Black Owned Family-Friendly Things to do in Chicago for All-Star Weekend


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The NBA All-Star weekend is finally here. There is so much to do but what if you have children, you may wonder what events are family friendly and affordable. We have put together a few ideas to get you started on your weekend plus a few ideas for the parents who may want some quality time together.

6076__nba_all-star_game-primary_dark-2020.pngNBA Crossover

If you want to get the family right in on the action, consider the NBA Crossover. Located at Navy Pier, this event will showcase the NBA’s influence on music, art, fashion, and technology surely to have something that will interest every member of your family. It will also include NBA player and legend appearances, music performances, Crossover conversations, and exclusive product drops.

Event hours:

Friday, February 14: 2:00pm – 9:30pm

Saturday, February 15: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday, February 16: 11am – 4:30pm


Single Day Pass: $20 – $35 plus tax

Friday, February 14, Saturday, February 15 or Sunday, February 16

General admission access for the day/time listed on the ticket.

3-Day Passes are sold out

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Soule’ Chicago

Ready to eat? Not far from the United Center sits Soule’ Chicago “a boutique restaurant inspired by the first line in Biggie Small’s legendary hip-hop single, “Juicy”: “It was all a dream…” and the soulful memories of Grandma Bea’s laughter and Momma’s smile.” Soule’ Chicago is a creole infused restaurant that focuses on the celebration of culture and community.  Attachment-1.png

Menu items include New Orleans style barbeque shrimp, crab legs, fried catfish, peach cobbler, and so much more.


Tuesday – Thursday: 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday – Saturday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Sunday: 2:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: 1931 W Chicago Avenue

Contact: (312) 526 – 3825


The NBA is all about their sneakers, so why not see one of Chicago’s finest Black-owned sneaker stores sure to please any NBA and sneaker enthusiast. Located just under 10min from the united center is Leaders1354. Take the family to see and purchase some unique footwear, apparel, and hats.

Leaders is located at 152 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60607

Contact them for hours (312) 787 – 7144

The Rink

Want to get away from the All-Star crowds? Take the family to The Rink. In business for over 40 years, this South Side skating rink and staple is sure to be an excellent time for the family.

Take the family on Saturday between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm for their family skating day.

Price: $6 to skate and $1 for skate rental

Location: 1122 E 87th St

Contact: (773) 221 – 2600

Some Like It Black Creative Arts Bar

Need a few hours away from the kids but still want that home-like feel? Head to Some Like It Black Creative Arts Bar on Valentine’s Day for their NBA All-Star Valentines Day Kick off Party.

Located in the Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood, Some Like it Black is a black-owned bar and café’ that has a home-like vibe that allows artists to express their individuality. They also have a great menu featuring their well-known tacos and smoothies.

Purchase tickets to their All-Star Valentines Day Kick off Party:

General Admission is Free

Reserved Seating which includes one drink special is $20 plus tax

Location: 810 East 43rd Street

Contact: 773-891-4866

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