Black History Month is a time for us to honor the resilience, triumphs, and countless contributions of Black Americans in our country while we recognize that Black history is American history and Black culture is American culture.
As a city rich in diversity, Chicago will be commemorating Black History Month with endless events celebrating everything from food to music to art. Looking to join the celebrations? Check out the list we’ve compiled below of fun, informative, engaging Black History Month events across the city.
FEBRUARY– APRIL: Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition
From now until April 21st, get the chance to view art by both professional and amateur African American artists from around the country. Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at The Museum of Science and Industry features paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics, and photography by African Americans of all ages.
FEB 14: Peter Jericho & MGeni – Love Like This
Experience a showcase of music and dance with Peter Jericho, an artist who uses music to blend his African heritage with elements of modern-day struggles to create a sound that is uniquely entertaining and also socially conscious.
FEB 19: Eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. Jazz & Champagne Night
Enjoy the soft, smooth notes of jazz music while sipping on a refreshing glass of champagne and learning about the many musical contributions made by Black Americans to our country’s culture. And during Black History Month, buy one ticket and get the second for free!
FEB 24: Black History Month Family Event
Celebrate the history and culture of Black Americans with fun exhibits for all ages at The Chicago History Museum. This year’s theme of African Americans and Art boasts an itinerary including a scavenger hunt, storytime, and printmaking.
FEB 24: Black History Month Chicago Reparations Celebration
Join in celebrating influential moments in Black history with community leaders, Clergy, and elected officials. Enjoy fresh food, live music, and talks from several guest speakers at the Kehrein Center for the Arts.
Black History Month events may only last through February, but it’s important to continue remembering and honoring the role Black Americans have played in every part of our history and culture no matter the month.