Welcome to the last weekend of 2017! This weekend, celebrate life, community, and culture. Observe Kwanzaa at various shopping and community events across the South Side of Chicago. Dine on traditional Southern-style dishes, which are thought to bring good luck at Saint Lou’s Assembly. Laugh out loud with some of the year’s most standout comics at the Arie Crown Theater. Give and receive ‘Black Boy Joy’ with the community mentorship organization C.H.A.M.P.S. Bring in the New Year with these events and more this weekend.
Saturday |December 30th| 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Little Black Pearl |1060 E 47th St.| $5
The principles of Kwanzaa are in full affect at Little Black Pearl this weekend. Join the arts and cultural facility for their community vendor marketplace. Shop a unique selection of local, African-American made goods. Check out the full list of vendors here.
The Black Mall Kwanzaa Celebration
Friday – Saturday |December 29th – 30th| 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
La Catrina |1011 W. 18th St.| Free
The Black Mall is an online directory of Black-owned business across the United States. This weekend, during the observation of Kwanzaa, the platform will host a weekend of empowerment which will consist of a political forum, Ujamaa ( Swahili for ‘extended family’ or ‘brotherhood’ ) market, cultural presentations, wellness screenings and more. Learn more about the event taking place at various locations across the city by checking out the event page here.
Lucky’s Southern New Year’s Eve Dinner
Sunday |December 31th| 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saint Lou’s Assembly |664 W Lake St.| $35 – $55
The Southerner inside you will enjoy a New Year’s Eve dinner at Saint Lou’s this weekend. According to Southern lore, enjoying certain foods in the New Year will bring you good luck. Indulge and get lucky with a five-course chef-driven feast of items such as roast pork belly and collard greens pierogi. Make your reservations on Saint Lou’s website. Walk-ins and a la carte menu selections will also be available during the New Years Eve event.
New Year’s Eve at Alhambra Palace
Sunday |December 31st| 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Alhambra Palace |1240 W Randolph St.| $100 – $150
Celebrate a very hearty New Year’s Eve with Alhambra this Sunday. Tickets include a three-course dinner, live entertainment all night, party favors, champagne toast and non-stop dancing. Not a bad deal if you are looking to dine out and dance, all in one place, at a trendy West Loop venue. For more details check out the events page here.
Black Boy Joy Experience
Friday |December 29th| 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kroc Center |1250 W 119th St.| Free
C.H.A.M.P.S Male Mentoring program will host the “Black Boy Joy Experience” this Friday. The organization offers a program that develops the mindsets of African-American and Latino young men between the ages of 12-18. The culturally relevant conversations and interactive program are partnering with the 2017 Don Hubert Scholars Program to expose young men to various careers and community mentors with a day-long event that will also include live DJ, basketball, art, male workshops, free food, video games, fun, and fellowship. Do some good and participate in this event before the New Year by visiting the organization’s website, Champs Mentoring.com
DeRay’s Funny & Famous Chitown Comedy Countdown
Saturday & Sunday |December 30th – 31th| 8:00 p.m.
Arie Crown Theater |2301 S Lake Shore Dr.| $59 – $200
End 2017 on a humorous note. Chicago native DeRay Davis is bringing some celebrity comics to the Chi for the New Year. Guests of the actor and comedian include Lil Rel (Get Out) and Tiffany Haddish( Girl’s Trip) who have starred in standout movies this year, as well as veteran comic Michael Blackson, and Lil Duval who keep their 5 million total followers ‘LMAO’ daily via social media. Buy last minute tickets for this two-night event here.
The Vanishing Act
Saturday |December 30th| 7:30 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Uptown Underground |4707 N Broadway Ave.| $26 – $45
Nine comedians will hit the stage for the last performance and last show of the year at Uptown Underground. Celebrate the close-out of a fantastic run of the Chicago Magic Lounge at Uptown Underground. The old-school magic bar filled with close up magic, bar magic, table hopping magicians and main stage acts. An intimate and alternative event to check out this holiday weekend. Purchase tickets for the show here.
What I’m Seeking
My plans for the New Year are still up in the air. There are a lot of great parties, restaurants to dine, and so much more things to do to ring in 2018! My main focus for the weekend is cleaning, clearing, and catapulting. I plan on doing a deep cleaning on my home( blame my superstitious upbringing), clearing any unnecessary stuff, people, files, or whatever out of my life, and catapulting my initiatives for the blog and my career. So many things to reflect on and look forward to in 2018. Be sure to see it all by following me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest at @ The Hauteseeker to see it all!