City Bricks Project Updates

by Aug 4, 2021News


The City Bricks Project is growing! We will be familiarizing everyone with our Project Milestones on a regular basis, updating this post as things develop. It’s amazing and gratifying to work with such a talented, committed and passionate team.




August 25, 6pm: Pampered Chef, purveyor of high-quality kitchenware, is partnering with City Bricks on a fun fundraiser! Christian Moreno, post-production supervisor for the City Bricks films, is hosting the event — he will be demonstrating a delicious recipe using Pampered Chef’s pressure cooker, and there will be surprises, too. Start by signing in here: The Zoom link to the event will be provided once you’ve signed in.

And here’s the shopping link: Small appliances are 25% off through August 31. And from now until the end of August, a percentage of all sales purchased through this link will benefit the City Bricks Project. (Note: If you see Westwood Community Development Corp. on the fundraising page, that is because Westwood CDC is the fiscal sponsor for the City Bricks Project.)
August 11: City Bricks’ short film, “The Future of Amazon,” is accepted into the 2021 Oak Park International Film Festival.

July 30: City Bricks’ full-length documentary, “We Witness,” [see “Film” page] moves into the final stages of post-production. The film will be screened at the Chicago History Museum and … (More info coming soon!)

July 7:  Mural appears in an article on Chicago Magazine’s website about how inequalities in income, wealth & safety have tragically grown over the last 50 years:

July-August: Second mural, in Lawndale, is created in partnership with the Firehouse Community Arts Center.

July 15: We complete the short film “The Future of Amazon,” a spinoff of the 60-minute documentary. In the 14-minute film, we meet several delivery drivers working at Amazon and other companies. They talk about their concerns of being displaced as AI and IT continue to innovate the delivery industry, and express interest in being trained for these jobs.

June 29: City Bricks wins its first grant. Huge thanks to the Crossroads Fund for the endorsement and validation.

January:  City Bricks’ partnership with Legal Prep Charter Academy begins. Legal Prep, a free public charter high school focusing on law, policy & social justice, worked with a cohort of juniors who learned more about using data and began to develop their own social advocacy projects. This partnership will continue into the 2021-22 fall semester as the students advance into their senior year.


August 15: City Bricks Project’s first mural, located at 4333 W. Madison in West Garfield Park, is completed, culminating in a community Open House. COVID-19 slowed us down, but didn’t stop us!