News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

Children’s musician Laura Doherty to perform at the Hyde Park Farmers Market on Thursday, July 7 and Thursday, August 4

If you’re looking for something fun (and free!) to do with your kids, mark your calendar for nationally touring children’s recording artist Laura Doherty – performing two acoustic shows at the Hyde Park Farmers Market - one on Thursday, July 7 and one on Thursday, August 4 - both from 10-11:30 a.m.

Originally from Westchester, N.Y., Doherty started playing the guitar at 16, moved to Chicago following college, and served as a teacher and director of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s early-childhood music program, Wiggleworms. Since then, she has released three Parents’ Choice award-winning albums, Kids in the City (2009), Shining Like a Star (2011), and In A Heartbeat (2014). Time Out Chicago has named her one of the top four kids’ musicians in Chicago.

Doherty and her band, The Heartbeats, have performed at hundreds of shows and festivals across the country, including Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Pritzker Pavilion, Lollapalooza, Philly’s World Cafe Live, Boston’s Club Passim, and many more.

Plan a fun morning at the Hyde Park Farmers Market with your little ones – with a wide variety of vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, jams, flowers, and more, as well as a big bucket of sidewalk chalk for budding artists.

The Hyde Park Farmers Market has live music every week, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. through October 27, with musicians playing 90-minute sets from 7-8:30 a.m., 8:30-10 a.m., 10-11:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information about the Hyde Park Farmers Market, go to the Downtown Hyde Park website, and follow the group on Facebook.

Photo by Phil Onofrio