Black Summer 2017 Events in Chicago


Summertime Chi is finally here. We’ve curated a list of Black events you MUST attend this summer.


June 21: A World OppHERtunities Networking Soiree

June 21: Tribute to Eartha Kitt, Dinah Washington, Natalie Cole & Anita Baker

June 24: KevOnStage @ Rehobath 50th Anniversary Celebration

June 24: Hip-Hop Revival

June 24: Jack Honey Neighborhood Flavor & Ankara Ball Afterparty

June 24: A Night of 100 Stars

June 24: Motown: Lynne Jordan & The Shivers, Dawud & Lura Shareef

June 26-July 28: Swish Dreams Summer Camp

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Chicago Man Creates Refillable Deodorant Bottle: Switch Fresh


After running late to an event because he had to stop at the store for some deodorant, Antoine Wade was determined to find a way to make using and receiving deodorant for busy consumers more convenient. 

“Deodorant is used by nearly everyone on the planet but there hasn’t been any real innovation in the industry outside new ingredients. I saw a void in the industry and wanted to put a cool spin on something we use every day.” 

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40 Events to Attend in Chicago During Black History Month (2017)


Happy Black History Month! We’ve curated a list of events to attend in Chicago this month. Remember to use the hashtag #BlackOwnedChicago when posting pictures at the events below, so we’ll know you discovered the event here.

Jan 31 – Feb 12: The Bodyguard-The Musical 

Feb 1 – A Conversation with Issa Rae

Feb 1 – Happy Birthday Langston Hughes: A Celebration in Poetry, Prose and Song

Feb 1 – Writers Theatre at Laboratory Schools: The MLK Project : The Fight for Civil Rights

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Black Owned Chicago Sells Out Harper Theater, Shows “Farewell Obama” Documentary


Black Owned Chicago recently released our first short documentary “Farewell Obama” and everything about the event was intentional. We chose The Harper Theater, because of its location: Hyde Park a.k.a. Home of Obama. The screening was January 19, 2017, because that was President Obama’s last day of his presidency. Tickets sold out in 2 days. Check out some pictures from that special evening. (Photo credit: Mamadou Sewa Bah)Continue reading

The Frock Shop is the Only Black Owned Dress Rental Company in the Country

Jennifer Burrell in the showroom of The Frock Shop, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune) B582481281Z.1 ....OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION...

Jennifer Burrell in the showroom of The Frock Shop, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)

Located in Chicago, The Frock Shop is the only Black owned dress rental company in the country. Founded by Jennifer Gist Burrell in 2011, The Frock Shop rents designer dresses from coveted national and independent designers for black-tie events, prom, weddings, and parties.Continue reading