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Winter Block Party for Chicago’s Hip Hop Arts

Saturday, January 28 @ 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Metro 3730 N. Clark 60613 Chicago , IL

Hip-hop has long brought people together who have fought for social justice.

The Winter Block Party is a family-friendly celebration of hip-hop’s present and future. This year’s theme, U.N.I.T.Y, highlights and celebrates the accomplishments of female artists through all mediums – written word, dance, music and imagery. Beginning at noon, hands-on activities and live performances will entertain and educate guests.

Kick off the day with a with a dance workshop followed by an all-styles women’s dance showcase. Events continue with a live taping of Vocalo’s Morning Amp, MC Olympics (a triathlon for rappers!), DJ battle to join Vocalo’s DJ Collective and a Hip-Hop Marketplace.

Apart from live dance demonstrations and workshops, guests can get their hands dirty and “Chalk the Wall,” watch a graffiti artist tag a shirt or a bag with their name and kids can read to the storybook barber for a free haircut!

Smartbar and G-MAN will feature Pop-Up Hip-Hop Art Gallery, the Chicago Hip Hop Theater, curated readings, spinning by Ayana Contreras from Reclaimed Soul and more!

Free and Open to the Public!

A full list of events and activites are below:


12-1pm Dance workshop

1-2pm All Styles Women’s Dance Showcase (B-girls, tappers, footworkers and more with commentary on style)

2pm Gear/Marketplace interviews

2:30-3:30pm Live Broadcast of Vocalo's Morning AMP

3:30-4:30pm MC Olympics (triathlon for rappers)

4:30-6pm DJ Battle - Quest for the Best Female DJ Finalists (The top 2 will carry over to the Evening Concert and the Winner becomes a part of the Vocalo DJ collective and featured on Friday showcase)

All Day: Marketplace, Chalk the Wall, Storybook Barber (free haircuts to kids who read their favorite story!)



All Day:

  • Graffiti Art Gallery 
  • Face Painting 
  • Graffiti Tagging
  • Secret Stickers
  • Boombox Pinatas with a Photo Opp!



2-3pm Writing workshop for MCs before the MC Olympics  

3-4pm Curated Reading

3-5pm Chicago Hip Hop Theater 

4pm 21+ ONLY

5-6pm Ayana Contreras from Reclaimed Soul

6-7pm Ayana spins

10pm DJ Ayana Contreras spins during after party

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