The Lingo Chicago: Talk More. Be Social.
A cozy space in North Lawndale, The Plenitude House sits just off the corner of Homan Avenue and Douglas Street. A vibrant crowd gathered in a dimly lit basement, breaking bread and mingling during intermission of the “My Heart Beats Rhythm and Blues” RnB showcase.
“Talk More Be Social” is the formula The Lingo Chicago uses to get people interacting with one another. The Lingo Chicago is a production company based in Chicago whose goal is to make space for Chicagoans from all over the city to “Talk More Be Social”.
“The Lingo Chicago is a production company and we specialize in culture curated experiences. The whole goal is to use different forms of artistry to embrace different neighborhoods in Chicago. We do a lot of pop-ups in a lot of different neighborhoods in Chicago and we want to basically get people in different venues to make them ‘talk more and be social’”, said Johnny Jones, founder and president of The Lingo Chicago and host of the showcase.
Jones decided that February would be a good month to have an RnB showcase. February is known to many as Black History Month and the month of love, in the name of Valentine’s Day. “My Heart Beats Rhythm and Blues” simultaneously embraced Black love by celebrating the culture of RnB music with performances by local musicians the day after Valentine’s Day; first day of Valentine’s Weekend. It really was a vibe.
Although this was the first showcase of its type, Jones has already done so much with The Lingo Chicago. Bachata in North Lawndale brought cultures from North Lawndale, Little Village and Pilsen together for a night of dance. Sip and Sounds was done a few times in collaboration with Blackline Chicago and The MLK Exhibit Center and as he moves forward, The Lingo Chicago will put something together at least twice a month. Starting with a fashion show in March so stay tuned Chicago.