Black History Month in IL-12

February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the lives, legacies, and contributions of Black people throughout history. It’s also a great opportunity to support the vibrant Black community here in Chicago! 

Here are a few Black History Month events happening this month:

The Chicago History Museum is introducing the Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968 exhibit, focusing on his time in Chicago. The exhibit has over 25 photographs showcasing  Dr. King’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit is open now and will run until July 4th, 2022. 

Second City is featuring The SuperAfroWavyDrippyExtraBrilliantDope Show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 pm until March 9th. The comedy show, performed by an all-Black cast, celebrates the contributions of BIPOC alumni throughout Second City history. 

The Chicago Children’s Choir is performing a free virtual Black History Month concert on Saturday, February 26th at 6 pm. Preserving and Persevering shows how African traditions are preserved through music and have helped the Black community persevere through racial injustices. The virtual concert will also feature Grammy-winning artists Ms. Lisa Fischer and Ranky Tanky.

The Chicago Black Restaurant Week runs until February 20th and features Black-owned restaurants throughout the city of Chicago. Food is a great way to learn about the history and culture of communities, and many of these restaurants have powerful stories to tell. The restaurant week participants are also featuring exclusive deals! Visit the Chicago Black Restaurant Week Map to plan your next meal!