Illustration: Thumy Phan
Illustration: Thumy Phan

Guided Tour of Historic Former Wabash YMCA

Former Wabash YMCA 3763 S Wabash Ave

Every other Saturday, the Renaissance Collaborative is leading tours of the former Wabash YMCA, an historic center of Black social life. Built in 1911, in the heart of the Black Belt, it was the only Y in the city that admitted Black people for many years. In 1915, the Association for the Study of Negro Life was founded here and went on to create a precursor to Black History Month. The tour uses archived newspaper articles and archival photos to tell the story of the building and the people who congregated there.

Guided Tour of Historic Former Wabash YMCA

Former Wabash YMCA 3763 S Wabash Ave

Every other Saturday, the Renaissance Collaborative is leading tours of the former Wabash YMCA, an historic center of Black social life. Built in 1911, in the heart of the Black Belt, it was the only Y in the city that admitted Black people for many years. In 1915, the Association for the Study of Negro Life was founded here and went on to create a precursor to Black History Month. The tour uses archived newspaper articles and archival photos to tell the story of the building and the people who congregated there. (The link may say the event has ended,

$20

Summer 2022 Cantonese Community Language Class

People Matter is looking for thirty community members of color who are interested in English and Cantonese classes from Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park, Armour Square, Pilsen, Douglas, and/or Bronzeville to join them for a free language class to learn Cantonese for six weeks from June 6-July 15. Apply by May 1st, 2022 at 11:59pm at bit.ly/3vsQABR.

Free

Chicago Black Pride

DuSable Museum of African-American History 740 E 56th Pl

The annual festival will take place over three days during the July 4 weekend. Not all details have been finalized, but on July 2, a party featuring performers such as DJ Zolita and DJ Dapper, as well as vendors and a sponsored bar will take place at the DuSable Museum. Check the website for more parties and events taking place that weekend.

Free

After School Matters Summer Programs

After School Matters's summer programs run from July 5 to August 13 and are mostly in-person with a few remote options. Chicago teenagers ages 14-15 can apply for apprenticeships that offer a paid stipend, and teenagers ages 16+ can apply for advanced apprenticeships and internships, which offer stipends or hourly pay at $15/hour. Program opportunities fall into the four major categories of arts, such as dance, photography, painting; communications and leaderships, like public speaking and community organizing; sports, like basketball officiating, martial arts, and bicycle repair; and STEM, like architecture, music production, and computer programming. Learn more at afterschoolmatters.org