There’s always something to do in The Chi! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Chicago this week
1. 100 BLACK MEN OF CHICAGO, INC. – 2017 TOY DRIVE & HOLIDAY PARTY
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc.’s Holiday Toy Drive raises thousands of dollars in toys and gift donations. Funds raised, to support this act of community kindness and engagement, are used to purchase additional gifts and personal necessities for women and children in homeless shelters, community outreach organizations, and health centers in an effort to make the holiday season a little brighter for those who are less fortunate. R&B band Delivery Point and DJ Ron Troupe will keep you dancing throughout the night. Complimentary Hors-d’oeuvres and a 50/50 raffle. Join the 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. for a night of great music, dancing, food, and fun as you help those less fortunate this holiday season. Learn more here.
2. JESS HILARIOUS
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Jess Hilarious, the social media sensation, is coming to the Chicago Improv Comedy Club for a special stand up series. You’ve seen her do it for the gram, now it’s time to watch her on the big stage. This is an 18 and over set with seating on a first come, first serve basis. Learn more here.
3. AMFM JUICE OPEN MIC
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
AMFM Gallery is back with Juice!, their monthly open mic that takes place every first Thursday of the month. Come take the stage and show Chicago what you got! They are always looking for new acts for future shows, creating spaces for artists to perform their work, and listening to great new tunes with good vibes. This event is hosted by Bou’khepra and a $5 donation is suggested. Learn more here.
4. RICH JONES W/ VAPOR EYES / NNAMDI OGBONNAYA / YOMÍ / JYROSCOPE (LIGHT WORK EP RELEASE PARTY)
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Chicago MC and singer RICH JONES pulls together this vibrant group of Chicago musicians to celebrate the release of his new EP, Light Work. Join some of Chicago’s most talented performing artists on a musical journey with Rich Jones at the helm, debuting some truly wild and crazy tracks. Prepare for an event like you’ve never seen at the Empty Bottle. Learn more here.
5. URBAN FETES PRESENTS: SILENT PARTY CHICAGO HOUSE EDITION
Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Urban Fetes is back Friday, December 8th at Promontory with another “House” edition Silent Party! Don a pair of headphones and dance/footwork/jack to 3 DJs spinning the hottest Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae, and Chicago House hits from all eras. It’s super social; just lower the volume or take the headphones off to talk to that girl or guy. Don’t forget to RSVP. Learn more here.
6. REMY MARTIN PRESENTS: THE GOOD LIFE FT. JAY ILLA
December 8, 2017, 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Remy Martin presents “The Good Life” starring Jay Illa. Come experience one of the dopest DJ’s in Chicago in Logan Square. Enjoy amazing cocktails, chill people and great music at this free event! Learn more here.
7. PAINT & SIP
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bring your crew, mimosas, and snacks for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Our resident artist will guide you step-by-step in creating your holiday masterpiece. Handmade items given from the heart make the perfect holiday gift. This is the perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon. Learn more here.
8. VENDS + VIBES 2017: AN ARTS MARKETPLACE
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Vends + Vibes is a two-day winter marketplace of unique handmade products made primarily by South Side artists and creative entrepreneurs. Enjoy sounds by DJs Duane Powell, Selah Say, Joe de Presser and AfroBang, and get your photo taken with Brother Nick. Creative activities for children and adults will be at four locations along historic Garfield Boulevard: Arts Incubator, BING Reading Room, Currency Exchange Café, and the KLEO Community Family Life Center. Learn more here.
9. BUMBAC JOE + PARLANT PARLANT
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Bumbac Joe and Mr. Tim McNulty are “Parlant Parlant,” a fresh polygroove music project ready to release their new production. They’ve decided to put together a very well curated set featuring funk, salsa, Brazilian disco, afrobeat, cumbia, rare soul, boogaloo and more sounds from the African diaspora. All you have to do is enjoy good music and a drink at Crown Liquor. Did I mention that this is also free? Learn more here.
10. JEDI LIVE IN CHICAGO – THE FAMILY MAN COMEDY HOUR + AFRO FUSION DAY PARTY
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Originally from Nigeria, Jedi is considered one of the most talented comedians from West Africa. Jedi is a brand of relevance to any and every crowd. His ability to make people laugh and his adaptability to every environment is impeccable. These qualities are what have made Jedi the multi-faceted artist that he is today, and will carry him into his future achievements. Get up close and personal with the acclaimed funny man at the Promontory, and stay put for the Afro Fusion Day Party. Learn more here.