An Empowering, motivational, and entertaining forum that targets the specific needs and interests of Black Women!

Black Women's Expo

The Black Women’s Expo

Chicago: August 2 -4, 2024, McCormick Place
Demographics: Primary:  African American W25-54, educated, upscale.


For 29 years, McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, becomes a mecca for black women seeking to empower, to educate, to improve and celebrate their lives and the lives of their families. 

The Black Woman’s Expo has become the nation’s foremost exposition targeting African American consumers, attracting approximately 35,000, and impacting each attendee with current, valuable, relevant information and mixing it all up with fun and top-flight entertainment.

Every aspect of the black woman’s life is addressed and celebrated via a plethora of small and large events, specific themed pavilions, standing-room only seminars and general sessions addressing critical issues facing African American women- all presented by a five-star roster of experts.

The Pavilions…

There are many sponsorable pavilions- each connecting attendees to services and resources necessary to maintain their healthy, active lifestyles and their quality of life. Each pavilion offers seminars, demonstrations and interactive activities designed to empower, to educate and to improve quality of life.

Pavilions may vary from year to year but may include:

  • Health &
  • Wellness
  • Education
  • Automotive
  • Beauty Bar
  • Food Sampling
  • Kidz Korner
  • Family Services
  • Literary Cafe

The Entertainment…

The Expo augments all of this education and learning with top flight, high quality entertainment showcased daily on the Main Stage. There are show stopping local and national musical entertainment, fashion shows, a hair show, dance & theatrical performances to enjoy throughout the day. The list of past entertainment acts includes a wide variety from gospel sensations “Mary Mary”, Musiq Soul Child, “BeBe & CeCe Winans” and “Donnie McClurkin” to R&B megastars “Brian McKnight”, “Keith Sweat”, “Teena Marie”, “Patti LaBelle”, Shawnna,  and “The O’Jays” Twista, and many more.. 

Events & Venues

Please click on the month for the events list.
Download a .pdf of the entire Event Calendar

January Events

There are no events listed for this month.

February Events

Randolph Street Market

March Events

St Paddys Day Run

May Events

American Brain Tumor Walk
The Lucky 13
Do Division
Southwest Half Marathon
San Diego Taco Fest
Randolph Street Market
Taste of Mexico
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
Sheffield Music Festival
Lincoln Park Greek Fest

November Events

Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk
Randolph Street Market

Year Round Opportunities

The Exhibitors…

There are more than 300 exhibitors and vendors offering an incredibly wide range of  goods, services and information- all targeted to this active, engaged, brand-loyal, savvy consumer.

The Attendee…

The Black Expo woman is between the ages of 25-54, has a HH income of $100K+, is either married with children, single and ‘looking’, or a single mom. Many Black Expo women are business owners and leaders with higher education and want the best of everything in their lives -from what they wear, eat and drive to where they live, shop and travel. The Black Expo woman is more likely to purchase from a company that sponsors an event that she attends.

Norine Smyth

Sponsor Chicago Logo

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Black Women’s Expo is one of the most effective and cost efficient opportunities to impact the African American woman, the collective buying power of whom exceeds $565 Billion annually. 

The Black Women’s Expo offers a multitude of ways for brands to connect with the Black Expo woman via direct live exposure to the brand, seminar hosting, customized promotions, signage, naming rights to the event and/or event components, lead generation, product integration in certain event components, sampling and product demonstration, and much more. 

Connecting with the consumer within this uplifting, motivational environment, where the theme is ‘empowerment’, amplifies your brand’s message and frames it in a most positive way. This is how brand loyalty is formed.

Multiple-market (Chicago and Atlanta) sponsorships are available- enabling the sponsor to impact two of the top three African American markets in the USA.