April 25, 2021


Welcome to Boxville: Chicago’s first business incubator built out of shipping containers

CHICAGO — When Bernard Loyd founded Boxville on a collection of vacant lots on Chicago’s South Side several years ago, he had no idea it would become a community hub for the Bronzeville neighborhood and one of the city’s fastest growing business incubators.

“Boxville has doubled every year (since 2016),” said Loyd.

In the past year, the incubator grew from hosting 4 businesses to now hosting 9. They’ll be welcoming even more small business owners by the end of the year.

From bike repairs to haircuts, groceries to tacos and hot dogs, running gear to spiritual guidance, you can shop

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Chicago’s convention business could restart by mid-summer

Mike Bilek, the auto show’s senior director of communications and technology, said the show has not yet been formally notified of the state’s new stance but termed Hynes’ comments as “wonderful news.”

Bilek added that show and state officials are scheduled to meet tomorrow.  “We’d like to have a show and we’d love to talk to them.  But we haven’t heard anything official.”

Hynes said the auto show would be a sort of trial run for a pair of other gatherings: The National Conference of State Legislators on Aug. 3 and the National Apartment Association at the end of August.

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