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TIP Fest

TIP (Teens in the Park) Fest is the largest platform for Chicago’s young artists to showcase their talent, connect to resources and most of all celebrate one another's talents. Over 3,000 teens attended last year’s festival. Due to city and state COVID-19 related restrictions, we’re going virtual this year.  The virtual fest provides talented teens the opportunity to be seen far beyond the city of Chicago. All artists must be between the ages of 14-24 and live in Chicago.   Winners will receive the following prizes: 1st place $500  |  2nd place $250  |  3rd place $150

1st Place:  Justice Lewis, poet
2nd Place: Inari, rapper  
3rd Place:  The Happiness Club, dance group

Congratulations to all the finalists and thanks to all the artists that submitted audition videos.


Watch the full Fest below:



  • Ten finalists voted on and selected from over 50 submissions:
    • Naira (poet), age 22, Columbia College
    • Inari (rapper), age 18, Columbia College
    • DJ JSmooth (instrumentalist), age 23
    • Happiness Club (dance group)
    • Justice Lewis (poet), age 19, Columbia College 
    • Amanda Williams (guitarist/singer), age 20, Loyola Marymount University
    • Sanjana (dance), age 15, Walter Payton College Prep
    • Nailah (singer), age 20
    • Vll (rapper), age 23
    • Roman (guitarist/singer), age 19, Carthage College
  • Headliner:  Chicago hip hop artist femdot. with Matt Muse direct support
  • Hosts:  K.E.N and The Third
  • DJs:  DJ Ca$h Era and SqueakPIVOT will be spinning live 

TIP Fest Finalists


    Event Co-Hosted by: Chicago Change Agents John Walt Foundation
      Agents of Change John Walt Foundation


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