South Side Summer Time CHI 2016


Hey loves, if  we were having coffee, i’d ask you, “how do you like the ginger tea i substituted the coffee for?”IMG_20160515_223444 “What are your plans for the summer?””You ever think about touring your own city?”.

“If your looking for some fun things to enjoy on the south side of Chicago this spring and summer, check out this list of festivals and events for 2016.

If you are hosting a special event on the south side of town feel free to drop your link in the comment section to get added to the list….happy reading and enjoy.”

South Loop

#Earth Day & Growing Cities Film Screening


April 22, 2016 1300 s. Lake Shore Drive



Zumba For Lupus Awareness


#Zumba #AmericanRhythmCenter #TheLupusSocietyOfIllinois #VillageWell #Luna

Anthony Hamilton & Fantasia In concert

See Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia live
April 23 at Arie Crown Theater! Hours:8 p.m.
#AnythonyHamilton #Fantasia

Beyonce In Concert

See Beyoncé live during The Formation World Tour
May 27 & 28 at Soldier Field! Hours: 6 p.m.

The Artist Expo w/ Me’Chelle


#NeoSoul #SpokenWord #HipHop #Chicago #MeChelle #RefugeLive

FREE Event

June 23, 2016

The ARTIST EXPO presented by John the Author is a gathering of Creatives, Entrepreneurs, and many more innovative individuals. Discover Chicago’s best Neo-Soul, Spoken Word, and Hip Hop artist as well as network with some of the cities top organizations and leaders on the chicago music scene. The Artist Expo will take place in Chicago’s south Loop at Refuge LIVE on June 23rd 7:00pm -10:00pm. This is a FREE Event. save the date see you there.

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Supported By:
#DondasHouse –
247HH –
The CHI Track –
Creative Cypher –
MIhichi –
BK or NoWay –

Atkco inc. –
Blackenomics –
Lyric Fest –

Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
REFUGE Live – 416 South Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60605 – View Map
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20th Annual Chicago SummerDance

Chicago Summer Dance Festival

FREE Event

#ChicagoSummerDanceFestival #GrantPark #SpiritOfMusicGarden

Fridays–Sundays, June 24–September 11, 2016,

Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)

EXUBERUS! Teen Night at the Art Institute 2016

Art Institute Teen Council

FREE Event

#Exuberus #ArtInstiture

Friday, June 24, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join us for dancing, food, music, activities, making, and hanging out in the museum after hours at our annual party at the Art Institute!

Exuberus is FREE and open to any Chicago-land high school aged teen. Tell your friends! Enter the Art Institute at 230 S Columbus Drive, south of Monroe Street.
Exuberus is designed and hosted by the Art Institute Teen Council.


Gemini Bday Bash Roof Top Day Party w/ Lateesha


Reggies 2105 s. State


June 4,2016

Time: 2-7Pm

#Reggies #RoofTop

House Club Tour 2016


Reggies Chicago
2105 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM (CDT)

Pub Crawl


Travel on a journey showcasing Chicago’s
finest House DJs & Sounds of House Music

Sounds Include:
Afro House, Classic House, Chicago Old School, Down Tempo Disco, Funk, Global House, Latin, Studio 54, Underground, Vinyl

GET ON THE BUS!! 6:00pm until Midnight
Rotating Buses Every 30 Minutes

*No Driving ~ No Parking Fees*

Crawl with friends to:

Norman’s Bistro, Gallery Guichard, V75, Lemelle’s, L26 (South Loop Hotel), Reggie’s Rooftop, The Promontory, Francis Cocktail Lounge, Red Pepper Lounge, & Family Den!!!

“Part of the Excitement is Getting There!”

*Great for Class & Family Reunions*

Produced by: House Club Tour

Hosted by: *Ronda Flowers*  *Dana Divine*  *Robert KoKo Walker*


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sample beers from more than a dozen microbreweries including the neighborhood’s own Motor Row Brewing. Throw in wine and live music throughout the day and this looks like a good bet for the holiday weekend. Sept. 5-6. $5 general admission, $35 for a tasting pass good for up to 15 samples of beer or wine. 1600-1800 blocks of South Wabash Ave., 773-868-3010

Saturday/Sunday, August 27-28, 2100 S. Michigan Ave. (at Cermak)


Fathers’s Day Day Party

Ladi SOUL presents…

A Father’s Day Day Party for the Fella’s!

June 19, 2016 at 3pm

Ticket price includes…

Food, Live Music Entertainment & 1 Complimentary Drink!

Live Music Performances by…


Sharlisa Brooks


Daina Grainger

Perfomances Start at 5pm!

Dress Code…

Casual Chique!

Plenty of FREE & meter parking!






(electronic or printed) NO EXCEPTIONS!!



Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
WHERE #NuBluStudios
Nu Blu Studios – 2628 S. Wabash 2nd Flr, Chicago, IL 60616 – View Map 

Greek Town

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April 17, 2016

Taste of Greektown


August 27 – 28, 2016, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van BurenMotor Row Craft Beer & Wine Fest, August 27 and 28, 2016, 2100 S. Michigan Ave. (Michigan Ave. at Cermak Rd.)

Little Village

JUNE 5-7

Little Village Flavors of Mexico

This new fest focuses on authentic food from Chicago’s Mexican community with a chef competition (chefetition?), dance troupes, and Mexican carnival.

Little Village (26th & California)

FREE Admission


Chicago’s Hispanic community will again celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain as well as South-of-the Border culture at the 27th annual Festival de La Villita (Little Village Festival), one of the Midwest’s premier outdoor gala of Mexican heritage.


#LittleVillage #TasteOfMexico


Brown Brilliance Darkness Matter

Brown Brilliance Darkness Matter Art Celebration
#Pilsen #BrownBrillianceDarknessMatters #ArtCelebration
#Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions


#Tours & #Attractions


#CulturaEnPilsen #Jdef #AlumniArtShow

Pilsen Catina Crawl



Saturday May 7, 21016 12- 6pm

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Mare Adventencia Lirika




Mole De Mayo



May 27- 29, 18th St. at Ashland Ave, Pilsen

Do Division Fest

June 3-June 5,

on Hoyne between Crystal and Potomac

and on Crystal between Hoyne and Damen

Pilsen Food Truck Social



FREE Event

June 11, 12, 18th Street at Allport

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino


June 18-20, 2400 S. Oakley

 Ruido Fest


JULY 10-12


Latin Alternative Music Fest


with Café Tacuba, Kinky, and Ozomatli.

Pilsen (Addams Park)

Fiesta De Sol



July 28 – 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland

Saturday May 7, 21016 12- 6pm

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Reggae Fest Chicago

Reggae Fest Chicago

August 13, 2016

Pilsen (Addams Medill Park), 1301 W. 14th St.

Chicago, IL 60608

12 Noon-10 pm

$45 GA / $75 IRIE VIP

Featuring two live music stages, the new #ReggaeFest Chicago will be a One Day, One Love celebration of various reggae genres including ska, reggaeton, roots reggae, Caribbean dance hall, Spanish reggae and world music.

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September 9-11, 2016

Little Village, 26th St. and Kostner Ave.

Chicago, IL 60623


Friday, 6-10 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2-10 pm

China Town

2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy


FREE Event

#ChinaTown #ChicagoDragonBoatRaceForLiteracy

June 25, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th Street.

 300 W. 19th Street. By Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

Chinatown Summer Fair

China Tow Summer Fair

FREE Event

July 17, Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place





THURSDAY, August 11, 2016



Ping Tom Memorial Park (in Chinatown)
300 W. 19th Street
Chicago, Il.

Presented by:
– Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
– Chicago Park District
– Chicago SummerDance
– Chicago Night Out in the Parks
– El Caobo Internacional
– WHPK Internatonal Format, 88.5 fm, Chicago

6:00pm – 7:00pm:
– Dance Lesson by Denita Inez: Salsa | Mambo | Bachata

7:00pm – 8:20pm:
– Music by El Caobo (Salsa | Mambo | Merengue | Bachata)

8:20pm – 8:40pm:
– Break / Announcments

8:40pm – 9:30pm:
– Music by El Caobo (Salsa | Mambo | Merengue | Kizomba)

More Info:

Ping Tom Memorial Park is accessible by WATER TAXI from several locations! More information:

Civilized Saturdays


#CivilizedSaturdays #1520Lounge 



Poise Fashion Show


#PoiseFashionShow #BridgePort

2016 St Barbara’s 4 Day Carnival & Music Fest

Free Event


St. Barbara Parish Chicago in Bridgeport
2859 S. Throop Street
ChicagoIL 60608

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM (CDT)


Southside Arts & Music festival


July 21-22, 2016


Bridgeport art center 3rd Fridays


FREE Event

Artists on the 5th, 4th, 3rd and River Level floors are excited to open their creative spaces to the public. Every third Friday of the month.Admission is free! Parking is available at no charge on the North side of the building. Upon arrival, please use either the NORTH ENTRANCE.

#BridgeportArtCenter #3rdFridays

zhou b art center 3rd Fridays


FREE Event

#ZhouBArtCenter #3rdFridays!thirdfridays/c1voa


Loose Squares Art exhibition


#Bronzeville #LooseSquaresExhibition #BlancGallery

Earth Day Celebration


#EathDayCelebrations #EdenPlaceNatureCenter #UrbanjunctureFoundation #BIG

Urbanism Art Exhbition


The Read Live


Harold Washington Cultural Center
4701 South Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Drive
Chicago, IL 60653

Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CDT)

Jamaica Funk Show Festival of Music


Shared History Art Exhibition


#SouthSideCommuityArtCenter #SCAC

51st Annual Art Auction & Fundraiser &75th Anniversary


More current and upcoming events for SSCA

can be found here:

The Artist Lounge B-Day Bash

FREE Event
South Side Community Art Center
3831 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60653
Friday June 17, 2016
at 7 PM – 10 PM

Hey everyone!!!

This week is a big day!! We’re doing a double celebration, and double celebrations mean double features!!!!!!

1. we celebrate Dometi Pongo“s BDAY!!!!!


2. We celebrate the 1st BDAY of THE OPEN MIC!! We’ve been going for a year now (WOW)

This will be a huge show! please come ON TIME!





We’re so exiceted! bring a friend, Pleeeeaaaase!!!!!


JuneTeenth Celebration W/ Hunter International Gallery


FREE Event

The Hunter International Gallery Presents Juneteenth Art Exhibition. This Exhibition focuses on the Expressions of artist from African descent whos work demanstrates the creativity and strengh that we have been able to maintian while living in the confines of America.

Free to the public the Reception will take place July 27th from 4-7pm with light refeshments and Open Mic/ Jam session from 7-10pm
Regular Gallery Hours are 11 am- 3pm RIng Door Bell for entrance

Artist included are….
B. Rael Ali – Curator
Shahar Weaver
Liz Gomez
Alpha Burton
Alan Emerson Hicks
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.

For the Love Of Comedy




Black Men Stand Up Celebration


FREE Event

Bronzeville Jerk shack’s Teacher Tuesdays


Jokes and Notes


Bronzeville Community Garden

Yoga in the Garden w/ Embody Physique Health & Fitness Every Tuesday Starting 06/2016

Bronzeville Summer Nights Summer Festival & Bronzeville Trolley Tours


Bronzeville Summer nights festival

FREE Event

Bronzeville Summer Nights and Trolley Tours


FREE Event

Bronzeville Retail Initiave Pop Up Events





Washington Park

Bud Billiken Parade

Part of William DeShazer’s second-place Illinois Photographer of the Year portfolio in the 2011 Illinois Best of Photojournalism contest. The South Shore Drill Team performs during the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic down South Dr. Martin Luther King Drive on Saturday August 13, 2011. (William DeShazer/ Chicago Tribune) B581472605Z.1 ….OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION…


(and related activities), August 9, 35-55th & Martin Luther King Drive, 10 a.m.

African Festival of the Arts



September 2-5, Washington Park

Hyde Park  

 Hyde Park’s First Thursday events

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April 7, 2016 – December 1, 2016
taking place on the first Thursday of the month on 53rd, 55th, and 57th Streets. Stores and restaurants will be offering discounts, refreshments, raffles, and more. Participating businesses will have vouchers for three hours of free parking at Harper Court, available with purchase.

First Thursday of the month: 5- 8 p.m.

First Thursday
June 2July 7August 4September 1October 6November 3
50+ participating businesses on 53rd, 55th, and 57th Streets

Free Painting Sessions @ U Of C


  Every Wednesday

Free Figure Drawing @ U Of C


Every Thursday

Emerging Leaders Social

April 23,2016

5460 s. University Ave 

Chicago’s Bronzeville The Musical


Ayodele Drums’ Deja Vu Dance Concert 2016


Logan Center For the Arts 915 e. 60th st.

May 7,21016

When God Created Woman A Theatrical Production


May 8, 2016

 Dusable Museum Summer Events

Promontory Events


Jadakiss Live


Proclamation! The Black Composer Speaks &

The Art Of Moving Butts


The New School Daze




Spring Tune Up Family Event


Hyde Park Bazaar & The Blowing Smoke Tour



Damien Escobar Live


King Live


A Benefit for the Betty Shabazz International Charter School.

Friday, July 8 at 7 PM in EDT

5311 South Lake Park Ave West Chicago, IL 60615 United States

South Side Salsa  




Wednesday, March 18, 2015
(Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month)
– 7:00pm: Doors Open
– 8:00pm: Dance Lesson by BLDA & BLDA Special Council Vishy Sharma.

Japanese garden children’s festival


May 21-May 22, 2016


Harper Court Summer Music Festival



The University of Chicago has teamed with Eric Williams, owner of The Silver Room (formerly in Wicker Park and now in Hyde Park) for a series of free, open-air music events in Hyde Park – the Harper Court Summer Music Series. This is the second year we are doing this after a great response last year..

‧ Venue address

Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Court, Chicago (Corner of 53rd Street and Harper Court in Hyde Park)
‧ Event dates and times
Last Wednesdays of May-August from 6-9 p.m. – May 25June 29July 27, and August 31
‧ Event prices
‧ Telephone number(s)
‧ Website (if available)
‧ List of artists on the bill, from headliner to opener (when applicable)
May 25 – Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings & DJ Eric “ET” Taylor
June 29 – Makaya McCraven & DJ Duane Powell
July 27 – DJ El Caobo & DJ Kamani Rashad
August 31 – Africa Hi-Fi & DJ Ron Trent

Harper Court’s Summer Series


Harper Court Summer Music Series
Free concerts starting Wednesday, May 25 with Blues & Steppers, 6-9 pm at Harper Court
Come back for Jazz on June 29 with Makaya McCraven and DJ Duane PowellLatin music on July 27 with DJ El Caobo and DJ Kamani Rashad; and Afro-Beat on August 31 with Africa Hi-Fi and DJ Ron Trent and Sonia Hassan
Have dinner and drinks at Harper Court restaurants including Einstein Bros. Bagels, Ja’ Grill, Native Foods, and Porkchop

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Jazz in the Courtyard/Jazz in the Court
Free lunchtime jazz concerts on Fridays from 12-2 pm at the Courtyard Shops at Hyde Park Shopping Center and Harper Court (1st and 3rd Fridays of the month)
With music production by Carolyn Albritton, come for a great series of concerts including:
Friday, June 3 – Isaiah Collier Quarter (Courtyard Shops at Hyde Park Shopping Center)
Friday, June 17 – Denise Thimes (Harper Court)
Friday, July 1 – Willie Pickens (Courtyard Shops at Hyde Park Shopping Center)
Friday, July 15 – Victor Goines (Harper Court)
Friday, August 5 – Bossa Tres, Music of Brazil (Courtyard Shops at Hyde Park Shopping Center)
Friday, August 19 – Ari Brown (Harper Court)
Friday, September 2 – Eric Schneider (Courtyard Shops at Hyde Park Shopping Center)
Friday, September 16 – Ray Silkman (Harper Court)

Hyde Park Farmers Market

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Hyde Park Farmers Market
Starting Thursday, June 2 and running through Thursday, October 27 from 7 am – 1 pm at Harper Court
Now with live music every week!

The Movement w/Little Black Pearl

The Movement: Sip ‘n Shop Event brings you the BEST of Chicago’s FINEST African-American Fashion Designers, Entrepreneurs, Business Owner, Jewelry Designers, Artist and Chefs all while raising awareness about our social and economical power as Black consumers.




57th Street Art Fair

June 4 and 5, Hyde Park, 69th annual fair

Indie Soul Weekend


This year, Indie Soul Music Weekend will be celebrated on June 16 – 19, 2016 via digital and in-market activities across the country. The mission is to launch an international platform for the Independent Soul Music Community to spread awareness and to share, promote, and sell their content. It’s also no coincidence that Indie Soul Music Weekend was strategically scheduled in the middle of Black Music Month–which was actually decreed “African American Music Appreciation Month” by President Obama in 2009.

Join us in Chicago at Sip and Savor in Hyde Park (5301 S. Hyde Park Blvd.) as we showcase some of the BEST & BRIGHTEST Indie Soul Artists and Musicians that the city has to offer!!


Vernard Burton

Nina Rae



12th Annual Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure

Artists and crafts artists will fill the beautiful Outdoor Courtyard of Univ. of Chicago’s Hyde Park Center with work they themselves created. With its trees, benches, flowers and even a fountain, the courtyard provides the perfect ambiance for the show. It’s intimate setting creates the atmosphere for conversations between artists and patrons. An exciting array of work will be on display by the artist and craftsartis who created the work. Each of the exhibitors will be happy to discuss their work with you! Programs will be available free of charge at the show listing the exhibitors, their medums and their locations in the show. Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. If you wish to jury to participate in the show, please submit 4 images representative of your work you wish to exhibit, one of your display set-up, your first/last name, physical address, daytime telephone number – resume/show listing helpful. Submit to and indicate it is for the Hyde Park Show.

  •  6th Annual KAN-Kenwood All Class Alumni Picnic/Reunion


    Kenwood Academy

    5015 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60615
    Sunday, August 14 at 12 PM – 7 PM
    Join KAN-Kenwood Alumni Network for the 6th Annual All Class Alumni Reunion/Picnic at the track and field at the school. $10 entry fee to help with the cost of the picnic, KAN Scholarship Fund,to support programs at the school and other alumni events throughout the year. Kids 16 and under are free. Djs, vendors and an opportunity to connect with other alumni. Bring your tents, grills and coolers. There will be a designated grill area. THERE ARE NO GRILLS ALLOWED ON THE TRACK OR FIELD. All alcoholic beverages must be in a cup. Come join KAN as we continue the mission to,”Unite alumni, empower the students and support the school”.

    Hyde Park Jazz Festival


    September 24 – 25, 2016 , Hyde Park, various locations

    Auburn Gresham

    Food for Thought Open Mic Check



Community Day & Taking It to The Streets


 Lion and The Lamb Ministries 

Community Day Event

Free Food, Snow Cones & Bibles

500 Bibles will be distributed

July 9, 2016

From 2pm-4pm between 63rd and Ashland and Marshfield.

Contact Info: 773- 454 -33 22

South Side Film Screening

May 7, 2016


Heal Our Cities Photography Exhibit w/ Ssouth Side In Focu


“Heal Our City” is a community arts event focusing on health and wellness in Chicago. It will feature poetry, photo narratives, oral histories, and documentary film from four South Side neighborhoods. Please join us in our exploration and discussion of holistic wellbeing and community on the South Side.

This event is free and open to the public. Food from Soul Vegetarian will be provided!

We are providing bus service to the event at I Grow Chicago (6402 S Honore)! Buses depart from the following locations at 4:30PM
-59th & University (Harper Memorial Library)
-51st & Martin Luther King Drive

Buses will leave I Grow Chicago at 6:30 pm to return to their original pickup locations

About Us:
South Side in Focus originated from an interest in broadening our understanding of the community we live in, beyond the media portrayal emphasizing violence and poverty. We use photo-narratives to initiate an open, personal, and holistic dialogue about life in South Side communities.

Over the past few months, we asked members of I Grow Chicago,Blackstone Bicycle Works, Creativity in Motion, Urban Juncture Foundation, and the Artful Living Program to take photos of what makes them feel well or unwell in their communities. We then used these photos to collect oral histories about their lives and communities. “Heal Our City” is the debut of these unique stories.

Don’t forget to check out our website!

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Weekend Schedule:
Kickoff Strolling Dinner Reception
Friday, June 24th | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Join us for a strolling dinner reception featuring DJ Kool Ant, Rapper Leonard L. Harris (GLC) and Comedian Meechie Hall. Meet your Saturday special guest speakers at the event.

Food As Medicine Education Workshop
Saturday, June 25th | 8:00AM – 7:00PM

Enjoy a series of healthy eating talks and cooking demostrations, and receive guidance from some of the country’s leading health professionals. You will learn how to distinguish between real food and fake food stuff, identify foods that may be contributing to your ailments, decode food labels, put an end to those nagging cravings, and create a healhty eating plan that sticks.

PLUS – Sign up for the Two Week Detox Challenge!

Special arrangements will be made for childcare and parking.
To register for the event, please email Angela Jordan:

The Doctors:
Terry Mason, MD – Chief Operating Officer at Cook County Department of Public Health and featured in the popular movie “Forks Over Knives”

Akua Woolbright, PHD – Nutrition Program Director for Whole Cities Foundation

Legends Concert & Bantu Fest



The Legends Concert and Bantu Fest is a one of a kind event that promotes cultural exchange and connection among nations. The event is designed to educate people of all nations on countries featured, through their music, food, culture, history, entertainment and more. The event features bands and local artists performing Legends’ famous hits from featured Countries and World Wide – Live. Some of the featured countries are; Haiti, Belize, Cameroon, Jamaica, USA, Congo, Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa, Liberia, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana and more. The event will feature live bands, live performances, children and family fun/learning activities, workshops, food (Taste of featured countries), vendors and more. This is a family-friendly event that will bring together at least 5,000 people from different demographics; the goal is to promote Family, Love, Unity and Cultures.

Open Mic Night


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4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration


CC360 Tours


CultureConnection360’s 7th Ann. Anniv. BBQ!!


 (use hastag #CC360BBQ)

Every year it gets better & better!



Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Culture Connection – 400 W 71st St, Chicago, IL 60621 – View Map

More culture connection event updates here:

Howard Hewett Live


South Shore 

Chicago Margarita Festival Off South Shore Beach


Friday Night Booze Cruise


Bella Sky is celebrating their 3rd Year Anniversary


Join us for an evening of fashion, shopping, light bites, wine and conversation…

Enjoy an evening of sophistication and class! Network with other business owners and Chicago’s finest.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
EventSpace 7040 – 7040 South Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60649 – View Map
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On The Road Vendors Fest

The next Small Business Center on the Road Small Business Expo will be on Saturday, June 25th at South Shore Cultural Center.

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Small Business Center invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to its FREE Small Business Center on the Road business expo with more than 40 exhibitors offering resources.

7 Reasons to Attend:

  • Center for Economic Progress hosts Tax Clinic
  • Two Free Workshops for Entrepreneurs
  • City of Chicago Business Consultants at the ready to support your licensing needs and answer questions
  • Photographer to take professional headshots
  • The Law Project hosts Legal Clinic
  • Ulta Cosmetics doing professional makeovers
  • City Treasurer hosts Networking Hour
Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
South Shore Cultural Center – 7059 South South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649 – View Map
Chicago, IL Events Class Business

Catch breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline from the river, and out on Lake Michigan while dancing, drinking, and having a wild time aboard the Friday Night Booze Cruise! Tickets include a Live DJ & Dancing!

South Shore Summer Festival

South Shore Summer Festival

Date: Sunday, August 21
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S South Shore Dr.), Chicago
View Map


-South Shore Cultural Center & Beach – 7059 South South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 6064 WHEN Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM  Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 8:45 PM (CDT

Whiskey By The Water


General Admission

Admission includes one wristband for entry into event, (12) .25 oz tasting tickets, one souvenir tasting glass, and full brunch at a designated seating time. Tasting session is from 12:00PM-5:00PM on Sunday June 19. *Must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to redeem. All sales are final. Admission and tickets are non-transferable. Tickets may not be shared. Unused tickets may not be returned.

Fantasie Negre III

Fantasie Negre III, the annual fundraiser of the Chicago Music Association, is a celebration of musical excellence.  We are honored to present this year’s featured artists, acclaimed concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the brilliant vocal artistry of Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke.   Pine, Dixon and Burke, all Chicagoans, have recorded and performed with major ochestras and opera companies throughout the United States as will as internationally.  Pine’s Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries, shed light on four gifted musicians of African descent that made significant contributions to Western classical music, and was nominated for a National Public Radio Heritage Award.  In addition to their numerous operatic offerings, Dixon and Burke have been heralded for their performances in Hallelujah Broadway, Too Hot to Handel, and Songs of a Dream.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see all three of these gifted musicians on the same stage!

Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
South Shore Cultural Center – 7059 S Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649
Chicago, IL Events Performance Music

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63rd St. Beach


Takin’ It To The Streets Festival & Summit 2016



Takin’ It To The Streets returns on August 6, 2016! As the nation’s largest Muslim-led urban international festival, ‘Streets 2016 will once again fill Marquette Park with the dynamism of our diverse cultural, spiritual, and artistic traditions while attempting to live out the legacy of the fearless leaders that have come before us.


‘Streets 2016 attendees across socioeconomic, ethnic and religious lines will come together to unveil the city’s first MLK Memorial, hoping to leave a lasting imprint on Marquette Park long after the stage lights go off!


Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club

6300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

at 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

Jackson Park

 Earth Day in Chicago

Saturday, April 23rd is

Join volunteers to clean and green a neighborhood park or preserve

from 9:00AM – Noon.

6401 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Will meet by 63rd Street at the beach

 Our 2nd Annual Ride Over Violence

Arrival Time: 8:30 AM

Departure Time: 9 AM_SHARP

End Time: 2 PM

Ride Leader (Name/Email/Cell Number): Brenda 773-484-0944 & Elihu 773-355-9970

Start Location: Trinity United Church of Christ Parking Lot, 400 95th St

Trinity United Church of Christ Parking Lot
400 95th St
Chicago, IL 60628

Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)

Jackons’ Parks’ 31st Annual Hunger Walk

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is thrilled to announce that the 31st Annual Hunger Walk will be held June 25, 2016 at Jackson Park. Join us as we raise awareness of hunger in our community and support pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Ticket sales and donations support the fight against hunger in Cook County.

Hunger Walk Morning Schedule
7:00 AM Registration Opens
8:30 AM Start of Walk
12:00 PM End of Walk WHEN Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT) – Add to CalendarWHEREJackson Park – 6401 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 – View Map


I Believe In Us BBQ


June 25, 1016

Bless us with your presence June 25th as artist/speaker/activist GC hosts the “I Believe In Us” BBQ. Food & music will be provided for the community as we celebrate and promote non-violence,positivity & activism. Footage of this event will be captured for GC’s single “Believe In Us”. We are calling all artists, community activists and leaders to make special cameo appearances.

The Chosen Few DJs Music Festival, July 2-3, 2016!


The Chosen Few DJs Music Festival, July 2-3, 2016! Featuring Chosen Few DJs Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter & Mike Dunn! Special guests Roy Ayers, Cheryl Lynn, Monique Bingham, Joe Claussell & more!

Chosen Few DJs

Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:00 AM  Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM (CDT)

Ride over violence


July 30,2016

This ride is at your own pace biking 20 minutes north down the Lake Front Trail and back. This ride is meant to help riders feel comfortable bike riding while we discover how far we can ride in 20 minutes. This way we may become comfortable riding in longer tours through our communities to enhance our health, communal wellbeing and economic prosperity. Together we can ride over violence 😉

 Can I LiVe : Cypher FInale

Moving Images, Making Cities Film Series: 70 Acres in Chicago



Sunday June 19, 2016

Black Cinema House, 7200 S Kimbark Ave, Chicago, IL 60619

The Moving Images, Making Cities Film Series is a cinematic companion to Place Lab’s Ethical Redevelopment Public Convenings + Salon Series. Ethical Redevelopment makes the case for mindful city-building. By utilizing cross-city networks and cross-sector innovation, Ethical Redevelopment works to shift the value system from conventional, profit-driven development practices to conscientious interventions in the urban context.


The filmmakers call it “Chicago’s most hotly contested 70 acres of land.” With its prime central location, Cabrini Green was hailed as a public housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster. Beginning in 1995, it was demolished, bit and bit, then repackaged as a “mixed income”development, where, unsurprisingly, the former, largely black residents have been marginalized or driven away. Ronit Bezalel and Judy Hoffman, who first covered the subject in their celebrated 1999 short Voices of Cabrini, spent 15 years on this eye-opening follow-up, which uses personal stories, expert commentary, and informative history to celebrate the spirit of a unique community and to mourn its betrayal and destruction.

A partnership between Place Lab and Black Cinema House this screening and conversation with Ronit Bezalel about her award-winning film on the demolition and repackaging of Cabrini Green kicks off a year-long film series exploring the complexities of neighborhood transformation and revealing the poetics of place.

(Ronit Bezalel and Judy Hoffman, 2015, 70 min)

84th Green St. Poetry On The Corner


E.:Dot presents… “Poetry OnThe Corner” OpenMic & Talent Showcase Hosted by: SO !LL Ent. @ Eighty4Fifty8 Private Event Room (8458 S. Green)
Thursdays 9:30p-1a
This event is open to POETS, COMEDIANS, SINGERS, MC’s, AUTHORS, MUSICIANS, DANCERS, ARTISTS, etc! Just come on time & sign the list to perform!Thursday APRIL 28th, we will bring to you the music director, composer, musician and poet… Damen Damentional Tolbert!Doors will open @ 9:30p this nite. $5 Donation Entry. Showcase/OpenMic list will start at 9:45p & the list will close at 10:45p. There will be lite snacks, food and drinks available so bring extra cash!

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Heaven On Seven Comedy JAM @ Mr. G’s

WHENSaturday, May 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM  Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 1:30 AM (CDT) – Add to CalendarWHEREMr. G’s – 1547 W. 87th Street, Chicago , Il 60620 – View Map

South East Chicago

Talking Black Love Super Ujamaa Market


The Comedy Xperience

Want to hear sumthin funny? We are hosting a comedy showcase! how’s that for a laugh? Not funny enough? Then come see sumthin funny and laugh the lining out of your stomach. Some of the best in sketch and standup comedy performed by some of  Chi’town’s best comedians. Performerances by  BET, Comedy Central, and TBS Just for Laughs Comics, Calvin Evans, Mickey Housey, Just Nesh, and T Murph. Hosted by Em & Lem, two dam@%! fools. Presented by K&C Marketing Group.  Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Come witness a Laugh until you cry experience.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
WVON 1690 AM Legacy Room – 1000 East 87th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60619 – View Map

South Side Soul Fest



The Wild Hundreds

Not Man Made Photo Exhibition


South Halsted Neighborhood Marketplace

841 W 115th St
841 West 115th Street
ChicagoIL 60643

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

Father’s Day Comedy Jam

When She Became Her

Aniba Hotep & The Soul Collective @ The Gran Re-Opening of Country club Hills Theater


One Quick Video Equals Online Success

By 2019, 80% of all content viewed online will be videos. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If a picture is worth a thousand words then one video is worth 10,000 words, literally. Turn one video into photos, a podcast, blog posts, tweets, Facebook status updates and much, much more for only $5 buck per video. You will be amazed at how easy the process is. Are you confused? Where do I find content to talk about? With the tools, you utilize every day!

Facebook is generating 8 billion video views per day. By 2019, there will be nearly 6 billion internet users with 21 billion networked devices and connections.

  • Define the value of video for a REALTOR®

    Describe apps used to capture video content

    Summarize the equipment needed to produce quality video content

    Set-Up an Instagram account to capture a 60-second video

WHENThursday, June 16, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT) – Add to CalendarWHEREMarcello’s, A Father & Son Restaurant – 645 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610 – View Map

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  1. JFal says:

    Reblogged this on Embody AMoor and commented:

    Hey loves check out this #SummerTimeChi #SouthSide #HotHappeningsList for awesome ways to spend your summer. The list has been updated with over 25 new events. Some awesome happening today and this weekend. All #FreeEvents are designated by blue or orange highlights or hashtagged # FreeEvents. Check if your event made the list. If you have an upcoming event going on the south side of Chicago, feel free drop your link in comment section to get added to list. Don’t forget to tag , share with friends and subcribe for updates….enjoy love bugs!


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