There’s always something to do in The Chi! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Chicago this week.
1. AMFM PRESENTS: THE JAZZ SERIES HOLIDAZE
Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The AMFM Gallery is hosting its last jazz series of 2017 and you’re invited! Come check out great musical performances and dance with some of your favorite Chicago artists. They’re also bringing back their Holidaze Market, full of local vendors for all your gifting needs. Plus, enjoy food from Purple Lamb Vittles and sounds by AMFM DJ Mojamid! Learn more HERE.
2. THE DOJO PRESENTS: SPACE DANCE PARTY + XENOFEMME
Friday, December 15, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Go on a little trip on the rocketship to the galaxy’s biggest dance party ever. Immanence front transforms the Dojo into an intergalactic time traveling ship XENOFEMME where the year is 2023, the Earth’s population is decimated, Elon Musk has colonized Mars, and it’s up to us to prevent that from happening. It’s time to decolonize space, seize control, and take back what’s our own! Doors open at 8:00 p.m. with takeover (music) at 9:00 p.m. Learn more HERE.
3. SOULFUL CHICAGO KWANZAA BOOK FAIR
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand, the AMC Center presents the Soulful Chicago Kwanzaa Book Fair! Join the celebration with some of Chicago’s finest African Diasporic authors. Purchase books for the holiday season and enjoy great food and musical performances for the whole family. Learn more HERE.
4. BRUNCH BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The IO Godfrey invites you to join them for their last Ready Set Brunch of 2017: BRUNCH BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Dress up, and visit the decorated IO Roofscape winter wonderland as you dance, eat, and be merry. They’ll also be collecting warm items (coats, blankets, clothing, etc.) for Street Samaritans, a local grassroots organization that helps the homeless community. Guests who bring an item and dress up receive a free drink! Learn more HERE.
5. POCKET CON 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Pocket Con is a free single day convention for Chicago youth brought to you by a partnership between the Chicago Public Library, Free Write and LOKari Productions, designed to promote African American comic book artists, authors, and lead characters. Pocket Con also features work by other underrepresented groups such as women, Latinxs, LGBTQ, and other minorities. Come experience 61 vending artists of color, contests, gaming tournaments, b-boy battles, workshops and panels, and live performances. Learn more HERE.
6. THE DOPE SWEATER GROOVE
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Joy District & The Plug present the 2nd Annual Dope Sweater Groove, their final installment of 2017. Come show off the dopest sweaters of the season while connecting with some of the best and most innovative millennial creatives, corporate hustlers, and influencers in Chicago. They’ll also be collecting warm goods for Gale Elementary Community Academy and a select family in need. Learn more HERE.
7. THE PURVEYORS CLUB PRESENTS: THE 2ND ANNUAL UGLY KARAOKE PARTY
Saturday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Join the Purveyors Club for the 2nd Annual Ugly Karaoke Party, a dope night at the Hidden Lofts in Chicago’s west loop. This is a great chance to let your hair down and enjoy some of the best food, cocktails, music, and vibes the city has to offer. There will be prizes for the best ugly sweater, best group or duo performance, and best overall performances. Learn more HERE.
8. BARESTROKES “THE ART OF BLACKNESS EDITION”
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Barestrokes is back with The Art of Blackness edition this Saturday at the Promontory. Enjoy live body painting while vibing to the sounds of the freshest DJs in Chicago and capture an incredible night with their interactive photo booth! This is the last Barestrokes installment of 2017, so you don’t want to miss out! Learn more HERE.
9. THE GLOW UP: NEGOTIATION SKILLS BRUNCH
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Before they close out the year, the lovely ladies of Queens Brunch would like to bring you the ultimate glow up series. With a combination of skills workshops, good food, and boss lady fellowshipping, the goal is to culminate a fabulous Sunday brunch amongst girlfriends! This brunch will focus on negotiation skills and what it takes to attract contracts, salary negotiations, performance reviews. Learn more HERE.
10. RECLAIMING MY TIME WORKSHOP: YOGA & JOURNALING FOR A MINDFUL MONTH
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join the Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab for a 2-hour workshop designed to ease you into winter with a clear mind, spirit, and schedule to accomplish all your goals in 2018. This 2-hour workshop will have you clearing your digital clutter, and erasing those old mental voice messages that play on repeat about how you handle your life. Bring your calendars, planners and grab your journals and get ready to create digital affirmations, set reminders for rest, as well as initiate a practice of surrender for when things that you planned go to the left or unplanned things change your entire day, week and month. Learn how to be intentional with your mind, body, and time. Learn more HERE.
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