Apr 18, 2024 - Things to Do

Chicago weekend events: "We Grown Now," Rum Festival, Bingo Loco

Still from "We Grown Now" film

"We Grown Now." Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

This weekend in Chicago, see a new film about Cabrini-Green, taste rum from local vendors in Logan Square or have a party while playing bingo.

1. 🎞️ "We Grown Now"

"We Grown Now," a new movie set in the Cabrini-Green housing projects in 1992, opens in select theaters Friday. Tickets here.

Zoom in: The award-winning movie depicts the aftermath of the real-life shooting of 7-old Dantrell Davis, an event that put Cabrini-Green in the national spotlight.

Catch up quick: In its early years, Cabrini-Green was known as a model housing project for Black families, but a number of factors like neglect and over-policing led to its tarnished reputation.

What they're saying: "I have friends that grew up in Cabrini-Green," said Lil Rel Howery, a Chicagoan starring in the film. "It was a lot of things living in the projects, but it wasn't as crazy as [the media] loves to depict it."

  • "[The reputation of Cabrini-Green] has been so sensationalized in the media," Jurnee Smollett, an executive producer and star in the film, who's also from Chicago, told Axios. "The dominant narrative, unfortunately, has been painted with a very different brush than what was true."

Behind the scenes: The film's director, Minhal Baig, also a Chicagoan, did extensive interviews with the now-demolished neighborhood's former residents in order to tell the story accurately.

2. 😂 "Impractical Jokers"

3. 🎉 Bingo Loco

  • Get ready to rave, dance and play bingo 6pm Saturday at Recess. Tickets are $35.

4.🧉 Chicago Rum Festival

  • Enjoy tastings and learn from local rum aficionados 2–7pm Saturday at the Logan Square Auditorium. Tickets start at $20.

5. 🛍️ Sauced Night Market

  • Shop over 50 local vendors at a 4/20-inspired night market with food trucks and DJ sets, 5–10pm Friday and Saturday at Left Ace Beer Co. Free. RSVP here.
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