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Bronzeville, Near South Side

Want To Know How A City Budget Works? Find Out At This Free Workshop Saturday In Bronzeville

Participants can learn what does into a city budget, and how to advocate for city dollars for resources and initiatives in their communities.

Anthony Overton School, 221 E. 49th, Perkins & Will, 1961
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BRONZEVILLE — If navigating a city budget can be exasperating for public officials, it can be impenetrable for ordinary residents.

To help keep the public informed as the city starts its 2022 budget process, racial justice advocacy group Chicago United For Equity is hosting a Budget Block Party, 2 p.m.-5 p.m July 31st at 221 E. 49th St.

Participants will learn what comprises the city budget, and how it’s reviewed and approved. They will also work with neighbors to think about what their communities need, design a budget that centers those priorities, learn how to advocate for city funding, and how to lobby their alderpeople for changes in the city budget plan.

The event is at the site of the former Overton Elementary School, which closed in 2013. At Saturday’s event, people can sit in on a “fireside chat” with urban historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, hear tunes spun by a local DJ, and learn about ways the former school is being reactivated.

You can register for the “Budget Block Party” online or show up anytime within the scheduled time period.

For more information, visit or call 773-658-5667.

Also in August, the city is hosting three public forums about the budget. The feedback will be used to shape the city’s budget plans.

RELATED: Want A Say In Chicago’s 2022 Budget? City Hosting 3 Forums In August

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