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Honor Juneteenth in the Loop

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3 MIN  READ -- Juneteenth has long been celebrated by Black Americans across the country, including in Chicago. Officially declared a national holiday in 2021, the day marks the date when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. Chicago is built on the innovation and legacy of many Black people including Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, Ida B. Wells, Gwendolyn Brooks, Harold Washington and many more. Commemorate the longest-running Black holiday in the Loop

Wakanda Forever

The Chicago Philharmonic Society presents Marvel Studios' Black Panther in Concert at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, June 18. Guest artists include conductor, Emil de Cou; world renowned Senegalese talking drum player, Massamba Diop; and Chicago native flutist, Steve Kajula. The concert celebrates the life of Chadwick Boseman and the vibrancy and range of Black art, including superheroes. Learn more.

Snap a pic on State Street

For the first time ever, Chicago Loop Alliance has adorned the iconic State Street with flags to commemorate Juneteenth. The flags will be on display all of June, so while you're shopping on State, be sure to stop and admire the flags, and maybe even snap a pic or two! Tag us by using #BackInTheLoop.

Party the night away at the Emancipation Ball

Black-owned brewery, Moors Brewing and Disbalef Tequila hosts their inaugural Emancipation Ball at Willis Tower and Skydeck Chicago on Saturday, June 18. In celebration of Juneteenth and Black entrepreneurship, enjoy an open bar, passed appetizers, stunning views, works by Black artists, and more. Learn more


The Art Institute of Chicago has a wealth of African American art; reserve your tickets online now. Or virtually explore over 800 works by African American artists in the Art Institute of Chicago’s wide-ranging collection—from their world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe. You'll also find books, writings, reference materials, and other resources. 


We must also honor the Black movers and shakers of today. One way to do this is by shopping at Black-owned businesses like Kilwin's Chocolates or Luxe Barber & Shave Lounge. In 2021, the City of Chicago launched a website for its Black Shop Friday initiative to encourage Black Friday shoppers to hit up Black-owned stores. This website is a great resource for finding Black-owned businesses in any Chicago neighborhood, including Everyone’s Neighborhood—The Loop any day of the year. Learn more. Supporting Black businesses is not limited to products and goods. Black-owned services are also prevalent in the Loop and beyond. Consider contracting Educo, a Black- and women-owned digital design firm for your next website or digital report. Have film and videography needs? INDIRAP is a go-to video production company for some of the top organizations in Chicago and across the country.