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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.

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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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“i’m moving back to chicago and i’m never leaving again....thank you Chance for getting me to come back” - kanyewest socialworks_chi #openmike ...

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Special guest _colebennett_ , founder of lyricalemonade, at socialworks_chi Open Mike at mcachicago 📸 stevensjpeg Cole Bennett made the crowd go nuts when announced he’s giving away 2-Day passes to thesummersmash for the graduating senior that attended the Open Mike! Summer Smash festival is only a week away! Who’s ready for it⁉️ ...

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ITS GOING DOWN!! Meet us at the Museum of Contemporary Art @mcachicago NEXT MONDAY for the Class of 2019 edition of #OpenMike! You already know how we’re coming! Decorate an exclusive OpenMike cap🎓, eat some good food🍕, and walk the stage for your OpenMike certificate! Come turn up with your favorite hosts and DJ’s @HotRod065 & @djbman and rock your college/university gear! It’ll be a night of youth excellence full of fun and surprises 👀 See you next week! ...

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What do you think about it ? Will you come ?🤔 #nycmusicians #nycmusic #nycmusician #openmike #openmicnight #openmics ...

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Happy New Year! We’re starting off 2020 with another #OpenMike! Bring a bestie and meet us MONDAY at the Harold Washington Library! Calling all dancers, singers, poets, musicians, and rappers...The stage is yours! Come celebrate the new year with your favorite hosts and DJs at #OpenMike! See you Monday! #SocialWorks ...

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songsaliveuk 27th August Open Mike 10-16 yr olds Part of creativewaves creativewavespopup #worthing #worthingrocks #popupontheprom #openmike Get practicing! Best bin in #Worthing too we should know! ...

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Thanks to lentilsnewtown for having me 🌸 #livemusic #sydneymusicans #openmike #veganshaveagoodthinggoing #guitar ...

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वह धुन ही क्या जिसे आप गुनगुना न सके, वह लम्हे ही क्या जिसे आप जी ना सके, हो सके तो थम जाओ, गुनगुनाओ और जीलो, रुको और मुस्कुराओ। - अर्था पेर्ला Open Mike has always been in my bucket list. But never got to try it. akshaykpaniker got my name registered and almost dragged me into spindrift.mangalore 's Open Mike. It was a mixed experience. Fun. Wierd. Would love to try again. Anurag thanks for accommodating me there at the 11th hr. ayana.perla for this pic - ❤ #bucketlist #manymoretogo #openmike #poetrylovers #poetrysociety #poemscommunity #spindrift ...

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#openmike #gig #singer #whatsondubai #dubai #jammingwithfriends #bluewatersdubai #wondergarden #exploring Photo: tatimurrr 😍 ...

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In The News

Game On: Englewood youth will attend All-Star weekend experience courtesy of I Grow Chicago and Socialworks

February 16, 2020

Game On: Englewood youth will attend All-Star weekend experience courtesy of I Grow Chicago and Socialworks

SocialWorks’ NBA All-Star Weekend

February 12, 2020

SocialWorks' NBA All-Star Weekend

SocialWorks to benefit from NBA Lab’s “Chicago Bulls Remix”

February 12, 2020

SocialWorks to benefit from NBA Lab's "Chicago Bulls Remix"


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