shoppers a $10 match.

The Experimental Station is pleased to partner with Harmony WellCare and the City of Chicago to provide $110,000 in Double Value Coupons at farmers markets across the city.

That means if your household is on LINK, you can visit these farmers markets and your purchasing power will be doubled, up to $10 per LINK cardholder per week, while funding lasts. Keep an eye out for LINK Bucks that look something like this:

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LINK Bucks can be spent the same day, or save them up for a bigger purchase later in the season. LINK Bucks can be spent on any LINK approved foods, and they expire at the end of 2014.

Major Taylor Chicago Victory Ride and Fundraiser

Sat, Jul 5, 2014. 7:30am to 2:00pm

VICTORY RIDE July 5 Major Taylor

Join us to ride and to bring awareness of our namesake, Marshall "Major" Taylor and raise money for Blackstone Bicycle Works. This ride will go rain or shine!

RSVP for the ride on EventBrite here.

Start Location: Blackstone Bicycle Works - 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.

Schedule: Bike check is at 7:30 am. Remarks at 7:45 am. Rollout is at 8:00 am.

Distance: There are 3 options. The longest distance is about 50 miles. There is also a 30 mile option if that is more suitable for you. For those who'd prefer a short, leisurely ride, there is a 10-15 mile route as well.

Pace: Those who are riding the 50 and 30 mile routes, we are trying to maintain at least a 12 mph average speed. The 10-15 mile route is casual paced. On all of the routes no rider will be left behind.

Supplies: This is a non-supported ride so please bring your own supplies. This includes snacks such as granola bars or sports gels, water and/or sports drinks. Also bring proper identification and money for emergencies.

This ride is a fundraiser for Blackstone Bicycle Works so please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to support our mission of empowering youth through bicycles.

Major Taylor Chicago members please wear your club kits!

Eat at Hyde Park Chipotle, Benefit 61st Street Farmers Market

Sat, May 31, 2014. 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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Make dinner a selfless act by eating at the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Hyde Park on May 31st from 5pm-9pm! Just come into the Chipotle on E. 53rd Street and Harper Court on Saturday, May 31st, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, and bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or simply tell the cashier you are dining to support 61st Street Farmers Market. The market will get 50% of the proceeds. Thanks for your support and happy and healthy eating! Map after the break: