It’s official.   Summertime Chi is over and fall is officially upon us.  There’s fall shopping to do and events to get into.  Here are 10 Events You Should Look for in October:

The Time is Now!  Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side- 1960-1980- Smart Museum of Art (through Dec 30)  African-American artists from Chicago’s South Side rarely get the recognition they deserve.  The Time is Now! is a nod to those artists.  Important themes from race to politics to Black publishing are explored across a variety of mediums.   It’s not just visually stimulating but educational. It’s definitely worth a visit.  Admission is free.

Universoul Circus- October 3- Washington Park

If you’ve ever been to the Universoul Circus, you know it’s a truly unique experience. For 25 years, the crew at Universoul has amazed families with some of the best entertainment acts from all over the world. From the trapeze artists to the contortionists, Universoul brings it’s A-game. Elephant rides for kids; hip-hop dancers and a first-rate MC are also part of the fun. Runs through November 4.  For more information on Universoul Circus, visit

Chicago South Side Film Festival: Coming to America- October 5- Studio Movie Grill

The South Side Film Festival will soon come to a close, but not before its 30thAnniversary Red Carpet Screening of the Eddie Murphy classic Coming to America.

The screening will be hosted by Kendall Moore, host of the “The Night Cap With Kendall Moore” on WVON AM 1690.  Tickets are $25, which includes an appetizer, a Zamundatini cocktail, popcorn, and a one-of-a-kind red-carpet experience.

 Chi-City Comedy Jam- October 5 and 6- Arie Crown Theater

With a lineup this lit, the Arie Crown Theatre needed two shows.  Earthquake, Sheryl Underwood. Lavell Crawford.  How can you go wrong?  Tickets at Ticketmaster.


Power & Purpose Chicago 2018 Luncheon Fundraiser featuring Symone D. Sanders- October 11- Union League Club

The Chicago Chapter Charities Foundation (CCCF) presents its second annual fundraiser luncheon joining business, civic and philanthropic leaders to “improve the lives of the African American community.”  Proceeds from this event will be donated to Chicago community-based organizations dedicated to improving mental health outcomes impacted by violence and trauma.  CNN Political Commentator and Political Strategist Symone Sanders will be the Keynote speaker.

  Feeling Good- A M.A.D.D. Tribute to Nina Simone- October 13- Harold Washington Cultural Center

The TAPdance Collective M.A.D.D. Rhythms teams up with popular Chicago jazz veterans Dee Alexander, Joan Collaso, Maggie Brown and others for a tribute to Nina Simone. Tickets- $40.  Tickets available here.


Soundrotation Presents AfroRhythmic- October 13- Stony Island Arts Bank – 2-6 pm

In celebration of what would have been Fela Kuti’s 80thbirthday, Soundrotation will present a special edition of Saturdays at the Arts Bank. DJ Duane Powell will be bringing the best in African rhythms- Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazil and more. Free admission.

Soul Speak Poetry Writing Workshop and Open Mic- October 18- Little Black Pearl

Calling all poets and aspiring writers… This is for You! Little Black Pearl and Carver 47 Café have launched SoulSpeak A Writer’s Workshop & Open Mic Series Hosted by Harold Green & K Love. This monthly series will feature local and nationally known spoken word artists. Live music and eats are also on deck.
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Logan Center Blues Fest- October 19-21- Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

From the Logan Center Blues Fest, “The second annual Logan Center Bluesfest, October 19-21, 2018, honors the South Side roots of the blues tradition with concerts, workshops, film, food, and conversation. The Bluesfest will feature local and national musicians and artists in spaces throughout the Logan Center.”  Many of the events are free.  Tickets are available at


Elevate Chicago Dance- October 21- Chicago Cultural Center

A day of performances plus installations, workshops and discussions by 45 Chicago dancemakers.  Performers include Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Ayodele Drum & Dance, Elysia C. Banks/ Banks Performance Project and more…   Admission: Free.   More information is available at



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