“I said 7 years ago that I was going to create this environment, the space of love, of pride, of unity right here in the community of Englewood,” said Alderman Stephanie Coleman who represents Chicago’s 16th Borough.
She said she was inspired by attending festivals in other areas of the city. The free festival will feature a variety of vendors and musical acts, including R&B singer and Chicago native Syleena Johnson.
There will also be a career fair and a booth offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s so important not just to have an event, but to have an event with a purpose,” said Coleman.
The festival will take place near Englewood Square.
The Whole Foods powered mall is celebrating its 5th anniversary. The developer behind Englewood Square, DL3 Realty, is one of the festival’s sponsors.
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“This mall proves that with investments, a community thrives and grows,” said Coleman.
Longtime Englewood residents said the festival could help others see the neighborhood’s potential.
“I invited people who live outside the neighborhood,” said Denise Dyer. “I want them to come and see what’s going on here.”
“It’s going to give people opportunities to rethink Englewood, to reinvent Englewood if you will, and maybe become more interested in becoming stakeholders,” said Sharon Fountain, another Englewood resident.
To enter the festival, you must have proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test within 48 hours.
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