Celebrate Juneteenth at Boxville: Chicago’s Unique Marketplace


Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and is a day to honor freedom, history, and culture. In Chicago, one of the best places to immerse yourself in the spirit of Juneteenth is Boxville, located just east of 51st Street and the Green Line. Boxville is Chicago’s first shipping container marketplace, revolutionizing commerce with its unique use of modified shipping containers as affordable storefronts for growing small businesses.

A Marketplace of Diversity and Creativity

Boxville proudly showcases the talents and offerings of women and minority-owned businesses, creating an inclusive space where diversity thrives. Here, you can shop a curated selection of one-of-a-kind products, from delectable food and fashion finds to home goods and captivating art. Each vendor brings a unique flavor to the marketplace, making it a vibrant community hub where creativity and innovation are celebrated.

Join the Celebration on Juneteenth

Join us at Boxville on Juneteenth for the Opening Day: The CookOut, a special event kicking off our 2024 market season. Enjoy delicious food, lively music, and a festive atmosphere that brings together the community in celebration. Boxville’s marketplace is more than just a place to shop; it’s where entrepreneurs come together to launch, nurture, and expand their businesses. By supporting these small businesses, you’re contributing to the growth and empowerment of the local community.

Collaborating to Build Bronzeville

Boxville also collaborates closely with sister initiatives such as Engage Bronzeville, Bronzeville Incubator and Small Business Development Center, Bronzeville Cookin’, and The Forum to activate the neighborhood, support entrepreneurs, and provide growth opportunities. Together, we are Building Bronzeville.

Empower Your Business at Boxville

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner, Boxville offers the perfect platform to showcase your passion and drive your business forward. Become part of a vibrant ecosystem where commerce meets community empowerment.

2024 Market Dates and Times

Bi-Weekly Wednesdays from 4 PM – 7 PM

  • 6/19 | Opening Day: The CookOut
  • 7/3 | Food Competition: Food Truck
  • 7/17 | Trendsetters Block Party
  • 7/31 | Food Competition: Food Choice Pending
  • 8/14 | Youth Entrepreneurship Market
  • 8/28 | Food Competition: Food Choice Pending
  • 9/4 | Karaoke & Game Night
  • 9/18 | Art Expo
  • 10/19 | Open House Chicago: The Best of Boxville
  • 10/20 | Open House Chicago: Bronzeville Harvest

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