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Celebrating Juneteenth in Chicago

Juneteenth is fast approaching, and the public is invited to take part in the many celebrations taking place throughout the city.

Juneteenth is observed annually on June 19 in recognition of the day in American history when all enslaved people were set free.

Many people recount the Emancipation Proclamation issued by then-President Abraham Lincoln, which sought to end American slavery on January 1, 1863. However, that message did not become official until June 19, 1865.

In recognition of Juneteenth, there are several celebrations taking place throughout the city in the coming weeks. Here are a few:

Juneteenth: An Emancipation Day Celebration

This year, Luther Memorial Church of Chicago and its Faith and Justice Team will bring the community together for a Juneteenth celebration, including live music, food and activities for kids.

The three-hour long event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on June 19 at Luther Memorial Church of Chicago, located at 2500 W. Wilson Ave.

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Juneteenth Chicago 2019

The South Side YMCA board of directors is planning to host a community barbecue including music and activities designed for all ages. Event organizers encourage those interested in dropping by to bring grills and coolers.

The inaugural event will take place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on June 22 at the South Side YMCA located at 6330 S. Stony Island Ave.

2019 Westside Juneteenth Celebration

Vendors, live performances and raffles are among the highlights of the 2019 Westside Juneteenth Celebration.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. on June 22 at The Lab on Lake located at 3450 W. Lake St.

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Juneteenth Family Celebration

Burst Into Books, Moms of Beverly and Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative are teaming up to put on a Juneteenth celebration for families. There will be arts and crafts, live performances, games, vendors and more.

The celebration starts at 12 p.m. on June 29 at Dan Ryan Woods, located at 8700 S. Western Ave.

For information, contact Jurema Gorham at or Shanya Gray at


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