Black Chicago Summer Events (May 2018)

Black Chicago Summer Events (May 2018)

Summer in Chicago offers an array of festivals, concerts, events, parties, and outings in every neighborhood. I created the Red Cup Adventures (RCA) blog as my platform to highlight and discuss the Sounds and Sights of Black Chicago. My RCA blog covers everything from Chicago politics, my random thoughts, to hot events. This is my fourth year publishing the Black Chicago Summer Events list. Each year I tweak the format to make it more user friendly. This year, I'm going to make a big change by putting each month in its own blog post and include links for each month at the bottom for easy navigation. The summer list gets longer and longer each year so I hope this will help with the endless scrolling especially on your mobile devices.

Now without further ado, here's my list for Summer 2018 hot happenings which I highly recommend for Black Chicago. The ultimate Red Cup Adventure is hitting 5 spots in one day...use this list as a guide. Grab your red cups and get ready some amazing adventures in #SummerTimeChi #FollowTheRedCup.

May 2018

Now-May 20: Comfort Stew @ ETA Creative Arts
Now-May 12: Until the Flood @ Goodman Theatre
May 5-Jun 10: Having Our Say @ Goodman Theatre
May 10-13 (Thu-Sun): Damon Williams Presents @ Riddles Comedy Club
May 11 (Fri): Harold Green: FFTL 2018 Live! @ The Promontory
May 11 (Fri): Chicago Top 5: Larger Than Life Art Exhibit @ Connect Gallery with an after party at the Virgin Hotel
May 12 (Sat): A Chill Day – The Day Party for Cigar Aficionados @ Truth Italian Restaurant
May 12-13 (Sat-Sun): A Mother’s Day Celebration Starring Kirk Franklin & Tamela Mann @ Horseshoe Casino Hammond
May 13 (Sun): Celebrate Mother’s Day @ Peach’s Restaurant
May 13 (Sun): Festival of Laughs ft. Don ‘DC’ Curry, Tony Rock, Sommore, Arnez J & George Wallace @ Arie Crown Theater

May 17 (Thu): Grown Folks Stories @ The Silver Room
May 18 (Fri): Mother’s Day Comedy Show ft. Leon Rogers & friends @ West Suburban All Jokes Aside
May 18 (Fri): Raekwon the Chef @ The Promontory
May 19: (Sat): Free MBE-WBE Certification Seminar @ Black Wall Street Chicago
May 19: (Sat): March & Pray for Our Lives @ 79th Street from Greenwood to the Dan Ryan
May 19 (Sat): Sib’s Breakfast Club Supports the Grand Opening of Kilwins @ 310 S. Michigan Avenue
May 19 (Sat): The Grown Woman Tales VI: If I Only Knew THEN What I Know Now @ Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop
May 19 (Sat): We Rise Up: How Revolutionary Black Women Lead @ Chicago State University
May 19 (Sat): Bark in the Park @ Soldier Field
May 20 (Sun): A Brunch of Us (Chicago Debut) @ Currency Exchange Café
May 20 (Sun): Black Girls Gather @ South Side Community Art Center
May 20 (Sun): Dope Steez Natural Hair Jamboree @

May 24 (Thu): Individualism @ Gallery Guichard
May 24-26 (Thu-Sat): Chicago House Music Conference @ Chicago Cultural Center
May 25 (Fri): All Black Affair ft. Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Carl Thomas, Kindred Family Soul, Jon B & Public Annoucement @ Auditorium Theatre
May 25 (Fri): Legends of Hip Hop Fest ft. DJ Quik, KRS-One, Scarface, MC Lyte, Twista, Shawnna @ Arie Crown Theatre
May 25 (Fri): Throwback to the 90s Party with MC Lyte @ The Promontory
May 25 (Fri): The Whispers @ Horseshoe Casino Hammond
May 25-Jun 24: Father Comes Home From the Wars @ Goodman Theatre
May 26 (Sat): 3rd Annual Chicago House Music Festival @ Millennium Park
May 26 (Sat): Go Doggy Run Hot Dog Joint Grand Opening @ 808 N. Lake Shore Drive
May 26 (Sat): Rahsaan Patterson @ City Winery
May 26-27 (Sat-Sun): Randolph Street Market Festival @ 1341 W. Randolph Street
May 27 (Sun): Bike the Drive @ Lake Shore Drive
May 27 (Sun): 3rd Annual The Black Mall Awards – The Best in Black Business @ the DuSable Museum
May 30-Jun 1 (Wed-Fri): Eric Roberson @ City Winery
May 5-Jun 17: A New Attitude: In Tribute to Patti Labelle @ Black Ensemble Theater

Click below to check out these related posts:
Black Chicago Summer Events (June 2018)
Black Chicago Summer Events (July 2018)
Black Chicago Summer Events (August 2018) - coming soon
Black Chicago Summer Events (September 2018) - coming soon
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