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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.

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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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Special thanks to @todayshow and @carsondaly for interviewing our founder, @chancetherapper + highlighting our efforts here at SocialWorks. 3 of the student winners (@nickhuh_ @asiaspeaks.33 + @cjthaartist ) of the #30DaysofOpenMike challenge were highlighted too & surprised by Chance himself during the interview! So cool! Check out the snippet here. Full interview available on our website. #SocialWorks #OpenMike #helppeople #forthekids ...

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We love you and stand with you. Our grab & go sites will be open today - 6427 S. Ashland // 100 N. Central Park Ave! @chickenandwaffles_chicago // @conniespizza // @bonabbetit // @michaelairhartexperience & @chipotle for #TacoTuesday #BlackoutTuesday ✊🏽 if you’re able to help us serve, just pull up! Thank you. ...

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Spread the word and please stay safe Chicago. If you’re available to help us, wear a SocialWorks shirt and pull up. If you’re able to support monetarily, you can donate via our website. #forthekids Link in bio. ...

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#OpenMike Live! IS HAPPENING TODAY @ 7PM CST! You don’t want to miss this! Tune in via any of our social media channels (IG, Twitter, Youtube and/or Facebook!) We’ll be announcing the 3 winners of the raffle during #OpenMike Live! too. DON’T want to miss this! Drop a “🔥” in the comments if you’ll be watching #OpenMike Live! from home tonight! ...

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