Spring has finally arrived!  One step closer to Summertime Chi. In the meantime, there’s plenty to do in the Windy City.  Get into these 10 Events you should look for this month.  And old school music fans- this month is definitely for you.

Norman Connors and Jean Carne tribute to Phyllis Hyman  – The Promontory- April 5, 2019

We don’t know what we’ve done to deserve this combo- but we’ll gladly accept.   The incomparable Phyllis Hyman being honored by jazz great Norman Connors and 5-octave diva Jean Carne- Yes please!  For this magical trip down memory lane, get your tickets at Eventbrite.

Eric B and Rakim- House of Blues- April 6

Follow the Leader. Mahogany.  Paid in Full.  There’s no conversation on old school rap without reverence to these hip hop classics and the legendary artists that wrote them. These rap icons will be rocking the House of Blues stage on April 6.  To be in the building, visit the House of Blues website.

Natural Hair Festival- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel- Magnificent Mile- April 7-  10 am- 6pm

The Natural Hair Festival is billed as”A Celebration Of Natural Hair Connecting Brands, Products, Professionals & Customers!”  The Natural Hair Festival will feature a Marketplace, Classes, Product Demos, Panel Discussions, Fashion Modeling, Spoken Word, Live Entertainment and more.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery- 151 N. Kedzie-  April 13 – 10 am – 2pm

Market season is now upon us!  Kick it off with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market where local community entrepreneurs will vend their products.  In their first indoor market in February, 80% of the vendors were based on the West Side. It’s a great chance to shop small and support the community.

Black Women’s Expo McCormack Place- April 12- 14

Now in its 25thyear, The Black Women’s Expo has long been a premier destination for Black women entrepreneurs to network, get empowered, and most importantly- gain exposure for their products and services. Today the Expo is bigger than ever.  The BWE Experience will include seminars and workshops, runway fashion shows, culinary tastings, beauty makeovers and over 250 small business vendors.   Main Stage musical acts will include Glenn Jones, Leela James, Eric Benet and J. Brown. For more information, visit www.theblackwomensexpo.com

Good Word-  A monthly exploration of House Music’s Gospel Influences- Waydown- 311 N. Morgan- April 14

Andre Hatchett and the Chosen Few DJs explore the connection between House Music and Gospel. Should be a shoutin’ good time.  The party goes down at the top of the Ace Hotel.  Admission is FREE.

The Obama Paintings-The Opening Reception- Stony Island Arts Bank- 6760 S. Stony Island-April 18

Feeling nostalgia about #44?   Take a stroll down memory lane with The Obama Paintings- a collection of nearly 3,000 paintings of President Obama by Artist Rob Pruitt.  This marks the first time the Exhibit is being featured in Chicago. DJ Duane Powell is providing the Soundtrack.  Event is FREE, but register here.

Brian McKnight and Stokley- Horseshoe Hammond- April 19

These veteran soul singers are a reminder that R&B ain’t dead.   Check their catalog, and head on out to the Horseshoe Casino. This is a hot ticket, but seats are still available at Ticketmaster.

Gratitude for Black Girls by Pretty Creative Hustle – 3065 E. 93rd St.- April 20 – 5pm – 9pm

Gratitude is a pop-up shop and art show curated to celebrate the talent, beauty, and influence of Black girls and women.  The event will showcase local Black women in performing and visual arts while supporting the economic empowerment of Black women owned and led business.  Visit https://www.prettycreativehustle.com/gratitudefor more details.

Chicago Culture Ball- Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel- April 20- 7pm – 12 am

The Chicago Culture Call will honor Chicago’s purveyors of the culture who have demonstrated excellence in fashion, arts, music, business or entertainment.  WCIU’s Felicia Lawrence and WGCi’s Kyle Santillian serve as Master(s) of Ceremonies. It’s a great chance to celebrate Chicago’s great influencers and their contribution to the city and beyond.  More information available at www.chicagocultureball.com.





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