On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, a ceremony was held at Connect Gallery, 520 E. Harper Court, to honor The Silver Room (TSR) Sound System Block Party for earning Chicago Hyde Park’s first ever Down Town Hyde Park Economic Impact Award. Started by Eric Williams and Rob McKay, The Sound System Block Party has become a real happening in Chicago and they’ve managed to keep control and maintain the block party free without giving in to corporate sponsorships.
It hasn't always been easy, they’ve had their share of challenges and obstacles: struggled getting space and convincing communities that a space for celebration and joy of a large group of people of color is valuable. Despite those challenges, they were able to lean farther into their conscious, Black & Brown and arts centered brand and Hyde Park and the surrounding communities for reinforcement. As a result, they’ve seen more community events, new partnerships, increase in sales and vendors and a huge outpouring of support for the Sound System Block Party. Because of Williams and McKay’s efforts, between 2016 – 2018, they generated an estimated $3.6 million in sales from the surrounding businesses in the Hyde Park community and for the vendors and partnered brands.
According to their Instagram page,
“TSR relies on its family and community to achieve our goals; we are honored to be recipients of such an esteemed recognition for our Block Party! Thanks to our #SilverRoomBlockParty team and attendees!”
The Silver Room Contact Info:
- Address: 1506 E 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615
- Website: https://thesilverroom.com/
- Phone: (773) 947-0024
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesilverroom/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesilverroom/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesilverroom