10 Chicago Events for Black Professionals This Week

There’s always something to do in The Chi! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Chicago this week.

1. THE INAUGURAL YOUNG & AMBITIOUS AWARDS PREVIEW PARTY
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate 35 years of the MetroBoard to kick off Join Week 2018! Join the MetroBoard at an after-work mixer in Adamus Lounge at the Silversmith Hotel on Jan. 23rd. Network with members of the MetroBoard while getting a preview of the Young & Ambitious Awards Ceremony. Learn more HERE.

2. DIMOS: JAM NIGHT
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Dimos teamed up with Chicago artist DJ Skoli and Tony Famous to bring you Jam Night! All acts must perform with the band or acapella, free entry, all ages! Sign up at elleven@dimospizza.com. Learn more HERE.

3. THE THERAPY SESSIONS W/ JORDAN DXTR HOLMES + CORIAMA
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Therapy Sessions is where Chicagoans of taste and distinction gather to talk about grown-up stuff. Part talent showcase, part interview program, part confession booth, the show describes itself as a “talk show about feelings.” Each week a singer OR a talker, plus one listener take to the Hungry Brain couch to unpack, unburden, and unwind, under the guidance of “Chicago’s Favorite Fake Therapist” Seth Vanek. Learn more HERE

4.CHICAGO RESTAURANT WEEK 
Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11:00 p.m.
Celebrate Chicago Restaurant Week 2018 from Friday, January 26, 2018 through Thursday, February 8, 2018, in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Over 370 participating restaurants (including 115 new restaurants in 2018) will feature special menu pricing and meal options. The 11th annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch or brunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Learn more HERE.

5. POEMS FOR THE PEOPLE: BOOK/VINYL RELEASE
Friday, January 26, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Growing Concerns Poetry Collective celebrates the release of its first book Five Fifths, a collection of poetry by McKenzie Chinn and Mykele Deville, alongside text from the collective’s inaugural recording WE HERE: Thank You for Noticing, published by Candor Arts! The show features readings of new work by Chinn and Deville, performances by special guest artists, and a concert by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective. The book will be available for purchase at a one-time special discount, as well as limited-run vinyl pressings of their album, available courtesy of Tip Top Recordings. Learn more HERE.

6. BLACK & BROWN BABES BRUNCH
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Come unwind and chill with the B&B crew in Logan Square on Saturday the 27th. At sunset, it’ll get cozy w/ a bonfire, spades, and as all their brunches end, with a dance party! This is a potluck so please bring something to share- food or booze, mixers, (paper plates & cups always appreciated) and maybe some herbs, zines, records, funny stories, good vibes, a best fran, etc… but this is LEGIT FRFR A POTLUCK. All genders welcome. Learn more HERE.

7. DAYCATION
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago’s number one day party series is back. We want to see you in the building Saturday January 27th at @velvetloungechi in the south loop at 67 E. Cermak. Hosted by @smashcashent and Sounds by Club DJ Of The Year nominee @Djmh2da and @Djpatxkl . Good drinks, good vibes, good music. Learn more HERE.

8. LET’S PARTY FOR THE CULTURE
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Come join Thank You Chicago, DJ PlayMaka & Sean Mac as they kick-off their “Let’s Party, For The Culture” event series. Be ready to embrace your culture as the music keeps you dancing and having a great time all evening. Make sure to invite your friends to come share this experience with you. Learn more HERE.

9. URBAN FÊTES PRESENTS: SILENT PARTY (CHICAGO SOUTHLAND)
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
“Urban Fêtes’ Silent Party movement gears up for another year of epic events!” Join them on Saturday, January 27th at Flavor Brunch for another Silent Party experience. Vibe out to 3 Live DJs spinning the hottest New/Old Hip-Hop, R&B, House and Top 40 hits. This is the ultimate go-to event for millennials to attend. Learn more HERE.

10. BETA PARTY
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Beta Party is an event showcasing the latest apps/technology by up and coming tech creatives. This event is combined with a laid-back atmosphere that includes digital/electronic art and a DJ that brings together a creative and fun experience. This event will also feature art by Ryan Anderson with music by DJ L O Kari and so much more. Learn more HERE.

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