It’s the unofficial start to summer, and Summertime Chi is in full effect. Music, food fests, art fairs…it’s going down. Check out 10 Chicago Events You Should Look for In June:
First Thursdays –- Downtown Hyde Park- June 1 5pm- 8pm
Downtown Hyde Park is celebrating FIRST THURSDAYS from MAY through NOVEMBER 2017. The monthly events feature discounts, dining, music, and fun at 40+ participating stores and restaurants. Offers are valid from 5-8 pm when you mention “First Thursday,” and are typically one per customer. Ja Grill, Mikkey’s Retro Grill, Silver Room, Kilwins and Sir and Madame are among the participating vendors. Visit www.firstthurs.com for more details.
In the Morning with director Nefertite Nguvu- Stony Island Arts Bank- June 2
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Urban Works Film Festival, In The Morning first made its Chicago debut during the 2015 Black Harvest Film Festival. Now director Nefertite Nguvu returns with a special viewing of the highly regarding work at the Stony Island Arts Bank. As described by In the Morning, “The film charts the emotional anatomy of the lives, loves, infidelities, and enduring friendships of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers over the course of one day.” It is a rarely told Black love story indeed. To get more info on this FREE screening, visit here.
Chicago Gospel Fest- Millennium Park- June 2 and 3
A Chicago staple, Gospel Fest is back at Millennium Park. The two-day festival will host a litany of gospel acts including Jonathan McReynolds with Anthony Brown and Travis Greene, VaShawn Mitchell, and a special Legends of Gospel tribute to the music of Chicago’s Jessy Dixon. Tye Tribett will close out the event. A special nod to the illustrious University of Illinois Black Chorus who will bless the stage on Friday evening. For more information and a complete lineup, visit City of Chicago’s website.
57th Street Art Fair- Hyde Park – June 3 and 4
Artists from across the county come together to bring one of the city’s most popular annual art fairs. From digital and mixed media to ceramics and sculpture- every art form can be found here. Jewelry lovers- this one is for you too. Shop while listening to the sounds of Buddy Guy Legends stage performers. This is the 57th Street Art Fair’s 70th year, so it must be doing something right! And its FREE. More about the 57th Street Art Fair at http://www.57thstreetartfair.org.
Chicago Blues Festival- featuring Gary Clark Jr. Millennium Park – Sunday, June 11
Chicago Blues Festival is moving to Millennium Park, with headlining acts taking over the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. And while Blues Fest runs from June 9- 11- we are highlighting June 11 when the fantastical Gary Clark Jr. closes out the festivities. Mr. Clark deserved his own mention. We also must acknowledge Chicago’s own Rhymefest, who will perform on June 9. For more about the Chicago Blues Festival, visit here.
Bronzeville Summer Nights– Greater Bronzeville Area – June 16 6pm-9pm
Bronzeville Summer Nights is back, and is celebrating its 5th Anniversary. The summer series, which runs every 3rd Friday from June-September, is a unique opportunity for visitors to tour and learn more about Bronzeville’s business communities. Visitors can enjoy live music and performances, or hop on one of the continuous trolleys for the tour. It’s a great way to get revisit this historical neighborhood. For more on Bronzeville Summer Nights, visit http://bronzevillenights.com
Movies in the Park- DuSable Museum of African American History- June 17
Featuring Queen of Katwe
If you missed Disney’s Queen of Katwe while it was in theatres, here’s your chance to catch it- and for FREE. DuSable Museum’s Movies in the Park returns for the season with the Lupita Nyongo project. This inspiring story is a great family friendly way to spend a Saturday night. It’s good. More information available at www.dusablemuseum.org.
2017 Sounds of History Jazz Series- DuSable Museum of African American History- June 21
Patrons of DuSable Museum’s annual Jazz Series know it’s a pretty nice way to spend an evening after a long day at work. This year’s series kicks off with a Tribute to Eartha Kitt, Dinah Washington, Natalie Cole and Anita Baker featuring Chicago’s own Teresa Griffin. Get your lawn chair and get there early for the best seating. It’s FREE. More at www.dusablemuseum.org.
Chicago Food Truck Fest- June 24th and June 25th
Everyone loves a food truck, and the Chicago Food Truck Fest offers plenty to choose from. Close to 50 food trucks have already signed up, and more are expected. Get out and find out why Chicago is famous for its food. Tickets available at http://www.chgofoodtruckfest.com.
House Club Tour Pub Crawl- June 28
House Nation Stand Up! Thirteen (13) participating South Side venues are joining forces to bring you the ultimate pub crawl experience. On the DJ list: Ron Carroll, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Farley Jackmaster Funk, DJ Vince Adams and more. Rotating buses will be available for transport. Information and tickets available at http://www.houseclubtour.com