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Past Grantees and Projects

Pullman Arts


Project: Pullman Arts & Culture Fest

October 15 & 16, 2022

11132 S. St. Lawrence Ave. / Pullman Visitor's Center: 11141 S. Cottage Grove / Greenstone Church: 11211 S. St. Lawrence Ave.

Pullman Arts will present a two day festival on the far South Side! We seek to engage the Pullman and Roseland communities and neighbors with world class entertainment, food, art & culture.

Greater Englewood CDC


Project: Englewood Music Festival

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 12pm

63rd & Halsted St.

The Englewood Music Festival will take place, Saturday, September 17, 2022. The day-long event will be free to the public. 5,000 attendees are expected.

Principle Barbers


Project: Tæmber

Saturday, September 17, 2022

3820 W. Ogden Ave.

Tæmber is a monthly performance event for the North Lawndale community at Principle Barbers store front and backyard. It consists of live DJs, live jazz and musicians from North Lawndale. A culminating festival will take place on September 17.

South Side Community Art Center


Project: South Side Community Art Center Homecoming

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 12-5pm

3831 S. Michigan Ave.

This free event in SSCAC’s new side lot will invite community members and artists of all disciplines to celebrate life and creativity post-pandemic, with music by Akenya and Black Monument Ensemble.

Blues Heaven Foundation


Project: Record Row Concert Series

Annual event running from the first Thursday in June (June 2, 2022) until the third Thursday in September (September 15, 2022)

Concerts are from 6-7:30pm

Chess Records building, 2120 S. Michigan Ave. (held in the outdoor, green space, park setting of Willie Dixon's Blues Garden adjacent to the historic Chicago landmark)

2022 marks the 20th year of the non profit Blues Heaven Foundation, providing FREE entertainment to the community with music, dance and education through our Record Row Concert Series.

South Shore Chamber of Commerce


Project: Chicago Presents

September 10 & 11, 2022, 11am-8pm

7039 S. Jeffery Blvd.

Connect South Shore is a 2-Day arts festival that uplifts the culture of South Shore through Art, Music, Food and entertainment. We curate a unique experience of various music genres, food and film.



Project: Argyle Activation Walk / Argyle Mid-Autumn Moon Fest

Argyle Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: Saturday, September 10, 2022, 3-9pm

Argyle Activation Walk: Saturday, October 8, 2022, 12-10pm

Asia on Argyle Corridor, from Broadway to Sheridan

Argyle Activation Walk in July with 10+ outdoor pop-up spaces, and the Argyle Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in September as a corridor wide street festival.

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation


Project: 79th Street Renaissance Festival

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10am-8pm

South Racine Ave. between 79th & 80th

The annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival is a staple in the Auburn Gresham community, with the 2019 two-day event generating more than 25,000 people in attendance and over 100 vendors participated.

Live the Spirit Residency


Project: 2022 Englewood Jazz Festival and Pop Up Jazz Fest

  • Monday, August 29, 5-7:30pm: Pop Up Jazz Fest at Englewood Whole Foods, 832 W. 63rd St.
  • Wednesday, September 14, 5-7:30pm: Englewood Jazz Festival workshops at Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.
  • Thursday, September 15–16, 6-8pm: Englewood Jazz Festival concerts at Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.
  • Saturday, September 17, 11am-6pm: Englewood Jazz Festival concerts at Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.

Live the Spirit Residency presents the 23rd annual Englewood Jazz Festival, September 14–17, 2022. A Pop Up Jazz Fest on August 29th at the Englewood Whole Foods builds anticipation in the community.

South Chicago Parents and Friends, Inc.


Project: Sweet Home South Chicago

Saturday, August 27, 2022, 10am-6pm

SSA 5, Commercial Ave. from 87th-90th St.; Main Stage on 90th St., West of Commercial Ave.

This event introduces residents to all of the cultural, arts, business and nonprofits in South Chicago. The music stage will draw residents to the event where sidewalk activities are the main attraction.

Lorde, Rustin & Bates, Inc. at Resilience Partners NFP


Project: 2022 Fahrenheit Chicago Summer Festival

August 26-28, 2022

Hatch 41, 4311 S. State St. / Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. / DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St.

The following is supported by the Chicago Presents grant:

  • Sunday, Aug. 28, 1-10pm: The DuSable, Black History Museum & Education Center - The event will celebrate queer performance artists; artisans, entrepreneurs, community based organizations, civic leaders and thought leaders.

Fahrenheit Chicago is an annual humanities festival dedicated to using the discipline to address CDC's social determinants of health impacting Chicago's Black and Brown LGBTQ communities citywide.

Sandra Streeter (Englewood Back To School Parade Inc)


Project: The 61st Englewood Back To School Parade & Southside Gospel Fest

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Parade, 12-3pm / Gospel Fest, 4-8pm

Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine Ave.

The Parade creates opportunities for Englewood’s deserving youth to showcase their talent by dancing in the parade procession and by performing on the parade stage at the parade finale.

Villapalooza, Inc.


Project: Villa en los Jardines

  • Saturday, August 13, 6-10pm: Malinalli Garden, 2800 S. Ridgeway Ave.
  • Saturday, August 20, 2-10pm: Sembrando Bajo El Sol Garden (youth and food vendor day), 26th & Trumbull
  • Saturday, August 27, 6-10pm: Calabaza Garden, 25th & Keeler

2800 S. Ridgeway, 2612 S. Trumbull, 4170 W. 25th St.

Villapalooza will partner with local community gardens to create three family friendly musical events that promote the beauty of nature and culture of the neighborhood.

South Asia Institute


Project: South Asian Freedom Festival 2022

August 13 & 14, 2022, 1-6pm

1927 S. Michigan Ave. (lot next door to the South Asia Institute at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Cullerton Ave.)

The South Asian Freedom Festival is a free, two-day music and dance festival celebrating the 75th independence anniversaries of Pakistan and India.

Chicago Defender Charities, Inc.


Project: Bud Billiken 2022

Saturday, August 13, 2022, 6am-6pm

Washington and Mandrake Parks, King Drive 33rd-55th St.

The Bud Billiken Parade and Festival is more than a procession of bands and floats marching down King Drive, it is a commemoration of our past and a celebration of our future.

The South Side Jazz Coalition


Project: The Southeast Chicago Jazz Festival at Chicago State University

Sunday, August 7, 2022, 11am-8pm

9501 S. Martin Luther King Dr.

A one-day live music festival in collaboration with Chicago State University featuring Chicago professional musicians and aspiring music students.

Pilsen Neighbors Community Council


Project: Fiesta del Sol

  • Thursday July 28, 5-10pm
  • Friday, July 29, 11am-11pm
  • Saturday, July 30, 11am-1pm
  • Sunday, July 31, 11am-10pm

On Cermak Road, Ashland-Morgan St.

Produced by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Fiesta del Sol is the largest non alcoholic, non tobacco, free admission festival in the nation with over 1.2 million people each year.

Chicago Austin Youth Travel Adventures, Inc. NFP


Project: Austin Town Hall Summer Music Series 2022

Wednesdays: July 27 / August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 / September 10 (Ghana Festival 10am-7pm), September 14 & 21, 4:30-6:30pm

Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.

Up to 12 programs featuring local music (and one or two dance) performers in a variety of genres outdoors at the Austin Town Hall Park.

The Center for International Performance and Exhibition dba HotHouse


Project: Bronzeville Kick-IT

Saturday, July 23, 2022, 12-3pm

3947 S. Michigan Ave.

Afternoon mini jazz festival in Bronzeville.

Ortega Brothers LLC


Project: Colombian Fest Humboldt Park Community Day (El Gran Festival Colombiano)

Friday, July 22, 2022, 3-10pm

Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Humboldt Blvd.

Community Day at Colombian Fest features live music, workshops, Afro-Colombian dance and music, drumming and a sports camp.

Northwest Side CDC


Project: ¡Mercado! Event Series

July 16 & September 17, 2022

Belmont Central Parking Garage, 1st Floor, 3140 N. Central Ave.

¡Mercado! is an event series in which outdoor markets activate underutilized or unexpected spaces, such as parking garages in Belmont Cragin with food, vendors, arts, and culture.

Muddy Waters Mojo Museum Inc.


Project: Bronzeville Blues Summer Series

  • Saturday, July 16, 3pm: Muddy Waters MOJO Museum – yard, 4339 S. Lake Park Dr.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 6-8pm: King College Prep High School – courtyard, 4445 S. Drexel
  • Saturday, August 13 & 27, 3pm: Muddy Waters MOJO Museum – yard, 4339 S. Lake Park Dr.
  • Saturday, September 10, 12-5pm: Hadiya Pendleton Park, 4345 S. Calumet

A series of free, outdoor blues concerts for residents of the neighborhood that has been the cradle of the blues.

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture


Project: Barrio Arts Fest

  • Saturday, July 10, 2021: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, July 11, 2021: 11am-5pm

3015 W. Division St.

NMPRAC’s Barrio Arts Fest (BAF) is a free weekend-long event that showcases diverse Puerto Rican artists and celebrates the vibrancy of our creative communities in Humboldt Park and beyond.

Uptown United


Project: Chicago Presents

Thursdays, July 7-August 25, 2022, 5-9pm

Argyle Night Market, Argyle & Sheridan

Uptown United is requesting funding for the Argyle Night Market which features live cultural and musical performances in partnership with Elastic Arts and local Uptown performance and non-profit groups.

North River Commission


Project: Lot Jams

Thursdays, 7-9pm

  • June 30
  • July 14 & 28
  • August 11 & 25
  • September 8 & 22
  • October 6

Lot Jams is a free, family-friendly outdoor concert series hosted by North River Commission and the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce. Concerts are hosted in partnership with local businesses.



Project: TRQPITECA Queer Pride Festival 2022

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 3-10pm

Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

TRQPITECA Queer Pride is a dance music festival celebrating LGBTQIA+ existence and resilience, uniting people across identities with DJs, dancers, artists, and local organizations and businesses.

True Star Foundation, Inc.


Project: From the ‘Go Fest

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 3-10pm

Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

The From the ‘Go Festival is a no-cost concert and community event to celebrate young Chicago creatives. Held at Douglass Park on July 23rd, the festival will feature local music, visual artists and vendors.

Making A Difference Dancing Rhythms Organization


Project: Juneteenth: The Celebration

Sunday, June 19, 2022, 11am-5pm

Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Dr., Parking Lot

Juneteenth: The Celebration

“Leave Enriched.”

This annual event includes live dance and music, complimentary food, voter registration, wellness sessions, cooking lessons, and more!

The Woodlawn1 LLC


Project: Juneteenth Block Party

Sunday, June 19, 2022, 12-10pm

1200 E. 79th St.

The Third Annual Juneteenth Block Party, hosted at the Woodlawn, is a safe and fun music and outdoor activity centered experience for all ages, featuring DJ's, games, food and engaging programming.

Annie B. Jones Civic Arts Center


Project: Juneteenth Buy Black Parade

Saturday, June 18, 2021, 12-6pm

8700 S. Hermitage to 6900 S. Loomis

The Juneteenth Buy Black Parade is a cultural celebration honoring Black Americans and the legacy of Black businesses in our communities.

Burst Into Books


Project: Juneteenth Family Festival

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11am-7pm

Beverly/Morgan Park, 110th Place & Longwood Dr.

Burst Into Books 3rd Annual Juneteenth Family Festival is a family-friendly celebration held in Beverly/Morgan Park.

World Refugee Day Chicago


Project: World Refugee Day Chicago for year 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 7am-5pm

Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers Ave.

Annual festival featuring performances by refugee, asylee and immigrant artists. This day also includes a soccer tournament and children’s activities, which are important to the refugee community.

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council


Project: Back of the Yards Ballet and Music

  • June 10-12
  • July 8 & 23, 6-8pm
  • August 7, 12-6pm / August 13, 10am-2pm / August 20, 6-8pm / August 27, 5-7pm
  • September 10, 6-8pm / September 16, 6-9pm
  • October 8, 6-8pm

Corner of 47th St. & Wood / 47th St. & Damen / Bishop Plaza - 1400 W. 47th St. / Yards Plaza - 4636 S. Damen Ave. / 1823 W. 47th St. / 2210 W. Pershing Rd., 2211 W. 47th St. / Alfresco Project, 47th & Honore

A series of 10 performances to express the cultural heritage of the Back of the Yards which reclaims and uses community spaces to entertain and focus services available from many community partners.

Deeply Rooted Productions dba Deeply Rooted Dance Theater


Project: Deeply at Dusk: Q After Dark

  • June 6-July 6: Project preproduction and rehearsals
  • Thursday, July 7: Performance at Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St.
  • Wednesday, July 27: Performance at Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
  • Thursday, August 4: Performance at South Shore Park, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

All performances will be filmed for inclusion in DRDT’s HMS Media documentary, celebrating DRDT’s 25 years and to be aired on public television and WVON in October.

Deeply Rooted and the Sam Thousand Orchestra will celebrate Chicago-born composer Quincy Jones with performances at Chicago parks featuring original choreography set to his music.