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MLK Day Challenge


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


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!

Earlier Event: October 12
Gold Coast Exploration
Later Event: August 9
M3 Summer Social