Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events on Monday announced a slew of new cultural events scheduled for this summer around the city. Included in the new events is a nine-part series called “House City” to celebrate the neighborhoods in which House music was created. Also on tap is one week’s worth of “Taste of Chicago To-Go” pop-up events, more than 25 “community meals,” and two celebrations for Latinx and World Music. Also set for this summer is “a unique mash-up of public art and dance at Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.” According to Lightfoot’s office, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is lifting capacity restrictions for programs and advance registration will no longer be required. The full announcement is online.
The Shriver Center on Poverty Law will host a virtual roundtable discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the city's COVID-19 recovery and a proposed guaranteed income pilot program. The panel will be moderated by Shriver Center CEO Audra Wilson and will feature Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36), Equity and Transformation director Richard Wallace, Heartland Alliance president Evelyn Diaz and Economic Security for Illinois director Harish Patel. Viewers can access the Zoom meeting via this link.
The Chicago Community Trust has issued an "open call" for "ideas that can advance public policies to address systemic inequities contributing to the racial and ethnic wealth gap in the Chicago region." The "ongoing idea solicitation program," with no posted deadline, is looking for pitches that "build public knowledge and public will," "bolster the policy ecosystem" or "advance policy and systems change." Winning applicants could receive grants of between $25,000 and $75,000. Applications instructions and other information on the open call are listed on the Chicago Community Trust's website.
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