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   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

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   Fashionista, collector, and operations manager, Kaaron imbues everything she does with her unique combination of style, commitment, and grit.  Social media and Boxville Ice are just two of her many contributions to Boxville.

Kaaron Johnson

Fashionista, collector, and operations manager, Kaaron imbues everything she does with her unique combination of style, commitment, and grit.  Social media and Boxville Ice are just two of her many contributions to Boxville.

  Michelle E. L. Merritt   A self-proclaimed gadabout. Michelle is the creator and proprietor of vintage lifestyle enterprises aplomb, Hey Brown Girl and Bronz’d. Michelle is committed to celebrating Black culture and building an urban ecosystem of Black women entrepreneurs and creatives. She proudly curates our vibrant weekly marketplace

Michelle E. L. Merritt

A self-proclaimed gadabout. Michelle is the creator and proprietor of vintage lifestyle enterprises aplomb, Hey Brown Girl and Bronz’d. Michelle is committed to celebrating Black culture and building an urban ecosystem of Black women entrepreneurs and creatives. She proudly curates our vibrant weekly marketplace

  Corey Gilkey   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

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   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

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.

  Concitta Cavin   This freelance marketing and branding strategist and graphic designer is the creative force behind much of Boxville’s visual imagery and branding strategy. An entrepreneur, Concitta curates cultural events and experiences for women and creatives and is the founder of philosofher, a novelty boutique. 

Concitta Cavin

This freelance marketing and branding strategist and graphic designer is the creative force behind much of Boxville’s visual imagery and branding strategy. An entrepreneur, Concitta curates cultural events and experiences for women and creatives and is the founder of philosofher, a novelty boutique. 

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