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16 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: ‘1619 Project’ Event, Winter Street Fest, Seed Swap And More

Looking for something to do this weekend? You can check out a Black History Month pop-up, celebrate Carnivale and more in Chicago.

Nikole Hannah-Jones interacts as residents, public officials and the family of Ida B. Wells gather at the Oakwood Center for the unveiling of the Ida B. Wells Monument in Bronzeville on June 30, 2021.
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CHICAGO — You can hear an artist talk at the Chinese American Museum, watch a screening of “The 1619 Project” with creator and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and more this weekend.

Here’s a roundup of 16 things to do across the city:

The 1619 Project: A Discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday

DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, 740 E. 56th Place

To celebrate the release of Hulu’s “The 1619 Project” docuseries, you can watch a screening of its fifth episode, “FEAR.” It will be followed by a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the project’s creator. Admission is free, but you can reserve a spot online.

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A photo of 2018’s Winter Brew event at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center.

Winter Brew

Noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Lincoln Avenue between Leland and Wilson Avenues

This winter street festival is returning to Lincoln Square with more than a dozen breweries and local businesses. You can buy tickets for the fest online. Ticket packages cost $5-$35.

Black History Month Pop-Up Shop

1-7 p.m. Sunday

Cinema Chatham, 210 W. 87th St.

You can shop Black-owned businesses at this pop-up market, plus enjoy good food and music. Admission is free, but you can reserve a spot here.

Saturday Skate Session

6-9 p.m. Saturday

House of Vans Chicago, 113 N. Elizabeth St.

There’s limited space at this skate session hosted by House of Vans. You can secure your spot here.

International Wine & Chocolate Tasting

5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday

3642 W. Belmont Ave.

Spend your Saturday evening sampling red wine and chocolates from more than 10 countries at this event by nonprofit Deaf Planet Soul. Tickets are $25 per person online or $45 at the door.

In Our Words: A Black History Month Event

7-9 p.m. Saturday

Overflow Coffee, 1449 S. Michigan Ave.

Enjoy handcrafted coffee and espresso while listening to music, poetry and literary passages by African-American writers. Tickets for $25-$30 are available online.

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You can celebrate Carnivale this weekend with arts and crafts, dance, music and more.

International Carnivale

1-5 p.m. Saturday

Aon Grand Ballroom, 840 E. Grand Ave.

You can celebrate Carnivale with art-making activities, music, food and dance. The event is part of Navy Pier’s Global Connections series. It’s free to attend and open to all ages. Food and beverages will be available to buy.

Seed Swap & Giveaway

1-3 p.m. Sunday

Broadway Armory Park Club Room, 5917 N. Broadway, second floor

Share and exchange seeds with gardeners at this seed swap. You can bring any native, rain garden, vegetable, fruit and herb seeds to share. There will be envelopes and seed processing materials. Organizers ask that attendees wear masks. This event is free and open to the public, but you can RSVP online.


3-5 p.m. Saturday

Pose Cultural Art Gallery, 2136 W. Chicago Ave.

Sing along to old-school hip hop and R&B tunes while painting this weekend. You can buy tickets for $40 online.

Black Future Artist’s Market

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday

The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St.

In honor of Black History Month, you can shop Black-owned businesses, enjoy food from LoveOnly Kitchen and watch performances from local musicians at this pop-up. Admission is free, but you can reserve a spot online.

Artist Talk With Maggie Wong

Noon-1 p.m. Sunday

Chinese American Museum of Chicago, 238 W. 23rd St.

You can check out artist Maggie Wong’s first solo exhibition in Chicago, “UNITY,” this weekend. The event is free, but you can RSVP or donate to the museum online.

Long Overdue Pop-Up Bookstore

Noon-3 p.m. Sunday

First Draft, 649 S. Clark St.

Long Overdue, a Chicago publisher, is turning neighborhood bar First Draft into a bookstore this weekend. You can browse books, chat with authors and learn about writing classes and services during this pop-up. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online.

Black History Pop-Up Celebration

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday

John M. Smyth Elementary School, 1059 W. 13th St.

Enjoy food, music and good vibes while supporting Black-owned businesses at this pop-up. There will also be free cellphones and tablets distributed to those who qualify and while supplies last. This event is free and open to the public, but you can reserve a spot online.

Pilsen Community Market + Raffle

Noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W. 18th St.

This is Pilsen Community Market’s final event of the month. You can enjoy food, drinks and live music while shopping from local vendors. For every item you buy, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a basket of products and goods donated by vendors. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online.

Chopin In The City

Various times and venues Wednesday-Sunday

This festival, which celebrates Frederic Chopin, returns this weekend with concerts, presentations, films and music workshops honoring the Polish musician’s life. See the full schedule online.

An Ode to Black Creativity Celebration

1-3 p.m. Saturday

2240 S. Michigan Ave.

There will be art workshops, music, food and good vibes at this event celebrating Black excellence. Take part in a paint class, collaging station, trivia games and more. You can RSVP online.

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