Saturday April 9 – Cocktails from your Garden with Gail Isenberg!

Photos by Lizzy Szwaya


This Week at the Op Shop

Friday April 8th

“You Grew It, Now What?”
Preparing meals with garden fresh goodness with Chef Donna Binbek
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Chef Donna Binbek, proprietor Simply Food Chicago Personal Chef and Catering located here in Hyde Park, welcomes you and your family and friends to come out and celebrate the beginning of spring by making these easy to prepare rolls for your dining pleasure. Please RSVP to Cost of workshop: $10 – please check online calendar for details.

Julia Pagnamenta
Photos of outdoor markets in Vietnam and Cambodia
8:00 – 10:00 pm

Opening of salon style photography exhibit.

Saturday April 9th

Urban Bee keeping with Kristine Greibner
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

What’s the buzz around here? Come learn about honey bee basics at this fun, informal workshop. We will discuss beekeeping in the city and show what is entailed in starting your own hive.
Kristine, Edie, and Jill from Pullman Apiary

Benefit Party!
Cocktails from you Garden with Gail Isenberg!
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Come to a cocktail party and learn how to preserve the flavors of your Summertime garden and farmers market by making vodka infusions! Gail Isenberg will talk about the process and hand out drinks. A preliminary menu includes Sakitinis (cucumber vodka with a splash of saki), garden Bloody Marys made with vodka infused with heirloom tomatoes, celery, hot peppers, and horseradish, and a cooler made with a grapefruit, lemon verbena, and scented geranium infusion. Samples of what remains from last summer (shiso, ginger peach, and thimbleberry) will be available until they run out. Relax and anticipate spring and summer with a glass in hand. $10 at the door, all proceeds go to benefit the Op Shop!

Concert by “Project Film”
8:00 – 9:00 pm

Project Film is a local indie-pop duo that put out a debut record last fall about moving from Minneapolis to Chicago. Guitarist and singer Sam McAllister and singer Megan Frestedt, who also run the independent record label Tandem Shop in Chicago, will be playing an acoustic show tonight. Their music is recommended for fans of Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Mates of State.” Check them out at their website. $5 at door for band only.

Sunday April 10th

Conrad Freiburg plays the Ukulele!
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Come hear artist Conrad Freiburg play his unique and beautiful songs on the Ukulele. Says Conrad, “I use the same innate or internal, self-taught styles popularized by Roscoe Holcomb.” Conrad will also be selling his CDs and Harmonographs! Don’t miss his show It Is What it Isn’t at the HPAC!

Ken Dunn
Talk and short video
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Meet and talk with Ken Dunn about his work in Urban Agriculture, stories, and history.

Community Potluck
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Theme: Asian Cuisine: In keeping with the photos of Julia Pagnamenta and the food demo with Donna Binbek, we will focus on varied, fresh, and delicious cuisines of your favorite Asian culture.
Please bring recipes if you want to share and, as always, everything you need to enjoy it – plate, utensils, glass, and a drink. (In keeping with being green, we do not provide plastic cups, utensils, or plates so please come prepared). Remember, one’s generosity and culinary care is the key ingredient for a successful and delicious potluck! So delighted have we been with the offerings thus far that an Op Shop recipe book is in the works. BYOB

* Donations are welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Ongoing Project and gratitude to Lia Rousset and Amber Ginsburg – Connect-the-Lots!

* Soil Blocking
* Seedling planting
* Care taking
* Seed exchange

Hours are irregular – please check the schedule or call 773.710.5464

* Volunteers needed and appreciated!

View photos of our progress at our new and greatly improved website.


The Op Shop

Uber Tuber! with Eric Bartholomew

Eric Bartholomew, renowned potato lover of Chicago, brought his potato postcards, Uber Tuber T-shirts and potato diorama table installation to the Op Shop this past Sunday! It was a huge success. Thank you Eric!
It was a balmy beautiful night of Spring, the windows fogged with seedling breath and the little kids spilled out on the lawn, proud to play with the big kids (in their 20’s and still full of child-like energy and spirit). The kids carved potatoes for prints and made their own potato creatures, from left: Henry, Clement,Tai-hei and Basti.
The potato dishes were all wonderful, only three real potato salads and it was too tough to choose which was best from them, they all won the potato cook-off! It was really a beautiful, fun and full evening! Thank you everyone.

Re-Con/ De-Con workshop with Janice Bees

Shwishy dress and wheat grassThe racks of wheat grass and seed trays supported a new crop last Thursday night: used clothing, draped on the wooden beams alongside scrap cloth and torn pants. Over cake and lemonade Janice Bees taught us budding DIY seamstresses and seamsters her own renegade tricks of the trade. While we made our own patches and saved our pants from the scrap pile with some “industrial stitches,” others went around the room exchanging shirts and hats and knitting strips of old dresses together with the biggest needles I’ve ever seen. The workshop predictably refused to wind down by our designated closing time, and once again we found ourselves lingering well later than we’d intended in the warmth of the Op Shop community. It was past 10 by the time I left with an excess of exciting plans for the weekend as well as some premature marital advice, bags of clothing left over for charity nestled together under the grow lights.
– David Durstewitz

This week at the Op Shop

Photo by Lizzy Szwaya

Friday, April 1st 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Going away party for Janice Bees:

Janice Bees is moving north to Minnesota! To celebrate this move and to honor the work she has done at Op Shop, we are hosting a little send off party for Janice!

Party is potluck style BYOB!

Saturday, April 2nd 10:30 am – 4:00 pm: “The Meaning of Work”

The students from the course, The Meaning of Work, will present their art journals and construct an art quilt from wool and silk materials naturally dyed in class. This course, a joint class between the City Colleges of Chicago and DePaul University School for New Learning, examines the tensions between work and leisure activities, between craft and technology in modern times, between mass production and handmade articles, and between man-made techniques and natural materials.

Saturday, April 2nd 7:00 – 10:00 pm: Open Mic II

Come and bring an instrument, your voice, your poetry, your stories, and more to share! The first Open Mic was wonderful. Bring a snack or something to drink to share- audio potluck!
Donations are welcome!

Sunday, April 3rd 6:00 – 9:00 pm: Uber Tuber and Potluck Dinner!

Potato postcards, Uber Tuber T-shirts, Tuber Talk and much more by artist Eric Bartholomew, potato lover extraordinaire!
In honor of his presence at the Op Shop we dedicate this potluck to all root vegetables with a Spotlight on the Potato!

* There will be a cook-off for the best potato salad, remember to bring a plate, utensils, glass and napkin, in the spirit of sustainability!

* BYOB and collaborative cleanup!

Ongoing Projects and gratitude to Lia Rousset and Amber Ginsburg- Connect-the-Lots! Gabriel Piemonte- Seed Exchange, and Michael Eastwood- Time Bank

* Soil Blocking
* Seedling planting
* Care taking
* Seed exchange
* Time Bank recruit –

Hours are irregular – please check the schedule or call 773.710.5464

* Volunteers needed and appreciated!

View photos of our progress at our new and greatly improved website.


The Op Shop