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This is your stage, your crowd, your community.

Every month we partner with the Chicago Public Library to present a space for high schools students to share, express, and network with like-minded individuals.

This event, housed in the Harold Washington, showcases randomly selected students to present a 3-minute piece of their choice. Afterward, we bring our friends to perform, teach, and inspire.

OpenMike often closes with professionals sharing about their creative process and pieces of their choosing.

Brother Mike Hawkins

OpenMike is named in honor of a very special mentor of ours, the late “Brother Mike” Hawkins.

SocialWorks’ inspiration came from Brother Mike; he educated, connected, and inspired us to pursue our passions through artistic expression. We want to celebrate and expand Brother Mike’s vision. OpenMike aims to teach showmanship, connect young artists, and inspire creativity within the next wave of Chicago youth.

Brother Mike creator of OpenMike

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OpenMikes

4,020

Total Minutes of Performance

8,561

Total Attendance

In The News

Chance the Rapper Donates Jordan’s at OpenMike


May 21, 2018

Chance the Rapper Donates Jordan’s at OpenMike

SocialWorks and Lyft Partner to Allow Riders to “Round Up and Donate” to CPS


September 3, 2017

SocialWorks and Lyft Partner to Allow Riders to “Round Up and Donate” to CPS

Chance the Rapper Hosts Concert For Special Olympics


August 12, 2017

Chance the Rapper Hosts Concert For Special Olympics

Partnerships

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