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My Block, My Hood, My City and community partners bring 1,000 youth downtown to experience Chicago and all of its opportunities

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(CHICAGO) - On July 8, My Block, My Hood, My City (MBMHC) will host a citywide event, aimed at bringing 1,000 youth, ages 13-22, to explore downtown Chicago. Thanks to the collaboration of many partners, dozens of youth organizations, local businesses, restaurants, and community-based organizations are supportive of making this day a success.

“The reason I started this organization was because for too many youth in Chicago, their entire worlds are limited to their own blocks and neighborhoods. They’ve never been to one of our great museums, never been to the lakefront, never even been downtown. They’ve been cut off from important life experiences and opportunities,” said Jahmal Cole, CEO and Founder of My Block, My Hood, My City. “This event will show youth that they can access ALL of Chicago, and all of its opportunities. I thank the many partners who have signed on to support this Downtown Day and make it a great day for these young people.” 

The day-long event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at the Harris Theater near Millennium Park and end at 5:45 p.m. Participants will be chaperoned in small groups by representatives from youth organizations from across the city along with a collection of volunteers and MBMHMC staff, all in coordination with local law enforcement.

“This Downtown Day initiative helps show how the Loop is truly everyone’s neighborhood, filled with iconic architecture, art, culture, shopping and history that make our world-class city unique,” said Michael Edwards, President and CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance. “It is vital that youth and adults from across Chicago — from Buena Park to Chatham and Austin — feel that downtown is theirs to call ‘home.’ Chicago Loop Alliance remains committed to authentically addressing the systemic disadvantages that make Chicagoans feel unwelcome and unseen, and our partnership with My Block, My Hood, My City continues to advance that mission.”

"The Magnificent Mile® district is excited to host the My Block, My Hood, My City event on July 8," said Kimberly Bares, President and CEO of The Magnificent Mile Association. "Several of our businesses will be participating in the day's festivities, and we look forward to seeing Chicago's youth enjoy The Mag Mile on this special day and every day thereafter."

All youth attendees will be wearing My Block, My Hood, My City branded shirts and will receive a $50 Mastercard for retail, restaurant, or cultural activities. Due to the partnership with local institutions, over 50 different free or discounted activities are accessible to participants.

See an abbreviated list of partners below:


Build On


By The Hand

Champs Mentoring

Chicago Library - Back of the Yards

Chicago Loop Alliance

Chicago Police Department

Chicago Youth Centers


Increase The Peace Chicago

Jumping Juniors

One Hope United

Pink Lemons

Teamwork Englewood

The Magnificent Mile® Association

Youth Advocate Programs

Youth Guidance


360 Chicago

A&A Ballet

ABC7 Chicago/WLS-TV


Art Institute of Chicago


Chicago Architecture Center

Chicago Donut Tour

Chicago Electric Boats

Chicago Sinfonietta

Chick-fil-A State and Lake

CIRCLE Foundation

City Hall

Gayle V’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese

Goethe-Institut Chicago

Harris Theater

Harold Washington Library: YOUMedia

Hostelling International

Millennium Park

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Illusions

Navy Pier

Party Per Purpose

Palenque LSNA

Shedd Aquarium

Skydeck Chicago

The Northman Beer and Cider Garden on the Riverwalk

Wendella Tours

My Block, My Hood. My City encourages the Chicago community to donate or partner in this effort to help the youth of Chicago explore, experience and evolve on July 8. Those interested in advancing the work of MBMHMC can find more information at Formyblock.org/downtownday. Inquiries regarding youth participation can be shared with Info@mbmhmc.com

About My Block, My Hood, My City
My Block, My Hood, My City (MBMHMC) has a mission to inspire youth, empower communities, and build a better world one block at a time. Many of the youth of our city live only a few miles away from downtown Chicago, yet have never been there to experience it. My Block, My Hood, My City believes that exposing youth to new opportunities is key to building a better future. MBMHMC wants Chicago’s youth to experience the best of what their city has to offer!

About Chicago Loop Alliance
Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA)’s mission is to create, manage and promote positive and inclusive programs that attract people to the Loop and accelerate economic recovery. CLA is a membership organization as well as the sole service provider for Special Service Area#1-2015, and the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation produces public art projects and events. For more information, visit LoopChicago.com.

About The Magnificent Mile® Association
The Magnificent Mile® Association is a private, non-profit organization that preserves, promotes, and enhances one of Chicago's most unique and vibrant neighborhoods. The Association works with businesses across The Mag Mile district to plan and execute year-round events, market the Magnificent Mile to a global audience, and beautify the district. The Magnificent Mile district is a world-renowned destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is home to some of the city's most iconic landmarks, including the DuSable Bridge, the Wrigley Building, and the Chicago Water Tower. The Magnificent Mile is also a major economic driver for Chicago and Illinois, generating significant tax revenue each year. To learn more about the Magnificent Mile® Association, please visit the website at www.themagnificentmileassociation.com.


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