It’s been typical Chicago spring weather this week: a glimpse of sunshine and a flash of warmer temperatures, but mostly cold rain.
Writer and producer Sonya Jackson joins the Morning Shift to share her recommendations on events, restaurants and activities for a weekend of sunshine.
What to see
Djembe! The Show - Play the djembe and sing along to some of the hottest hits of the decades with world-class Broadway and Chicago performers at Apollo Theater Chicago. The concert, co-produced by Jackson, runs through June 9.
La Havana Madrid - Step back into La Havana Madrid, a legendary nightclub that drew Latinx families to Chicago in the 1960s. Sandra Delgado, a Chicago native and longtime stage actor, is the writer and star of the play. Performances begin May 11 at the Den Theatre and run through June 22.
Rent - This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production — including a stop at the James M. Nederlander Theatre from May 10-19.
What to hear
Chill - In need of peace and quiet after a long week? Spend some time in self-care with guided meditation, massages and delicious snacks.
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church - Get your praise on this Sunday with Pastor Charles Jenkins, who's not only the senior pastor of the church but a gospel recording superstar.
What to eat
Yassa - Warm up this weekend with spicy, traditional Senegalese food at Yassa. It's the first Senegalese restaurant in the city and one of the few African restaurants on the South Side of Chicago.
Aba - Stop by Aba in the historic Fulton Market District for your fill of Mediterranean food. The restaurant is an extension of Ema (mother in Hebrew) in River North.
Sip of Hope - Drink coffee with a purpose at the first coffee shop where 100 percent of the proceeds support proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.
GUEST: Sonya Jackson, writer, producer and founder of Mantra for Good