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You can say Spring is officially upon us. Spring is interesting because it  comes with new life and new beginnings. It’s out with the old, in with the new, right? Not only that, but Chicago is the most beautiful city in the world when spring blossoms. Spring is a chance to see the city at its full potential.

This weekend temperatures are looking like mid 50s, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. It’s not perfect by any means, but to us it’s a vacation! For me, as temperatures warm, it inspires creativity and ambition, among many other things. That being said, you should feel inspired by the sunshine and blue skies to get out and enjoy this beautiful city. Whether you’re looking to network, party, or enjoy some 420 fun, Chicago has everything you need for the perfect spring fling.

1. Open Door Reading Series

If poetry is your jam, we’ve got you covered. Held at the Poetry Foundation, The Open Door Reading Series presents work from new and emerging poets and highlights writing and poetic partnerships. The event features Madeleine LeCesne, Michelle Nicole Miller, Nat Pyper and Ang Zheng. Events held by the Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior St.) are free and open to the public. The event is from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Guests over the age of 18 must show proof of vaccination and a photo I.D. RSVP now.

2. The Social Experience Blackout Edition

Come out to the Clutch Bar on Friday, April 15 for a social experience you won’t soon forget. This is a networking event for Black professionals who are looking to connect with other like-minded individuals. Come comfortable, but dressed to impress. Located at 316 W. Erie, the festivities start at 9:00 p.m. and end at 1:00 a.m. Free finger foods will be provided by Clutch Bar, plus there’s a free whiskey tasting from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In order to enjoy the event’s full experience, organizers are asking attendees to put their phones away and enjoy the moment! Tickets are still available at only $10, or $500 to reserve a table of up to five people.

3. Chicago Black College Expo Presented by Kel Mitchell

The Black College Expo, hosted by Kel Mitchell, comes to Chicago State University (9501 S. King Dr.) on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anybody who remembers Mitchell knows the impact he has had on Black culture, co-starring in early Nickelodeon shows such as “Kenan and Kel,” and “All That.” The event gives high school juniors and seniors, as well as college transfers, an opportunity to meet in person with HBCUs and receive an admission decision on the spot! Scholarships will also be available. This event is for students of ALL AGES! Registration for this event is free.

4. Puff & Poetry

Creator and co-host 3ye’m Genesis (pronounced I am Genesis) will be celebrating 4/20 a little early this weekend, at Puff & Poetry at 7112 S Yates Blvd. This event features Atlanta poet Muva The Creator, as well as Leloni Lopez, creator of “Fire to the mic.” Vendors will be available and poets are welcome to sign up for open mic while spots are available. Tickets are $21 for general admission or you can purchase a V.I.P. puff pack for $41 (details of package unavailable) Co-hosted by Radio Rell, this is sure to be a good time on Saturday, April 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

5. Kyle Santillian’s 2000s Affair

Let’s take it back to the jersey dresses, headbands and flip phones. Hosted by Kyle Santillian – and featuring a performance by Freeway – this 2000s party is about to be “off the chain.” Too corny? Ok y’all. But this is really looking like it’s going to be a good time, giving you all the nostalgia you can handle at The Promontory 5311 S Lake Park W. from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Tickets start at $20 for general admission, and table reservations with bottle service are available for $125 ($500 bottle purchase required).

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is a culture correspondent with The TRiiBE.