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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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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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

Z Berry is the First Black & Female Owned Frozen Yogurt Shop in Chicago


Summer time and the living is easy. What better way to cool off during the summer months than with a fresh cup of frozen yogurt?

Zenzi is the owner of Z Berry Frozen Yogurt in Hyde Park. She is the first African American woman to own a frozen yogurt shop in the city of Chicago. Our camera crew had a chance to chat with her about the history and future of the yogurt shop. Check out the video below!Continue reading

Black Summer 2016 Events in Chicago


“The good life, it feel like Atlanta. It feel like L.A., it feel like Miami. It feel like N.Y., summertime Chi.” -Kanye West-


June 14: Ceelo Green – City Winery

June 15: Sounds of History Jazz Line Up (DuSable)

June 17: Believing Bigger Summit

June 17: Kenny Lattimore – City Winery

June 17: Bronzeville Summer Nights

June 18: Kroc Food Truck Rally

June 18: DuSable Museum Movies in the Park (Creed)

June 23: Mali Music LIVE

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