THE LOOP — Chicago's own Chance The Rapper is hosting the first of many open mic nights Monday for local teenagers looking to share their talents.
The Chatham native's biweekly "Open Mike" night series kicks off at 5 p.m. Monday at the Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
"Poetry, Singing, Rapping, Comedy, Dancin and Public Speaking are all allowed," with a high school ID, Chance tweeted Friday. The event is open to both city and suburban students looking to perform. Registration opens at 4:45 p.m. at the door.
The series is being promoted by Chance's production unit The Social Experiment, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Young Chicago Authors, according to a flier.
Just 21 years old himself, Chance's star has risen mightily since independently releasing his breakout Acid Rap mixtape in 2013. He performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California last year, and later received Chicago's "Outstanding Youth of the Year" award from Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his contributions to the community.
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