It’s June and the unofficial start of SUMMERTIME CHI is here! Tons of great festivals, patio dining, and concerts await. There is something for everyone, so get up, get out and enjoy! No excuses. We’ve curated a list of 15 Events that you should look for this month:
Black Owned Chicago Trolley Tours- Every Tuesday in June
Black Owned Chicago will feature trolley tours highlighting Black monuments and Black-owned businesses on Chicago’s South side. DuSable Museum of African American History, President Barack Obama’s Kenwood home and Eden Nature Center are among the tour stops. More information available at Eventbrite.
Stomping Grounds- Pritzer Pavilion in Millennium Park- June 7
The grand finale of this popular City-wide dance festival culminates in downtown’s Millennium Park. Get into the talents of the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Stone Soup Rhythms (tap), the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble and more. This awesome summer fest is fun, family friendly and FREE.
Don’t miss it. Really.
African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF)—Chicago- June 8- 14- FACETS MULTI-MEDIA: CINEMATHEQUE THEATER
At the 16th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, Afrocentric themed foreign and independent films will be featured- with several premiere screenings. Patrons can expect a range of film offering including documentaries, animation and shorts. Find out more about ADIFF, visit http://nyadiff.org
Sip and Sew Chicago- June 9- The Bridgeport Art Center (12pm-3pm)- Hosted by Sip and Sew DC
Did you ever want to learn to sew? Sip and Sew DC is bringing their popular suite of sewing classes to Chicago. Beginning and intermediate level sewers will get the fundamentals of sewing while completing a fun class project. Sewing materials and complimentary drinks (wine) are included. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Anita Baker LIVE in concert- June 10- Ravinia Festival
The legendary songstress is on her farewell tour and has been enjoying rave reviews. Thankfully, Mrs. Baker will bless Chicago at Ravinia this June. Reserved seats are sold out, but lawn seats are still available. Get your tickets.
Bronzeville Summer Nights- June 15- Bronzeville
Bronzeville Summer Nights is back, and is celebrating its 6th Anniversary. The summer series, which runs every 3rd Friday from June-September, is a unique opportunity for visitors to tour and learn more about Bronzeville’s business communities. Visitors can enjoy live music and performances, or hop on one of the continuous trolleys for the tour. This month’s featured artist is Chicago’s Dante Hall. Also expect new retail pop-ups each month. For more on Bronzeville Summer Nights, visit http://bronzevillenights.com
6th Annual Juneteenth Celebration- Culture Connection/National A Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum- June 15th and 16th
A great opportunity to support small Black-owned businesses. Performances, speakers and more. Free admission.
Happy Father’s Day Starring Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly – June 15 and 16- Horseshoe Hammond
What needs to be said about a Frankie Beverly and Maze show? Exactly. Pick up your tickets here.
Movies in the Park- Marshall- June 16- DuSable Museum
Aside from his star turn as the insanely popular Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman has made his bones playing real life legends from Jackie Robinson to James Brown. In Marshall, Boseman plays the iconic Thurgood Marshall in the early stages of career. It’s another impressive performance from Boseman. The equally impressive Sterling K. Brown is also featured.
2018 Sounds of History Jazz Series- June 20- DuSable Museum
Jazz lovers- DuSable’s annual Jazz series is back for the summer and is kicking off with “Jazzin It up with Zemrah”. The Chicago native will perform a Tribute to: Patti Austin, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rachelle Ferrell, and Diane Reeves.
Rear View Mirror Sessions: Maurice White- Hosted by DJ Duane Powell- June 21- Arts Incubator (Washington Park)
Music buffs: Music Historian Duane Powell is back dropping gems in this season’s final lecture in the Rear View Mirror Series. Powell will delve into the life and music of the iconic Maurice White- founder of Earth, Wind and Fire and Chicago native. To find out more about Maurice White and his amazing catalog of music, check out Rear View Mirror Sessions. Information available here.
Jill Scott featuring The Roots- June 22- Ravinia
Ravinia is killing the game this summer! Jilly from Philly is back in town- and this time with the Roots crew. If you’ve seen them collabo before, you know that THIS.SHOULD.BE.AWESOME. Ms. Scott always brings her A-game to the Chi. Get your tickets on Ravinia’s website.
Chicago Food Truck Festival- June 23- 1600 S Wabash
CALLING ALL FOODIES. The Chicago Food Truck Summer Festival is here. Over (40) Chicago food vendors will be available with a variety of great eats and sweets. Tickets- $5.00
House Music Booze Cruise- June 23- River City Marina – Spinning by Dion Hunter
House Music season is upon us. The picnics, the festivals… aah. Summertime is the best time to be a “Househead”. And now you can cruise Lake Michigan while Dion Hunter spins in the background. More info and tickets available at Eventbrite.
Chi-Soul Fest- June 27-30- Navy Pier
In honor of Black Music Appreciation Month, Chi-Soul Fest presents a soul festival spanning the years of our rich musical history. This free all-ages festival features a plethora of Chicago talent including Syleena Johnson, the Dee Alexander Quartet, DJ Duane Powell and Sam Trump as well as exciting up-and-coming talent.
Tickets are available here.