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Neighborhood Block Party to Celebrate Blue Door's First 100 Days

The Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM is celebrating 100 days in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood with a family-friendly Block Party.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) opened the center in April to help make a positive impact on the health of people on Chicago’s South Side. It’s BCBSIL’s first neighborhood-based center, which works to address common health challenges with wellness classes, connections to social services and customer engagement. 

"We really are becoming part of the neighborhood and we wanted to celebrate that with an old-school block party.”

“We’ve really been embraced by people in the community,” said Laron Taylor, director of the Blue Door Neighborhood Center.

“People are stopping in just to look around and we love that. They might just stop by for a quick tour, but end up staying for a yoga class, or to learn how to manage their diabetes," Taylor said. "We really are becoming part of the neighborhood and we wanted to celebrate that with an old-school block party.”

The block party is Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blue Door Neighborhood Center, 756 E. 111th Street in Chicago. It’s free and open to everyone. 

It will feature back-to-school immunizations for children, hourly yoga and Zumba demonstrations, giveaways and free food and music. The Jesse White Tumblers are performing, and there will be face painting and balloons for the kids.

“We look forward to celebrating our milestone first 100 days with our South Side neighbors,” said Jill Wolowitz, vice-president of community relations and government relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “We opened the Blue Door Neighborhood Center as part of our commitment to drive healthier outcomes in the communities we serve — and the more people we can introduce to our services, the broader our possible impact.”

Learn more here about the no-cost classes and services offered at the Blue Door Neighborhood Center.

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