There’s always something to do in The Chi! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Chicago this week!
1. ADULTS ONLY 90S SKATE PARTY
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Turn up this Tuesday at the MLK Skating and Bowling Center for their adults only, 90s Skate Party! Admission includes skate rental and 90s attire is encouraged, though not mandatory. Best costume wins a gift card. Learn more here.
2. THE GET DOWN
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
The Whistler is trying to change the way Chicagoans experience the funk with their new set, The Get Down, a party inspired by the soundtrack to the Netflix show about the birth of hip-hop in the Bronx. The show’s soundtrack bounces all over the sounds of the 70’s: disco, soul, and of course: hip-hop. Cheap Beer and Very Ex Girlfriend will be spinning all the 70’s and early 80’s soul, disco, and hip-hop anthems. Learn more here.
3. WINE & GRIND: THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDITION
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join The Real Black Card and The iCAN Collective as they present Wine and Grind: The Entrepreneurship edition. Come out and enjoy a conversation with leading industry experts and discuss how to handle your grind and build a successful business. This event will feature a powerful panel discussion that will provide you real insider advice on how to launch, brand, and sustain your business. Learn more here.
4. THE ART OF BLACKNESS 2017 EXHIBITION
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Art of Blackness Exhibition was created to give the greatest African American artists an avenue of expression and an introduction to artistic resources. Invited artists are encouraged to utilize their medium of choice (graphic design, photography, painting, etc) to depict their interpretation of the black experience in America. Music by Kwest_on with art curated by Lashun Tines. Learn more here.
5. THE CHICAGO PANCAKE & BOOZE ART SHOW
Friday, September 22, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2:00 a.m.
Chicago’s premier underground art show is this weekend! Get ready for the Chicago Pancakes & Booze Art Show, which kicks off Friday at Reggie’s featuring 100 emerging artists, a free pancake bar, and amazing vibes. Tickets are $7 in advance with inflation at the door. Learn more here.
6. OUR NOISE CHI PRESENTS: SECRET SHOW
Friday, September 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Good folks over at Our Noise Chi brings you a Dope Art Gallery concert with some of Chicago’s finest that include: Will Ill Brown (ILL BROWN), Waterr Blak Dynomyte, D2G, and Maja 7th. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting at 9:00 p.m. Learn more here.
7. AAAH! FEST
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – Sunday, September 24, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Common’s AAAH Fest is coming back for their third installment at Union Park. Sunday’s main stage will feature another aaahmazing line-up of the hottest artists in hip-hop and R&B. Line-up to be announced soon, so stay tuned. Learn more here.
8. ESCAPE FEST
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Enjoy the vibes of amazing artists, performances, film screenings, good people, drinks, food, and great music at Escape Fest! The outdoor art exhibition is co-curated by Justin Dwaun Redding of Number 2 Studio and Roe Melloe of Melloe Drama. Partners include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Comfort Care Home Healthcare. Learn more here.
9. HAROLD GREEN PRESENTS: THE MISEDUCATION OF BLACK LOVE
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
On September 24th the FFTL Collective will be conducting a panel entitled The Miseducation of Black Love; moderated by Harold Green. This panel is designed to give an intimate look at those apart of the FFTL collective. The community-based panel will also cover a myriad of topics regarding black love, including, but not limited to: Black romantic love, Black friendship, love for the Black community, Black platonic love, and everything in between. Learn more here.
10. SSCAC 52ND ANNUAL ART AUCTION
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bidders on your mark! The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) 52nd Annual Art Auction Fundraiser is happening soon! Come out and place bids in a silent auction on art, cultural artifacts and international destinations. Learn more here.
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