BY CHICAGO, FOR CHICAGO 2023: THE NEWEST CHARITY BENEFIT
CONCERT WITH 100% LOCAL ARTISTS COMES TO THALIA HALL ON SEPTEMBER 12
Four sets of Chicago’s most talented musicians take the stage in Pilsen to raise money for
Chicago charities at Habitat Sartorial’s first summer concert in the Windy City.
Habitat Sartorial, the Indianapolis-based nonprofit raising money for
charities through creative engagement, debuts in Chicago with the 2023 By Chicago, For Chicago show
at Thalia Hall in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The 950-capacity indoor venue is set to host over
fifteen performers in one three hour show from 7-10pm on September 12, with 100% of profits
donated to charities in the city. Habitat Sartorial’s previous three concerts in Indianapolis and Nashville
have sold over a thousand tickets and enabled everyone to give back to local charities – just by going to
The show’s headliner, Peter CottonTale, holds a special place in the heart of Chicago’s music scene. The
incredibly versatile and talented producer and keyboardist owns RCM studios in the city, constantly
building Chicago’s up-and-coming talents and training the city’s newest musicians. A grammy award
winner for production for Chance the Rapper, Peter was most recently named artist-in-residence for the
Chicago Sinfionetta’s 2023-24 season. His 2020 album Catch brings together all of his collaborations
over the years for a soulful, jovial gospel record lauded by many and sure to sound heavenly live.
Nico Segal, the show’s final support act, is part of the same group famous for their work with Chance.
His 2015 pop record Surf, featuring Sunday Candy, is his most popular project to date, amassing
millions of streams, being performed worldwide, and holding a special place in the heart of much of
the Chicago music scene. His most recent release, Tell the Ghost Welcome Home, features many local
artists like Jamila Woods, Nnamdï, and Shawnee Dez.
Shawnee Dez will be at the show as the second support act. Shawnee is known for organizing the pre-
Juneteenth Black Joy Ride, a celebratory bike ride taking place annually on the South Side of Chicago. She’s had fans since she began releasing music in the mid-2010s, but Shawnee’s debut album Moody
Umbra has catapulted her right back to the forefront of the music scene – it’s listening party nearly sold
out Schubas Tavern.
Shego Turbo will open the show – a captivating performer who brings the energy every time, and is
constantly working and performing throughout Chicago. Her latest single, Spin, puts a more R&B
inspired twist on the rap her fans are used to – her set is sure to get the show started off right.
The show’s sponsor, Habitat Sartorial, is an Indiana 501c3 nonprofit started by four college students
from the Indy area in 2021. They run concerts and produce apparel, donating 100% of the profit from
these activities to charities in the Indianapolis area focused on helping the homeless. All of the
merchandise available at the show is designed by Habitat Sartorial in collaboration with the artists, and
is printed and hand-painted in watercolor. Proceeds from the Chicago edition of the show will be
donated to three Chicago Charities: SocialWorks, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and the John
Walt Foundation. All three charities will have a presence at the show, with staff members on hand to
enjoy the music and talk with the guests about their charities’ work in the city.
SocialWorks, founded by Grammy-award-winning musician and humanitarian Chance the Rapper, aims
to empower the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement. Since 2016, SocialWorks has
created 5 initiatives that present youth the opportunity to learn and act on their passions. SocialWorks’
programming focuses on education, mental health, homelessness, and performing and literary arts –
directly affecting thousands of youth yearly. Through the initiatives, OpenMike, Warmest Winter, Kids
of the Kingdom, The New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund, and My State of Mind, SocialWorks hopes to
inspire creativity, build dreams, and advocate for youth success in all its forms.
The Chicago Coalition is the only non-profit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that
curb and can ultimately end homelessness. Our organization leads strategic campaigns, community
outreach, and public policy initiatives that target the lack of affordable housing in metropolitan Chicago
and across Illinois. Their mission statement since 1980 has been clear: “We organize and advocate to
prevent and end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.
The John Walt Foundation, founded by Saba and Nachelle Pugh after the tragic death of Walter Long Jr.,
empowers and enables youth across multiple artistic platforms. We intend to partner professional artist
with youth to help mentor as well as build their artistic futures. We are here to embolden the creative
soul of every young artist by inspiring a few to take their dreams and accomplish them.
Tickets to the event are available at habitatsartorial.org/tickets or at the door for $25.