Summertime Chi is unofficially over, but the party’s not.  September is poppin’ with lots of cool events to get into.  Check out these 10 Events You Should Look for in September:

A Night of Nina Simone w/Dee Alexander Quartet @JRAC- September 2- Jazz Record Art Collective- 1821 W. Hubbard (3rdFloor)

In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the Jazz Record Art Collective will feature Chicago favorite, the Dee Alexander Quartet on Sunday, September 2.  The Quartet will be performing selections from Nina Simone’s VERVE JAZZ MASTERS album. The night will also feature an installation and live painting from visual artist Arthur Wright.  Find out more at Dee Alexander’s page.


African Festival of the Arts- Through September 3- Washington Park

This much-loved staple of Chicago’s Labor Day Weekend is truly a family affair.  This year’s live entertainment acts include Shaggy, Keisha Cole and Chicago’s own Twista and Shawna.  Guests can choose from the array of “villages” including Drum & Afro-Folk, Children and Family and Wellness (Health).  There’s something for everyone.  Cost- $15- in advance; $20- at the door.   For more information, visit


House on the Beach @Pier 31 w/Andre Hatchett & Ron Carroll- September 3- 31stStreet Beach

It’s the unofficial end of summer.  Sigh.  Why not close it out with a day at the beach and sounds from veteran DJs Andre Hatchett and Ron Carroll?   Go back to work on at up note. 


Shedd After Hours: House Party- September 6, 20 and 27- Shedd Aquarium

Everyone knows Summertime Chi is full of great house music events, but this September, the Shedd Aquarium is getting in on the fun with its Shedd After Hours: House Party nights. The Shedd is bringing in the heavyweights too withDJ Jesse Saunders (September 6), DJ Terry Hunter (September 20) and DJ Farley “Jackmaster” Funk (September 27).   The best part:  Its FREE to Illinois residents.   More information available at the Shedd Aquarium website.

Childish Gambino w/Special Guests- Rae Sremmurd- September 8- United Center

The wildly popular Childish Gambino (real name Donald Glover) visits the United Center with his This is America tour.   With his penchant for creativity, there’s little doubt this event will be lit. Tickets available here.


An Evening of Smooth Music with Lalah Hathaway & Will Downing- September 8-Horseshoe Hammond

This. Right. Here.

In what has to be one of the sexiest concerts this year, beloved artists Lalah Hathaway and Will Downing will grace the stage at the Horseshoe Hammond. This combo is just- dreamy. Get your tickets at

Englewood Jazz Festival- September 15- Hamilton Park & Cultural Center- 513 W. 72nd Street

Enjoy a day of jazz with Chicago artists Ernest Dawkins, Denise Thimes and more. The afternoon will be followed by Quantum Englewood- A Celebration of the musical history of Chicago’s South Side. Quantum Englewood will take place at Lindblom High School.  Details available at


Bronzeville Summer Nights- September 21- 43rd Street between King Drive & Cottage Grove

The grand finale of this annual summer series takes place on September 21 and its not one to miss.  Experiencean Evening with Chef Julius, Trez Pugh and the Men of QCDC. Hang out in the Beer Garden at Sip & Savor for BBQ + Coffee + Cigars. Enjoy shopping with retail pop-ups as well as some of Bronzeville’s most popular businesses.  Find out more on their Facebook page. 

Chicago Food Truck Festival- September 22- LaBagh Woods- 4600-4628 W Foster Ave.

CALLING ALL FOODIES. The 2ndinstallment of the Chicago Food Truck Festival is here. Up to 30 Chicago food vendors will be available with a variety of great eats and sweets. Highlights include a sangria garden, live entertainment and outdoor games. Find out more about this family-friendly event at Eventbrite.


Mahogany- September 28- Stony Island Arts Bank- 6760 S Stony Island Ave

The Diana Ross led film classic is coming to the Stony Island Arts Bank.  And in honor of its star, the Stony Island Arts Bank will open the Arts Bank’s Johnson Lounge that will feature a curated Diana Ross set.  The Arts Bank’s Johnson Lounge will open to the public at 7:00pm.  Showtime will begin at 7:45pm.





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