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OIC of America to raise $100 million for African American Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative

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oic_america— Philadelphia mayor helps to launch national initiative for entrepreneurs —

Pictured from L toR in Photo: OIC-CEO Howard Sullivan, OIC-Chairman Art Taylor, Pa. Senator Anthony Williams, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and OIC-National Director Stanley H. Greene
Photo Credit: TimGreeneFilms.com

Philadelphia, PA (BlackNews.com) — During President Barack Obama’s January State of the Union Address, he challenged Americans to “do big things.” OIC of America, Inc. (OICA) is taking big action. For generations, African American unemployment and underemployment have been at least double that of white Americans. While there have been gains in education, the wealth gap between African Americans and other groups has not closed.

Given the proven correlation between self-employment and wealth creation, OICA, in a groundbreaking move, announced today that it is launching a focused initiative designed to encourage more African Americans to think like and become entrepreneurs. The organization expects to reach over one million people in the years to come.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative will be funded perpetually by an endowment, raised in two parts. The first $10 million will come from the community nationwide through “OIC-10,” a funding initiative designed to turn 1 million, one time, ten-dollar contributions into a $10 million endowment. The remaining $90 million will come through “challenge grants” from foundations and interested individuals.

The endowment will fund grassroots programs that encourage, train and support individuals in their quest to become successful business owners. OIC of America has trained over two million people nationwide since its origin. OICA’s visionary founder, the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, was a force in African American entrepreneurship and self help when, in 1968, he started Progress Plaza. The North Philadelphia shopping center was the first black owned enterprise of its kind in America. Philadelphia citizens, who invested in Reverend Sullivan’s 10/36 Plan, funded the project. The plan involved thousands of individuals and families contributing small sums of money to accomplish a goal.

In keeping with 21st century technological advances, OIC of America also introduced a mobile giving option for OIC-10. Cell phone users can make their donation by texting the keyword “OIC” to “41010” from their mobile phone. This convenient option allows a wider audience to make their $10 donation and support the Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative.

In addition to announcing the Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative, OIC of America also announced that it has appointed business executive and entrepreneur Stanley H. Greene as National Director-Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative. He will oversee both the fund raising initiative and the implementation of the training initiative. “I am excited to take on this important initiative,” said Greene. “I have been involved in many projects over the years, and this is the most challenging and potentially rewarding for communities nationwide,” he added.

“Consistent with our history, OIC of America will not wait for someone to wave a magic wand and eliminate the economic disparities for African Americans. It has not happened in the past and will not happen in the future,” said OIC of America Chairman, Art Taylor. “We are happy to have Stanley Greene on board as we make a big and bold move to help people make it in this economy.”

President and CEO, Howard Sullivan added, “The foundation for economic success for African Americans was built close to 50 years ago. It is especially gratifying to me that we are launching this initiative today and using the simple but powerful principles my father put in place to help move African Americans forward.”

Go to the OIC of America website at www.oicofamerica.org and click on “OIC-10” to make your $10 donation today.

About OIC of America
Founded in 1964 by the late Reverend Dr. Leon Howard Sullivan, OIC of America, Inc. (OICA) is a national non-profit network of employment and training programs bound together by a common commitment, to help the disadvantaged realize their true potential. With forty-four (44) affiliated programs in twenty-two (22) states and the District of Columbia, OIC has grown into a movement, which has served over two (2) million disadvantaged and under-skilled people.

A philosophy of “self-help” and the system of developing the “whole person” enables individuals to become self-sufficient, productive workers. OICA prepares people for today’s workforce with quality life skills development, fundamental education, job skills training, and employment readiness.

Senator Kirk’s response to President Obama’s Middle East Speech

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Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement with regard to the President’s speech on Middle East policy:

“The President had a worthwhile focus on human rights and the need for a transition to Middle Eastern democracy.  I had hoped his human rights policy would have had teeth by directly calling on Syrian dictator Assad to step down.

“The President’s new decision to alter U.S. policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process concerns me.  Palestinian calls for ‘1967 borders’ should be outweighed by Israel’s need for secure borders to ensure the survival of a critical U.S. ally.  The President should block U.S. taxpayer assistance to Palestinian leaders who teamed up with a group his Administration certified as a terrorist organization – Hamas – responsible for the murder of at least 26 American citizens.  America has no greater ally and political supporter than the Israeli democracy.”

IL GOP Chairman: Dems’ new maps anything but transparent

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(From the IL GOP Party)                                                                                         


“I believe in competition, so I want competitive districts. I think the process should be open.” -Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Tribune Interview, 11/6/10


Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady said that maps being released by Illinois Democrats this week are the result of a process that broke their own promise of transparency.

 “Governor (Pat) Quinn assured the public that they would have an open and transparent process in redrawing legislative maps and that we’d have a fair map but we’ve seen nothing of it,” said Brady.

 Brady noted reports that only Democratic members were allowed into a secretly-coded, locked room in Springfield to see draft versions of proposed maps and give input on new boundaries.

 “By shutting Republicans and Independents completely out from the process and only allowing their own members to have input on the maps, the Democrats have confused the definition of ‘transparency’ with ‘hypocrisy,’” said Brady.

 Brady said, “It’s a sad commentary for Illinois when a select few people with a special passcode to a private room in Springfield decide the future of public policy in our state while holding phony public meetings and putting on a facade of transparency.”

“Last year, Illinois voters, by electing many new Republican candidates, made it clear they are tired of one-party rule and want some checks and balances. This week, a select few Democratic Party insiders used every trick they had to stifle any future debate about their runaway taxes, spending and debt,” said Brady.

Sec’y of State Jesse White awards Public Library Construction Grants

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Springfield, IL – Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded FY2011 Live and Learn Construction Grants to sixteen public libraries to help pay for essential capital improvements.

“Our public libraries are cornerstones of our communities, and they have never been more important. I am pleased to be able to award these grants through the Illinois State Library to help maintain the infrastructure of our public libraries, and help them remain the best information resource available to citizens.”

The Live and Learn Construction Grants help public libraries pay for projects such as remodeling for handicapped accessibility, new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, and in some cases new construction or building additions. Many public libraries don’t have sufficient funds to make these improvements on their own.

List of libraries receiving grants:

             —LaGrange Park Public Library District, $50,000 to relocate the library’s entrance to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and relocate parking spaces to coincide with the new entrance.

            —Mount Zion Public Library District, $3,255 for automatic door openers for the library entrance to provide accessibility to persons with disabilities.

            —Nashville Public Library, $2,712 for automatic door openers for the library entrance to provide accessibility for persons with disabilities.

            —New Athens District Library, $50,000 for a renovation project to create two accessible restrooms to comply with ADA standards.

            –Bryan-Bennett Library in Salem, $20,546 to replace an old water heater; replace the book drop; update and replace the public entrance and mechanical room doors; and replace inoperative door hardware on several doors.

            —Carrier Mills-Stonefort Public Library District, $22,508 to replace the library roof; provide new carpeting in the main library area; replace the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system; and provide new study tables to address ADA compliance issues.

             —Olney Public Library, $25,000 for a new roof.

            —Gillespie Public Library, $25,000 to replace nine windows and the surrounding brickwork with energy efficient windows and new brickwork.

            —Harrisburg Public Library District, $24,690 to install automatic door openers for the library entrances and update restroom furnishings with high efficiency fixtures.

            —Waverly Public Library, $25,000 to replace the existing chair lift to bring the library into ADA compliance.

            —Toulon Public Library District, $125,000 to help build a new 6,300 square foot library.

            —Sycamore Public Library, $125,000 to remodel the facility to centralize circulation services and expand the Youth Services Department.

            —Lanark Public Library, $123,350 to renovate 3,100 square feet of space in the Municipal Building Complex to house the library.

            –Mississippi Valley Public Library District in Fairmont City, $125,000 to replace the roof, provide new windows and exterior doors and tuck point the exterior walls.

            –Atwood-Hammond Public Library District in Atwood, $25,000 to replace a roof and skylight and convert existing handle entry doors to automatic doors.

            —Waukegan Public Library, $38,739 to replace the current heating, ventilating and air conditioning system with three modular, hybrid energy saving boiler plants.

Free readings of new plays by Playwrights Unit Members Rohina Malik and Lisa Dillman take the stage at Goodman Theatre, June 13 and 20

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Chicago, IL –  Next month, Goodman Theatre will present two free staged readings in the Owen Theatre. The MeccaTales by Rohina Malik (June 13) and American Wee-Pie by Lisa Dillman (June 20) were both developed as part of the Playwrights Unit, the Goodman’s season-long residency program of four local writers who meet once a month to discuss their plays in progress. Playing an essential role in the Goodman’s efforts to commission and develop new works of the American theater, the Playwrights Unit also includes playwrights Seth Bockley and Laura Jacqmin, and is facilitated by Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer. Both readings are free, but reservations are required: call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org.

The Mecca Tales By Rohina Malik

Directed by Ron O.J. Parson

June 13 at 7pm

Five Muslim women meet for the first time on a camping trip to prepare for the challenges of their upcoming pilgrimage to Mecca. Grace, the group’s leader, requires each of the pilgrims to reveal her unique and personal reason for making this journey. The women must choose whether to reveal themselves and go forward, or to guard

their stories and stay behind. Poetic and transporting, The Mecca Tales explores the power of ritual and redemption. Rohina Malik is a Chicago-based playwright, actress and solo performance artist. Last year, her one-woman play Unveiled had its world premiere at 16th Street Theater, where Malik performed to sold-out houses and received critical acclaim. Unveiled was subsequently produced at Victory Gardens Theater, Next Theatre Company and will enjoy a fourth production at Brava Theater in San Francisco (September 2011). Her new play, Yasmina’s Necklace, was workshopped during Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Series and was a finalist for Victory Gardens Theater’s

2010 Ignition Festival. She was recently nominated for a 3 Arts Artist Award in playwriting. Of South Asian heritage, Malik was born and raised in London and is a graduate of DePaul University.

American Wee-Pie

By Lisa Dillman

Directed by Lisa Portes

June 20 at 7pm

Zed is disillusioned with his job as a textbook editor and longs to find more fulfilling work but finds a golden opportunity when he least expects it—during a visit to his hometown. With the help of an old high school acquaintance, he discovers a latent talent for cupcake baking, and hopes to cash in on the town’s appetite for personal-sized desserts. But will the market stay strong, or will the cupcake bubble burst? With richly drawn characters and wry humor, American Wee-Pie explores success, failure and our national pastime—overconsumption. Lisa Dillman’s plays include Detail of a Larger Work (world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; also produced by Hypothetical Theatre Company); Half of Plenty (world premiere at American Theatre Company, also produced by Summer Play Festival and Rogue Machine Theatre); Flung (commissioned by Steppenwolf; world premiere at American Theatre Company; published by Dramatic Publishing); The Walls, Shady Meadows and Chiaroscuro (all commissioned by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); and Ground (commissioned by Northlight Theatre; world premiere at 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays).

About Goodman Theatre – Now Celebrating A Decade on Dearborn.

Currently on stage is the world-premiere production of Sarah Ruhl’s Goodman commission, Stage Kiss (through June 5) in the Albert. The final production in this celebratory season is the world premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang, directed by Leigh Silverman (June 18 – July 24) in the Albert.

The 2011/2012 Season includes: Red by John Logan, directed by Robert Falls (September 17 – October 23); the 34th annual production of A Christmas Carol (November 18 – December 31); Race by David Mamet, directed by Chuck Smith (January 14 – February 19, 2012); The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and coproduced with McCarter Theatre (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February 25 – March 25, 2012); Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March 10 – April 15, 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado (April 7 – May 6, 2012) and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (Jne 16 – July 22, 2012).

Plays and dates subject to change. Two more plays in the 2011/2012 season are still to be announced.

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its new downtown facility, welcoming nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving 30 percent more students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned

more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. The Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox, and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

Chicago Detours uncovers hidden corners of Music History

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New Tour Company Launches Cultural History of Music Tour
Chicago, IL – Coinciding with the Blues Festival on June 11th, Chicago Detours will launch its new interactive tour by bus, entitled “Our Chicago Sound: Jazz, Blues & Beyond.” The two-and-a-half-hour event redefines the concept of the “tour” with multimedia, a one-on-one with a local musician, and glimpses at sites typical tourists never see. Video screens on the bus illuminate the past while the guide delves into the people, politics and culture that have made Chicago a hotbed for musical innovation. Guests get to make music of their own with a harmonica demo, and they get up close with relics of a former 1920’s jazz club where Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines once played.

Chicago Detours guides, who infect guests with their enthusiasm, will share vivid stories and thought-provoking perspectives on the Great Migration, Maxwell Street marke t, the rift between jazz and blues communities, and the recording techniques of Chess Records. A lesson on different types of jazz and blues will be shared, and guests will go on a brief, eye-opening walk around Uptown. The photos and documentary clips presented will include musical artists, former recording studios, clubs and theaters. 

Tours are curated with a journalistic approach, as Scotese and her team consult with local experts, such as music photographer Paul Natkin and former Blues Festival director Barry Dolins. “We curate our tours to include a wide variety of perspectives,” Scotese says, “Both by connecting with people who have lived the history, and also by studying archival materials like personal letters, club flyers, and old magazines.”

The company also visits a jazz spot on a walking tour about party history. The “Good Times Around Michigan Ave” tour explores drinking culture, elite entertainment, underground clubs, and vices, tying it to architecture located on side-streets off the tourist thoroughfare. Chicago Detours’ indoor walking tour, called “Inside the Loop: Explore the Unexpected” has received wide praise and was highlighted as a top pick for months on Metromix.com. Details on these tours are at www.chicagodetours.com/tours

Chicago Detours guides do not take tips; rather they take donations for worthy causes, such as initiatives to give tours to local schools free of charge. For this tour, they have partnered with the Jazz Institute and Blues Camp to support their educational initiatives.

Chicago Detours offers a new take on the tour standard of years past. The tours bring people to places that locals don’t even know about. Highly trained guides share forgotten stories from the past, and create an engaging dynamic to spark discussions and inspire new ways of viewing architecture, culture and history.

Since launching this past fall, the company has received feedback from tour attendees that has been widely positive, with top ratings on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.                                   Scotese honed her skills while employed as a guide and guidebook researcher with Rick Steves, one of the nation’s most well-known travel authors and television personalities. She enriched her knowledge of architecture, urban studies, and art history through her M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Jazz Record Mart serves as the meeting and end point for the tour, and then explores neighborhoods from north to south, with up-close visits inside and around music landmarks. Reservations are required. Launch is June 11th, with tours held Saturdays through September 10th, the weekend after the Jazz Festival. Tours start at 10am and 1:15pm, and last 2.5 hours. Adult tickets are $70; students/seniors $65; kids under 12 $50. Group size is limited to 25 to keep the dynamic personal.

Florida A&M University bestows its prestigious Honorary Doctorate Degree on Actress, Producer, Director, Author T’Keyah Crystal Keymah

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Actress now has received FAMU’s three highest honors

FAMU President Dr. James H. Ammons with Dr. T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) – Actress, producer, director, author T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh has received Florida A&M University’s highest and most prestigious honor: An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. The star of television’s In Living Color, Cosby, and That’s So Raven personally accepted the honor at FAMU’s Spring Commencement ceremony, held recently in Tallahassee, Florida.

“I can’t begin to describe how pleased I am to have been chosen for this esteemed honor,” said Dr. Keymáh. “It is truly overwhelming for FAMU’s Board of Trustees, and President James H. Ammons to believe I am worthy of the school’s highest honor…I am grateful and deeply humbled.” According to President Ammons: “This presentation is a fitting tribute in recognition of T’Keyah’s outstanding career in theater and entertainment, and her dedication as a loyal alumna of FAMU.”

On April 2, 2011, Keymáh was enshrined in FAMU’s College of Arts and Science’s Gallery of Distinction, the university’s third highest honor. Alumni from each of the university’s schools and colleges who have made tremendous contributions in respective fields from which they graduated are faculty recommended and dean approved for the honor.

Since graduating Cum Laude in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in theater, Keymáh has established and funded the T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh Theatre Scholarship at FAMU. The state’s fifty percent endowment of the gift brings the scholarship total to $150,000. In addition, Keymáh has been named one of 100 Most Influential FAMUans of the Century. In 1999, then FAMU President Dr. Frederick Humphries conferred upon her the Special President’s Meritorious Award, the school’s second highest honor. Beyond FAMU, Keymáh has extended her love for educating black minds to Meharry Medical College, where she has been honored several times for establishing and funding the T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh Medical Scholarship. She has also set up the national T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh Cultural Fund through which she supports youth groups and underserved youth nationally.

As an entertainer, Keymáh is known worldwide as a series regular on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning sketch variety show, In Living Color (five seasons), CBS’ hit, COSBY (four seasons), and Disney’s That’s So Raven (three seasons). Keymáh, along with actor Lamman Rucker, will serve as Celebrity Co-chairs for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) which will run from Monday, August 1 – August 6, 2011 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. NBTF is one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious black theatre events of its kind. This summer, Keymáh will release the anticipated second edition of her popular book, Natural Woman, Natural Hair.

For additional information on Dr. Keymáh, visit her website at www.tkeyah.com.

Bill to prevent deadly allergic reaction in Illinois classrooms sent to governor

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Springfield, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded the Illinois Senate for passing legislation to protect school children with severe allergies. Senate lawmakers today unanimously voted to send to the governor House Bill 3294. The bill would allow school nurses in public and private schools to administer epinephrine auto-injectors, or “EpiPens,” to students who go into anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

“Growing numbers of children suffer from life-threatening food allergies,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Allowing schools to administer EpiPens is a common sense safety measure to prevent fatal allergic reactions. I strongly encourage Gov. Quinn to sign it into law.”

Madigan said the bill would allow schools to have a supply of EpiPens and allow school nurses to administer an injection to a student believed to be suffering from anaphylactic shock, regardless of whether their medical plan on file indicates an allergy diagnosis. The legislation would allow schools to keep EpiPens for students who are authorized to self-administer the dosage, and for students whose medical plans authorize any school personnel to administer the EpiPen.

“Epinephrine can save a child’s life by opening their airways until emergency personnel arrive,” said Senate sponsor Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg, D-Evanston. “If a student forgets their own EpiPen, the time delay while awaiting an ambulance can be fatal. Having this medication on hand so a school nurse could administer it could make a life-saving difference.”

“This is a critical measure that allows our schools to be proactive in an instance that could mean life or death of a student,” said Rep. Chris Nybo, R-Lombard, sponsor of the bill in the House, where it passed 113-0. “Many children, including my own, suffer from severe food allergies and we must do everything in our power to protect students with known and unknown allergies.”

Attorney General Madigan said the bill addresses an increasing safety need in Illinois classrooms due to the increasing number of serious food allergies diagnosed among children. Likewise, according to the Journal of Pediatrics, one in four cases of life-threatening childhood anaphylaxis occurs in children who were not previously diagnosed with a food or other severe allergy. The Journal also found that 25 percent of first reactions among children allergic to peanuts or tree nuts occurred while they were in a school setting.


Free Insider Tours With openhousechicago

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Chicago Architecture Foundation Offers October 14-16 Weekend


Chicago, IL – Modeled after popular programs in New York, London and Toronto, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will offer more than 150 unique locations—all free of charge—for the first openhousechicago weekend, October 14-16, 2011. Locations not usually open to the public will allow visitors to get a “backstage pass” to Chicago’s most interesting spaces and places. Designed to appeal to local residents as well as out-of-towners, the weekend will offer visitors opportunities to explore a wide variety of buildings and neighborhoods, from Chicago’s Loop to lesser known communities like Bronzeville and Little Village. In all, 150 different sites are expected to draw at least 50,000 people during the weekend.

Many of the sites demonstrate how buildings and whole neighborhoods have been repurposed. Buildings that were once derelict have been adapted for entirely different uses. The Power House High School is a perfect example. The 1905 building once provided power, heating and cooling to the Sears Headquarters in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the near west side of the city. Sears moved out more than three decades ago and the building sat vacant until 2009. Now it is bustling with high school students in a state of the art high school.

“The Chicago Architecture Foundation has always provided a rich variety of culture for our visitors,” said Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture Foundation President and CEO. “However, openhousechicago has allowed us to work in collaboration with local community organizations to showcase the unique and often hidden architecture gems in their neighborhoods.”

The Glenwood Arts District on the far north side of Chicago is an example of a repurposed neighborhood. Once a small commercial district, the whole neighborhood has been reinvigorated with galleries, restaurants, theaters and nightlife. The Mayne Stage Theater opened in 2008 in the former Morse Theater, once a vaudeville house. This intimate theater-in-the-round offers a popular multipurpose entertainment venue with state-of-the-art audio and video systems for recording sessions.

Featured sites of openhousechicago include:

  • Christy Webber Landscaping in Garfield Park
  • Emil Bach House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Rogers Park
  • Chicago Police headquarters in Bronzeville
  • Indian Boundary Park in West Ridge
  • Chicago Transit Authority Headquarters in the West Loop
  • The Pritzker Military Library in the Loop
  • Private dining room in135 S. LaSalle (formerly the Field Building, now Bank of America) in the Loop
  • Little Village High School – a $200 million campus of four schools
  • University Club in the Loop
  • Devon Avenue’s multi-cultural commercial strip in Rogers Park

All the tours will be self guided but maps and event directories will be distributed to the public in advance. Mobile-enabled technology will also let the social media types navigate the locations on their smart phones.

openhousechicago is presented by the Allstate Insurance Company with leading foundation support from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. Major support is provided by Bank of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Tawani Foundation, with additional support from Dyson, Northern Trust, the Chicago Park District, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Chicago Tribune is the official media sponsor of openhousechicago.

Information on www.openhousechicago.org is continually updated. Hotels and tour operators are planning special promotions to encourage out-of-town visitors.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. The Chicago Architecture Foundation pursues this mission through architecture tours, exhibitions, panel discussions, and youth and adult education programs. A permanent exhibition, Chicago Model City, includes a highly detailed scale model of Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604. For further information visit www.architecture.org or call 312.922.3432 or become a facebook fan: www.facebook.com/chicagoarchitecture or follow on twitter: www.twitter.com/chiarchitecture

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