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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Exposure is Key Book Release Party
Sep
12
8:30 PM20:30

Exposure is Key Book Release Party

On Saturday September 30th from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the Stony Island Arts Bank, My Block, My Hood, My City's Founder, Jahmal Cole will be releasing his new book, Exposure is Key: Solving Violence by Exposing Teens to Opportunities. There will be hors d'oeuvres served by Chef Gavin and drinks provided by Love Cork Screw . The $20 admission fee provides guests with a copy of the book, food, drink, and entertainment provided by Anthony Evora, DJ Alo, and Singer/Songwriter Stephen Sauer. 

All proceeds for this event will go toward My Block, My Hood, My City's Explorer's Program in an effort to take students to Ghana this summer.

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Exploration with Northwestern Law
Sep
12
3:30 PM15:30

Exploration with Northwestern Law

My Block, My Hood, My City Explorers will get the chance to experience a class at Northwestern Law firsthand.  They will be meeting with the professor prior to the class to get an introduction to law and ask questions.  They will then sit in on a class in which students will be demonstrating a mock trial.  

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Family Exploration at Black Ensemble Theater
Sep
1
5:30 PM17:30

Family Exploration at Black Ensemble Theater

My Block, My Hood, My City will be kicking off this year's explorations with a Family Night at the Black Ensemble Theater on Friday September 1st.  My Block, My Hood, My City Explorers and their families will be treated to Giordano's pizza and a showing of Last Dancer Standing (More than Hip-Hop). A huge thank you to The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for making this exploration possible!

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One Block at a Time - Woodlawn Day of Service
Aug
19
8:00 AM08:00

One Block at a Time - Woodlawn Day of Service

In the spirit of interconnectivity and civic duty, join My Block, My Hood, My City as we continue our 'One Block at A Time' Initiative this August. In partnership with Chicago Cares, My Block, My Hood, My City is looking for volunteers to support our neighbors in the Woodlawn community through various beautification service projects. Volunteers will engage in a morning of service, starting at the Jackson Park Fieldhouse for check-in and and kickoff. Volunteers will disperse and serve at various sites throughout the community including community gardens, park and lot clean up sites and a mosaic project with Green Star Movement. All projects will be in walking distance from the Jackson Park Fieldhouse.
Partner:The mission of My Block, My Hood, My City is to help youth overcome the poverty and isolation they may face, boosting educational attainment and opening them to opportunities that make a difference in their lives. Let's do the right thing and play a part in improving our communities and parks, while showing appreciation for those who strive to do so every day.

Location: 6359 S. Stony Island

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