Hyde Park’s October 5th “First Thursday” event includes 56 local businesses

This week’s “First Thursday” event includes a record number of Hyde Park businesses, with 56 local restaurants, shops, health and beauty establishments, and entertainment venues participating on October 5. “First Thursday” takes place on 53rd, 55th, and 57th Streets (and some surrounding streets) from 5-8 p.m.

Seven newly opened, reopened, or relocated businesses taking part in the event for the first time include Aloha Poke Co., B’Gabs Goodies, ETO’O Modern Asian Cuisine, Litehouse Whole Food Grill, Nella Pizza e Pasta, Orangetheory Fitness, and the Threading & Waxing Salon.

Event goers will find a range of offerings, including free samples (McDonald’s and Native Foods), BOGO offers (Leona’s, Mellow Yellow, and Nando’s PERi-PERi), free weeks of fitness memberships (Core Power Yoga and LA Fitness), beer or wine tastings (Kimbark Beverage Shoppe and 57th Street Wines), gifts or free food items with purchase (Café 53, Dearborn Denim & Apparel, Insomnia Cookies, Nella Pizza e Pasta, NoteworthyNotes, Powell’s Books, Target Express, Whole Foods Market), discounts ranging from 10 percent to 50 percent at 30 or more businesses, and $5 movie tickets at the Harper Theater.

Some businesses will offer specials all day or until their closing times.  For a full list of participating businesses and details visit www.firsthurs.com.

The November 2 “First Thursday” event will be the last one in the 2017 season, which runs from May to November. Organized by the University of Chicago Real Estate Operations group in cooperation with Downtown Hyde Park, the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, and the South East Chicago Commission, “First Thursday” is a community event designed to bring shoppers and diners to Hyde Park to discover new and existing businesses, enjoy a variety of specials and deals, and have fun exploring the neighborhood with their friends and families.

Participating businesses and offer types include:


Dining Offers

53rd Street Area

McDonalds – 5200 S. Lake Park Avenue

A10 Hyde Park – 1462 E. 53rd Street

Aloha Poke Co. – 5221 S. Harper Court

Ancien Cycles & Café (also see Shopping) – 1558 E. 53rd Street

Bonne Sante Health Foods (also see Shopping) – 1512 E. 53rd Street

Café 53 – 1369 E. 53rd Street

ET’O Modern Asian Cuisine – 1373 E. 53rd Street

Fabiana’s Bakery – 1658 E. 53rd Street

Kilwins – 5226 S. Harper Avenue

Leona’s – 1236 E. 53rd Street

Mellow Yellow – 1508 E. 53rd Street

Mikkey’s Retro Grill – 5319 S. Hyde Park Boulevard

Nando’s PERi-PERi – 1447 E. 53rd Street

Native Foods – 1518 E. Harper Court

Pockets – 1307 E. 53rd Street

Porkchop (also see Drinking) – 1516 E. Harper Court

Rajun Cajun – 1459 E. 53rd Street

Roti Modern Mediterranean – 1526 E. 53rd Street

The Sit Down Café & Sushi Bar – 1312 E. 53rd Street

Target Express – 1346 E. 53rd Street

55th Street Area

Bergstein’s NY Deli – 1164 E. 55th Street

Insomnia Cookies – 1105 E. 55th Street

Litehouse Whole Food Grill – 1660 E. 55th Street

Nella Pizza e Pasta – 1125 E. 55th Street

57th Street Area

B’ Gabs Goodies – 1450 E. 57th Street

Cemitas Puebla – 1321 E. 57th Street

Noodles, Etc. – 1333 E. 57th Street


Shopping Offers

53rd Street Area

Whole Foods Market – 5118 S. Lake Park Avenue

Akira – 1539 E. 53rd Street

Ancien Cycles & Café (also see Dining) – 1558 E. 53rd Street

Bonne Sante Health Foods (also see Dining) – 1512 E. 53rd Street

Dearborn Denim & Apparel – 1504 E. 53rd Street

Hyde Park Produce Market – 1226 E. 53rd Street

Hyde Park Records – 1377 E. 53rd Street

Jojayden – 1457 E. 53rd Street

Kilimanjaro International – 1305 E. 53rd Street

Modern Cooperative – 1500 E. 53rd Street

NoteworthyNotes – 5231 S. Harper Court

Pearle Vision – 1200 E. 53rd Street

The Silver Room – 1506 E. 53rd Street

The Silver Umbrella – 5305 S. Hyde Park Boulevard

Sir & Madame – 5225 S. Harper Court

Sprocket & Stone – 1013 E. 53rd Street

55th Street Area

First Aid Comics – 1617 E. 55th Street

Gilda’s Designer Thrift Boutique – 1703 E. 55th Street

57th Street Area

57th Street Books – 1301 E. 57th Street

Powell’s Books – 1501 E. 57th Street


Drinking Offers

53rd Street Area

Chant – 1509 E. 53rd Street

Ja’ Grill – 1510 E. 53rd Street

Kimbark Beverage Shoppe – 1214 E. 53rd Street

Porkchop (also see Dining) – 1516 E. Harper Court

The Promontory – 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue

55th Street Area

Seven Ten Lanes – 1055 E. 55th Street

57th Street Area

57th Street Wines – 1448 E. 57th Street


Fitness/Beauty Offers

53rd Street Area

Core Power Yoga – 1539 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor

LA Fitness – 5224 S. Lake Park Avenue

Orangetheory Fitness – 1503 E. Hyde Park Boulevard

Threading & Waxing Salon – 1648 E. 53rd Street


Entertainment Offers

53rd Street Area

Harper Theater – 5238 S. Harper Avenue

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