Celebrated on June 19 each year, Juneteenth is the longest-running African American holiday. It is an official holiday in Chicago and has been considered a federal holiday since President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in 2021.
Here are 19 Juneteenth celebrations in Chicago that you can take part in this year!
1. The DuSable Museum of African American History
The museum is hosting a special Juneteenth BBQ. Featuring food, vendors, live performances, a kid’s corner, horseback riding, and more, the event will is free for all. Head inside the museum to explore the expansive exhibits. The museum is the first independent museum dedicated to the history of African and African American culture.
Address: 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637
2. Head to the third annual Juneteenth Block Party
Sunday, June 19 at The Woodlawn. This years celebrations will feature activities for everyone with tons of local vendors, photo opportunities at a 360-degree photo booth, plenty of family fun games, along with food and DJ performances.
Address: 1200 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619
3. See a show at the Black Ensemble Theater
Located in Uptown, the Black Ensemble Theater is considered one of the most diverse musical theatre’s in the country. The group’s mission is simple: to end racism through the arts and with community outreach. They’re known for their incredible performances. Currently, they’re performing Grandma’s Jukebox, a story about the healing power of music. Grab a ticket from June 17th through the 19th, but the show is also going on until June 26th.
Address: 4450 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
4. Tour historic Bronzeville
The neighborhood is also known as the city’s Black metropolis. Take part in the Chicago Mahogany Tours, which meet at from the DuSable Museum of African American History. The tours on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, are sure to be particularly special given the holiday.
5. Head to the Festival on the Square
Celebrate with Congo Square Theater Company at their Festival on the Square on June 19th at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport. The annual festival is a celebration of the arts, community healing, and Black joy. Hosted by one of the nation’s premiere African-American theater ensembles, the festivities lineup includes live performances, theatrical readings, special guest acts, vendors, and so much more.
Address: 1016 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
The Juneteenth Market at The Promontory Chicago
Celebrating Black business in Chicago, the free pop-up market is to take place on June 19. There, you’ll find plenty of vendors celebrating Black beauty, food, and fashion. Later, the space will turn into a popular Let’s Party For The Culture dance parties with tickets going for $15.
Address: 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago, IL 60615
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