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Connect South Shore Arts Festival

  • Connect Gallery 2226 East 71st Street Chicago, IL, 60649 United States (map)

Magnifying the indigenous cultural and artistic assets signature to the South Shore community, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th), have partnered with Eric Williams owner of the famed Silver Room in Hyde Park and Rob McKay, co-owner of Connect Gallery to curate, ‘Connect South Shore’. This 3-day pop-up marketplace will dwell in vacuous storefronts along 71st Street, on the weekend following Thanksgiving.  

Connect South Shore will feature a tapestry of local and nationally regarded retailers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers, to promote the richness of cultural expression, while generating small business revenue. Likewise, this enterprising marketplace is intended to stimulate visionary thinking and striking development opportunities for a community disproportionately impacted by patterns of disinvestment.

“Following last month’s epic unveiling of the Renew 71 project and advisory committee, Connect South Shore will serve as the next logical step along our journey to revitalize, not only 71st Street, but the entire South Shore community and surrounding neighborhoods,” says Alderman Hairston.