Explore

Inside Chicago’s Largest Black Block Party: Silver Room Block Party

By Parker Diakite

Share

There are plenty of festivals happening throughout Chicago all summer long but the Silver Room Sound Block Party is an institution for residents across Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

The block party started in 2002 by The Silver Room owner, Eric Williams, who was fed up with the lack of diversity from other festivals in the city.

Instagram | @silverroomblockparty

Related Post: Chicago 2019 Summer Festival Guide

“It started on the North Side as a response to a lack of diversity, in my opinion, of festivals on the North Side,” Williams told the Chicago Tribune. “I was on the board of one of the chambers of commerce and I was asking for different kinds of people, that were more representative of the city and they weren’t really having it. And so I said, I’ll start my own thing.”

What was once a small gathering for friends and family of a few hundred people is now a vibrant and diverse neighborhood gathering that attracts tens of thousands of people to hear Chicago’s up and coming artists.

Related Post: How to Spend a Day in Black-Owned Chicago


It’s not just about music. The festival is an extension of Williams’ store the Silver Room, located on 1506 E. 53rd Street.  When you walk into the retail space, you immediately feel a joyful vibe where black culture is celebrated through art, fashion, and community.

Instagram | @silverroomblockparty

What you’ll also find when entering the store is a calendar full of events happening in the community, including yoga, political rallies, and fundraisers.

“Most of the things we do are for the customers we have — so the store is our most interactive space,” Williams told Chicago Tribune. “What we do is not just us, it’s a collaboration — the customers, the family, the friends, the community. The block party to me is a culmination of all the things we do throughout the year. We have a whole calendar of stuff. People talk about the block party all the time and I say that’s important, but to me, the calendar is in some ways more important because this is what builds to the one-day thing.”

Now in it’s 16th year, the festival will be held on July 20 from 12 to 10 p.m.

The event is free to attend but donations are accepted upon entering.

Instagram | @silverroomblockparty

Share
Travel Noire

Parker Diakite

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Flight Deal: Multiple U.S. Cities To Costa Rica As Low As $174 Roundtrip

Flight Deal: Multiple U.S. Cities To Costa Rica As Low As $174 Roundtrip

There is a major sale going on for those looking to head to Costa Rica soon. The lowest-priced route can be found from Orlando, Florida to San Jose for as low as $174 roundtrip. These low-priced flights can be found on Copa Airlines. Other departure cities include: Tampa (TPA), New Orleans (MSY), Las Vegas (LAS), […]

DeAnna Taylor

2019’s Top 20 Black-Owned Bars And Lounges In America

2019’s Top 20 Black-Owned Bars And Lounges In America

Check out our curated list of the top black-owned bars and lounges across the country. Alabama End Zone Bar and Grill & Lounge serves up “the best wings” in Alabama. Located in Auburn, this bar also hosts live music and events throughout the week. California Located in the heart of Oakland, Oeste Bar features a […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin

Flight Deal: Nonstop From Chicago To Cancun Only $192

Flight Deal: Nonstop From Chicago To Cancun Only $192

Fall is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to say goodbye to warm weather and days spent by the water. But, if you want to stretch the fun out a little longer we have a deal that you want to check out. United Airlines has dropped prices on its nonstop routes from Chicago, Illinois to […]

DeAnna Taylor