Fall is here! We know. We hate to see the end of Summertime Chi. But worry not. October has comedy shows, great concerts, jazz events and more on deck. So, grab a sweater and keep the good times rolling with these 10 Events You Should Look for in October:
Chicago Review: The Black Arts Movement Issue Launch- Oct 4- 5-9pm – Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Celebrate the release of the Summer/Fall 2019 volume of the Chicago Review as this anticipated issue sheds light on the legacy of Chicago’s Black arts movement. This special event will feature performances by a selection of renowned black artists, readings by Chicago based poets Angela Jackson, Sterling Plumpp, and a musical performance by Africa & Maggie Brown. The event is free and open to the public. Find out more information here.
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Documentary – Oct 4 – Oct 17 – Gene Siskel Film Center
Don’t miss the Chicago premiere of the documentary following the life and times of Jazz genius, Miles Davis. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is directed by legendary documentarian, Stanley Nelson and Vince Wilburn, Davis’ nephew and bandmate. Get this. From the 4th(opening night) through the 6th, the directors are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion covering the documentary and reflections on working with the legend himself. Cool right? Find out more information and purchase tickets here.
dear jazz…A Visual Love Letter Opening Reception- October 4- South Side Community Art Center 6pm- 9pm
Here’s another one for the Jazz lovers- See how Jazz can inspire the arts in this latest exciting exhibition. The South Side Community Arts Center will be presenting visual work that will be elevated by the invigorating sounds of jazz. The exhibition will have two galleries, featuring two art exhibits. The first gallery will be a group exhibition by prominent Chicago artists, while the second is a solo exhibition by acclaimed artist, Arthur Wright. You don’t want to miss this unforgettable fusion of the arts. The exhibit runs from October 4- November 3rd. Find more information here.
Girls Entrepreneurship Expo- October 12-13- Breakthrough Familyplex- 3219 w Caroll
For all the Girl Bosses – The Girls Entrepreneur Expo will be showcasing talented and innovative entrepreneurs ranging from the ages 7-17. Come out to this event to support these creative young women, participate in raffles, and to network. This two-day celebration will be filled with Black girl magic. General admission is FREE. Find more information about the event and register here.
Chicago Ideas Week – Oct 12 – 17- 1130 W Monroe St.
The Chicago Ideas Festival is a non-profit platform created to inspire, empower, and connect curious people across the city. In various locations across Chicago, Ideas Week will be hosting seminars, conversations, and engaging programs to stimulate those who attend. This year, Hillary Clinton will be just one of many guest speakers. Find more information and purchase tickets here.
The Greater Harvest- A Celebration of Toni Morrison & Each Other –The Quarry Event Center– 2423 E 75thSt. 3 pm- 7PM October 13
Come and pay tribute to the legacy of celebrated novelist, Toni Morrison and other women who represent the resilience, confidence, and everything she stood for. On October 13th, the Greater Harvest will be screening a documentary around the renowned writer and reflecting on the various life lessons that her novels and essays taught us as women. Find more information and purchase tickets here.
Sweetest Day Comedy Jam- Arie Crown Theatre- October 18- 8pm
This year, celebrate Sweetest Day with your favorite comedians. The Sweetest Day Comedy Jam came through with a hilarious line up! Catch Lavell Crawford, Corey Holcomb, Nephew Tommy, Kountry Wayne, D.C. Young Fly, and Tony Roberts all in our city killin’ it on the big stage for two nights. Find more information about the event and purchase tickets here.
Fall Fest – October 19 – Maggie Daley Park 12 pm-5pm
Fall Fest is an outing the whole fam will love. All day, the Maggie Daley Park will host games, prizes, and sweet treats for everyone to enjoy. Located in the heart of downtown, there will also be a parade to the Art’s in the Dark festival taking place at 5pm. Bring your friends and family and enjoy! Find more information about this event here.
An Evening of Soul w/ Patti LaBelle and Friends – Wintrust Arena- October 19 7:30pm
What better way to get right than with an evening of soul? At the new Wintrust Arena, the legends of soul music Patti LaBelle, Stephanie Mills, Freddie Jackson, and El DeBarge will be performing live like you’ve never seen them before. You don’t want to miss this – this concert party will have everyone dancing and singing the night away. Find more information about this event and purchase tickets here.
Sam Trump and Oompa- The Promontory- October 30 – 7pm
The talented multi-instrumentalist Sam Trump has been blowing the Chicago music scene away for years. He is multifaceted, not only in the instruments he plays, but the genre of music he performs- ranging from jazz, groove-sounds, and R&B. This month at the Promontory, he will be performing with Oompa, the Boston- born poet, rapper, and educator who represents the queer, black, and orphaned in her many creative endeavors. Enjoy the soulful, and enlightening sounds of these two very special artists. Find more information about the event and purchase tickets here.