Real People

Independent. Creative. Local. Entrepreneurs—these are a few words that describe the Boxville Team and our partners. We take great pride in harnessing our collective and unique talents to shift the paradigm in defining a hyper-local, community driven economy. We believe we can inspire a future Bronzeville community that is vibrant and flourishing for all local residents.

Bernard Loyd- Founding Member  Project leader of the Bronzeville Cookin’ initiative that includes Boxville, Green Line Farm, Bronzeville Community Garden, the Incubator, Jerk Shack, and more, this Bronzevillian leads the effort to combine public and private resources to re-imagine and re-build community on 51st.

Bernard Loyd- Founding Member

Project leader of the Bronzeville Cookin’ initiative that includes Boxville, Green Line Farm, Bronzeville Community Garden, the Incubator, Jerk Shack, and more, this Bronzevillian leads the effort to combine public and private resources to re-imagine and re-build community on 51st.

Kaaron Johnson-Founding Member  Manages the day to day operations across all of the Urban Juncture initiatives and is the lead manager at Boxville. She creates vending and promotional opportunities to help independents, creatives, and entrepreneurs expose their brands. Fashionista and collector, Kaaron imbues everything she does with her unique combination of style, commitment, and grit. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago she has a huge commitment to community and youth engagement.

Kaaron Johnson-Founding Member

Manages the day to day operations across all of the Urban Juncture initiatives and is the lead manager at Boxville. She creates vending and promotional opportunities to help independents, creatives, and entrepreneurs expose their brands. Fashionista and collector, Kaaron imbues everything she does with her unique combination of style, commitment, and grit. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago she has a huge commitment to community and youth engagement.

Corey Gilkey- Founding Member  A lifelong entrepreneur, this Hyde Park native is the force behind Leaders1354, the global brand at the epicenter of Chicago streetwear. After starting his first business 20 yrs ago in Bronzeville, he is returning with Friistyle, Belgian-style pommes frites (french fries) and so much more.

Corey Gilkey- Founding Member

A lifelong entrepreneur, this Hyde Park native is the force behind Leaders1354, the global brand at the epicenter of Chicago streetwear. After starting his first business 20 yrs ago in Bronzeville, he is returning with Friistyle, Belgian-style pommes frites (french fries) and so much more.

Kathleen Williams  As Operations Manager at Green City Market she led the effort to bring top quality fresh produce to Boxville. As core team member at Boxville she has been a key to connecting us to other culture-based community revitalization efforts in Chicago and beyond.

Kathleen Williams

As Operations Manager at Green City Market she led the effort to bring top quality fresh produce to Boxville. As core team member at Boxville she has been a key to connecting us to other culture-based community revitalization efforts in Chicago and beyond.

DJ Toure- Founding Member  When he’s not spinning for Estelle globally, this 51st Street resident and entrepreneur is generating the beat that drives Boxville, developing the musical performance initiatives that will engage Bronzeville youth, and plotting his next culinary venture.

DJ Toure- Founding Member

When he’s not spinning for Estelle globally, this 51st Street resident and entrepreneur is generating the beat that drives Boxville, developing the musical performance initiatives that will engage Bronzeville youth, and plotting his next culinary venture.

Sharon Samuels & Darin Triplett  The dynamic Bronzeville duo behind SolQuest Design leaves no stone unturned - in Toronto, Brixton, and beyond - to hone the design chops leading to Boxville’s community-embracing layout, popping colors, and vendor-friendly shading. We ignore their edicts at our peril.

Sharon Samuels & Darin Triplett

The dynamic Bronzeville duo behind SolQuest Design leaves no stone unturned - in Toronto, Brixton, and beyond - to hone the design chops leading to Boxville’s community-embracing layout, popping colors, and vendor-friendly shading. We ignore their edicts at our peril.

Bill Depenbrock  The opportunity to support social uplift brought him to Bronzeville and to building the BikeBox and Boxville “1.0". His 50+ years of wisdom from carpentry and life and willingness to give and give some more makes him a key factor in everything we do.

Bill Depenbrock

The opportunity to support social uplift brought him to Bronzeville and to building the BikeBox and Boxville “1.0". His 50+ years of wisdom from carpentry and life and willingness to give and give some more makes him a key factor in everything we do.

Mike Beavers  Stage carpenter extraordinaire, Mike uses his breaks from the ever-changing movie and TV production business to build things that last on 51st. A banana pudding that blew away the team is just one hint to another key facet of his game.

Mike Beavers

Stage carpenter extraordinaire, Mike uses his breaks from the ever-changing movie and TV production business to build things that last on 51st. A banana pudding that blew away the team is just one hint to another key facet of his game.

Ashley Folts

Current UofC undergrad and lead of the Neighborhood Square programs, Ashley works alongside the Boxville team to build opportunities to engage with the community, bringing her NOLA roots and passion for community revitalization.

Marshall Callery  Recent Marist graduate and current Harold Washington College attendee, Marshall joined the Boxville team and brought his experience in theater and love of performance and music to help manage youth Neighborhood Square programs.

Marshall Callery

Recent Marist graduate and current Harold Washington College attendee, Marshall joined the Boxville team and brought his experience in theater and love of performance and music to help manage youth Neighborhood Square programs.

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