Written by Khal for Complex. Check out the original article here
While ComplexCon Chicago doesn’t officially start until July 20 at McCormick Place, the city of Chicago is already being hit with some Complex flavor via Community Week, which finds Complex organizing a number of events throughout the Windy City. The first such event was the official kick-off, which took place at the Champion store at 1520 N Milwaukee Ave.
The highlight of the event was the limited-edition Champion x Complex Community sweatshirt collaboration, which made its debut at the kick-off. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this collab went to SocialWorks, a Chicago-based non-profit organization looking to “empower the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement”. SocialWorks was founded in August of 2016 by Chancellor Bennett, Justin Cunningham, and Essence Smith, and their initiatives help kids gain awareness on everything from mental health issues and faith to allowing kids to speak their minds. An awesome collab with an even more amazing cause behind it.
Attendees not only got to hear a selection of tracks from DJ Suchandsuch and enjoy some delicious assorted desserts, but they also got opportunities to win tickets to ComplexCon Chicago and the new Champion Tank sneakers, which will be making their debut at ComplexCon. Among the influencers and tastemakers in the building were Phor and Ryan Henry of VH1’s Black Ink Crew: Chicago. Check out the images below, and if you’re in the Chicago area this week, keep it locked to our Community Week calendar; there are a number of events going down before this weekend’s main event.