Black Chicago 2016 Summer Events (June-Sept)

Black Chicago 2016 Summer Events (June-Sept)

Summer in Chicago offers an array of festivals, concerts, events, parties, and outings in every neighborhood. Here's my list for Summer 2016 hot happenings which showcase the diverse array of ethnicity, heritage, and culture of my city. Grab your red cups and get ready for more amazing adventures in SummerTimeChi! #FollowTheRedCup

June 2016
June 15 (Wed): Sounds of History Jazz “Swingin it with Count Basie & Duke Ellington” @ DuSable Museum (740 E. 56th Place)
June 16 (Thu): Grown Folks Stories @ The Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd Street)
June 17 (Fri): Bronzeville Summer Nights @ The Greater Bronzeville Area
June 18 (Sat): DuSable Museum Movies in the Park – Creed @ 740 E. 56th Place
June 21 (Tue): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
June 22 (Wed): Summer Breeze featuring Corey Wilkes & Black Slang @ Seven Ten Lanes
June 23 (Thu): Patti LaBelle with The Commodores @ Ravinia
June 24 (Fri): Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples @ Ravinia
June 24 (Fri): An Evening of Smooth Jazz Starring Boney James and Roy Ayers @ the Horseshoe Casino
June 24-25 (Fri, Sat): Martin Lawrence LIVE @ The Chicago Theatre
June 25 (Sat): DuSable Museum A Night of 100 Stars Gala @ 740 E. 56th Place
June 25 (Sat): Celebrating Black Music in the Park @ Washington Park
June 25 (Sat): Sassy Thrifter’s “Fleek Market” @ 3232 S. King Drive
June 25 (Sat): Hashtag LunchBag Chicago @ The Promontory
June 25 (Sat): The Investments Brunch by Conversation Magazine
June 25 (Sat): James Brown Dance Party @ House of Blues
June 25 (Sat): Monica and Joe @ Country Club Hills Theater
June 25-26 (Sat, Sun): Chicago Food Truck Fest @McCormick Place South Loop (2200 S. Indiana Ave.)
June 26 (Sun): Assata’s Daughter’s BBQ celebrating #BlackGirlMagic @ The Promontory Point
June 26 (Sun): Chicago Pride Parade @ Montrose Avenue and Broadway
June 26 (Sun): Lalah Hathaway @ City Winery
June 28 (Tue): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Soul Food
June 28 (Tue): Celebrating Jay Z ‘s Reasonable Doubt 20th Anniversary @ The Promontory
June 29 (Wed): House Club Tour Pub Crawl @ various locations
June 29 (Wed): Harper Court Music Series, Jazz Night @53rd and Harper Court
June 29 (Wed): Robert Cornelius & Friends present the music of Prince @ City Winery
June 29 (Wed): Summer Breeze featuring Phil Seed & Joyce Jackson Hurley @ Seven Ten Lanes
June 29 (Wed): Chosen Few DJ’s Hot Lunch Mix @ Daley Plaza
June 30 (Thu): The Wailers @ City Winery
June 30 (Thu): Soul Healing Relationships @ The Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd Street)
June 30 (Thu): Damon Williams Comedy @ The Quarry (2423 E. 75th Street)

July 2016
July 1-4 (Fri-Mon): African/Caribbean International Festival of Life @ Union Park (1501 W. Randolph)
July 1 (Fri): Funkadesi (International/world music group) @ City Winery
July 1 (Fri): LoveSexy Prince Tribute Party @ The Promontory
July 1-4 (Fri-Mon) Naperville Ribfest
July 1 (Fri): Chicago SummerDance presents House Music @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
July 2 (Sat): Talib Kweli with DJ Jamal Smallz @ City Winery
July 2 (Sat): Chicago SummerDance presents Steppin Under the Stars @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
July 2-3 (Sat, Sun): Chosen Few Picnic Weekend @ Jackson Park (63rd & Hayes Drive)
July 4 (Mon): Forth of July Fireworks @ Navy Pier
July 5 (Tues): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – A League of Their Own
July 6 (Wed): Summer Breeze featuring Simone Green, Jocelyn Winston & Carya Holmes @ Seven Ten Lanes
July 6-10 (Wed-Sun): Taste of Chicago featuring The Roots on 7/6 and The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley on 7/10 @ Grant Park
July 7 (Thu): Free Women of Color Fest @ Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Avenue)
July 8 (Fri): Chicago SummerDance presents Hustle and Western Swing @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
July 8-9 (Fri, Sat): Soul Yoga Fest @ Fuller Park Field House (331 W. 45th St)
July 9 (Sat): Summer Series Brunch featuring J Vizzion @ Flavor (17575 Kedzie Ave in HazelCrest)
July 9 (Sat): Chicago SummerDance presents Steppin’ with Herb Kent @ Douglas Park (1401 S. Sacramento Dr.)
July 9 (Sat): Annual Sickle Cell Walk/Jog/Bike-a-Thon @ 39st & Lake Shore Drive
July 9 (Sat): Tony Toni Tone and Dru Hill @ Country Club Hills Theater
July 9 – 10 (Sat, Sun): DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival @ 740 E. 56th Place
July 10 (Sun): Nikki Giovanni and Morris Gearring Celebrate the Music and Lyrics of Oscar Brown, Jr. @ The Promontory
July 10-11 (Sun, Mon): Macy Gray @ City Winery
July 11 (Mon): Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sweet Honey in the Rock @ Ravinia
July 12 (Tue): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Thelma & Louise
July 13 (Wed): Summer Breeze featuring Candice Marie @ Seven Ten Lanes
July 14 (Sat): Monique Spence Sex Talk 2 @ The Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd Street)
July 14 (Thu): Chicago SummerDance presents Steppin’ with the Majestic Gents @ Washington Park Refectory (5531 S. Russell Dr.)
July 14 (Thu): The Experience with Will Downing @ DuSable Museum
July 14 & 15 (Thu, Fri): Aaron Neville Duo @ City Winery
July 15 (Fri): Bronzeville Summer Nights @ The Greater Bronzeville Area
July 15 (Fri): Chicago SummerDance presents Baskeda and West African Dance @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
July 15 (Fri): V103 Summer Block Party featuring Erykah Badu, Jazmine Sullivan, SWV & more @ Northerly Island
July 15-17 (Fri-Sun) Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park
July 16 (Sat): Sib’s Summer Takeover @ Vice District
July 16 (Sat): Silver Room Sound System Block Party on 53rd Street
July 16 (Sat): Javanpalooza @ Society (2201 W. Walnut)
July 16 (Sat): DuSable Museum Movies in the Park – Imagine That @ 740 E. 56th Place
July 16 (Sat): Soulful Chicago Book Fair @ 503 E. 61st Street
July 16 (Sat): Will Downing & Peabo Bryson @ Country Club Hills Theater
July 16-17 (Sat, Sun): Natural Hair Fest @ Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention (520 S. Michigan Ave.)
July 16 (Sat): Taste of WVON featuring Morris Day & The Time @ Lorraine Dixon Park (87th and Ingleside)
July 17 (Sun): ETA 45th Year Celebration @ 7558 S. South Chicago Ave.
July 19 (Tue): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Moonstruck & Silence of the Lambs (Full Moon Double Feature)
July 20 (Wed): Black Lives Matter in North Lawndale March and Breathing Room (15th and Albany)
July 20 (Wed): Sounds of History Jazz “The Baritones of Jazz” @ DuSable Museum (740 E. 56th Place)
July 20 (Wed): Summer Breeze featuring Soulgroove @ Seven Ten Lanes
July 20 (Wed): Festival of the Lakes featuring a free Boyz II Men concert in Hammond, IN
July 21 (Thurs): Grown Folks Stories @ The Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd Street)
July 22 (Fri): Chicago SummerDance presents Swing and Steppin’ @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
July 23 (Sat): Brian Culbertson and Tower of Power @ Country Club Hills Theater
July 23 (Sat): Legends Concert and Bantu Fest @ Kleo Center (119 E. Garfield)
July 23 (Sat): New Edition @ UIC Pavilion
July 23 (Sat): Festival of the Lakes featuring a free Ludacris concert in Hammond, IN
July 23: (Sat): Wonder-Full, Tribute To The Wonder of Stevie w/ DJ Spinna at The Promontory
July 24 (Sun): Ronnieman Day @ Washington Park
July 24 (Sun): Chicago SummerDance presents Bollywood @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
July 25 (Mon): Booker T, A Stax Review, Journey Thru the Blues @ City Winery
July 26 (Tues): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary
July 27 (Wed): Summer Breeze featuring Marqueal Jordan @ Seven Ten Lanes
July 27 (Wed): Harper Court Music Series, Latin Music Night @53rd and Harper Court
July 27 (Wed): Diana Ross @ Ravinia Festival
July 26 & 27 (Tue, Wed): Drake & Future Summer Sixteen Tour @ United Center
July 28-31 (Thu-Sun): Lollapalooza @ Grant Park
July 29 (Fri): Summer of Peace Block Party @ Renaissance Park (1230 W. 79th Street)
July 30 (Sat): Chicago SummerDance presents Steppin’ @ Austin Town Hall Park (5610 W. Lake St.)
July 30 (Sat): Keith Sweat & Silk @ Country Club Hills Theater

August 2016
Aug 2 (Tues): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – West Side Story
Aug 3 (Wed): Summer Breeze Finale @ The Promontory
Aug 3 (Wed): Bettye Lavette @ City Winery
Aug 4-5 (Thu, Fri) Kindred the Family Soul @ The Promontory
Aug 5 (Fri): Jill Scott @ the Horseshoe Casino
Aug 5 (Fri): Beyonce vs Rihanna Tribute Party @ Subterranean (2011 W. North Ave)
Aug 5 (Fri): Chicago SummerDance presents House Music @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
Aug 5-Sep 1 (Fri-Thu) Black Harvest Film Festival @ Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State Street)
Aug 6 (Sat): Chicago SummerDance presents Swing @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
Aug 9 (Tue): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Grease
Aug 11 (Thu): Marsha Ambrosius @ The Promontory
Aug 12 (Fri): Michael Henderson @ The Promontory
Aug 13 (Sat): Bud Billiken Parade on King Drive
Aug 13 (Sat): Reggae Fest Chicago @ Addams / Medill Park (1301 W. 14th St)
Aug 13 (Sat): Chicago SummerDance presents Steppin’ @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
Aug 13 (Sat): Patti Austin & Lalah Hathaway @ Country Club Hills Theater
Aug 16 (Tue): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Finding Nemo
Aug 17 (Wed): Sounds of History Jazz “The Vibe is on with Milt Jackson, Roy Ayers & Lionel Hampton” @ DuSable Museum (740 E. 56th Place)
Aug 18 (Thu): Grown Folks Stories @ The Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd Street)
Aug 18 (Thu): Chicago SummerDance presents Steppin’ @ Washington Park Refectory (5531 S. Russell Dr.)
Aug 18-21 (Thu-Sun): Taylor Street Festa Italiana @ Taylor Street and Ashland
Aug 19 (Fri): Bronzeville Summer Nights @ The Greater Bronzeville Area
Aug 20 (Sat): DuSable Museum Movies in the Park – Lee Daniels’ The Butler @ 740 E. 56th Place
Aug 20 (Sat): Vivian Green @ City Winery
Aug 20 (Sat): West Side Music Festival featuring Kelly Price, Slick Rick & MC Lyte @ Douglas Park
Aug 20 (Sat): Windy City Carnival @ Midway Plaisance (59th and Woodlawn)
Aug 20 (Sat): Chicago SummerDance presents A Purple Party: Tribute to Prince @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
Aug 20 (Sat): Ohio Players and SOS Band @ Country Club Hills Theater
Aug 20-21 (Sat, Sun) The 58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show
Aug 22-23 (Mon, Tue): Sex in the Summer Series @ Black Ensemble Theater
Aug 23 (Tue): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Purple Rain
Aug 25-27 (Thu, Fri, Sat): Eric Roberson @ City Winery
Aug 26-28 (Fri-Sun): Taste of Greektown @ 400 S. Halsted
Aug 27 (Sat): Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour @ United Center
August 27 (Sat): African Caribbean Music Boat Party @ River City Marina
Aug 27 (Sat): The Technology Brunch by Conversation Magazine
Aug 27 (Sat): Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun & Nick Colionne @ Country Club Hills Theater
Aug 28 (Sun): Seal @ Ravinia
Aug 28 (Sun): Chrisette Michele @ House of Blues
Aug 30 (Tues): Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Audience members will vote on their favorite Chicago film to be shown
Aug 31 (Wed): Harper Court Music Series, Afro-Beat Night @53rd and Harper Court

September 2016
Sept 1 (Thu): Lauryn Hill @ Ravinia
Sept 1-4 (Thu-Sun): Chicago Jazz Festival @ Millennium Park
Sep 2 (Fri): Chicago SummerDance presents House Music @ the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
Sept 3 (Sat): George Benson @ the Horseshoe Casino
Sept 2-5 (Fri-Mon): African Festival of the Arts @ Washington Park
Sept 15 (Thurs): Grown Folks Stories @ The Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd Street)
Sept 16 (Fri): Bronzeville Summer Nights @ The Greater Bronzeville Area
Sept 24-25 (Sat, Sun): Hyde Park Jazz Festival

On-Going Dates
May 21-Aug 28: Invisible Man – Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem @ The Art Institute
June 4-July 10: The Marvin Gaye Story @ Black Ensemble Theater
June 7 - Sept 27 (Every Tue): MCA Tuesday on the Terrace @ Museum of Contemporary Art
June 22-Sept 1 (Every Wed): Jazzin at the Shedd Aquarium
July 30-Sept 4: The Jackie Wilson Story @ Black Ensemble Theater
June 27-Aug 5: Swish Dreams Sports & Educational Foundation Summer Camp
Every Sun at 10 am & 12:30 p.m.: House of Blues Gospel Brunch

 

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