Over the decades, the picnic, held on the second Saturday in August, had grown to symbolize the end of summer break and return to school. This year, Michael House, the president of the Chicago Defender, hosted many of the city’s community leaders in comfortable tents with stadium-style seating erected outside the Defender offices. The guests received complimentary food, beverages, premium spirits and perks from corporate sponsors of the parade, including hands-on tours of parked Chevrolet vehicles.

Over the decades, the picnic, held on the second Saturday in August, had grown to symbolize the end of summer break and return to school. This year, Michael House, the president of the Chicago Defender, hosted many of the city’s community leaders in comfortable tents with stadium-style seating erected outside the Defender offices. The guests received complimentary food, beverages, premium spirits and perks from corporate sponsors of the parade, including hands-on tours of parked Chevrolet vehicles.