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Top 10 Black Owned Companies In Chicago

Where do you go when you want to support a Black owned business? How do you know it’s Black owned? In the age of social entrepreneurship, Black businesses both small and large are more rich and creative than ever, so there’s no shortage of products and services from the Black community in the future. We have put together a list of the Top 10 Black-Owned Companies In Chicago!

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms: A Journey Of The Dance Through Music



Chicago Tap Summit 2019 Is Almost Here! Have You Registered, Yet?

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms Bronzeville: The HWCC Crew @ YAS! Fest



The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is thrilled to announce the lineup for the daylong YAS! Fest presented by Allstate Insurance Company. FREE and open to the public, YAS! Fest – the second annual Youth Arts Showcase – is Chicago’s largest celebration of young artists and youth arts organizations, featuring creative work of musicians, actors, dancers, artists and more throughout Millennium Park. Teens and families will explore youth arts programs from across the city and enjoy a showcase of hundreds of outstanding young Chicago artists.

The headliners for the event include hip hop star Tink with an opening performance by singer/songwriter OSTON (Austin Wolfe). Chicago rapper Lizzie G will emcee, and JAMAL SMALLZ will spin music throughout the day beginning at 2 p.m. Following festival headliner Tink, the Full Moon Jam will perform at Cloud Gate Plaza as part of the Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residency.

Highlights of the day’s programs include the Chicago Park District’s T.I.P. (Teens In The Park) Fest featuring audition winners from across Chicago and a live broadcast with WFMT’s Introductions featuring Latin Grammy Award-nominated ensemble Mariachi Herencia de México and Merit School of Music. In honor of the Year of Chicago Theatre, CircEsteem youth circus performers will pop up at the Great Lawn and youth theatre ensembles will be featured in the YAS! Lounge. Additionally, the day’s schedule includes creative activities across performing, visual, literary and media arts – from youth DJ workshops to radio podcasting to photography to interactive artmaking with Chicago’s many youth and arts agencies. The finale will also include recognition for the 2019 Rising Star Honor Roll, the city’s annual program to recognize teens in the arts.

YAS! Fest Schedule
(schedule subject to change)

Chase Promenade South – Live Music and DJs 11a – 6p
Featuring Lizzie G as emcee and JAMAL SMALLZ spinning 2p – 6p
11:30a – 2p Chicago Park District T.I.P. (Teens In The Park) Fest Performances with Art of Culture, Inc. and sounds by DJ BMAN
2:30 p.m. Blues Kids Foundation
3 p.m. BandWith Chicago
3:30 p.m. Guitars Over Guns Organization
4 p.m. Little Kids Rock
4:30 p.m. Finale Opening Program
5 p.m. OSTON
5:30 p.m. Tink

Chase Promenade North – YAS! Lounge 11a – 4p
11 a.m. WeJam DJ Academy
11:30 a.m. Chicago Youth Shakespeare
Noon Chicago Poetry Center
12:30 p.m. WeJam DJ Academy
1 p.m. After School Matters
1:30 p.m. The Second City Teen Ensemble
2 p.m. WeJam DJ Academy
2:30 p.m. Young Chicago Authors
3 p.m. YouMedia @ Chicago Public Library Mixtape
3:30 p.m. WeJam DJ Academy

Cloud Gate Plaza – Dance Performances and Activations 11a – 4p
11:30 a.m. Dancing With Class
Noon M.A.D.D. Rhythms
12:30 p.m. Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater
Youth Company
1 p.m. Chicago Public Schools Curie Metropolitan High
School Dance
1:30 p.m. Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center (CMDC)
2:30 p.m. The Happiness Club
3 p.m. Dance Down featuring The Era Footwork Crew
and Open The Circle

Cloud Gate Plaza–Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residency
6 p.m. Full Moon Jam Community Workshop
7–9 p.m. Full Moon Jam Performance

The Great Lawn – Public Art Garden 11a – 4p
11a – 4p Public Art Garden featuring inflatable versions of
Alexander Calder’s Flamingo and Jean
Dubuffet’s Monument with Standing Beast
2 p.m. Performance by CircEsteem

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
11a – Noon WFMT Introductions live broadcast with
Mariachi Herencia de México
and Merit School of Music

Programmed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, YAS! Fest is presented by Allstate Insurance Company with support from the Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago Sun-Times. For the full lineup and most up-to-date festival schedule, visit and follow on Facebook (Millennium Park), Twitter and Instagram (@Millennium_Park) and Snapchat (ChicagoDCASE).


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Urgent: Chicago Tap Summit 2019 – New Dates!


The Chicago Tap Summit 2019 is on its way. The faculty for this years summit includes members of the world famous M.A.D.D. Rhythms tap dance crew and a few special guests.

Join M.A.D.D. Rhythms for The Chicago Tap Summit 2019 October 4th – 6th.

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ Evolution Of African Dance


Explore the evolution for African Dance with an evening full of entertainment by talented local performers at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

PRESENTED BY Africa International House.

Evolution of African Dance explores African dance past, present, and future. The afternoon begins with performances from West African Dance company Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Ethiopian cultural dancer Yaasha Abramham and closes with the Chi-Town Regulators, who will perform a Caribbean J’ouvert festival dance.

Performing during the second half of Evolution of African Dance are M.A.D.D. Rhythms who will perform TAP dance sequences followed by Purifyed Dance, performing old and new school hip hop, and Liberian Native Cece Bandit closes out with an electrifying Afrobeat’s performance.

This showcase is interactive with the audience learning African dance for a big finale to end the program.

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