This weekend, celebrate the final yet empowering days of Black History Month and it’s a leap year, what more can you want! Enjoy the weekend with fun and unique things to do in Chicago.
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Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago
Tuesdays – Sundays | February 29th – May 31st | Time Varies
Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago | 220 E Chicago Ave. | $8 – $15
Experience fashion and culture this weekend with the Museum of Contemporary Art(MCA). Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu takes over the MCA this month with his internationally recognized multinational and multicultural viewpoint on fashion, art, and design. The exhibition draws from the public and private art collections of Chicago, including the MCA’s collection that reveals his creative process. To learn more about the exhibition, visit MCAChicago.org.
Black Made Market – Presented by Kido
Saturday | February 29th | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Kido | 1023 S Delano Ct. | Free
Kido Chicago, the black owned children’s store, presents the inaugural Black Made Market. The local retailer welcomes Black makers from all over the Midwest to the Roosevelt Collection Shops to display their unique creations in the heart of the city. There will be items for the whole family – clothing, jewelry, home goods, tasty treats, and more. Entry and parking(up to 2 hours with validation) to the event are free. For more details and vendor information, visit the event page here.
Food + Drink Events:
Pozole Cook Off 2020
Saturday | January 11th | 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom | 2101 South Carpenter St. | Free
Join pozole aficionados for a cook-off in Pilsen. Lo Rez Taproom hosts a tasting of 20+ hand crafted pozole samples, all tried-and-true recipes from members of the community and a few local restaurants. Come cast your vote for the best pozole. For more details on this event, visit the Event Page.
Chicago Polar Plunge
Sunday | March 1st | 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
North Avenue Beach | 1600 N Lake Shore Dr. | Free
Take a dip in the icy waters of Lake Michigan this weekend—for a good cause of course. The annual Chicago Polar Plunge invites Chicagoans to brave the cold temps both on land and in the water along with thousands of other brave souls, as you raise money for the Special Olympics Chicago. The admission to participate is $200 in the plunge, however it is free(and encouraged) to attend. To participate, visit Special Olympics Chicago.
Arts + Culture Events:
AAN 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration
Saturday | February 29th | 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra | 220 S Michigan Ave. | Free
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s African American Network invites you to its 4th annual Black History Month Celebration this weekend in Chicago. The multi-dimensional homage to the first black superstar, “Le Tumulte Noir” celebrates her pioneering Paris revue and her pivotal role in the 1927 silent film “Siren of the Tropics.” This film score by Chicago composer (and frequent AAN guest) Renée Baker will be performed live by the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, the percussion ensemble Tsukasa Taiko and members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. For more
Love Jones: A R&B Party
Friday | February 28th | 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Emporium Arcade Bar | 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. | $5
Kick off your weekend with soulful sounds and R&B vibes. Inspired by the romantic movie Love Jones, the event will cover all of the best 90’s to now R&B jams. Nostalgic/90’s attire welcomed. Admission is $5 cover all night long. Purchase your tickets in advance by visiting the event page here.