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As the month of May begins, one holiday that is sure to set the streets on fire is Cinco de Mayo. Commemorating the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, it’s a holiday that’s turned into a pop culture phenomenon in America — but it’s not as popular in Mexico. Considering the contributions and legacies of the African diaspora in Mexico with Afro-Mexicanos, there’s room for Black folks to get in on these celebrations as well.        

Also, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and I’m sure the city will be buzzing with families showing their matriarchs just how special they are. 

Looking for something to get into? We got you.

1. DuSable Museum of African American History

Although this isn’t true to this week’s theme, I think it’s necessary that I shine a light on the DuSable Museum of African American History, dedicated to the study and conservation of Black history in Chicago. Located at 740 E 56th, the museum is free to visit on Wednesdays until further notice, something all of us should at least take advantage of at least once. Availability is from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.,. with last admission no later than 3:30 p.m.

2. Moe’s Cinco de Mayo Party

What’s better than day drinking? Inspired by Cinco de Mayo, and fueled by adult libation, this party includes a live DJ, giveaways, and a Mexican-style brunch buffet. The event is Saturday, May 7, from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Early-bird tickets are available for $30.00 and prices will go up to $35.00 and $40.00. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive party to join this weekend, this might be the spot for you. Moe’s is located at 155 W Kinzie.

3. Pier Pressure Party

All aboard the Spirit of Chicago, a yacht that claims to be the biggest on Lake Michigan. Holding more than 400 party goers, the Spirit of Chicago yacht boasts plenty of space to host guests who are excited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Attendees this Saturday, May 7, can expect access to four decks and two DJs, each with their own dance floor. The yacht will be leaving the dock at 11:00 p.m. for a three-hour cruise, ending at 2:00 a.m. Discounted tickets are available now for $29.00 but will rise to $45.00 Passengers will board at 600 E. Grand Ave.

4. Sasheer Zamata Live

A true talent, Sasheer Zamata, has been featured on Hulu’s “Woke,” Comedy Central’s “Robbie” and “Saturday Night Live” for four seasons as a cast member. These are just a few things she’s been a part of. If you’re familiar with anything she’s been a part of, then you know, she’s MAD funny! Come see her as she shines live on stage in Chicago. Showtime is from 9:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at The Den Theatre, located at 1331 N Milwaukee Ave, this Saturday May 7. Ticket prices vary, starting at only $19.00

5. Sunday Funday Patio Brunch

Want to enjoy a nice Mother’s Day experience with Mom? How about your girl, or loved one? With a gourmet menu and a complimentary bottle of champagne for groups of four, this seems like a great stop on Mother’s Day. This brunch party will be held at Frontier, on Sunday, May 8 from noon until 5:00 p.m. Frontier is located at 1072 N, Milwaukee Ave. Tickets for this event are now sold out online, but will be available at the door. Early arrival is highly suggested.