One Block At A Time - Sat. August 24th (morning)
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. August 24th (morning)

We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in South Shore where we'll be helping the KECS Block Club Association transform their community. We're meeting at 10am alongside local residents to cut overgrowth, paint fire hydrants, pick up litter, and tidy up the block. We'll have our weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

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One Block At A Time - Sat. August 31st (morning)
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. August 31st (morning)

  • 6831 South Wood Street Chicago, IL, 60636 United States (map)
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We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in West Englewood where we'll be helping The Great 68 block club transform their community. We're meeting at 10am alongside local residents to cut overgrowth, paint fire hydrants, pick up litter, and tidy up the block. We'll have our weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

Youth Waiver Adult Waiver

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My Block 1st Annual Community Run/Walk 5k (Volunteering)
Aug
18
5:00 AM05:00

My Block 1st Annual Community Run/Walk 5k (Volunteering)

We need as many as 50 volunteers giving us support the day of our race. With tasks including early morning setup, course marshall, handing out waters along the race route, support staff at the first aid tent, and post race cleanup.

You can RSVP to volunteer here, and we’ll be in touch a few weeks before the event to assign roles, give you your show up time, and provide additional volunteer role information.

Thanks for the support Chicago!

And if you’d rather run you can register for the 5k here.

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Back Alley Jazz - Sat. July 27th (afternoon)
Jul
27
12:00 PM12:00

Back Alley Jazz - Sat. July 27th (afternoon)

  • 7300 South Paxton Avenue Chicago, IL, 60649 United States (map)
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We're supporting the organizing efforts of the residents on 7300 S Paxton who are putting on their second annual Back Alley Jazz festival. Food and games in the street and musical performances in several residents backyards. It was a major hit last year and we want to help them build!

We need your support to make the event a success. Please, select the times you're available to help. Enjoy food and performances - before, during, and after volunteering!

RSVP HERE

For a preview of last year click here

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

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One Block At A Time - Sat. June 29th (afternoon)
Jun
29
2:00 PM14:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. June 29th (afternoon)

  • 8041 South Langley Avenue Chicago, IL, 60619 United States (map)
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We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in Chatham where we'll be helping the 8000 S. Langley Block Club transform their block. We're meeting at 2pm alongside local residents to cut overgrowth, paint fire hydrants, pick up litter, and tidy up the block. We'll have our weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

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One Block At A Time - Sat. June 29th (morning)
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. June 29th (morning)

  • 1247 South Kildare Avenue Chicago, IL, 60623 United States (map)
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We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in North Lawndale where we'll be helping the Kildare Block Club Association transform their block. We're meeting at 10am alongside local residents to cut overgrowth, paint fire hydrants, pick up litter, and tidy up the block. We'll have our weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

Youth Waiver Adult Waiver

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One Block At A Time - Sat. June 22nd (morning)
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. June 22nd (morning)

  • 6449 South Vernon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)
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Join us Saturday morning in West Woodlawn where we'll be helping the Vernon Block Club transform their block. We're meeting at 10am alongside local residents to cut overgrowth, paint fire hydrants, pick up litter, and tidy up the block. We'll have our weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

This One Block event has a special touch, following the volunteer event ending at 12pm we'll be transitioning into a block party. Stay for food and fun after volunteering!

RSVP HERE

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

Youth Waiver Adult Waiver

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One Block At A Time - Sat. June 8th (morning)
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. June 8th (morning)

  • 8017 South Constance Avenue Chicago, IL, 60617 United States (map)
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We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in South Chicago where we'll be helping the 8000 S. Constance Block Club transform their block. We're meeting at 10am alongside local residents to cut overgrowth, plant flowers, paint fire hydrants, pick up litter, and tidy up the block. We'll have our weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

While you're in the area grab a bite at one of our favorite local spots:
Chef Sara's - 7201 S Exchange Ave, Chicago, IL 60649 - Sat 9am - 3pm
5 Loaves Eatery - 405 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619 - Sat 9am - 3pm
That's A Burger - 8301 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617 - Sat 11am - 7pm
The Woodlawn - 1200 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619 - Sat 8am - 9pm

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

Youth Waiver Adult Waiver

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Jun
1
2:00 PM14:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. June 1st (Afternoon)

We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in West Englewood where we'll be helping the 5700 S. Wolcott Block Club transform their block. We're meeting at 10am alongside local residents to cut overgrowth, plant flowers, paint fire hydrants, pick up litter, and tidy up the block. We'll have our weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

Youth Waiver Adult Waiver

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Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. June 1st (Morning)

  • 837 E. 88th Place Chicago, IL 60619 (map)
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We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in Chatham where we'll be helping the 800 E. 88th Place Block Club transform their block. We're meeting at 10am alongside local residents to cut overgrowth, plant flowers, paint fire hydrants, pick up litter, and tidy up the block. We'll have our weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

While you're in the area grab a bite at one of our favorite local spots:
Chef Sara's - 7201 S Exchange Ave, Chicago, IL 60649 - Sat 9am - 3pm
5 Loaves Eatery - 405 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619 - Sat 9am - 3pm
That's A Burger - 8301 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617 - Sat 11am - 7pm
The Woodlawn - 1200 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619 - Sat 8am - 9pm

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

Youth Waiver Adult Waiver

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One Block At A Time - Sat. May 25th (afternoon)
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. May 25th (afternoon)

  • 7730 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL, 60619 United States (map)
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We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in the Chatham community where we'll be helping the Wabash Block Club transform their community. We're meeting at 2pm alongside local residents to mow lawns for seniors, put a fresh coat on fire hydrants and curbs, and tidy the streets and alleys. We'll have weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

While you're in the area grab a bite at one of our favorite local spots:
5 Loaves Eatery - 405 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619 - Sat 9am - 3pm
Original Soul Vegetarian - 203 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619 - Sat 8:30am - 10pm
Joesphine's / Captain's Hard Time Dining - 436 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619 - Sat 8am - 10pm

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

Youth Waiver Adult Waiver

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One Block At A Time - Sat. May 25th (morning)
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

One Block At A Time - Sat. May 25th (morning)

  • 2931 West Fulton Street Chicago, IL, 60612 United States (map)
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We're putting in the work it takes to make real change. Join us Saturday morning in the East Garfield Park community where we'll be helping the Fulton/Francisco Block Club transform their garden. We're meeting at 10am alongside local residents to mulch the garden, build a sitting area, and tidy the garden and street. We'll have our power tools, weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out to get the job done!

RSVP HERE

While you're in the area grab a bite at one of our favorite local spots:
Inspiration Kitchens - 3504 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60624 - Sat 10am - 3pm
Dream Chef Kitchen - 611 S California Ave, Chicago, IL 60612 - Sat 10am - 5pm
Pete's Place Restaurant - 3159 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60612 - Sat 6:30am - 3pm

We’ll have waivers on site, but student groups can access them here:

Youth Waiver Adult Waiver

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Volunteer with us on Earth Day!
Apr
20
1:00 PM13:00

Volunteer with us on Earth Day!

Event Date: Saturday, April 20th

Event Time: 1pm - 4pm

Event Address: 400 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Celebrate Earth Day with us by volunteering at Heartland Alliance's urban garden in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. All food produced from this garden goes to benefit local food pantries. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Please wear your My Block, My Hood, My City apparel or plan to purchase some at the event!

RSVP here


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Black History Month - Supporting Hidden Gems
Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Black History Month - Supporting Hidden Gems

John Coleman, owner of Pump High Energy Fitness Center has been training and mentoring young athletes in South Shore for over 10 years. Mr. Coleman has helped many students attend college with full-ride scholarships, including NBA star Anthony Davis. On Friday Feb. 22nd we’ll be bringing out volunteers to replace the gym floor and help setup new equipment.

After a few hours breaking a sweat to update this Hidden Gem, we’ll be headed to another Hidden Gem in South Shore for lunch. Chef Sara’s Cafe opened a few years ago to help fill what was once a food desert.

RSVP HERE

Read more about these Hidden Gems below:

Video on Pump Gym by Ebony

DNA Info article on Pump Gym

DNA Info article on Chef Sara’s Cafe

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Jan
19
11:00 AM11:00

M3 Shovel Crew - Sat. 1/19/19

Winter Weather Warning! This weekend we have 6 to 10 inches on the forecast. Chicago needs our help. The snow is falling and the ice is hardening. Help us lend a hand around the city to the elderly and disabled.

Meet us in Chatham (just off the 79th Red Line) to shovel for the community and then we’ll dispatch around the city to serve those in need who requested our services.

Let us know you're coming and RSVP Here!

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Jan
18
10:00 AM10:00

MLK Weekend - Sarah's Circle Volunteer Day

Start your MLK weekend off with community service this Friday!

Sarah’s Circle is a non-profit organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. They need our help this Friday to move their overnight facility up 3 floors in 1 day! (packing, lifting, reassembling).

Located in Uptown at 4750 N. Sheridan. Sign up for a volunteer slot and stay as long as you’d like!

Time Slots: 10am - 1pm, 1pm - 3pm, 3pm - 5pm, 5m - 7pm

RSVP HERE

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Be A Part Of The Light - Clean Up
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Be A Part Of The Light - Clean Up

Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered and donated! Be A Part Of The Light 2018 was big success and a wonderful new beginning. But now, the holidays have come to a close and it’s time to take down our decorations.

Join us this Saturday from 11am to 2pm for this final ceremony. We have to collect decorations from 100 homes and a park district building to store for next year. Let’s meet at the Washington Park Fieldhouse (5531 S King Dr.) and go from there.

RSVP here and see you Saturday!

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Be A Part Of The Light - King Dr. from 51st to 60th
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Be A Part Of The Light - King Dr. from 51st to 60th

  • 5100 South Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Drive Chicago, IL, 60615 United States (map)
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Join us Sunday, Dec. 9th for a tree lighting event! Help us bring hope and cheer to our under-resourced communities. Enjoy hot cocoa, coffee, food and drink donations from local businesses, holiday music and lots of positive energy. We’ll be hanging lights from 80th to 87th!

RSVP HERE!

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One Block At A Time - 82nd & Aberdeen 11/10
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

One Block At A Time - 82nd & Aberdeen 11/10

  • 8200 South Aberdeen Street Chicago, IL, 60620 United States (map)
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M3 has an opportunity to get your hands dirty this weekend. We're meeting Saturday at 11am to support the 82nd & Aberdeen Block Club. We'll have the weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out. 

Help us re-envision what block clubs can be and tell a new story about Chicago South Side. 

Let us know you’re coming and RSVP here!

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One Block At A Time - Lexington Street
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

One Block At A Time - Lexington Street

  • 115 E. 154th St Harvey, Illinois 60426 (map)
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M3 has an opportunity to get your hands dirty this weekend. We're meeting Saturday at 11am to clean up Lexington Street in Harvey, IL. We'll have the garbage bags, weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out. Hot lunch provided by our hosts!

Help us re-envision what block clubs can be and tell a new story about Chicago’s South Side. 

Let us know you’re coming and RSVP here!

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Abbodanza Garden Build @ Excel Southwest
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

Abbodanza Garden Build @ Excel Southwest

Join us in building a brand new garden for the Excel Academy of Southwest, an option high school, serving Chicago's most disadvantaged youth. The leadership at this school wants to incorporate healthy eating, introductions to culinary arts, and farm to table entrepreneurial experiences into the curriculum. 

The school isn't in this alone, the whole community will be sharing this garden space and the food it produces, including the nearby St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church, a children's nursery across the street, and neighbors from the whole community. 

Come out to the 7000 block of South Washtenaw this Sunday 10/14 from 1pm - 4pm, and enjoy food, music, and the camaraderie of Chicagoans working together.

RSVP HERE

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Block Building Opening Night!
Oct
12
5:00 PM17:00

Block Building Opening Night!

On October 12th we're bringing together all the block club signs we created this summer for a juxtaposition of old and new. We're bringing together the members and presidents of our partner block clubs for unity. We're bringing together Chicago.

The new era of Chicago Block Club Signs matches the message of a new era. One of aspiration, effort, and inclusion. Instead of no loitering and no loud music, the new signs say yes to community, yes to compassion, yes to dignity, and yes to unity. 

Signs created this summer were designed by Chicago youth, based on block club input, facilitated by UChicago's DAP Program, and funded with support from Chicago Bungalow Association & the Field Foundation of Illinois.

Come out to learn of the history and importance of block clubs, connect with Chicagoans from every corner of the city, and if you're moved please support our work.

Let us know you're coming, RVSP Here!

 

Exhibit Title: Block Building

Dates: October 12 - December 8 

Opening Reception: Friday, October 12, 5-8pm

Location: Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 300 W Superior Street, Suite 203

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm; free and open to the public

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One Block At A Time - 82nd & Aberdeen
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

One Block At A Time - 82nd & Aberdeen

  • 8200 South Aberdeen Street Chicago, IL, 60620 United States (map)
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M3 has an opportunity to get your hands dirty this weekend. We're meeting Saturday at 11am to support the 82nd & Aberdeen Block Club. We'll have the weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out. 

Help us re-envision what block clubs can be and tell a new story about Chicago South Side. 

Let us know you’re coming and RSVP here!

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One Block At A Time - 131st & Vernon
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

One Block At A Time - 131st & Vernon

  • 13134 South Vernon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60827 United States (map)
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This Saturday 9/29, as a part of the GGA Beautification Contest, we'll be helping the Golden Gate HOA make their community even more inviting. Located just next door to the historic Altgeld Garden's Housing Project. 

The Golden Gate HOA has been working to strengthen and grow their community, while uplifting neighboring communities. We're happy to support their endeavor.

Let us know you're coming and RSVP Here!

 

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One Block At A Time - 77th & Hermitage
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

One Block At A Time - 77th & Hermitage

  • 7730 South Hermitage Avenue Chicago, IL, 60620 United States (map)
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M3 has an opportunity to get your hands dirty this weekend. We're meeting Saturday at 11am to support the 77th & Hermitage Block Club. We'll have the weed wackers, lawn mowers, and paint buckets out. 

Help us re-envision what block clubs can be and tell a new story about Chicago South Side.

Let us know you're coming and RSVP Here!


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M3 Summer Social
Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

M3 Summer Social

Join My Block, My Hood, My City for our Summer Social on Thursday August 9th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Emporium Fulton Market (839 W. Fulton Market).

Our Summer Social will give you the opportunity to learn about My Block, My Hood, My City, find out how you can get involved in upcoming events, network with others passionate about civic engagement, and meet our new Associate Board!

Let us know you'll be there by purchasing a token bag.  Your token bag purchase supports My Block, My Hood, My City and comes with extra perks: a drink ticket and $5 worth of tokens for Emporium arcade games. Token Bags are $15 in advance or $20 cash at the door. 

We look forward to seeing you there and challenging you to an arcade game or two!

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Dec
21
9:30 PM21:30

MLK Day Challenge

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Fifty-five years after the March on Washington and unfortunately Chicago is still deemed "America's Most Segregated City".  We want to change that!  We believe to truly make Chicago more interconnected, we need more people, young and old, to visit communities outside of their own. 

That’s why for King Day Weekend 2018, we encourage all Chicagoans to step out of their comfort zones and explore new communities. 

Through food, culture, and people, discover more of the sights and sounds that make Chicago great. Nothing breaks down barriers like that first hello or a simple conversation. We’ve created a pre-selected list of artful intersections, community roots and hidden gem businesses. These are the Hidden Gems SO FAR that we know will be open on King Day. We appreciate you identifying more so we can share with our supporters and all who will be taking the challenge over the course of the weekend.

If you have My Block apparel, snap and share a photo of your exploration. Hashtag #MLKDayChallenge and let us know what you learned.


Englewood: Ogden Park, Kusanya Cafe, 63rd & Halsted
Washington Park: DuSable Museum, Currency Exchange Cafe
West Ridge: Walk down Devon, Khan BBQ
Humboldt Park: Humboldt Park, Boat House, La Bruquena
North Lawndale: Douglas Park, The Firehouse, El Gran Burrito
Bronzeville: Harold Washington Cultural Center, Chicago's Chicken & Waffles
Pilsen: Walk down 18th, Plaza Tenochtitlan, Fogata Village
Hyde Park: Promontory Point, Obama Kissing Rock, Mikky's
Chatham: Cole Park, Bungalows & manicured lawns, Dat Donut

VOLUNTEER WITH US ON KING DAY

We're also partnering with the Pilsen Alliance on Monday, January 15th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at 1744 W. 18th St. Chicago IL 60608. Volunteers will be helping to canvass the neighborhood and paint the community center's basement. If you have any extra garbage bags or paint you could donate please bring that along as well. We'll have hoodies for sale as well.  We hope to see you there!

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