Great Migration 
Warmer weather in Chicago means more events and activities to enjoy and this weekend is bursting with cool things to check out. Organize your plans now so you don't miss any of these offerings. Here are our picks for the rest of the week, from a history-filled exhibit, to a book/pop culture mashup, to an indie-cool craft market. [more]
 

Open The Door Chicago: A Great Migration Musical Journey

The celebration of the Great Migration centennial continues with "Open The Door Chicago; A Great Migration Musical Journey," an interactive exhibit of photos, audio interview clips and promotional materials. The show traces the journey of the musicians and personalities who traveled from the south to Chicago during the Great Migration of African Americans in the early part of the last century. These artists would help create the popular musical genres that would later be called Chicago blues, rock and R&B.

The exhibit is on display at Columbia College's Center for Black Music Research (618 S. Michigan, 6th floor), from 11-4 pm Wednesday through Friday, May 11-13.

FREE admission

 

BookCon Comes To Chicago

Described as the place where "storytelling and pop culture Collide," BookCon attracted a host of authors and celebrities during the events first two years in New York, including stars/authors Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler. Now the annual book lovers extravaganza rolls into Chi-town with the same mix of social media stars and writers. BookCon Chicago will host popular YA authors Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries) and Veronica Roth (Divergent series) as well as Youtube star Jazz Jennings and local blogger and author, Luvvie Ajayi.

The event runs 10-6pm on Saturday, May 14 at McCormick Place (West Building, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive).

Tickets are $30

 

Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar & Farmer's Market 

One of the best ways to end a busy Chicago weekend is at the multi-functional Hyde Park Artisan Bazaar & Farmer's Market. Dozens of local artisans display hand-crafted goods including jewelry, clothing and art for one-of-a-kind shopping. The south side's best farmers also supply a great selection of produce. Once all your shopping is done, relax at the Promontory's restaurant and enjoy brunch wile a DJ spins soul and jazz tunes.

The market runs from 11-4pm on Sunday, May 15 at The Promontory (5311 S. Lake Park Avenue).

FREE admission

 
Photo courtesy of The Center for Black Music Research