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Jack Li
June 15, 2021
7 Exciting Ways To Celebrate Juneteenth in Chicago
Restaurant specials, special events, exhibitions, and more.
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This year, Juneteenth falls on a Saturday, so expect plenty of special events and celebrations to go down all day (and weekend) long. You can check out Black-owned restaurants offering Juneteenth specials, visit museums with exhibitions highlighting Black culture, and head to outdoor performances featuring local musicians, dancers, and poets.

We’ll update this list as we hear of more events and restaurant specials. If you know of any you’d like to see added, drop us a line at chicago@theinfatuation.com.

  • Black People Eats: For the second year in a row Black People Eats is organizing restaurant promotions to celebrate Juneteenth. Over a hundred Black-owned restaurants across Chicago are offering $6.19 and $16.19 food and drink specials on June 18th and 19th. Click here for the full list.

  • Virtue: Black-owned restaurant Virtue in Hyde park will also be offering a special in honor of Juneteenth. It’s a rib and coleslaw dinner for $29, with an optional add-on cocktail for $13.

  • Launch Thy Neighbor: Launch Thy Neighbor is an event series designed to promote chefs of color. And this Sunday from 2-5pm at The Point, they’re hosting a food and wine pairing featuring four women chefs. Tickets cost $120, and all proceeds will go directly to support the chefs. Buy tickets here.

  • DuSable Museum of African American History: The DuSable Museum of African American History, which has been closed since March of 2020, is reopening on Juneteenth. And it also happens that June 19th is the museum’s 60th birthday. To commemorate, they’re having a reopening celebration featuring a variety of speakers, events, and free admission to the museum. RSVP here.

  • Chicago History Museum: The Chicago History Museum is also offering free admission on Saturday the 19th, starting at 9:30am. They’re also offering virtual programs (like panels and performances) to celebrate Juneteenth, and you can see the full list here.

  • Harold Washington Cultural Center: On Juneteenth, the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Bronzeville is hosting a free outdoor celebration. The event will have a DJ, art, complimentary food, and performances from groups like M.A.D.D. Rhythms, a tap collective that’s celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.

  • Black Culture Week: This collective celebrating Black culture has a number of Juneteenth celebrations happening all weekend long. Like a live band, citywide caravan and parade, and festival. Check out their list of events for more details.

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