Chicago's Inaugural Gun Violence Prevention Expo


This November 11, 2023, at the Dorin Forum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Strides for Peace will host Chicago’s first-ever Gun Violence Prevention Expo.

The Expo serves as a vehicle to harness the collective impact of community organizations and service providers across Chicagoland that are working to reduce gun violence

This event is for the outreach and prevention specialists, law enforcement, parents, and fellow Chicagoans who are constantly in the act of doing. We are calling all of the doers. We want to curate a space where they can take a step back and take the time to think, learn, and connect.


The EXPO's programming includes a UChicago Crime Lab Dashboard Technology panel, a Chicago Public Library info session led by First Deputy Commissioner Mary Ellen Messner, an info session from the University of Chicago's Dr. Chico Tillmon, a panel on 'Turning Pain Into Purpose' including Pam Bosley, Maria Pike and moderated by Lisa D. Daniels, a talk with Avik Das (Cook County) and Delrice Adams (Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority), as well as special guest, Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education). The day features performances from The Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater, DJ Hot Rod, DJ Hannah Heavin, Mikayla Hunter, and Jay Woods.


The two parking lots available to us are UIC lot 5 & 6  To use UIC Lot #5, drive one long block West of Halsted on Roosevelt to Morgan Street and turn right (North).  The lot is on your right. 

UIC Lot #6 is one-half block north of Roosevelt Road on the East side of Halsted.  This is the closest parking lot to the forum.

The cost for parking for the day is $10.00.

Alternatively, there is a UIC Parking Garage two blocks south of the Forum on Halsted. Driving south on Halsted, Turn left (East) at 14th and you will see the garage entrance on your right.  


What Qualifies as a Service Provider?

  • Provide access to programs, opportunities and or resources
    • Have the ability to register people on-site  for an event, program or service that is offered 
    • Accessible and digestible information that doesn’t create an undo burden to assimilate
  • Services provided in the following categories:
    • Categories: Sports, Education for Youth and Young Adults, Mental Health, Health Care, Employment/Jobs, Creative Spaces/Arts, Financial, Quality of Life* (food security, housing, childcare), Organizational Resources (Accountants, Legal)
  • Some Service Providers are ALSO Community-based organizations that provide services 
    • Minimum Service Provider capacity: Be able to provide consistent services (min. of 3-5 years)


What Qualifies as a Community Based Organization (CBO)?

Community based organizations serve our city in a myriad of ways. The staff, board members, supporters, volunteers and clients of these organizations make up the fabric of our city’s neighborhoods, no matter how big or small.  CBOs work in a wide variety of strategies and programmatic approaches to fight gun violence. Broad categories include:

  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Deterrence
  • Recovery

We welcome the CBO community to attend free of charge to learn from one another and to identify resources available from a wide array of Service Providers. 


Interested in being a part of the Expo?

Booths are $500 each (one table, two chairs).

If an organization would like to explore potential scholarship opportunities to receive a booth, please get in touch with [email protected].

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