This weekend, celebrate Juneteenth, by supporting several black-owned businesses during the Black Bar Crawl and with the Sweetwater Foundation. Get a taste of the city’s most notorious “Restaurant Row” at Taste of Randolph Street. Make a new friend or a least flex on your current ones as you tour boats during Harborfest 2018. Check out this weekend’s curated list of things to do in Chicago.
Box Shops by Related Opening Weekend
Friday | June 15th | 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
725 W. Randolph St. | Free
Support a rotating roster of local entrepreneurs and businesses during this weekend’s grand opening of the Box Shops By Related. The pop-up marketplace will is located on the future site of the Midwest’s first Equinox hotel. The shops, set up in refurbished shipping containers will feature business such as Reformed School, as well as many other traditionally online-only stores who are looking to expand their customer base. To learn more about Box Shops by Related or to lease a space, be sure to visit Box Shops by Related.com for more details.
Chick Magic Summer Pop Up Shop + Tattoo Parlor Pop Up
Saturday | June 16th | 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Stevens Security Office |8837 S. Stoney Island | Free
Join SoundChick Accessories for this summer “Chick Magic” Spring Pop-up Shop + Tattoo Parlor. Shop a curated selection of over a dozen small business. The event will feature handmade gifts and accessories, cosmetics, home goods and more from minority-owned businesses. Be sure to RSVP here for complimentary admission, drinks, and access to a photo booth, rounding out a great afternoon of shopping on the South Side of Chicago.
Taste of Randolph Street
Friday – Sunday | June 15th – 17th | Time Varies
Randolph and Peoria | $10 Donation
Taste of Randolph commemorates its iconic street festival with a 22nd Anniversary celebration by bringing together the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, featuring over 16 unique restaurants. In addition to the delectable food, some of the nation’s hottest up-and-coming bands and musicians, as well as the biggest names in Chicago house music, performing on two stages and a DJ stage, to entertain guests on their culinary adventure. For a full list of participating restaurants, musical acts, and performances, as well as VIP tickets, be sure to visit the event website here.
Black Bar Crawl
Saturday | June 16th | 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location Varies | $20 – $40
Support local Black bars during the 2nd Annual Chicago Black Bar Crawl this weekend in honor of Juneteenth. The bar crawl will take place at Mr. Browns, Velvet Lounge, Persona, and Renaissance featuring some of the city’s most notable DJ’s spinning at every location. Be apart of all that is black and excellent in Chicago during the Chicago Black Bar Crawl. Grab tickets to this event by visiting the event page here.
Juneteenth at the Commons
Saturday | June 16th | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Perry Ave Commons |5700 S. Perry Ave. | Free
Commemorate Juneteenth with Sweet Water Foundation, the regenerative neighborhood development program that utilizes urban agriculture, art, and education to transform underserved communities. The organization will host a family-friendly event that will encourage the entire city to create, build, and celebrate freedom and community. Experience this event through arts, crafts, music, dance, cooking demonstrations, food, and fun with special guests and performers. For more details on this event, be sure to check out the event page here.
Arts & Culture:
Friday – Saturday | June 15th – 16th | Time Varies
Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave. | Free
Experience a new free music festival, held across three different stages, at Navy Pier this weekend. LatiNxt presented by Sol features local, national, and international artists who are exploring new ways fo connecting traditional Latin music with modern sounds. LatiNxt is co-curated by Future Rootz, collective Latinx creatives. For the full lineup of performers, be sure to check out the event page here.
Saturday – Sunday | June 16th -17th | Time Varies
31st Street Harbor | 3155 S Lake Shore Dr. | $18 – $20
Harborfest is for all of us who dream of summer days hanging out on boats, but can’t afford them(yet). Make your way to 31st Harbor for a two-day event of live music, an in-water boat show, food, drinks, and of course a ton of social media worthy flexing. Purchase tickets to the event here or attend for free if you have a boat of your own.
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