8:00 am  - 1 pm

8 - 9 Networking Reception



In the 1940s and 1950s, Grand Boulevard was the major thoroughfare that ran through many South Side communities in Chicago. This included a renowned area that became known as the "Black Metropolis," as it boasted the nation’s highest concentrations of Black owned businesses at that time. Renamed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in 1968, Grand Boulevard now refers to a defined Chicago community that includes Bronzeville and several other south side neighborhoods. Today this area encapsulates a common urban dichotomy with its million dollar homes adjacent to public housing. Or newly constructed grocery stores in one neighborhood with food desserts in the other. As Grand Boulevard experiences revitalization in some areas and continued disinvestment in others, the work against these and other disparities has prompted scholars, business owners, organizers, and working class families to return to the “city within a city,”

This series of talks will highlight the many seeds being planted and harvested on Chicago's South Side. Covering a wide range of topics from community revitalization and games to architecture and entrepreneurship, distinctive voices near and dear to Chicago’s south side will lead the a dynamic conversation on positive investment in the communities that are pushing Grand Boulevard onward. 

Three words: Ideas. Worth. Spreading. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.


Home of Ida B. Wells located in Grand Boulevard, Chicago, IL 

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Home




Chrishon Lampley  
Négociant, Wine Enthusiast
Founder LCS Entertainment, LLC

Ashlyn Sparrow

Game Designer

Assistant Director, 
University of Chicago's Weston Game Lab

Monika Black, PhD

Chief Leadership Maximizer
Co-Founder TandemSpring

Co-Founder DyMynd



Leon Walker, Esq.

Community Developer,

Managing Partner DL3 Realty

Renetta McCann

Media Professional,

Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett

Leslé Honoré

Poet + Artivist,
 Author of Fist & Fire



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