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10 years of bringing Chicago together: #UnityDayChi

Every truly great idea starts from something small and straightforward.

Consider an event which has its origins as a family affair. What is initially about Mother Thelma Robinson bringing together family and friends (along with her 25 adoptive children) together to foster unity among community and business leaders is now about something bigger; it's about the Southside, Westside, Northside, and all sides coming together to be about something great where all can benefit and grow.

This is the mission and purpose of Unity Day (Chicago). Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Unity Day Community Organization and continued support from Devo Entertainment and other related groups, the focus is to provide a forum for business professionals, entrepreneurs, families, and the larger community to network and fellowship. With a focus on positively highlighting, acknowledging, and showcasing a myriad of entities and organizations, it provides a fun and safe outlet for all, including community youth, to be aware of constructive engagement opportunities during the upcoming summer months and beyond.

This year is the 10th year of this event, making it a true "landmark" year.

Taking place on Sunday, May 26th, from 10am-8pm at Michele Clark High School (5101 West Harrison in Chicago), the event is free and open to the public.

The 15th District Police Department, the Cook County Sheriff Department, 29th Ward Alderman/State Representative Lashawn K. Ford, Build Chicago, and World Vision are among the civic, business, and community organizations who are part of this year's event. There are vending opportunities available as well, which is ideal for the business community of multiple sizes and levels.

The lineup for the day consists of a solid blend of artists from the faith community, as well as a blend of the top house music DJ's and other artists (make sure to check the photo album for a listing of scheduled artists). Following the day's event, the official after-party (6pm-2am) takes place at the home of House Music Mondays, The Family Den Lounge (8942 Stony Island in Chicago); WeJam DJ Academy, along with special guests Gene Hunt and DJ Boxx round out the after-party lineup.

One person's vision starts with a simple yet important premise, and that is to bring different demographics together for something bigger and greater. 10 years later, the purpose of Unity Day Chicago is more relevant and needed than ever, as it can be the example of the positive changes that can be when people come together for the greater good.

And this is what #UnityDayChi is all about.

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