February is dedicated to recognizing the African-American community and its influence on our everyday culture. If you're wondering what Chicago has to offer in the way of celebration, look no further! Down below we wanted to give recognition to a few black-owned companies and establishments throughout the Chicagoland area. Get up and get involved!
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Black History Month Events
Into something a little more interactive? Check out these celebrations and events that take place during Black History month promoting Black history!
Second City has several Black History Month shows scheduled throughout the month.
Low Res Studio presents a free celebration of Chicago's creative community featuring a presentation by Eugene Taylor Brand's Latesha Brady and panel discussion by 'Brown Girls' web series writer Fatimah Asghar, musical director to Chance The Rapper Peter Cottontale, poet and musician Malcom London and artist manager Colleen Mares.
Visit the Symphony Center for a special performance of "The Identity of Color: Black Composers in New Music" from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's African American Network.
While not a Black History Month-specific event, Metro's Winter Block Party celebrates "the power of hip-hop to bring people together." The free day party showcases artists, musicians, poets, producers and dancers with the help of Young Chicago Authors and Vocalo Radio.
Uptown Underground's annual Saveur Noire highlights people of color's contributions to burlesque and performance arts throughout history.
The Promontory is kicking off Black History Month with its Black Excellence and Afro Fusion dance parties.
Black Girl Magic is back at Berlin on February 22 with performances by Lucy Stoole, Dida Ritz, Sasha Love and more! RSVP for reduced cover.
Macy's on State Street hosts a Black History Month discussion and Q&A with local pioneers of the community including Chairman of WVON Radio Melody Spann Cooper, Co-Founder and CEO of Black Tech Mecca Fabio Elliot and host Val Warner of Windy City Live.
Support the black community and Chicago by visiting some of these black-owned companies! There's something for everyone. From spas to fashion, the variety is endless.
Black-Owned Restaurants & Bars
Chicago Black Restaurant Week
runs Sunday, February 11th, through the 18th. Participating restaurants
will offer discounts to customers throughout the week. Call ahead to inquire about or check CBRW's website
for reservations and specials.
Or kick back and relax at these soul food-influenced restaurants anytime. We grabbed some of the best-known and highly raved about restaurants in Chicago!
Black History Museums & Exhibits
Take your participation one step further. Head to any of these cultural exhibits and learn about the roots and artistic influence of the African-American community!
Harold Washington Library will host author programs, book discussions, special events, film screenings, story times and more throughout Black History Month for all ages! Black Ensemble Theater, Gallery Guichard, Faie African Art Gallery, and Muntu Dance Theater will hold an array of art and dance shows that will represent black culture and the celebration of black history!
Do Good, Feel Good
It's well known that if you do good, you end up feeling good too. To recognize Black History Month, why not set your sights on these charities that specifically benefit the African-American communities?