There’s always something to do in The Chi! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Chicago this week.
1. THE BLACK MONOLOGUES
Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m.
In celebration of Black History Month Tanikia presents “The Black Monologues” which is an open mic for actors. Featuring some of your favorite Chicago actors from The CHI, Empire and more. Come enjoy a night of acting, live music, shop with local brands, and a panel discussion. Learn more HERE.
2. PETTY GANG CHICAGO’S BOOM BAP OPEN MIC
Monday, February 26, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Just when you thought your 2018 was safe, the Petty Gang is back! After taking a short hiatus to work on the PGC brand, they have an exciting lineup for this month including featured performances by Sisters of Element, LDorado Jonez, and the Bombay Boyz. As usual, their goal is to create a platform for open mic artists to showcase their amazing talents, so come show your support for Chicago music. Learn more HERE.
3. RECLAIMING OUR THRONE
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Reclaiming Our Throne is in honor of celebrating Black History Month in which Activist In You is increasing as well as raising awareness about accountability and unity in the Black community. Topics that will be mentioned are Black love, empowerment, heritage, leadership, entrepreneurship, and more! There will be various merchandise vendors, food, engaging activities, and a powerful panel discussion. This event is a FREE civic engagement event! Learn more HERE.
4. TASTE AND SEE: CREATIVE CONSUMPTION
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
You are invited to an exclusive art and dining experience for one night only. Join us for a peek into the creative process of a visual artist and a culinary artist for a unique pairing of creative pallets. The evening will include specially crafted tastings prepared by Batter and Berries Executive Chef Ken L. Polk and live art making by Chicago Top 5 Artist David Anthony Geary. Come taste and see when a painter and a chef combine their talents for an artful escapade! Learn more HERE.
5. COMMON UNITY VOL. II (GALLERY + ART BAZAAR)
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Mudwingmedia HQ is back with Volume II of their art show series. Come thru and check out what Chicago’s local artists have to offer. We’ll have vendor tables presenting various products for sale alongside an art gallery showcasing tons of talented people! This event is also free to the public. Learn more HERE.
Friday, March 2, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Holi- the festival of colors is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Indian festivals. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and of course lots of bright colors! Complimentary assortment of Holi colors will be available. There will be a designated area for guests to play with colors. Learn more HERE.
7. PRE ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT DEUCES
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Welcome to UNOFFICIAL 2018 (CHICAGO) @ Deuces & Diamonds in Wrigleyville. Relive one of the biggest college celebrations in the world at Deuces & Diamonds in the heart of Wrigleyville from 9am to 6pm. Enjoy a college reunion with your buds and a Morning Brunch “Green eggs & Ham” buffet-style from 9am to11am. Also, enjoy specials including $5 Jack Honey and $5 Green Beer with ticket purchase and some of U of I’s biggest DJs. Learn more HERE.
8. REWRITING FASHION / BLACK FASHION HISTORY PROGRAM
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Visit the Rewriting History: Paper Gowns exhibit at the DuSable and stay for a mini fashion show and discussion with black fashion designers on the challenges of being Black in the industry. Featuring Bryan K Osburn of Bryan K Osburn Collection, Jermikko Shoshanna of Swap Out Hoodie, and Teresa Barrow of Teresa Fe Fe Designs. Moderated by Melody Boykin of Black Fashion Week USA. Learn more HERE.
9. AFRO FUSION – GHANA INDEPENDENCE EDITION
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Afro Fusion is Chicago’s most diverse international partying experience hosted by the award-winning Entertainment Company, D.I.S Entertainment. This weekend, come celebrate Ghana Independence Day with DJs Dee Money, Three K, and Bonsu. Limited tickets are available, and everyone is free with an RSVP before 10:30 p.m. Learn more HERE.
10. HYDE PARK HANDMADE ARTISAN BAZAAR
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venture out to historic Hyde Park for a gathering of the neighborhood’s best artisan craft and food makers. The Promontory presents the Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar, complete with shopping, brunch, cocktails, and, of course, great music. All ages are welcome to this free event. Learn more HERE.
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