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My Block, My Hood, My City brings nearly 1,500 youth downtown in partnership with downtown business groups and partners

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CHICAGO - On July 13, My Block, My Hood, My City (MBMHMC) will host Downtown Day, a citywide event, aimed at bringing nearly 1,500 youth to downtown Chicago in an effort to expose Chicago teens to the dynamic opportunities of the Loop and downtown area. Over 35 downtown businesses will offer free or discounted attractions; intimate workshops; tours and culinary experiences.

Downtown Day is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities. It is funded in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

“We are happy to support Downtown Day to provide opportunities for young Chicagoans to connect with several of the artists and museums involved in Art Design Chicago, a series of exhibitions and events that highlight the city’s creative communities. Through these experiences, participating youth will broaden their understandings of their city through the lens of art and design,” said Sharon Corwin, president and CEO of Terra Foundation for American Art. “The foundation is committed to fostering dialogue around American art and expanding opportunities to engage with it, and our support of My Block, My Hood, My City continues to advance this aim.” 

"Bringing youth from the south and west side communities to downtown Chicago is not merely about sightseeing – it’s about opening doors of opportunity wide enough for everyone to walk through,” said Jahmal Cole, founder and CEO of My Block, My Hood, My City. “It’s about leveling the playing field and ensuring that every young mind, regardless of their zip code, has the chance to see, learn and dream without limitations."

The day begins with a partner and media breakfast at Capital One Café at 8 a.m.; followed by a welcome reception for participating youth at 10 a.m. at the Harris Theater near Millennium Park. Youth are free to explore and interact with participating businesses from 11 a.m. to 4:30 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.

“Our partnership with My Block, My Hood, My City’s Downtown Day furthers our organization’s mission of ensuring the Loop as Everyone’s Neighborhood,” said Michael Edwards, President and CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance. “This initiative positively spotlights downtown as a space for youth to experience often unknown parts of their city. Partnering Loop businesses’ unique opportunities and attractions showcase the unceasing compassion and authenticity of Chicagoans.”

"The Magnificent Mile® Association is excited to welcome the second annual Downtown Day to our district,” says Kimberly Bares, President and CEO of The Magnificent Mile Association. “Our members have curated a vast selection of experiences designed to engage and inspire Chicago’s youth. From boat tours to museum visits and behind-the-scenes peeks of iconic businesses, our members are committed to creating a phenomenal day for all attendees. We thank the MBMHMC for this opportunity to share the best The Magnificent Mile has to offer."

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

See a full list of partners below:


Chicago Loop Alliance

Chicago Police Department

Choose Chicago


Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Terra Foundation

The Magnificent Mile® Association



360 Chicago

American Writers Museum

Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Big Bus Tours

Broadway In Chicago


Capital One Cafe

Chicago Architecture Center

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

City Cruises Chicago

City Hall

Design Museum of Chicago

Field Trip Chicago



Lou Malnati's

Millennium Park

Mindworks: A Science of Thinking

Mr. Chicago Tours

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Illusions

Organic Headshots

Raising Cane's

Rudd Resources

Shake Shack

Shedd Aquarium

Skydeck Chicago

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Chicago

The Fat Shallot

Underground Donut Tour

Villa Albertine

Vue Show Design Group

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 13. Those interested in advancing the work of MBMHMC can find more information at Formyblock.org/downtownday.

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 lead the community by creating and supporting inclusive programs that attract people and investment to the Loop. 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, please 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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