National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter

NABJ Chicago welcomes you to the Windy City!

Welcome to Chicago, the vibrant host city for the National Association of Black Journalists Convention! Get ready to immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of culture, innovation, and networking opportunities. From the iconic skyline to the diverse neighborhoods, Chicago offers an unforgettable backdrop for this prestigious event.

Join us as we celebrate the power of storytelling, diversity, and inclusion in media. Prepare to be inspired, informed, and empowered as we gather to shape the future of journalism together.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Midwest. Welcome to Chicago – where the story of journalism unfolds!

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NABJ Chicago is hosting three premiere events, you won’t want to miss. Each dollar raised, goes toward furthering our mission of enhancing Black representation in media across our city.

Red Line Double Header | Tuesday, July 30
Two Major League Baseball experiences in one day! We start with a private tour of the historic Wrigley Field, and end with a reception during the White Sox game that evening.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2pm

Price: $35

Sponsored by: The White Sox, NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo, Comcast 


The Chicago “Kick” Off | NABJ Chicago Chapter Fundraiser | Wednesday, July 31
We’ll welcome thousands of media members to the convention, with a Chicago twist: paying homage to the iconic Jordan sneaker. The funds raised will help us fund operations, programming & scholarships. This will happen after the NABJ Convention Welcome Reception.

Wednesday, July 31st, 9pm-1am

Early Bird: $35, GA: $45, VIP: $75 

At The Door: GA $45, VIP $85

Sponsored by: The Chicago Bears, United Airlines, Bally’s, The Chicago Community Trust

Drink Prices:

$15 – Cocktail / mixed drink
$12 – Wine
$10 – Beer


Black History Bus Tours with Sherman “Dilla” Thomas | Saturday, August 3
Chicago is a treasure trove of Black History. With the help of Historian Sherman “Dilla” Thomas, we will guide NABJ members through prominent sites on the city’s south side that helped shape America.

Saturday, August 3rd

Three Bus Tours
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

Price: $35

Sponsored by: The Chicago Tribune, CBS2 Chicago


Thank You To Our Sponsors!!!!


Windy City Edition 

1. Lollapalooza: Yes, it’s happening the same weekend. So, we’ll be cliché and say “Pack your Patience.” Traffic will likely be pretty hectic, and there will be LOTS of people walking around. Our host hotel is right by the concert area. 

2. Journalism History: Chicago has a deep-rooted history in journalism. Learn about the city’s significant role in the field, including the founding of influential newspapers. Consider visiting the Chicago Tribune , or other media landmarks, like the home of Ida B. Wells.

3. Diverse Cultural Scene: Chicago is a melting pot of cultures, and the diversity is reflected in its vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Take the opportunity to explore the city’s rich cultural heritage through museums, theaters, and live performances. Or dive into a neighborhood like ChinatownUkrainian Village, or Greek Town

4. Local Black-Owned Businesses: Support the local community by exploring Black-owned businesses in Chicago in communities like Hyde Park and Bronzeville which played a significant role in the Great Migration. From restaurants to boutiques, the city offers a variety of options that showcase the talent and entrepreneurship of the Black community.

5. Public Transportation: Chicago has an extensive public transportation system, including buses and the “L” train system. Familiarize yourself with routes and options to navigate the city conveniently during your stay. It’ll be your best friend while you’re here. You can easily map it out with Google or Apple. 

6. Weather Considerations: Chicago experiences a range of weather conditions, so pack accordingly. Check the forecast for the conference dates and bring layers, as temperatures can vary throughout the day. It can get a bit humid.

7. Food Scene: Chicago is a food lover’s paradise, and the local culinary scene is diverse. We have the most Michelin Star restaurants in America. Explore not only the city’s famous deep-dish pizza but also try other specialties like Chicago-style hot dogs and soul food from local establishments.

8.  Lakefront Beauty: Enjoy the scenic views along Lake Michigan. Take a stroll along the lakefront, visit the beaches, or relax in parks like Grant Park for a refreshing break from conference activities. We’ve even got this cool place, called The Play Pen.

9. The Magnificent Mile: Shopaholics will enjoy the upscale shopping district along Michigan Avenue, known as the Magnificent Mile. It’s filled with high-end stores, boutiques, and a variety of dining options.

10. Chicago Sports: Chicago is home to passionate sports fans. Depending on the season, catch a game featuring the Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Sky(WNBA) Chicago Bears(NFL), Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox (MLB),  Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Fire (MLS), or the Chicago Red Stars (NWSL). 

NABJ Chicago Newsroom Diversity Survey 2024

Help the National Association of Black Journalists’ Chicago Chapter compile insights about diversity hiring, retention and coverage in the Chicago media market. Please answer candidly, your responses will remain anonymous.

To complete the survey, click here.