Black Chicago Weekend Events Aug 16-19

Black Chicago Weekend Events Aug 16-19

People always ask me "what's going on this weekend?" because they know I know. I'm the queen of the Red Cup Adventure. Here's my rundown of the hottest events for Black Chicago this weekend August 16-19:

Thurday, August 16th

-AJ's Speak It. Receive It. Achieve It. VIP Launch Party :: Stop the Violence Appreciation Party. Celebrate the release of Mr. Adam Jackson's (aka the Sweet Potato Guy) new book. The night will feature DJ Murf, Flavored Cigars, Champagne from Billionaires Row, and special invited guests. FREE, BUT RSVP ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE. Sawtooth Restaurant and Lounge, 1350 W Randolph, 6pm ~10pm.

-A&S Wine and Spirits 30th Anniversary Soirée. Get ready to experience fine Champagnes, Wines, Spirits and Food on the Black Wallstreet while listening to the sweet sounds of Morrissette Music Productions. Complimentary Valet Available. 308 E 75th Street, 7pm-9pm. FREE.

-DJ VINCE ADAMS, singer KHARI LEMUEL, and others are BRINGING THE HEAT. This party will benefit Whitney Young Dolphins Making a Difference, a non-profit mentoring organization, and the Lost Count Scholarship Fund. $10 donation, silent auction at Red Kiva, 1108 West Randolph, 5pm-9pm.

Friday, August 17th

-Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour. Every third Friday enjoy a tour of Bronzeville's Art Galleries. The trolleys run continuously between the Faie African Art Gallery, Gallery Guichard, and the South Side Community Art Center. Complimentary cupcakes and white sangria. For more information, call 773.791.7003. 3521 S. King Drive. 6pm-10pm. Free Admission, but donations welcome.

-The 16th annual Chicago SummerDance series presents FREE African Groove dance lessons by Tosha Alston and live music by Chicago Afrobeat Project, performing Afro-Cuban Funk music. Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave. 6-9:30pm.

-Chicago Sky vs. Atlanta Dream. Cheer on our WNBA superstars. With batteries recharged after a month-long break thanks to the London Olympics, the Chicago Sky looks to start the second half of the season on a high note. 730pm at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road in Rosemont. $15-$50 tickets available at Ticketmaster.

Saturday, August 18th

-Morris Chestnut & Friends Hosts The White Chocolate Affair and Chicago's Largest Leo/Virgo Bash! 9:00 p.m. at The CLUB/Eagle Arena located on 7600 South Cicero. $20 advance tickets.

-Chicago Westside Music Festival. A FREE day of food, family, fun, and festivities. Featuring DJ Continental, Douglas Park Dancers, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, ZZaje featuring Carla Prather, Alex Boyd, Syleena Johnson, Carl Thomas, and Musiq Soulchild. Garfield Park (Corner of Central Park and Jackson on the baseball fields), 12noon-8pm.

-South Shore Summer Festival. SSA #42 & South Shore Chamber, Inc. present this festival of live entertainment, vendors, food and fun for the entire family. Entertainment includes Chico DeBarge, The Delfonics, Christopher Williams, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Cuba Gooding Sr. & The Main Ingredient, Ray Goodman & Brown, Universal Alley Jazz Jam, and The South Shore Drill Team. 73rd Street from Stony Island to Jeffrey. 10am-8pm. Free.

-Wood-star Music Festival. Soul in the City R&B Concert featuring Robin Thicke, Monica, Estelle, Dawn Richard, and Fantasia. Proceeds benefit the Shannon Brown Foundation. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph Ave. $55 for one day or $100 for a 2 day pass. Doors open at 2pm. Lawn seating so you may bring lawn chairs and blankets.

-The 16th annual Chicago SummerDance series presents FREE Salsa dance lessons by Studio Viva and live music by Rica Obsesion, performing Salsa music. Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave. 6-9:30pm.

-Air and Water Show. One of the largest free air shows in the United States. This annual event began in 1959, attracts over 2 million spectators every year, and showcases various aviation acts ranging from military aircraft to corporate sponsored aerobatic teams. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm. FREE.

 

Sunday, August 12th

-Wood-star Music Festival. Kangols & Eight Ball Jackets Classic Hip Hop Block Party featuring Doug E Fresh, Slick Rick, Rakim, MC Lyte, and Naughty by Nature. Proceeds benefit the Shannon Brown Foundation. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph Ave. $55 for one day or $100 for a 2 day pass. Doors open at 2pm. Lawn seating so you may bring lawn chairs and blankets.

-Air and Water Show. One of the largest free air shows in the United States. This annual event began in 1959, attracts over 2 million spectators every year, and showcases various aviation acts ranging from military aircraft to corporate sponsored aerobatic teams. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm. FREE.

Also, check out the movie Sparkle which opens on Friday or hit one of my recommended rooftops for drinks. Grab your friends or a date and hit the town for some fun. Remember, the Red Cup Adventure standard is to hit 5 spots. Click here to find out why. Good luck!

Deanna Burrell is the author of the dynamic novel “Single Girl Summer.” Described as the healthy, bouncing baby that would be produced if “Waiting to Exhale” and “Sex and the City” procreated, Single Girl Summer is available in paperback and ebook download. Visit http://www.singlegirlsummer.com/ for more information. Your summer won't be complete without it!

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