Brunches, Bazaars and Babyface… Oh My.  There’s a little something for everyone this month. Here are 5 Chicago Events To Check Out in May:

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Kentucky Derby Day Brunch- May 6- Norman’s Bistro
Long before day parties became “a thing”, there was the Kentucky Derby day celebration- the hautest of them all. This Saturday, Norman’s Bistro will continue tradition with its Kentucky Derby Day Brunch. So ladies, get your fascinators.   Fellas, grab your fedoras and head east. Brunch begins at noon.
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Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar- May 7- The Promontory
There’s nothing like scoring a unique find while supporting a local, small business. It truly is a win-win. And each month, the folks at Hyde Park Handmade give us a slew of talented local artisans and small businesses to choose from. On May 7, you can groove to the sounds of DJ Sean Alvarez, check out the vendor showcase fashion show and get your shop on- all while enjoying an afternoon libation from the bar -if you feel so inclined. In Hyde Park, “shop small” happens long before November. Here’s your chance.
Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar is from 12-4 pm on May 7. For more information, visit HERE.       

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Babyface, After 7 and Brandy- May 13- Arie Crown Theatre
Looking for a great gift for that special mom in your life? The Arie Crown Theatre might just help you score some major cool points. On Saturday, May 13, R&B stars After 7 and Brandy will join Mr. Whip Appeal himself, Babyface, for a special Mother’s Day Concert at the Arie Crown Theatre. With these three veteran acts, a good time is all but assured. Note: We can attest Babyface gives one heck of a show.
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African Blues- Celebrating the Launch of the Silver Room Block Party- May 13
The “Original Music, Life and Culture movement” founded in 1995 by Chicago’s DJ Ron Trent is being reprised. African Blues is back. The movement that helped revive Pan African music and dance is coming to the Promontory. And Ron Trent and fellow original movement member Joaquin Joe Classell will be at the helm.
Get your tickets at the Promontory.

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Sign of the Times Screening- May 17- DuSable Museum of African American History

After Under the Cherry Moon (1986), and before Graffiti Bridge (1990), Prince released Sign ‘O’ The Times- a concert film of his 1987 European tour for the widely-heralded double album. Though considered as possibly his finest film work, ‘Times’ has been incredibly hard to find in the United States.
In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, on May 17, the DuSable Museum and South Side Projections will present Sign ‘O’ the Times Film Screening with film critic Armond White. For Prince fans, this is a rare opportunity to witness this “lost” work.
For more information, visit HERE.

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