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City Winery Chicago
City Winery Chicago presents a star-studded celebration of legendary American author, activist and thinker, Langston Hughes’ 115th birthday. Performances include readings of poetry by Hughes plus music that he wrote, inspired and/or enjoyed. The event features Jussie Smollett of FOX’s Empire, who will portray Langston Hughes in the forthcoming Thurgood Marshall film, Marshall. Previously announced participants include, Golden Globe Award-winning actress and playwright, Regina Taylor; critically-acclaimed spoken word artist, J. Ivy; the “Empress of Soul,” Terisa Griffin; Chicago chanteuse and City Winery Chicago favorite, Lynne Jordan; and local poet, activist, educator and musician, Malcolm London. Tickets are $28-$42, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Donda’s House.
When: Wednesday, February 1st. 8:00pm
Location: 1200 W. Randolph Street. 312.733.9463
DuSable Museum of African American History
This month, indulge in some history at the DuSable Museum. Typically, the museum promotes an understanding and inspire an appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. In particular, Dr. Rick Kittles, co-founder and scientific director of African Ancestry, Inc., will discuss what DNA is and how it reveals the hidden past, and complexity of African American heritage. General admission is $10, DuSable museum members pay $8.
When: February 16th. 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 740 E. 56th Place. 773.947.0600
Andy's Jazz Club
Andy's Jazz Club is an institution that's been around for more than a half century. As arguably the city's most prominent jazz venue, this place is a must-visit for fans of swing notes and saxophone solos. Every day in February, the jazz club will host live music by Dana Hall's Black Fire and Pharez Whitted Band. Celebrate Black History month with one of the best jazz clubs in Chicago. Admission is $10 before 7pm, $15 after 7pm.
When: February 10th, 11th. 5pm, 7pm, 9:30pm, and 11:30pm
Location: 11 E. Hubbard Street. 312.642.6805
Black Ensemble Theatre
Ever since actress and playwright Jackie Taylor founded Black Ensemble Theatre in 1976, its musicals have wowed diverse audiences all over the country. For February, watch a live show of "My Brother's Keeper: The Story of the Nicolas Brothers," written by Black Ensemble Theater’s associate director, Rueben D. Echoles. Check out the calendar for event details and admission.
When: February 11h-26th
Location: 4450 N. Clark Street. 773.769.4451
Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation
As the blues are a major part of Chicago's history, take a tour of Chess Records where famous blues artists like, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Sonny Boy Williamson II recorded, and was later immortalized by British rock group, The Rolling Stones. Willie Dixon's widow, Marie, purchased the building which was then renovated and re-opened, it is now home to Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation. Take a tour to see artifacts, the recording studio, and maybe even see a live concert. Tours are by appointment only.
Hours: Thurs. & Fri. 12-4pm. Sat. 12-3pm.
Location: 2120 S. Michigan Avenue. 312.808.1286