Juneteenth is a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States
The Office of Multicultural Affairs encourages community members to spend the day learning more about the effects of slavery and racism in America, and supporting Black-owned businesses. Karl Constant and Dorothy Pleas from the Office of Multicultural Affairs have curated a list of events for learning and celebration at home or in the local area.
Friday, June 16
Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2023
6 – 9 p.m.
Ride the double-decker bus that will take you to the five participating art galleries and art institutions in Bronzeville. Featuring some of the best fine art and entertainment in the city of Chicago. Free and Fun for the entire family!
Saturday, June 17
Naperville Neighbors United Juneteenth Freedom Day
Noon – 3 p.m.
Rotary Hill, Naperville
Naperville Neighbors United celebrates Juneteenth with the community. There will be music performances and inspirational speakers.
1 – 3 p.m.
Bronzeville Children's Museum, Chicago
Join the Bronzeville Children's Museum for their 21st anniversary celebration.
Sunday, June 18
Second Annual Juneteenth Village Fest: Celebrating Family and Freedom
Noon – 8 p.m.
Anna & Frederick Douglass Park, Chicago
Village Fest will feature musical performances by Angie Stone, Marsha Ambrosius, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Kindred and the Family Soul. Attendees can also enjoy local performers, food vendors, community-based organizations and resources, carnival rides, and activities for all ages.
Monday, June 19
A Virtual Conversation on Health Equity with Dr. Ngozi Ezike
9 – 10 a.m.
United Way of Metro Chicago (Online)
Dr. Ngozi Ezike is the first Black woman president and CEO of Sinai Chicago hospital system and immediate past director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where she helped the entire state navigate COVID-19.
The Juneteenth BBQ & Block Party
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, Chicago
The DuSable Black History Museum will have activities for the family, music performances, food & drink. The DuSable Museum is also proud to announce a Hip-Hop Communiversity discussion session featuring renowned hip-hop legend Kool Moe Dee as we also commemorate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
Juneteenth South Side Tour with Shermann “Dilla” Thomas
Noon – 2 p.m.
South Side Cultural Center, Chicago
Take a ride with Chicago’s own urban historian, Sherman “Dilla” Thomas! This Juneteenth-themed edition of his bus tour will depart from the South Side Cultural Center for a two-hour adventure highlighting the historical context of different landmarks and neighborhoods. In the Juneteenth spirit of fellowship, participants can look forward to a beach party at the tour’s close.
Thank You Chicago Juneteenth Market
2 – 7 p.m.
The Promontory, Chicago
The Juneteenth Market is a pop-up market celebrating black businesses in Chicago. The marketplace will feature various businesses and industries from beauty to fashion. Food vendors will be on site.