By: Donte Chase Bridges
Chicago, IL – Rap Artist Ahmad once said:” Back in the days when I was young, I’m not a kid anymore, but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.” As those words blasted through the speakers, and I breezed through the crowd, I was greeted by Beautiful black people, good vibes, and a chilled-out Atmosphere, all celebrating one of the most anticipated Block Parties of the year, Silver Room Block Party.
On Saturday, July 20th, The Silver Room, partnered with Special Service Area 61, kicked off its 16th annual Silver Room Block Party in Chicago’s Lakefront Neighborhood, Hyde Park, located on 5319 South Lake Park Ave. Founded by Eric Williams, Hyde Park’s Silver Room Block party celebrated its humble beginnings by showcasing entrepreneurship, up-and-coming artist, and some of the best food you’ll ever eat, such as I-94 Ribs, Nando’s, Chipotle, and Subway.
“I wait for this event every year. Now I finally get to come out of the house and show off my gym body”, Said Block Party Patron, Jennifer Smith. “Plus, we use this as a family reunion for a lot of the younger people in my family; I like us all getting together and just hanging and laughing like the good old times.”
As the crowd moved from one end of Harper St. to the other, you could see the many of the Black Greek Organizations scattered throughout the festival, Special Acknowledgement to Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Iota Phi Theta, and Omega Psi Phi. If you know Black Greek Organizations, at any time, there could be a legendary Greek stroll-off that would shut Silver Room Block Party completely down, in the best way possible.
If you still had a bit of energy left at the end of the festival, don’t worry, Silver Room Block party has you covered. Like always, The Silver Room throws its Premiere after-party at the Promontory in Hyde Park, Chicago located at 5311 S Lake Park Ave. Doors 9:00 pm-3:00 am, Early Bird – $15 General Admission – $20. After Party Music brought to you by Ron Trent.
If you are ever in the mood to experience the of urban culture at its finest, then The Silver room block party in Hyde Park, Chicago is the festival to go to. With block-to-block vendors selling a variety of products from organics creams and oil, to the last designer glasses, this is your one-stop-shop for enjoying good music, catching up to those friends you miss and celebrating another day of good vibes. For more information on this Annual Event, go to https://www.silverroomblockparty.com/
See you next summer…