My block, My Hood, My City is a vessel to introduce Chicagoans to places in their city they've never seen or experienced.
Every month we take a group of interested teenagers on a City wide exploration, visiting hidden gem businesses, artful intersections, and exposing them to more of Chicago, not just a few blocks.
Chicagoans don't define themselves as Chicagoans. We isolate ourselves in accordance to geographical or community boundaries. We say we're from the north, south, east and west sides. This mindset limits our opportunities.
THE HEART OF WICKER PARK
We took a group of Teenagers from the Englewood Community up north to explore Wicker Park. We visited the Silver Room, where the owner Eric talked with the teenagers about starting their own business. We also ate lunch at the famous Santullo's Eatery .
THE ENERGY IN EDGEWATER
We took a group of teenagers from the Humboldt Park community way north to explore the Edgewater community area. They explorers took an Intro to 3D Printing Class at Edgewater Workbench, ate lunch at the Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant, and visited Lickity Split candy shop.
Are you a Chicago youth interested in exploring new parts of your city, meeting new people, and opening yourself to new opportunities? Apply to be an Explorer.