Spring has finally arrived! One step closer to Summertime Chi. In the meantime, there’s plenty to do in the Windy City. Here are a few ideas..
Centennial Brooks- University of Chicago and Logan Center – April 6- April 8
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth, University of Chicago Arts and the Logan Center join forces to present Centennial Brooks- a three-day tribute gathering of scholars, writers, musicians and fans.
Opening night will include readings from esteemed poets including Haki Madhubuti and Sonia Sanchez. Closing night with a concert featuring jazz musician Nicole Mitchell and rising star Jamila Woods. For more information on Centennial Brooks, visit https://voices.uchicago.edu/brooks100/
The Black Women’s Expo- April 7- April 9
This Chicagoland mainstay really needs no introduction. For 23 years, The Black Women’s Expo has been a premier destination for Black women entrepreneurs to network, get empowered, and most importantly- gain exposure for their products and services. This year’s expo will feature over 40 seminars and workshops, musical acts including K Michelle, Sevyn Streeter and gospel veteran Kim Stratton, and of course, vendors, vendors and more vendors. For more information, visit www.theblackwomensexpo.com.
Zuvaa Pop-Up Shop– April 8 and 9
ZUVAA is back in town! This highly popular Global marketplace for African fashion returns after last year’s successful Chicago debut. And this go-round the ZUVAA crew will host its wares at the Water Tower Place. Word of advice- Bring your coins and your patience. Expect lines. Tickets can be found at https://zuvaa.com/tour/
Because We Can Benefit Performance & Reception– April 9- Museum of Science and Industry
An excerpt from the CMDC press piece reads, “Despite the press, there are many, many positive things going on in Chicago. And we are very excited to let you know about one of them – CMDC!!!”
Well, Amen to that!
The young ladies and gents of the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center (CMDC) are truly “en pointe.” With their innovative mix of classic ballet with modern hip-hop, these gifted dancers have graced television sets from Chicago’s Windy City Live to Good Morning America. Now, the CMDC will feature the Bryant Youth Professionals and The Hiplet Ballerinas in a special Benefit Performance at the Museum of Science and Industry. To support these young dancers, visit http://www.cmdcschool.org.
Amel Larrieux– City Winery -April 8- Two shows- 7pm and 10 pm
Amel Larrieux doesn’t tour often, but when she does, she always makes her way to the Windy City. It seems the talented songstress loves Chicago… and Chicago loves her right back. No doubt, Larrieux will sell out her upcoming performances at City Winery. If you’ve seen her live, you know why. Get your tickets before their gone. Tickets can be purchased at www.citywinery.com.
Stomping Grounds- DuSable Museum of African American History- April 15
On April 15, DuSable Museum will feature STOMPING GROUNDS, a citywide celebration of Chicago’s dance community hosted by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. The STOMPING GROUNDS series will feature rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Chinese, and Irish dance. The DuSable event will feature the popular Muntu Dance Theatre, Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater.
Best of all- the event is FREE. To get your free tickets, visit HERE.